Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

US Soldier, Afghanistan (cc photo: US Army/ Michael Casteel)

In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Dec
15
2011

In Explaining Iraq War, WMD Hoax Becomes a Footnote

The Washington Post's Scott Wilson has a piece (12/13/11) looking back on the Iraq War, where he writes of the "arc of the American experience in Iraq" being "from hope to barbarity, from swaggering invasion to quiet departure." When it comes to the rationale for the entire war, things get a bit fuzzy. Like we pointed out recently about CBS Evening News, the main driver of the invasion–the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction–is reduced to something like a footnote: The premise was contested from the start, a new doctrine of preemptive war tailored to an era in which […]

Jun
22
2011

WaPo Defines Obama's Afghan War Mission

The headline in today's Post, previewing Obama's speech tonight: Obama's Challenge: Leaving, but Not Too Quickly Funny how it's not the other way around–leaving too slowly would seem to be a larger political problem, given the state of public opinion. The Post reports: President Obama will face a stiff political challenge Wednesday in presenting his plan for a gradual end to the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. His prime-time address must remind a skeptical electorate and a concerned Congress that the country's longest war remains worth fighting–and funding–for several more years. Why is it that Obama must "remind" the public […]

Jan
27
2011

We're (Anonymously) With You! WaPo Touts U.S. Support for Arab Democracy

Now this is a head scratcher."As Arabs Protest, U.S. Speaks Up" is the headline today over a story by Scott Wilson and Joby Warrick in the Washington Post. The storyattempts to arguethat the Obama administration is backing protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon–in the first two cases, regimes backed strongly by the United States (Egypt to the tune of more than $1 billion in annual military aid). As the lead puts it: The Obama administration is openly supporting the anti-government demonstrations shaking the Arab Middle East, a stance that is far less tempered than the one the president has taken […]

Mar
16
2009

The Mysterious 'Special Risks' of the Obama Presidency

A Washington Post piece this weekend by Scott Wilson (3/14/09) centered around this "gotcha": In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics." It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return–or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor. Over the past month, Obama has reminded the public at every turn that he is facing problems "inherited" from the Bush administration, using increasingly bracing language to describe the challenges his administration is […]