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We need to do what? Where?

afghanistanI don’t know. I simply don’t get it. I voted for someone who was a progressive. I voted for someone who wanted us out of these wars. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say cause right now I don’t see it. 30,000 more troops. Why?

From TPM:

By June 1, there will be about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan with a mission of weakening the Taliban, rooting out Al Qaeda and helping the Afghan government bolster its own forces.

President Obama’s wartime decision comes after weeks of private Situation Room meetings between key Cabinet members, generals and his national security team. After nine of those meetings, Obama also has spoken with world leaders and allies who are backing him by sending more troops of their own.

Republicans after weeks of blasting Obama for taking too long already are hailing the decision as the right one. Meanwhile, left-leaning groups question the cost in both blood and treasure, and Code Pink is out with a tough new flier mocking Obama’s “hope” slogan and marching in front of the White House today. Continue reading We need to do what? Where?

What's Going On – Sunday News Roundup (Update)

I’ve turned off the Los Angeles Lakers – Orlando Magic basketball game. I just can’t watch anymore. For a quarter and a half, there was really good basketball. Congratulations to Los Angeles Lakers (watching this final just makes me want to remind everyone that there was basketball in the NBA. Remember when the Lakers played the Celtics? Larry Bird. Magic Johnson. James Worthy. Kevin McHale. Now that was basketball.)

I think it is becoming more and more obvious that the Iranian election has been less than fair.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent -VT) was on the Situation Room on Friday. He’s talking about healthcare. He may be the only senator that I’ve heard talk openly and honestly about health care. He is a great advocate for the single-payer possibility. While conservatives are yelling about the government limiting healthcare, I would encourage them to read their own insurance policy. Very few of us have read all the fine print that comes in our insurance coverage. So, even those of us who have health insurance may not have the coverage we thought. Almost everyday I see someone who has insurance that doesn’t have any coverage for rehabilitation. What limitations is your policy put on home health care? Can you have a visiting nurse?

DemFromCT has a nice post on healthcare. He reiterated some the points that I made about the American Medical Association. The bottom line is that everyone in the healthcare game may have to give a little in order for us to get universal health care coverage. This means that insurance companies may have to provide more with less. Taxes may have to go up. Physician reimbursement may go down. The American Medical Association needs to work with Congress to make this happen.

It looks like John Yoo, former Bush administration official in the Office of Legal Counsel, is going to be forced to testify in a suit brought by José Padilla. As you recall, John Yoo was responsible for the first torture memos that opened up Pandora’s Box. This is going to be an extremely interesting and extremely important trial. Will John Yoo try and pull a Rove and simply not show up?