Obama Administration Gains Foreign Policy Success In Pakistan Government Push Against Taliban
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Heavily disputed reports on Friday by the government of Pakistan claim that Taliban forces withdrew from the Buner District only 60 miles near the capital of Islamabad. However, other independent sources such as some human rights organizations have seen no sign of any withdrawal of Taliban forces. This all begs the question whether the government of Pakistan is simply giving Washington false information about this crisis just to get the Obama Administration's State Department off their back, while only ceding more territory to Taliban forces.
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Like many purely partisan and overly-simplistic political movements, The largely Republican lead Tea Party protests are attempting to rewrite recent history. It was only months ago that the Bush Administration had proposed the bailouts of banks and the auto industry as the American economy slipped into disaster after months of inaction by the Bush White House that only allowed so many banks to collapse and for the American auto industry to fall into near bankruptcy conditions. Only when the financial system and many banks teetered on complete financial collapse did the Bush Administration begin to consider action back around early September when the problems reached near critical mass.
Normally a higher wage state with many quality union jobs, Oregon's March unemployment rate has soared to a dismal 12.1%, likely the worst in the nation even beyond the 12.0% unemployment rate of Michigan as the Detroit automobile industry collapses in the wake of this serious global recession.
For a few days I had deep fears that the Obama Administration might be moving too cautiously to wind up the hostage rescue incident off the coast of Somalia. Certainly, I understood that both the U.S. Navy and the Obama Administration did not want the crisis to end in disaster. And the successful conclusion of this crisis well proved the behind the scenes hands-on crisis management approach by the Obama White House.