Thursday, September 30, 2010

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- September 30, 2010

Young Bob Woodward and his computer, immortalized in wax at Madam Tussaud's. Photo by Cliff1066/Flickr

I Have Seen the Enemy, And He Is Bob Woodward -- Adam Weinstein, Current Intelligence

Everybody – which is to say, everybody who works in the Washington media – is talking about this Bob Woodward book, Obama's Wars, that went on sale this week. Everybody in the Washington media always talks about every new Bob Woodward book. Once, as a young man, his reporting helped bring down a president. Having thus made his name, he’s spent the interceding decades selling it out, franchising WOODWARD!-branded ventures in Oval Office access journalism. He is to presidential exposés what Ray Kroc is to hamburgers. Woodward’s books have the same effect as a Kroc-created Big Mac. You get hungry; you see one; you consume it; it never quite satisfies. And you wonder whether you’d have ever been so hungry for one if it wasn’t hawked in your face on every street corner.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Nothing's going right for Obama's foreign policy -- Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy

Obama’s Repudiation of Promises to Israel Comes Back to Haunt Him -- Evelyn Gordon, Commentary Magazine

Obama’s Afghan war has ‘echoes of Vietnam’ -- Paul Koring, Globe And Mail

'Obama's Wars': The gang that couldn't shoot straight -- or shut up -- Eliot Cohen, Washington Post

Tearful Karzai warns of youth exodus from Afghanistan. Here's why. -- Ben Arnoldy, Christian Science Monitor

The White House's Afghanistan defeatism -- Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

North Korea's New Boy-General -- Michael J. Green, National Interest

Russia's U-turn on arms sale -- Vladimir Radyuhin, The Hindu

Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold -- Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Kissinger: Vietnam failures `we did to ourselves' -- Robert Burns, Stars And Stripes

China's prosperity anxiety -- Doyle McManus, L.A. Times

Stuxnet worm heralds new era of global cyberwar -- Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Only sustained cuts can now keep Ireland afloat -- Irish Times editorial

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