Abu GhraibThe Obama administration has often promised a more open and less secretive presidency, but on May 28 Obama was again on both sides of the issue by trying to suppress in court Abu Ghraib pictures depicting abuse and rape of detainees in the war on terror. It doesn’t matter that the genie is already out of the bottle, as British newspapers have already published descriptions of the photos depicting female and homosexual rape.

George CaseyU.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey told reporters earlier this week that a “reality scenario" for Iraq means “we're going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Foreign Policy Dogmatism, Not PragmatismItem: A May 6 Reuters article, detailing President Obama meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, described the president’s approach as “pragmatic,” “measured” — and of course “diplomatic”:

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice

With no competition, the United States received 167 out of 192 votes for an empty regional seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

On April 30, Captain Richard Phillips, the heroic skipper of the pirated Maersk Alabama, told U.S. senators that “hardening” commercial shipping vessels, arming senior crew members of commercial ships, and employing armed military or private security details should be among the top policy options considered to combat the increasing wave of piracy in the troubled Horn of Africa region, and elsewhere on the high seas.

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