Eugene Robinson: President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War

Eugene Robinson is no right winger. Therefore it will hard for Obama dupes to discredit thoughtful articles likes these. It’s time to realize the occupant in the White House is clueless.

“I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”

Few would describe Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given the time he took in deciding to act. But the more we learn about this intervention, the more it appears to violate the “dumb” half of the president’s dictum. The purposes, parameters and prospects of the war are increasingly uncertain. Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise.

 

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How dozens of managers were conned into illegally strip-searching their employees

How far will people go to obey authority?

The most powerful example may have come from a real-life con: prank calls that led dozens of managers at fast food joints and grocery stores to interrogate and strip search their own employees.

But the most famous of these occurred in 2004, when a manager at a Kentucky McDonald’s received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer. He told the manager that one of her employees was accused of theft. He instructed her to strip search the woman, an 18-year-old high school student. The manager did as instructed.

via How dozens of managers were conned into illegally strip-searching their employees – Vox.

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Elizabeth Warren: Dems must “stand up and fight”

If the Democratic Party were really run by people who believed in principles they would choose Elizabeth Warren to run for President. But they are not. Warren is critical of the financial elite in this country. The Democrats are run by that same interest. That is why the establishment is pushing Hillary. Everyone knows Ms.Clinton is a loyal pawn of Wall St. and the corporations. This is another example of why Democrats and Republicans fundamentally the same:

While an increasingly unpopular President Obama seems to be on a self-imposed Rose Garden strategy this election, one Democrat is in demand on the campaign trail: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

She’s an unabashed progressive from Massachusetts, a Democrat who thinks Democrats are too timid and a populist who has been called to help in red, blue and purple states. And despite her frequent protests, she’s someone that liberals long to see launch a 2016 bid for the White House.

Warren is an unusual Washington phenom—a combination of loyal soldier and inside agitator, a star who has no problem taking on her own party.

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Hong Kong chief faces new calls to step down as protests continue

A key pro-establishment Hong Kong politician on Friday urged the territory’s chief executive to step down, saying people had lost their trust in the government and a failure to resign would only exacerbate societal divisions.

With democracy protests having paralyzed parts of the city for nearly a month, the call by Liberal Party leader James Tien marked the first time that a pro-Beijing lawmaker has thrown his weight behind calls by the Pan-Democratic camp urging Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step aside.

via Hong Kong chief faces new calls to step down as protests continue – LA Times.

 

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