Conservatives back Obama on Afghanistan

Prominent conservative foreign policy thinkers and activists who backed the Iraq war are circulating a letter to President Obama supporting his engagement in Afghanistan against criticism from left and right, and urging him to stay the course.

The letter responds in part to a widely-circulated column by conservative columnist George Will, headed “Time to Get Out of Afghanistan.” The letter is a mark of the longstanding rift in conservative foreign policy circles on the use of American power abroad, and it echoes divisions on the right over the Iraq war. The letter quotes President Obama at length and approvingly.

The headline would be more accurately titled “Fake Conservatives back Obama on Afghanistan and Anywhere Else He Wants to Send Troops”. Look at the list! Kristol… Podhoretz… it’s the collection of mediocre, second-generation neo-conservatives. The conservative movement has destroyed itself by permitting these charlatans to infiltrate and take over the commanding heights of the so-called conservative media. And if Obama wins a second term, don’t be surprised if they suddenly morph into neo-liberals.

Worse than stressed

If we’re in an economic recovery, why are things going worse than the stress test’s adverse scenario? Calculated Risk has the details – with graphs!

This is a quarterly forecast: the Unemployment Rate for Q3 is an average of July and August (rounded to 9.6%), and will probably move higher. Once again, the unemployment rate is already higher than the “more adverse” scenario. Note also that the unemployment rate has already exceeded the peak of the “baseline scenario”.

U3 is 9.7 and U6 is 16.8. Not good times.

VPFL rosters

The draft is on Sunday and I’ll be sending out the league registration info today, so send me the names of your three keepers before Saturday midnight. You don’t have to keep anyone, but three is the most you can keep. I’m leaning towards Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings and Clinton Portis myself, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.

Greenfield Grizzlies – (WB, let us know if you’re in….)
Bernard Berrian (Min – WR)
Kerry Collins (Ten – QB)
Braylon Edwards (Cle – WR)
Jeff Garcia (Oak – QB)
Marvin Harrison (Ind – WR)
Jamal Lewis (Cle – RB)
Greg Olsen (Chi – TE)
Pierre Thomas (NO – RB)
Kevin Walter (Hou – WR)
LenDale White (Ten – RB)
Carnell Williams (TB – RB)
Matt Prater (Den – K)
Buffalo (Buf – DEF)
Philadelphia (Phi – DEF)
Pittsburgh (Pit – DEF)

Clay – Alamo City Spartans
Joseph Addai
Cedric Benson
Tom Brady
Plaxico Burress
Reggie Bush
Lee Evans
Andre Johnson
Eli Manning
Heath Miller
Santana Moss
Dominic Rhodes
LaDainian Tomlinson
Jason Witten
Robbie Gould
Baltimore DEF

Cynical Black Mouth Curs
Matt Cassel
Jay Cutler
Matt Forte
Maurice Jones-Drew
Julius Jones
Dustin Keller
Brandon Lloyd
Robert Meachem
Muhsin Muhammad
Antwaan Randle El
Tony Romo
Roy Williams
John Carney
Green Bay DEF
New York Jets DEF

Mattos – Judean Front

Kevin Boss
Dwayne Bowe
Drew Brees
John Carlson
Patrick Crayton
Brett Favre
Calvin Johnson
Willis McGahee
Randy Moss
Kevin Smith
Jonathan Stewart
Michael Turner
Rob Bironas
Jacksonville DEF
Minnesota DEF

Gadspeed – Masonville Marauders
Ronnie Brown (Mia – RB)
Laveranues Coles (Cin – WR)
Warrick Dunn (TB – RB)
Antonio Gates (SD – TE)
Peyton Hillis (Den – RB)
Domenik Hixon (NYG – WR)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Sea – WR)
Vincent Jackson (SD – WR)
Darren McFadden (Oak – RB)
Mewelde Moore (Pit – RB)
Philip Rivers (SD – QB)
Amani Toomer (KC – WR)
DeAngelo Williams (Car – RB)
Stephen Gostkowski (NE – K)
Dallas (Dal – DEF)

InklingStar – Valders Valkyries
Marion Barber (Dal – RB)
Anquan Boldin (Ari – WR)
Isaac Bruce (SF – WR)
Antonio Bryant (TB – WR)
Jason Campbell (Was – QB)
Chris Cooley (Was – TE)
Owen Daniels (Hou – TE)
Shaun Hill (SF – QB)
Steven Jackson (StL – RB)
Sammy Morris (NE – RB)
Chad Ochocinco (Cin – WR)
Steve Smith (Car – WR)
Nick Folk (Dal – K)
Neil Rackers (Ari – K)
Chicago DEF

PeterAnthony – Silver Spooners
Tatum Bell (Den – RB)
Dallas Clark (Ind – TE)
Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ – WR)
Michael Jenkins (Atl – WR)
Marshawn Lynch (Buf – RB)
Donovan McNabb (Phi – QB)
Kyle Orton (Den – QB)
Terrell Owens (Buf – WR)
Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB)
Eddie Royal (Den – WR)
Wes Welker (NE – WR)
Ricky Williams (Mia – RB)
Jason Elam (Atl – K)
Tampa Bay DEF

SoonMoon – Winston Reverends
Marques Colston (NO – WR)
Frank Gore (SF – RB)
Tim Hightower (Ari – RB)
Torry Holt (Jac – WR)
Larry Johnson (KC – RB)
Peyton Manning (Ind – QB)
Brandon Marshall (Den – WR)
Zach Miller (Oak – TE)
Matt Schaub (Hou – QB)
Tony Scheffler (Den – TE)
Steve Slaton (Hou – RB)
Chester Taylor (Min – RB)
Reggie Wayne (Ind – WR)
Adam vinatieri (Ind-K)
Indy DEF