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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama makes case for war


By Dana Milbank – This is how a Nobel Peace Prize laureate goes to war.

He admits his country’s own flaws, praises “the path of diplomacy and peace,” and asserts that lasting gains cannot be “won at the barrel of a gun.”

“No god condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning, no negotiation, with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” more> http://tinyurl.com/qhpbnd7

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Obama is picking his targets in Iraq and Syria while missing the point


By Andrew J. Bacevich – Destroying what Obama calls the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant won’t create an effective and legitimate Iraqi state.

It won’t restore the possibility of a democratic Egypt.

It won’t dissuade Saudi Arabia from funding jihadists.

It won’t pull Libya back from the brink of anarchy.

It won’t end the Syrian civil war.

It won’t bring peace and harmony to Somalia and Yemen.

It won’t persuade the Taliban to lay down their arms in Afghanistan.

It won’t end the perpetual crisis of Pakistan.

It certainly won’t resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more> http://tinyurl.com/qyp4ya7

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If Boehner Sues Obama, Roberts Wins


By Jonathan Bernstein – The technical issue is “standing.” For the courts to consider a lawsuit, the person or group bringing the suit has to show they were harmed in some direct way.

What Boehner is claiming now is that Congress, or the House of Representatives in this case, should be able to sue the president for not following the law if no one else would be able to do so.

If that succeeds, however, the big winner in the long run wouldn’t be Congress. It would be the courts. more> http://tinyurl.com/mgsrs3e

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Obama’s impossible choices on Iraq


By Bill Schneider – The U.S. military can do many things supremely well. They are all military things — like fighting wars, repelling invasions and providing security. But nation-building — the task that devolved upon them in both Iraq and Afghanistan — is political, not military. And politics is not something the military can do very well. Nor should anyone expect it to.

Washington expected Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to build a consensus government in Iraq. But he was ill-equipped and unwilling to do so. Maliki is the leader of a Shi’ite political party. He has been distrustful and suspicious of Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish minorities and has done little to share power with them. As a result, the minorities feel little loyalty to the Iraqi government and are unwilling to fight for its survival. more> http://tinyurl.com/qbstv2j

EPA coal plant proposal is the right step


By Eugene Robinson – Many of those who do not believe in climate change also reject the idea that carbon dioxide can be called a pollutant, since it is a natural and necessary component of the air we breathe.

But direct measurement shows that the concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere has increased by an astounding 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when humankind began burning fossil fuels in earnest. As with any poison — or pollutant — it’s the dose that counts. more> http://tinyurl.com/mhjsym5

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Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty


By Jonathan Chait – Conservatives like Paul Ryan attribute the plight of black America almost entirely to culture.

Liberals (or, you could say, neoliberals) like Barack Obama attribute it primarily to historical and ongoing structural discrimination and economic disparity, and only secondarily to culture. more> http://tinyurl.com/nsrxlm3

The Jarring Reasons People Don’t Want Hillary Clinton to Be President


By David A. Graham – The most important takeaway from Gallup’s poll on Hillary Clinton is the main reason people want to elect her: because she’d be the first woman president.

You can imagine the paroxysms into which this sort of reasonsing, focused on making history rather than making policy, will send some commentators: People elected Obama because it made them feel good to elect the first black president, and look at his approval now! Have we not learned our lesson?!

Soak that in: The No. 1 concern Americans have about an administration run by former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is that she is not qualified. This despite the fact that her resume would make her easily the best-qualified Oval Office holder on paper since George H.W. Bush. more> http://tinyurl.com/q3k77m7