N Korea launches Rocket, Mission Creep in Afghanistan, and American Exceptionalism

April 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

North Korea launches rocket, sparks international criticism:

“The North Korean government characterized the act as a successful, peaceful launch of a satellite into orbit. U.S. and South Korean officials condemned the launch as a provocative act. American military sources said the launch was a failure, saying that the rocket’s payload failed to enter into orbit.”

A Lack of Benchmarks Leads to Mission Creep in Afghanistan:

What happens when you have an administration that doesn’t release its benchmarks for tracking military escalation in a foreign country? What happens when congressional leaders won’t exercise oversight to hold the administration accountable, or compel them to explain to the rest of us what the hell is going on? They all become prey to Pentagon demands, widespread criticism, and waning public support. This is exactly what we’re seeing right now with the war in Afghanistan.

Obama – “I believe in American exceptionalism”:

“just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” [snip] The president’s answer was masterful as he went on to talk about America’s core set of values, quickly pivoting to the need to recognize “that we’re not always going to be right” and “that other people may have good ideas.” So basically, yes, we are exceptional — when we live up to our exceptional values. It’s going to take a while to repair America’s reputation — and thus its ability to lead in the world — but in Europe this week, Obama made an exceptional start.

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