Comments on: The First Draft: Afghanistan inspires Freudian slips about that other battlefield – Iraq http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/12/02/the-first-draft-afghanistan-inspires-freudian-slips-about-that-other-battlefield-iraq/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Neoavatara http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/12/02/the-first-draft-afghanistan-inspires-freudian-slips-about-that-other-battlefield-iraq/comment-page-1/#comment-405121 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:40:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22768#comment-405121 Ironically, the Obama strategy in Afghanistan is identical to the Bush Iraq strategy in 2006: troop surge, improve security, enhance native forces, and clear/hold territory. The exact same strategy that Sen. Obama detested is the one he took 3 months to ponder and came to. Now the question is, will he be steadfast until victory is achieved?http://neoavatara.com/blog/?p=9 017

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By: Alan MacDonald http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/12/02/the-first-draft-afghanistan-inspires-freudian-slips-about-that-other-battlefield-iraq/comment-page-1/#comment-405119 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:32:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22768#comment-405119 The key to understanding the impossibility of Obama’s dilemma is that he is trying to defend a Global Empire with American blood and treasure.Obviously Obama will not articulate this reality, and thus his plan entails seminal incongruities, which are seen by a few, but sensed by the wider audience of Americans.Obama has tried to gloss over these incongruities by using the historical techniques of Empires’ salesmen — he has engendered fear by characterizing the enemy as a “spreading cancer”, or ‘falling dominos’ like communism — but the real spreading cancer is the Global Empire that hired him to guilefully defend it with American blood and treasure.Historically, the salesmanship of Empire has always been based on promising the domestic population that they will share the ‘spoils of war’, or the ‘safety of winning’, in return for fighting, and paying, for imperialist adventures.But Obama, although a consummate salesman, will encounter increasing resistance from the American populus because of the unique incongruities of fighting and paying for a Global Empire with domestic dollars and dead, and without any benefits actually accruing to the American public.Obama’s dilemma in selling and defending the escalation of war first in Afghanistan, and then in Central Asia and the greater Middle East, is the same as his dilemma regarding his escalating defense of the very same Global Empire on Wall Street —- that all the benefits are privatized and all the costs are socialized.Alan MacDonaldSanford, Maine

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