Clarion Ledger: The People of Mississippi Deserve a Debate

I agree completely with the author of this post– it seems necessary for someone who is running for any public office, let alone Congress, to be open for public debate and deliberation. Since that person is going to be representing countless individuals in government, it’s absurd for him or her to not be willing to have a public contestation of ideas.

Mississippi Conservative Daily

Cochran, Palazzo should debate challengers

In just more than a month, Mississippi voters will head to the polls to vote in primary midterm elections for Congress, with two races showcasing viable challengers to Republican incumbents.

Chris McDaniel is riding tea party support as an aggressive challenge to longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. In the 4th Congressional District, former Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor has switched parties to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

What is disappointing in both races is that the incumbents are refusing to debate their challengers.

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This website has a video that I recommend watching– it consists of what San Fransisco would be like if there were domestic drones flying around there. It’s an important thing to understand when considering the state and future of domestic drones.

General who set up Gitmo says we should shut it down

The general who set up the prison at Guantanamo Bay says it’s about time that we shut it down.  It’s interesting to see how much he’s flipped sides on the issue, and how willing he is to admit that the prison was opened out of fear– a fact that everybody should know. The United States was extremely scared after 9/11, and we acted as a nation who’s extremely scared would act by jumping to extremes. We failed to realize that the interrogation strategy largely seems to fail and that there would be negative perceptions of us throughout the world by opening the prison. Hopefully the government will also flip sides on the issue and start to understand exactly why the prison needs to be shut down.

US drone attack kills several civilians in Yemeni wedding

No surprises that we’ve attacked another wedding. Even if someone at the wedding was involved with Al Qaeda or another terrorist organization, it’s not justifiable for us to continue attacking things like weddings with drone strikes.

Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013
Several civilians were killed and others wounded in a drone attack in southern Yemen in which a wedding party was struck on Thursday, witnesses said.
The witnesses and a tribal source said the attack was carried out by a US drone and targeted Qaifa, near the town of Radaa, but were unable to give specific casualty figures.
The US military operates all unmanned drones flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa’s campaign against al-Qaeda and has killed dozens of militants this year.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains active despite Yemeni military operations and the drone strikes targeting its leaders.
The number of dead from US drone strikes in Yemen remains unclear and estimates vary widely.
According to a Human Rights Watch report published in October, the US has carried out 80 targeted operations in Yemen since 2009, including strikes from drones, warplanes and…

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US to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Obama and Kerry struck a deal with the Afghani government to keep US troops in Afghanistan until sometime beyond 2014 last month. There is a slight possibility that the deal won’t actually go through, but it’s looking like it probably will. It seems like a good idea for us to maintain a small ground presence in Afghanistan, but the article cited above indicates that we’ll probably keep roughly 8000 troops in the country, which seems a bit excessive. Luckily the government of Afghanistan seems largely okay with the action, so it shouldn’t be detrimental to our relationship with the country’s government. And it seems like we’ll be using our forces to mostly fend off Al Qaeda and train the Afghani National Forces, which hopefully means the troops will be focused on more defensive actions than offensive actions. While it seems like 8000 troops is a bit excessive, it seems like an overall good thing for the US to keep some troops in Afghanistan for the next year.