Willard Mitt Romney lost U.S. Presidential election. This election did not have a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) or anyone who had served in the military as presidential or vice presidential candidate from Democratic or Republican side. It is said that the proportion of whites in American population is decreasing. It is 72%. If it had…
Tag: Barack Obama
Downgrade of US Treasury Bonds
Standard & Poorâ€™s (S&P) downgraded the rating of US Treasury Bonds from AAA to AA+ on 5/8/2011 (In India and some other countries 6/8/2011) and that shocked many. It is the first downgrade since 1917. The downgrade followed wrangling in US Congress over raising debt limit, which used to be a routine matter, from 14.3 trillion dollars. Since 1960 USA had raised debt limit 78 times without any problem but this time it was different. S&P stood out from Moodyâ€™s and Fitch which continued with AAA rating. Treasury Department criticized S&P. S&P justified its decision and said that if matters did not improve further downgrade to AA was possible.
Barack Obama and Golden Temple
Barack Obama is due to visit India and visit to Golden Temple proved a problem because of the headgear he was required to wear. Wearing a headscarf is asking for trouble as 18% of Americans think he is a Muslim and his wearing headscarf would have been seen by many as proof of his being a Muslim, an unacceptable risk. Baseball is not acceptable to temple authorities.
Some Americans are hostile to Barack Obama. They find fault with him for various reasons. Some blamed him for not showing emotion during BP oil well crisis. People who want emotion should see movies with emotion. Barack Obama cancelled his visits to Australia, Indonesia and some other countries to handle the crisis. When Pakistan had flood crisis Asif Ali Zardari went ahead with visits to UK and France.
Out of Iraq
On 19/8/2010 last American combat unit left Iraq. Around 50,000 American troops remain in Iraq â€œto advise and assistâ€ Iraqis.
After seven years and five months of American military presence Iraq is worse than before. American invasion resulted in unnecessary deaths. Christians are targets in many parts of Iraq. Women have less freedom in many parts of Iraq. There is shortage of electricity and water. Corruption is rampant and in some cases 95% of the money has disappeared. Bomb explosions take place in Iraq.
WikiLeaks and India
WikiLeaks on 26/7/2010 made public many secret documents dealing with Afghan War. Some of them have relevance to India.
ISI played a role in terrorist activities against Indians. ISI paid the Taliban and Haqqani network to target Indians, Indian Embassy, Indian Consulate in Kandahar and other places. Indians have died. India has suffered loss of property.
It is futile to expect Pakistan to act against ISI or USA to do anything significant. India has to act on its own…
Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama
Barack Obama said he was surprised and deeply humbled and would accept the prize as a call to action. He said â€œTo be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honoured by this prize, men and women whoâ€™ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.â€
Barack Obama is President
Yesterday, 20/1/2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as President of USA. He is the 43rd President of USA but is generally mentioned as 44th President of USA. That is because Grover Cleveland is counted twice as 22nd and 24th President of USA. In between his two terms Benjamin Harrison was President of USA. There were…