by: Mike Lux

Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 17:15

Two quick conversations, along with that delightful fact from yesterday that Obama did an executive order that nullifies Every Single Legal Order and Opinion on Interrogation From the Bush Years, are making me feel very happy today.

I was talking to Deepak Bhargava, President of one of the leading groups on poverty issues in the country. He said that he and his staff had gone over the Economic Recovery bill with a fine tooth comb, and to his delight it was the "best piece of legislation for helping poor people he had ever seen". Pretty high praise.

I ran into Jim Zogby of the Arab-American Institute over the lunch hour, and he said that between the call to Abbas, the appointment of a major player like Mitchell to be the Mideast peace envoy, and the executive orders, that Obama had been signed did more to advance the Mideast peace process in 48 hours than had been done in the previous 8 years, by far.

I know there will be days when I'm disappointed, but I am feeling pretty good today-conversations like this make me feel like, however far we have to go, real progress is indeed being made.

Mike Lux :: Progress

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get ready for afghanistan surge (0.00 / 0)
endless war against the shadows

Afghanistan is the black hole (4.00 / 1)
we should have never entered into. It could be to Obama what Vietnam was to LBJ -- a sop to the MI complex and rightwing authoritarians that leads to tremendous expenditure of capital and lives for little if any progress in human rights and national security.

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thanks for the good news (4.00 / 2)
i heart CCC.

9/11/2001 was a citywide primary day in NY City- (4.00 / 5)
I was working a polling place, standing next to a Republican who had been handing out campaign lit....As soon as I heard there was a second plane into the Trade Center, I knew it wasn't a little plane and that it was terrorism.

I turned to the Republican and said "This is what happens when George Bush neglects the Middle East" ( and his CIA briefings and Richard Clarke etc) She agreed with me.

Good or at least better things happen when you pay it clear eyed attention.  This is one area that even though I supported Hillary, I was sure that Barack Obama had the right instincts.

Engage and the process moves forward.  Mitchell seems like a great emissary.

"Incrementalism isn't a different path to the same place, it could be a different path to a different place"

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