Archive for November 21, 2010

Bush on the Iraq War, Plan A and B

I’m watching John Dower on C-SPAN2 (BookTV).  Dower is the author of:  Cultures of War:  Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11, Iraq.

Per Dower, Bush’s plan for the Iraq war was (paraphrasing): Plan A:  Go in and get out quickly.  Plan B:  Hope plan A works.

On a wing and a prayer.

Thousands dead and I guess our official stance is, oh well.

November 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM Leave a comment

Show Me “Behind the Scenes: Sarah Palin’s Alaska”

So, TLC produces a show featuring Sarah Palin but Sarah Palin has total editorial control over the content and TLC pays her $1 million per episode?

If that isn’t an in-kind campaign contribution, I don’t know what is.

I’d love to see: “Behind the Scenes:  Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” I can see Palin bitching about putting the camera here and there on Todd and Bristol and this or that bear.  And Sarah getting her hair and makeup done in a heated RV seconds before TLC makes it look like she’s been out in the cold for days.

Now THAT would be something to watch.

November 21, 2010 at 9:23 PM Leave a comment

Chalmers Johnson Died Yesterday

RIP.

Before 9/11, Johnson wrote the book Blowback:  The Costs and Consequences of American Emprire. After the terrorist attacks in 2001 in New York and Washington, Blowback became the hottest book in the market. The publishers could not keep up with demand and it became the most difficult to get, most wanted book among those in national security topics.

He then wrote Sorrows of Empire:  Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic, Nemisis:  The last Days of the American Republic, and most Recently, Dismantling the Empire:  America’s Last Best Hope. Johnson, who used to be a net assessments adviser to the CIA’s Allen Dulles, had become such a critic of Washington and the national security establishment that this hard-right conservative had become adopted as one of the political left’s greatest icons.

Johnson measured himself to some degree against the likes of Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal — but in my mind, Johnson was the more serious, the most empirical, the most informed about the nooks and crannies of every political position as he had journeyed the length of the spectrum.

I heard him interviewed on DemocracyNow! several times and I always hungered for more.

This interview by Riz Khan of Slovoj Ziezk mirrors Johnson’s thoughts — i.e., the “end times” won’t come via the Rapture, but via the capitalist system:

Is the world ignoring signs of the so-called “end times”?

According to renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek the capitalist system is pushing us all towards an apocalyptic doomsday.

He points to the faltering economy, global warming and deteriorating ethnic relations as evidence.

Sad to see so many of our wise leaders die.  Johnson.  Howard Zinn.

Wonder who, if anyone, will replace them.

November 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM Leave a comment

Republican Obstructionism as Seen From Across the Pond

Too bad we don’t have clear, honest writing like this here in the USA — you know — from the “liberal media:”

IT WAS a profound show of disrespect for the office of president, a crime of lèse-majesté.

I could find no record of congressional leaders ever refusing an invitation to the White House before. That is what John Boehner, who will become Republican speaker of the House in January, and Mitch McConnell, the leading Republican senator, did on Wednesday.

On one day’s notice, they postponed their scheduled meeting with the president – which was to have sought a way out of partisan gridlock – from November 18th until November 30th, after Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess.

The Republicans were just too busy to talk to the president. They vaguely cited the need to greet the 61 newly elected Republican representatives, who were in town for “freshman orientation”. Obama had spoken hopefully of detaining Boehner and McConnell for dinner. The snub was total.

This shabby treatment of the democratically elected leader of the free world took place against a continuing barrage of ugly right-wing propaganda on Fox News.

[...]

Last February, Obama pointed out that Republicans were fighting provisions in his healthcare Bill which had originally been proposed by Republicans during the Clinton administration.

Now Republicans are again rejecting one of their own ideas – an arms control treaty with Russia – for the sole reason that it is Obama who is attempting to implement it.

[...]

So President Obama has limped off to Lisbon for the Nato summit with his international credibility at low tide.

Republican obstructionism is preventing him from delivering a treaty that is supported by the entire defence establishment and 11 former secretaries of state and defence from both parties.

When, oh when, will we have a better media?

November 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM Leave a comment

Warren Buffett: The Trickle-Down Theory Has Failed

Finally somebody other than hippie commie bloggers is saying it:

Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good.

“I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour in a clip played on “This Week” on Sunday.

When Amanpour pointed to critics’ claims that the very wealthy need tax cuts to spur business and capitalism, Buffett replied, “The rich are always going to say that, you know, ‘Just give us more money, and we’ll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.’ But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

It was a scam to beging with, imho.

November 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM Leave a comment

“Man Up”

Speaking of Sarah Palin’s tendency to throw the “man up” phrase around:

November 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM Leave a comment


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