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Archive for May 2nd, 2011

Canadian Cons entrench

Posted by Charles II on May 2, 2011

The Liberals lost big, with their own leader Michael Ignatieff, going down to defeat. The Tories have an absolute majority. The NDP is the new opposition party.

I wonder if the Democrats are watching.

Added, 5/3: Interesting discussion on DemocracyNow. Two thirds of NDP’s gains came from Quebec, where the Bloc was severely diminished. The NDP head, Lewis, says that this represents a move away from separatism, which I find doubtful. Judy Rebick says that there were local reasons, that people saw a chance to get a genuine left-wing government in charge, so they dropped the Bloc for tactical reasons. She also says that the only check on Conservative power is Quebec’s secessionist threat. This explanation rings truer to me than that of Lewis. It means that NDP’s gains will likely be reversed unless they can develop a position that is acceptable to the separatists.

Rebick runs the website Rabble.

I like the name.

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Bin Laden’s Death Strengthens Calls for Afghan Pullout

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2011

Even before yesterday’s raid, Jim Himes had already said he was “done” with backing further fighting in Afghanistan. If a corporatist Goldman Sachs exec turned congresscritter like Himes, a guy who’s not known for sticking his neck out, was already turning against the Afghanistan war even before OBL’s death (which as it turned out occurred in Pakistan where OBL had been living safely since 2005), then it’s not hard to imagine that more would soon join him in calling for a pullout.

And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. David Dayen at FDL quotes both Barney Frank and Carl Levin as calling for a pullout — and Levin’s the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Granted, the raid did not succeed in truly bringing Osama bin Laden to justice in that he was not captured alive to be brought to trial. However, this was likely impossible as, in addition to being adamant on not being taken alive, he was both too well protected by the Pakistanis, and possessed of too much knowledge, especially about his Pakistani hosts, for them to let him live. And the raid did demonstrate, as did then-President Clinton’s successful actions against the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, that full-scale military actions are unnecessary to effectively fight terrorism. (In fact, the invasion of Iraq was exactly what Osama bin Laden had hoped for in terms of a US response to 9/11.)

Might be nice to call your congresscritter and push for this as a way to lower expenses, eh? And tell them to raise the debt ceiling while they’re at it?

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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