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What’s Next for India and Pakistan?
November 30, 2008, 7:12 pm
Filed under: politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Where do they go from here?  To say that relations between these two countries has been strained before the terrorist attacks may be an understatement.  Now with the investigation underway and signs pointing to Pakistan, relations very well may end an already fragile truce.  Is there any hope for any semblance of diplomacy and peace between these two nuclear nations?

I’m wondering how we as Americans can convince the Indian government not to retaliate.  Shortly after 9/11 we launched an attack on Afghanistan.  Think about it.  The terrorists had links to Afghanistan, they didn’t necessarily represent Afghanistan…so we declared war.  Now I’m not saying we were wrong to go after Al Queda and Bin Laden, but isn’t this pretty damn close to the same thing?  The terrorists (hopefully) do not represent Pakistan, but have a link.  How do we ask the Indian government not to declare war on Pakistan? 

In addition, we’ve also been flying planes over Pakistan dropping bombs on terrorist camps.  So again, how do we ask the Indians to exercise any form of restraint?  Would that make us the ultimate hypocrite?

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/30/india.attacks/index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/world/asia/30diplo.html?ref=world

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Chambliss, Cocky or Secure?

Saxby Chambliss.  Every time I hear that name the first thing that comes to mind is the little vomit taste in my mouth.  I’ll admit, I’m no lover of the freshman Senator from Georgia.  In fact, I really just feel pure rage and utter contempt.  Max Cleland is the second thought that flashes through my mind, or maybe it’s the first and it causes the vomit taste. 

I’m hoping the good old boy from the South takes a tumble.  I guess like everyone else, I’ll have to wait for the results from the run off on December 2nd to see if the Democratic Challenger, Jim Martin, has done enough to swing the state of Georgia into the land of purple. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/16058.html



National Security Team about to be Unveiled.

It’s like Monday night football…rolling out all the big guns.  Okay, so it’s Monday morning, but whatever!  It’s my blog and I liked it, so I’m going with it.  Here’s a preview of the National Security Team line up…

Roberts Gates will be staying on as Secretary of Defense.  I’m not sure for how long.  I’m hoping for the first year, and then we’ll just have to see how that goes.

Hillary Clinton will be named as Secretary of State.  I think this will be a huge step up from what we’ve had…

Marine Gen. Jim Jones named as the National Security Adviser at the White House.

 Susan Rice named as the United Nations Ambassador.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano will be named as the Homeland Security Secretary.

Eric Holder will be named as Attorney General.

It will definitely be interesting to see all these egos coexist!  If Barack Obama can do it, I have high hopes for his Presidency.  Even if he can’t get them to toe the line all the time, it’ll still make for a good read.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/30/transition.wrap/index.html



Good Reading…

So I mentioned earlier that I bought Obama’s book, “The Audacityof Hope”.  I am really enjoying it.  I chuckled to myself reading about the clipped conversations between him and his wife.  Not that I enjoyed their troubles, but the fact that they seemed to have had some of the same issues my family has had.  My husband works in politics, and is gone what seems to be ALL the time!  We do pretty good for a while, and then whammo it really hits the fan.  I’ll admit I get tired of being a single working housekeeping married woman!  Then I become short tempered and bitter.  I begin to rail at a husband I truly love.  It begins a game of listing everything the other person has ever done wrong.  We all know where that leads…no where good!  Apparently Michelle Obama had some frustration with that as well, and it made the soon to be First Couple a little more real to me!  All I could think of was, take that frustration, add two lawyers to the mix, and imagine what their arguments must have been like!

As I read on, I came to this great quote.  It is something I’ve thought about or complained about a million times these last 8 years. 

“I imagine they (the American people) are waiting for a politcs with the maturity to balance idealism and realism, to distinguish between what can and cannot be compromised, to admit the possibility that the other side may sometimes have a point.  They don’t always understand the arguments between the right and left, conservative and liberal, but they recognize the difference between dogma and common sense, responsibility and irresponsibility, between those things that last and those that are fleeting.”

“They are out there, waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.”

How many of us have felt that way?  How many of us are so frustrated with the political system and sniping we either find ourselves incredibly angry or have just completely disengaged?  Too many of us, for sure.  I myself am guilty of being angry and hateful at times.

I am hoping he leads with the thoughtfulness of the beginning of his book.  We can only wait and see.



Obamania

Interestingly enough I just bought Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope”.  I’m about 15 pages in, and it’s a pretty good read so far.  I would also recommend Joe Biden’s as well.  I read that about a year ago. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/16011.html



Are We Stuck with Her Forever?
November 29, 2008, 4:09 pm
Filed under: election 2008, election 2012, politics, Uncategorized | Tags:

Every time I think I’ve heard the last of Sarah Crazy Ass Palin, there’s another story about her.  I tell myself don’t read it, don’t write about it, but then I find myself unable to resist. 

I guess they say all press is good press, but I’m not sure I agree!  I can only hope the fascination with one of my least favorite people wears out shortly. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/16047.html



Mumbai Sees an End to the Violence
November 29, 2008, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Terrorists leading the attacks in Mumbai, India had over 200 hostages at the five start Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.  I’m sure this was not quite the luxurious vacation many were hoping for.  I can not imagine how the residents of Mumbai must be feeling after the attacks. 

The terrorist group was well armed, carrying AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, and various other weapons.  They also had an amazing grasp of the layout of the hotel.  Indian commandos faced a particularly well armed and well prepared group.  After securing the hotel, the commandos spoke openly about the gruesome sights within the hotel.  Blood and bodies littered the floors.   They also had to be very careful as to not harm the already terrorized hostages. 

With nearly 200 killed and over 300 wounded, it is sad to say, but this could have been far worse.  I feel for the Indian people.   Sadly, terrorism has become a reality that the world will continue to have to endurein an up-close and personal way.  I’m hoping this will band the world together in solidarity, help us to find our inner humility and humanity, and lead us to find diplomatic ways to come together for the betterment of all mankind. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/29/mumbai.commandos.taj/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/29/india.attacks/index.html




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