Thursday, June 23, 2011
Videos on Obama's Afghanistan War speech and on the real existing Afghanistan WarShorter Obama Afghanistan War announcement: We're never leaving Afghanistan so long as I'm President.
The full address of around 13 minutes from the White House 06/22/2011:
The transcript is here.
Here's a shorter piece narrated by Vice President Joe Biden, also from the White House 06/22/2011:
Biden mentions that the US in "engaged in two wars." Libya, of course, doesn't even count as "hostilities" in the war language of the Democratic White House.
Aljazeera English 06/23/2011, on Afghan responses to Obama's speech:
I don't know how long it will take corporate interests to corrupt Aljazeera into being as sloppy and uninformative as US broadcast and cable news. But while their doing solid work, it's worth taking advantage of it. This is a 25-minute "Inside Story" 06/23/2011 on the state of affairs on the Afghanistan War:
PBS Newshour 06/22/2011 report on Obama's Afghanistan speech, about 15 minutes with the first six being excerpts from the speech:
The video features Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist who counts as a "liberal" among the Beltway Village for reasons difficult to fathom, who the Newshour for reasons even more difficult to fathom thought might have something useful to say in the way of analysis. Her fellow analyst in this segment is Bill Kristol, who has the distinction of being spectacularly wrong and often dishonest about every significant question of foreign affairs for the last two decades.
And you wonder why we've been fighting in Afghanistan for nearly 10 years with no end in sight?
Tags: afghanistan war, ruth marcus, william kristol
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