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Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Mush’s Jon Stewart appearance

Posted by chakrabarti on July 20, 2011

Apart from the inevitable spin on why bin Laden went undetected lo all these all many years, and the attempted obfuscations of trying to distinguish between ISI activities in Afghanistan (the bad kind of terrorism) and against India (presumably the good kind of terrorism) that is expected of any Pakistani establishment persona, the more interesting comments were on the subject of the putative US withdrawal from Afghanistan currently set for 2014, when he claimed that setting an artificial deadline before demonstrated progress would be counterproductive and would simply cause the Taliban and allied parties to wait it out up until that date. It was as if the script had been pre-approved by John McCain, Lindsey Graham or the Weekly Standard editorial desk. Although I can see how a military general would be predisposed to such a worldview, one would think that those in the Pakistani political system would be relieved to be rid of a huge military presence next door, especially since the strategy has stifled grand “strategic depth” ambitions that were curtailed by 9/11 and the ensuing conflict.

http://www.hulu.com/embed/AqyEOWh1W1H2eCJ4S2UbUw

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Great Moments in International Relations

Posted by chakrabarti on August 14, 2008

Earth to McCain: were you listening to yourself when you said this (at 1:12)?

Correct: In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations. Some just bomb others into the stone age, let loose hundreds of thousands of troops and generally contribute to civil war, ethnic cleansing and general disorder.

Thank God there are no invasions any more…

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ABCDs

Posted by chakrabarti on August 14, 2008

Illuminating Outlook piece (timely in view of the upcoming Indian Independence Day) detailing the attitudes of the expatriate desi community-at-large here in the good-ole-U.S. of A. A point that may need to be raised is this right-wing nationalist-religious amalgam is not limited to Indians, or other South Asian groups, but can be found in other ethnic groups such as diaspora Jews and Turks, to quote two examples.

However, the closing statement, attributed to Prof. Sumit Ganguly, baffles. “Fashionable left-wing and post-modernist jargon that heaps contempt on the rest has to be avoided“. Without citing any evidence of such “post-modernist jargon”, this has an awfully familiar ring to it i.e. the elitist charge hurled at leftists/liberal arguments in the context of domestic US politics.

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