Wednesday, December 2, 2009

02 Dec 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

More War: Obama Unveils Plan to Send 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan
President Obama announced Tuesday night that he would send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan in the coming months, bringing the total number of American troops occupying Afghanistan to nearly 100,000. Describing the war as “not just America’s war,” Obama vowed to start bringing the troops back home by the middle of 2011.

Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War: "We're Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire"
As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich. “The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt,” says Kucinich. “We have money for Wall Street and money for war but we don’t have money for work…for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, ‘Why is it that war is a priority but the basic needs of people in this country are not?’”

Vietnam Vet, Scholar Andrew Bacevichon Obama War Plan: "The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War"
Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a Vietnam war veteran who spent twenty-three years in the US Army, responds to Presidnt Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.”

Nir Rosen: "We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good"
Nir Rosen, independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Headlines

Obama Announces Afghan War Escalation
6 Peace Activists Arrested Outside Obama Speech
Honduran Congress to Vote on Zelaya Return
U.S.: Landmine Policy Review “Ongoing”
UN Human Rights Office Criticizes Swiss Minaret Ban
South Africa Boosts AIDS Treatment for Pregnant Women
CBC Seeks Inclusion of People of Color in Overhaul of Financial Regulation
Nelson to Introduce Anti-Abortion Amendment in Senate Health Bill
Leahy to Seek Repeal of Insurance Anti-Trust Exemption
DC Council Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Students Protest Arizona Sherrif at Public Forum
GM CEO Henderson Resigns


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