Comments are closed for this entry
View All
Favorites
Highlights
Bloggers
Recency  | 
Popularity
Page:  « First  ‹ Previous  1 2 3 4 5  Next ›  Last »  (19 total)
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
rothomaha
The Truth will out
08:46 AM on 05/06/2012
Oh, and David! Do you recall the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the cynical and hypocritical Henry Kissinger, who proclaimed himself in the Nixon tapes a flagrant anti-Semite(yes, believe it or not!)?
08:37 AM on 05/06/2012
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"..... THE WHO
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
kmeccat
life is just a series of adaptations
11:48 AM on 05/06/2012
f&f!
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
myth1958
reasonable, except when I'm not
06:07 AM on 05/06/2012
Bromwich obsessively harangues President Obama at every turn - fulminating endlessly on his policy decisions like the man from Hawaii were a reincarnation of Joseph Stalin in better clothes. The writer's disdain for his war decisions dismisses the fact Obama walked in on two wars he didn't even start, unable to credit him for ending one of them whilst simultaneously juggling the ticking bomb of an aborted 'Bush' economy or saving countless Libyans from certain slaughter through his adroit intervention. The professor's sop to Republicans (and, amazingly, whining liberals) goes downhill from word one, bemoaning one action after another and pronouncing indignantly that the 44th didn't deserve that shiny prize in Oslo he happened to win early in his term. Now, I didn't much like the campaign ad Bromwich despises, either, but I ain't gonna throw him under the bus for it: Republicans will be spending a near-billion dollars, also, this season, comparing our president to the worst human beings they can conceive of. Will Bromwich step up and rail about their spectacular failures? Unlikely. Yale may be a bastion of knowledge, but we now know they harbor one guy a mite shy of being an intellectual.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Micheal Anderson
When the Rebels become the Tyrants
07:39 AM on 05/06/2012
Said much the same as you. The author is so full of himself he can't see past himself.
08:39 AM on 05/06/2012
Excellent post.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Ishmael1
A Man Born To Hang Ain't Gonna Die Of Drowning
05:47 AM on 05/06/2012
If the Nation truly WERE under the Rule of Law, OBL would have been captured instead of being killed, something it seems was entirely possible for Seal Team 6 to accomplish, turned over to civilian authorities in this country and tried in the Federal Courts before an impartial jury of their peers to prove it. But there's a terrible truism to political power. No President has ever willingly relenquished any powers claimed by his predecessors.
08:51 AM on 05/06/2012
Is it possible that you don't know all the details of the Seal Team 6 operation? I don't believe as you seem to, that they could have easily taken BinLaden out alive. You don't think others at that compound had guns??
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Falconer6439
09:20 AM on 05/06/2012
You dont think Seal Team 6 was trained to handle people with guns? Or that they hadnt already since they had to gain access to the compound to get to Bin Laden in the first place? That was an absolutely horrible attempt at an excuse.
10:01 AM on 05/06/2012
Puh-lease.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
pecosdog
this sht writes itself
11:36 AM on 05/06/2012
Where in the hell in this country are you going to find a jury composed of osama b l's "peers"? When you find that mythical jury, then where you going to have the trial? Every well- trained and every wanna-be terrorist martyr will be climbing over dead bodies to be part of that action wherever the trial is. No, dead is the way they wanted to bring him in, for obvious reasons, and I am fine with that.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
jerryengelbach
Working class heritage
02:59 PM on 05/06/2012
There was no problem holding the Nuremberg trials. A jury of one's "peers" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution.

The reason for not wanting OBL alive was that (1) the government was shaky about its case, (2) unwanted revelations would have come out at a trial, or (3) Obama wanted a notch on his gun.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
NTT
Fighting rants with facts
05:41 AM on 05/06/2012
If we are to listen to such ridiculous balderdash, a US soldier in Afghanistan would have to convene a tribunal before he shoots a Taleban terrorist who is preparing to kill the soldier. After all, the Taleban is "just a suspect" and has not beed "convicted" of any crime.

Enemy combatants can be legally killed without due process. Al-Qaeda and its many branches are -- by their own admission -- at war with USA. This makes all their operatives and active supporters legitimate targets -- and there is nothing in US or international legislation prohibitting the use of drones as weapons in war.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Chipher
prosaic quotidian
07:21 AM on 05/06/2012
Except we are not at war with Pakistan ... duh.
08:41 AM on 05/06/2012
Tell that to their intelligence service, the ISI.
08:55 AM on 05/06/2012
Bin Laden was not Pakistani, but the leader of Al-Qaeda. Weren't we at war with terrorism??
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
verflixed
It will come to pass
08:59 AM on 05/06/2012
The U.S. makes the rules as they go along. We are not at war with anybody except with ourselves.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
12:03 PM on 05/06/2012
What a way to fight a war huh.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Claudia King
Tax the rich; avoid war; create justice.
04:07 AM on 05/06/2012
Amen.
This user has chosen to opt out of the Badges program
photo
02:58 AM on 05/06/2012
yep, that sums it all up rather well.
photo
kdlaiusa
Even B&B are smarter than the Republicans.
02:17 AM on 05/06/2012
Then what's the alternative?
Do we prefer someone from the other side?
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
meoshi
A Member of We, the People
03:13 AM on 05/06/2012
That is the problem.......we do not have an alternative...............it is a choice between the "devil and the deep blue sea." if either one is elected, we have the same war monger, with just a different supporting cast........It seems like we will have endless war, no matter who is in office.......So, unless someone from the Green Party or the Justice Party can be a viable candidate, we are "up the creek without a paddle."
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
kmeccat
life is just a series of adaptations
11:07 AM on 05/06/2012
Agreed. "The powers that be" have it all figured out.
The difference I see between a Dem and a Repub POTUS at this point, is that the Dems in the House and Senate are more apt to fight against a Repub POTUS when he says to use drones, escalate a war, or extend the Patriot Act or tax cuts.
They won't disagree with a Dem POTUS...they roll over and vote for pretty much anything he suggests.
It's a great ploy, really.
Sickening, but a great ploy.
This user has chosen to opt out of the Badges program
11:15 AM on 05/06/2012
"It seems like we will have endless war, no matter who is in office"

Yes. And who's feet must we lay that at? The American people's. Half of us seem to be enamored with war and equate strength with belligerence. Even many of that half say they are tired of war, but there actions and other words say quite the opposite.

It also seems that the majority of domestic Republican policies, statements, and positions of every type also originate in anger, rage, and a compulsion to dominate, take rights from others, fight anyone or anything that varies one iota from their make-believe norm, control everyone and everything, and remake the entire country in their own very narrow and harsh image. Our foreign policy reflects their twisted idea of strength.
02:15 AM on 05/06/2012
The Nobel Peace Prize is really controversial, and I think that it has lost its meaning when people of war get it.
Now this article, although one sided, is really insightful and clearly shows a picture of Obama that we fail to see in the media. He is a war President, has ordered the killing of people, has violated international law, and did not intervene in places that could really use a little help ( like central Africa).
Now that he is up against a really good conservative Republican, he has to show how macho he is and turn failures (like the ever ending war in Afghanistan) as strong and determined international policies.
For non USA citizens like me, we thought that Obama might really be a light in the world, like Clinton was, until he started bombing countries.
To that extend Obama is a real disappointment, he did not deserve the Nobel, and I hope if he gets another term to be better in his international policies, other than threatening or bombing other countries
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
07:19 AM on 05/06/2012
excellent post...it would seem that after the people vote in a NEW administration the NEW legislators just get on board of that same moving train that the public tried to derail...
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
chlai88
Change is the only constant
01:51 AM on 05/06/2012
Walk softly but carry a big stick. That's what President Obama is doing. We have presidents who shout threats & go to stupid wars. We also have presidents who're timid to act. Obama is right there in the middle. Nobel Peace prize or not, I've not seen a president who's been as successful on foreign policy as Obama since maybe Clinton. Sure he hasn't fixed Guantanamo yet as no state want the prisoners. Sure the messy war in Afghanistan need to end & he's already confirming it will in 2014. We are already in the process of dialing back our overseas wars in a big way. As commander-in-chief, he doesn't have the luxury of armchair pundits who can just end anytime they want it.
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Falconer6439
09:28 AM on 05/06/2012
" I've not seen a president who's been as successful on foreign policy as Obama since maybe Clinton" HAHAHAHAHA, really? Its amazing you can remember that far back buddy! Guantanamo could have easily been shut down, and there were states that were willing to take the prisoners. Hold your breath on those pullouts, then after they are started see how many "private contractors" the government is funding to stay there.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
kmeccat
life is just a series of adaptations
11:09 AM on 05/06/2012
agreed! f&f!
11:21 AM on 05/06/2012
The GOP wouldn't let him shut down Guantanamo.
Pauline Jaing
Artist, worker, mother
01:37 AM on 05/06/2012
Bush sold the invasion of Afghanistan on the basis that we would go in there, get Bin Ladin, and get out, and if the Taliban fell in the process, fine, still, we would get out.

He LIED and now Obama continues the deciet.

So if Obama wants to crow about getting Bin Ladin, then he needs to GET OUT to make that work, and NOW.

Otherwise, he is a FOOL to bring up Bin Ladin, a really stupid foool
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Micheal Anderson
When the Rebels become the Tyrants
07:44 AM on 05/06/2012
Was bin Laden in Afghanistan?

No?
Pauline Jaing
Artist, worker, mother
06:27 PM on 05/06/2012
So what? Once Bush knew Bin Ladin was not in Aftghanistan, if he hwere HONEST he would have gotten out, or invaded Paksitan for God's sake.

TBut he had a hidden agenda. And Obama is carrying it out.

A PERMANENT base in Afghanistan? What for?
photo
Geekboy
The GOTP does not compute!
01:22 AM on 05/06/2012
Professor Bromwich,
Your writing uses civil language and seems quite scholarly. I would have a much easier time agreeing with some things that you say if it weren't for the fact that ALL of your blog entries are hatchet jobs on President Obama (yes, I looked them up).
I won't say he's the perfect president, but we've certainly had much worse. I fail to see why you devote so much of your energy to simply cutting him down.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ol'motherhen
ACA - the civil rights act of the 21st century
08:46 AM on 05/06/2012
Why? His paycheck depends on it..
10:05 AM on 05/06/2012
Um, no, it doesn't. His paycheck comes from teaching literature at Yale,
not from writing politics blogs expressing his opinion.
photo
Geekboy
The GOTP does not compute!
08:32 PM on 05/06/2012
i did wonder about that, but I'm not able to find any evidence of it.
08:46 AM on 05/06/2012
A critical observation. F&F.
01:12 AM on 05/06/2012
Without any real suggestions of how to handle the various issues he brings up Bromwich is my candidate for sophist of the week. Obama should have contacted Bromwich to call Bin Ladin and ask him to turn himself over to US custody for a fair trial. I abhor civilian deaths, however if one lives in a nation that supports terrorists one could get hurt. No doubt Bromwich does not support WWII and would prefer to be teaching his classes using the German language. WWII saw horrific civilian casualties by the USA. War is unbelievable hell for those involved, and an existential agravation for college profs. Sinserely, a 'Nam vet.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
11:57 AM on 05/06/2012
"No doubt Bromwich does not support WWII..."

How ridiculous. You assume too much.  A sovereign nation attacked us on Dec. 7, 1941. That didn't happen on 9/11. A week later, das fuhrer declared war on us. You can throw in all the red herrings you like but the end they'll still smell.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Sheldon archer
Facebook name is Yuyun Archer
01:07 AM on 05/06/2012
Peace prize? What a joke. Should have been given the War prize.
09:35 PM on 05/05/2012
What does a Nobel prize really stand for? Yasser Arafat received the Nobel prize for peace while plotting attacks and running terror cells worldwide.

It's also ironic how the writer like to have it both ways. He would be best advised to spend some time outside the halls of academia and learn a bit of how the real world works.