Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing so many stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from December 2009, focusing on disappointments with the Obama administration and dangers ahead:

"Explaining the Drop in Iraqi War Dead," by Robert Parry, crediting the U.S. withdrawal for less violence. (December 1, 2009)

"Obama with Blood on His Hands" by Nicolas J S Davies, noting how Barack Obama's war decisions implicated him in the bloodshed. (December 2, 2009)

"Afghanistan: Roach Motel for Empires" by Zoltan Grossman, recalling the history of Afghan wars. (December 2, 2009)

"Obama Pleases the Neocons” by Robert Parry, observing how Obama's Afghan escalation won neocon praise. (December 3, 2009)

"The Christian Myth of Jesus' Birth" by Howard Bess, assessing the gospel stories. (November 5, 2009)

"Ray McGovern's Letter to Bob Parry" by Ray McGovern, counseling on the value of patience and hope. (December 7, 2009)

"Gates Dissembles on Afghan History," by Robert Parry, spotting the Defense Secretary's lies to reporters about the CIA's past role. (December 8, 2009)

"Being Jay Bybee" by David Swanson, explaining how enabling torture helped Bybee become a judge. (December 9, 2009)

"Why Journalist Gary Webb Died" by Robert Parry, reflecting on the causes behind a journalistic tragedy. (December 9, 2009)

"The Propaganda Success of the Surge" by William Blum, describing how the neocons sold their story on Iraq. (December 10, 2009)

"'Whatever Mistakes We Have Made'" by Nicolas J S Davies, looking behind Obama's Nobel's Peace Prize speech. (December 11, 2009)

"ACLU Blasts Obama over Bush's Crimes" by Jason Leopold, noting the protests over Obama's future-looking behavior. (December 12, 2009)

"Obama's Dirty War," by Douglas Valentine, describing how Obama has taken ownership of Bush-era counterinsurgency. (December 13, 2009)

"Can Obama Face the Unspeakable" by Lisa Pease, discussing the hidden power of the military-industrial complex. (December 14, 2009)

"Opportunity Lost: Obama in Oslo" by Daniel C. Maguire, lamenting Obama's failure to rise to the occasion. (December 16, 2009)

"How Banks Fleece the Unemployed” by Barbara Koeppel, exposing new bank tactics for nickel and diming the poor. (December 16, 2009)

"Time to End the Neocon Con Game” by Bruce P. Cameron, warning of the neocons' continued influence. (December 17, 2009)

"Elliott Abrams and Neocon-ing Obama" by Robert Parry, exploring the motives and strategy of a key neocon. (December 18, 2009)

"Why Obama Is Failing'" by Robert Parry, describing Obama's dilemma as he faced America's troubles. (December 19, 2009)

"How Myths Can Kill" by Robert Parry, examining the dangers of religious mythology. (December 21, 2009)

"Got Mit Uns: Christians Excusing Wars" by Gary G. Kohls, recalling how Jesus' message of peace has been perverted. (December 22, 2009)

"Break the CIA in Two" by Ray McGovern, recommending that the CIA focus on analysis, not covert war. (December 22, 2009)

"A Christmas Eve Battle for Freedom" by William Loren Katz, remembering a fight put up by ex-slaves and Native Americns. (December 24, 2009)

"What the New Year Demands" by Robert Parry, warning of political dangers from Obama's caution. (December 28, 2009)

"Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?" by Ray McGovern, puzzling over the fear that many Chief Executives show toward the spy agency. (December 29, 2009)

"Ripple of Hope from the Past" by Lisa Pease, urging President Obama to recall the courage of Robert F. Kennedy. (December 31, 2009)

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