Thursday, January 26, 2017

It rots

Mike Whitney (COUNTERPUNCH) explains:

Let’s be honest, Obama got a pass from his supporters strictly because of appearances; because he looked and sounded like a thoroughly reasonable bloke who only acted on the loftiest of principles. Obama was hailed as a moral giant, a political rock star, a leader among leaders. But it was all fake, all make-up and glitz behind which operated the vicious national security state extending its tentacles around the world, toppling regimes wherever it went, and leaving anarchy and destruction in its wake. Isn’t this Obama’s real legacy when you strip away the sweeping hand gestures and pompous rhetoric?
Of course it is. But Trump won’t have that advantage, will he? Trump is not a public relations invention upon which heartsick liberals pin their highest hopes. Trump is Trump warts and all, the proverbial bull in the china shop. That’s not to say Trump won’t be a lousy president. Judging by the Wall Street cutthroats and hard-edged military men he’s surrounded himself with,  he probably will be. But the American people are no longer asleep, so there’s going to be limits to what he can hope to achieve.


Yes, Barack got a pass.

Over and over.

Some of us held him accountable.

Most people didn't.


And they would have given Hillary the same pass.


They lie to themselves and refuse to face the truth.

As a result, the whole system rots.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot?:"


Thursday, January 26, 2017.  So much to unpack . . .


CIA contractor Juan Cole writes another useless piece of garbage.  And, of course, this is the war cheerleader who turned against it later but tries to pretend he was always against it -- and bit Steve Rendall's head off on FAIR's COUNTERSPIN when Steve wouldn't play along with the lie.

Juan's always serving so many interests and today he's bursting at the seams:


Since his inauguration, Donald J. Trump has not been making a good impression in Iraq, where the US has 6,000 troops, according to al-Zaman (The Times) of Baghdad. 
The prime minister has forcefully rejected Trump’s talk of “taking Iraqi oil.”  And the Shiite clerical leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, has taken on Trump over his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.



On Hayder al-Abadi -- the prime minister whom Juan's unable to name -- what's up with that? -- Mike took that issue on two days ago noting:





PM Abadi says Iraq's oil is for Iraqis, in reaction to Trump via

 



Good.

Then start giving it to the people.

Stop stealing billions each year, Hayder al-Abadi.

The Iraqi people should live high on the hog.

Their oil brings in billions.

And they're only around 30 million people.

So why the hell do so many of them live in poverty?

Because corrupt officials like Hayder still the money.

And all they've done since 2003 is try to chip away at the program that's like food stamps -- where Iraqis get so much rice, sugar, tea, etc each month.

Pennies is what that program costs.

But time and again, they've tried to kill it.



For those not up to speed, Mike's talking about the rations card  program that faces cuts over and over and over.

But that's Hayder.  That and more recently that he's confused by the statement President Donald Trump made.

So Juan plays hysterical drama queen on the first.

On the second?

Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr denounced Donald Trump.

As he did Barack Obama.

As he did Bully Boy Bush.

Moqtada doesn't want US forces in Iraq.

That's a consistent position for him.

That's why the US government has seen him as an 'enemy' whether the Secretary of State was Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell or John Kerry.

Juan knows all of this.

But still he types up "How Trump Is Endangering U.S. Troops in Iraq and Essentially Aiding Islamic State."


Really?

By words?

Do we want to go there?

I don't have a problem with free speech.

But if Juan does maybe he should be writing articles about American security?


Maybe he should be pondering the effects of protests against the brand new president -- not even in office a week yet -- and all the trashing of him in the media and how that plays out on the world stage?

Maybe he should be asking, "Is this weakening the US in the eyes of the world?"


Or what does it mean when US citizens protest Donald in Iraq?

How are they there?

Most via the State Dept.

That didn't stop them from protesting, did it?

Anti- demonstartors gather in to speak out for equal






Maybe it's time we ponder that if we're going to fret over words that (a) left Hayder al-Abadi confused and (b) found Moqtada al-Sadr staking the same ground he always stakes?

Bully Boy Bush is someone I protested.  And I killed a piece at THIRD early on where we were doing a roundtable because I was offering a political explanation for BBB that I didn't want to be putting out there (did not want it used to excuse him).  Jim later wrote about that in one of his columns -- ask him which one, I didn't read it (no offense to Jim, I was opposed to the issue being raised which was why I had killed the roundtable to begin with).

But the madman on the world stage, the loose cannon, can be effective in some scenarios.

Was that what Bully Boy Bush was attempting to portray?

My guess would be no -- but I don't know him.

When you're the mad dog, everyone knows you'll bite and they steer clear.

I was always surprised none of his followers explored that.

But my hunch would be that they didn't because they didn't see him as mad.


At any rate, if Bully Boy Bush was intentional in his bellicose ways, that could be a form of protection.

I would argue it's a limited protection, even then.

What's Donald Trump doing?

Being Donald Trump.


Which is why I didn't vote for him, which is why I do not like him as a person (prove me wrong, Donald, I'll gladly eat my words).


What is all the nonsense outrage and "Fake News" and the rest doing?

In the eyes of the world, what is being seen?

When you stage a fauxtest against a leader the day after he's sworn in, what does it say?

Dr. Marsha Adebayo (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) takes on the celebrity fauxtests from last weekend:

If the size and passion of the Women’s March is indicative of a collective realization in the Black and progressive community that the time to wake up from the eight-year coma is upon us, then the election of Trump is an opportunity to mobilize thousands who couldn’t be reached under the previous administration. Sadly, many Black parents enter the Trump era with children murdered by police with impunity throughout this country.  The Democratic Party is counting on Obama amnesia and hoping that four years from now the new ground swell of activists will return the Dems to power. The larger question, however, is where were the white women and white progressives that we witnessed demonstrating after the election when Black youth were being gunned down in the streets across America? Where were the hats, money, media, buses, and entertainers when Trayvon, Michael, Sandra, Eric, John, Tanisha and Tamir were being hunted down and killed like animals?
In fact, the Women’s March didn’t focus on victims of the Obama/Clinton administration, such as environmentalist Tennie White.  Who was Tennie White?

Tennie White was targeted by the Obama Administration because of her tenacious commitment to protecting her rural Mississippi community from deadly and cancerous chemical pollution.  According to an Intercept article, Tennie is “the only person connected to two huge environmental contamination cases in Mississippi to ever serve prison time.”  Tennie’s “crime,” was that she was a community activist and not a polluter. She paid a heavy price for attempting to save her community.


You can also refer to "Celebrity Lives Matter!!!"


But what do these protests say?

What does it say about national security?

What does it say about the way foreign leaders view the country.

You don't like Donald as the president?

I don't either.

But he is the president.

And he won.

Don't start that b.s. about Hillary won the popular vote -- the popular vote doesn't count.  I have always called for destroying the Electoral College.  It wasn't ended.  It continues.  It's part of the process.  And Donald won.

So get over it.

There have been many presidents and one occupant of the Oval Office that I couldn't stand.

You move on.  You get on with life.

Donald Trump is a legitimate president.

You can lie all you want but he is.

Losing the popular vote is not what made Bully Boy Bush and occupant -- I don't apply the "p" word to him and never have.  He was an occupant because we have laws in place on how to determine elections.  The Supreme Court is not a part of that.  They tossed the White House to Bully Boy Bush.

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's expressed disgust on the night of the 2000 election when Al Gore was thought to have won should have demanded she recuse herself from the case.

She did not.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comments about Donald Trump -- which she later apologized for -- crossed a line that should never have been crossed.

2016 was all about people tossing aside ethics to derail Donald.

I get why you're all such cry babies.

You threw everything you had at him and he's still the president.

Get over it.

He's in the White House and he'll probably be there for four years (maybe 8).

Probably?

Could he be assassinated?

I hope not because I don't think the country could stand it and while I have personal distaste for Donald, I know that I'm not the all knowing person and my judgment could be wrong.  He may have changed over the years -- we all have, he could have.  He may not have changed one bit but my judgment of him might be completely wrong.

But if he was assassinated, they'd make him a martyr and that's what will probably keep him safe.

(Again, I hope he's safe.  I also hope he proves me wrong and becomes the president of the people.  He has the chance to speak as an outsider and if he uses that he'll have even more support than he had in the election.)

My guess, if he doesn't last four years, is impeachment.

They're already eager to impeach him.

Were the Republicans this eager to impeach Barack?

I don't know.

Not, I don't remember, I don't know.

I pay attention to Iraq.

If these idiots like Juan Cole, et al would keep their peanut butter out of Iraq, I wouldn't have to even know what they're doing.


Some have attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren for supporting a nominee.  I only know about that because the idiots here in the US try to link it to Iraq.

I don't care who she votes for in the Cabinet.

I pretty much agree with former Senator Russ Feingold's position that they should have who they want in the Cabinet.

I do not feel that way about the Supreme Court.

The Cabinet is assisting the administration and it goes when the president goes.

A Supreme Court seat is for life.

Juan writes his attack piece as only someone as hideous as Juan could -- Donald Trump is endangering the US troops in Iraq!!!!

Being in Iraq is endangering them.

But Juan was never one to holler "Out of Iraq!," was he?

I'm also concerned about the Elizabeth Warren trashing.

No one has to like Warren.

Trina doesn't.  That's her senator.  She's never liked Elizabeth and she can explain why.

And that's fine.

But what concerns me is the orchestrated attacks on Elizabeth that seem to be going down in an effort to ensure she won't be the 2020 nominee.

I'm not saying she should be the nominee but I am saying there's a group of faux left already attempting to push one man to the front of the race.

Bruce A. Dixon (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) explains:

Hillary is history, but her big stinking tent is still there, and Democrats are crying for a “united front” against Trump, led by spokespeople who can stick to the corporate script.
Cory Booker is a great fit. As Glen Ford, who has followed his career in Black Agenda Report and Black Commentator since 2002 notes, charter school sugar daddies from the Olin, Bradley and Walton Family Foundations and the Manhattan Institute funded his early career. Cory’s wealthy friends bankrolled and promoted a slick Hollywood documentary, “Street Fight” to ensure his 2006 election to Newark’s City Hall.
Booker hired Garry McCarthy, an NYPD expert at fixing stats to head that city’s cop shop, where he oversaw a paper decline in violent crime, with no decline in police brutality and disrespect toward Newark’s citizens. Cory’s millionaire friends created a Sundance TV series, Brick City to promote his re-election and further political career depicting him and his police chief as a new kind of urban superhero team.
Rahm Emanuel afterward brought Booker’s top cop to Chicago where he also cooked the books to make murders and serious crimes go away, and presided over a crime wave on the part of police against citizens that included Homan Square, Chicago’s own law-free black site. The Brick City team went on to make a CNN series for Rahm Emanuel too.

In 2010 on the Oprah show, Booker announced a $100 million “gift” from Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg to Newark’s public schools, whose budget was still controlled by statehouse Republicans, to implement the latest “run the school like a business” nostrums of Cory’s old friends. Three years later, when Booker left Newark for the US Senate there was little to show for the money.





I'm not a fan of Elizabeth's.  I have no idea if she'd make a good president or not.

I am a fan of people expressing themselves.

I'm not alarmed by a Glenn Greenwald, for example, calling her out on something because that's his job.  I am bothered by some of the voices who seem to be less than genuine and part of an early echo machine being put in place in an attempt to assure Corey Booker gets the nomination.

Tomorrow we'll hopefully be able to focus more on Iraq.

But if you want to protect US troops, get them out of Iraq.

If you want to protest and not be considered a fauxtest, stop your whining and embrace those in need.

And stop putting celebrities on stage to speak.  Ashley Judd stumbled across a poem.  Guess that's good since she had nothing to offer herself because she doesn't know about social justice or work towards it.


There are real issues in this world.

Iraqi Sunni Civilians tortured by Sectarian Iraqi army in






When you're ready to march for those issues and not because War Hawk Hillary got defeated, you might have the makings of a real protest.



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