Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jan
12
2011

‘Stop this war in Afghanistan’

12, Jan

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day" by United Nations Photo on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day" by United Nations Photo on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke must have known that his last words would echo around the globe. Unsure if he would survive emergency aorta surgery, he told his doctors: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.” Holbrooke never came out of that surgery: He left this world on Dec. 13, 2010. Holbrooke was a man of influence in peace-brokering and foreign affairs. This week, the White House will honor him at his funeral in Washington.

At the time of his death, he was the Obama Administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was a key diplomatic leader in both the Clinton and Carter Administrations and also advised Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. Al Gore. Despite his liberal leanings, I respect Holbrooke for urgently seeking to end the War in Afghanistan. Sadly, Holbrooke did not live to successfully end this war, as he did the War in Bosnia in 1995.

We can honor Holbrooke by thinking realistically about Afghanistan and by pursuing peace. But, first, we need to understand Afghanistan. Continue reading

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Jan
05
2011

Keep the BCS, baby!

05, Jan

By Katie Kieffer

2010 BCS Championship. Image credit: "The BCS National Championship" by 50%ChanceofRain on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

2010 BCS Championship. Image credit: "The BCS National Championship" by 50%ChanceofRain on Flickr via Creative Commons.

It’s college football championship season and time for the annual debate on whether to keep the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) or switch out to a playoff system. Last fall, I blogged about this topic here and here to show why politicians should leave football alone. I still think politicians should stay out of sports and focus on bigger issues like national security and job creation.

The problem is, pro-playoff politicians like Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) are trying to throw mud on the BCS’ face and financial heavyweights like billionaire Mark Cuban are lobbying politicians for a playoff system. Since outspoken politicians and lobbyists on the left and the right favor a playoff, the debate is not going away any time soon. Continue reading

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