Monthly Archives: December 2009

US – Health Care – Pharmaceuticals – 16 December 2009

From the Chicago Tribune: “The defeat of the drug importation proposal from a bipartisan group of lawmakers, which would have made it easier to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Western Europe, was a crucial victory for Obama and … Continue reading

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US – Foreign Policy – Afghanistan – Strategy – Obama – Hamid Karzai – 10 December 2009

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-11-18-voa6-70423852.htmlThis is what I’m talking about. The headline says he’s presenting benchmarks, but the article notes he’s not sharing with us what they are. Is he sharing them with the Afghanis? How can anyone hold Karzai’s government accountable according to … Continue reading

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US – Foreign Policy – Afghanistan – Strategy – Obama – Hamid Karzai – 10 December 2009

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/blog/2009/dec/02/afghanistan-barack-obama 12.26pm: John Dickerson highlights Obama’s dilemma in having to put the squeeze on Karzai without being too blatant about it. It’s an old problem. There were lots of stories about how the Bush administration was impatient with Nouri-al Maliki … Continue reading

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US – Foreign Policy – Afghanistan – Strategy – Obama – Hamid Karzai – 9 December 2009

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/editorial_a_good_strategy_for.htmlI basically agree with this. My main worry about Obama foreign policy at this point is that we haven’t seen the administration’s “benchmarks” for Hamid Karzai’s government or for rooting out corruption in the Afghani system yet. Presumably, because Obama … Continue reading

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