http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/02/asia/02strategy.php Obama is now, as promised but not so noticed, setting the stage for putting more troops in Afghanistan. He has gathered himself a somewhat hawkish team and is making the kind of noises the arms industry - amongst other industries - likes to hear The War on Terror. This noise is guaranteed income for certain industries. This noise can also mean decreased rights for people at home and abroad. So as Obama nestles into office, not just progressives, but even liberals should immediately be on their critical toes. Because any silence based on 'he is our guy and we can't deal with the concept that he isn't' will shift center yet further right. I did read Tiassa's thread, but his seems a slap at the hallucinations of the right. A good place to slap. I would like slap in the other direction, the fantasy projectors on the left, liberal to progressive who think we have a two party system. If you are right, I hope you will be vocal and clear and try to influence the theoretically liberal president to actually be liberal.