FM newswire for June 10, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1.  “U.S. not accepting foreign help on oil spill“, Josh Rogin, blog of Foreign Policy, 6 May 2010 — The spill started on April 20.
  2. Forty days laterCNN Newsroom interview with Admiral Thad Allen, 1 June 2010 — “Yes, we are looking at offers of foreign assistance. We’re actually reaching out to foreign governments”
  3. Another example of the ‘big lie’ as standard conservative reasoning:  “The Manifold Inaccuracies of Andy McCarthy’s New Book“, Conor Friedersdorf, True/Slant, 26 May 2010
  4. And another example:   “Marc Thiessen’s Latest Mendatious Column on Gitmo“, Adam Serwer, blog of The American Prospect, 1 June 2010 — Good article, although he means “mendacious.” 
  5. Military Neglecting Fort Hood Soldiers’ Medical Needs“, Dahr Jamail, truthout, 9 June 2010
  6. Gulf leak: biggest spill may not be biggest disaster“, New Scientist, 9 June 2010
  7. About the temperature record:  as so often the case, the warming signal comes from the adjustments to the data:  “More about Beeville“, Ecotreatas, 9 June 2010
  8. Some jail time would help educate the ol industry:  “BP spill response plans severely flawed“, AP, 9 June 2010 — “Omissions, errors riddle BP’s regional plan for the Gulf, analysis shows.’
  9. That means he’s smart:  “Afghan president ‘has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban’“, The Guardian, 9 June 2010 — “Afghanistan’s former head of intelligence says President Hamid Karzai is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end insurgency”
  10. We can hope, but should expect little:  “Nightmare Budget Scenario at the Pentagon“, Winslow T. Wheeler, Huffington Post, 10 June 2010
  11. Has anyone noticed that every day this week there has been a major story highlighting the strategic incoherence of US efforts in southern Afghanistan?“, Michael Cohen, Democracy Arsenal, 10 June 2010

Quote of the day

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”
— Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Family and nation : the Godkin lectures, Harvard University, 1985

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