Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Judgment of History
But Americans increasingly understand that the “Blame
We understand that is precisely because Iraqis are fighting for a different vision of their country than Bush/Cheney that the
We understand that responsibility for the catastrophuck that is Bush’s
You fuckwads will not escape the judgment of history.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Democratic Message 2008:
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Bush Goes All-In
LIBBY TO SKATE FREE AS PRESIDENT COMMUTES SENTENCE
Brazen Disregard for Legal Judgment Lays Foundation for Attack on Iran, Suspension of U.S. Elections
Film at 11
Saturday, June 23, 2007
This is an important development in U.S. foreign policy because a lot of the righteous anger that makes people want to blow Americans up is fueled by our hypocrisy concerning democracy and the rule of law. While the assasination of Iran's president in 1953 is notably absent from the list, the frank admission of illegal actions conducted by the U.S. government can help to undercut this perception. Viewed as part of the broad effort to repair the tremendous damage that Bush-Cheney has inflicted on our country and the world, it can help to lay the foundation for a moral foreign policy.
Like other recent positive developments -- the Democratic victory in 2006, the Libby conviction, legal judgments against excessive Bushian power, the possible shut-down of Guantanamo Bay, etc. -- the CIA admission may be evidence of a corrective mechanism at work in the American system. We should consciously foster this mechanism and ensure that everyone recognizes it as a collective effort by good Americans to step back from our batshit crazy reaction to 9/11. This can be a foundation for an approach to terrorism that goes beyond the technical aspects of smoking people out of caves, and embraces morality as a powerful "weapon" in our ideological "arsenal."
Amazingly, people around the world still want to like America. If Americans struggle mightily to repudiate the Republican rape and pillage factory, and grasp for a vision of the U.S. in the world that transcends old resource and culture antagonisms, people may start to remember why they want to like America. When people start to feel that, then we know that we will be making progress against Al Qaeda.
As the war in Iraq so clearly demonsrates, military victory is impossible without ideological victory. Americans are slowly learning that there is no more compelling force than doing the right thing.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
America's Learning Curve Is Slow and Uncertain
Election '06, the Rumsfeld resignation, the Hamdi decision, the Libby conviction, the Imus ouster, the Gonzales embattlement, and the cracked-up confusion of the Republican presidential primary.
America appears to be starting to learn important lessons from 9/11, perhaps for the first time.
Lessons such as
- People hate America for its aggressive foreign/economic policy, not for its "freedoms," and
- The world must move beyond an imperialist, oil-based system.
This is a plea for open hearts and intelligence.
America needs to send a collective message to the world that we are sorry for Iraq.
Lock-step Republicans and quiescent Democrats must take responsibility for the decision to invade Iraq, and admit they were wrong.
Monday, April 30, 2007
RIGHT WING APPROACH TO WAR ON TERRORISM COLLAPSES
Former CIA head George Tenet says he told Bush Saddam had no 9/11 role, WMDs, or connection to Al Qaeda.
Beginning of the end of modern conservatism?
Film at 11.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
America Wins When Republicans Lose
Just test marketing a new Democratic frame.
Monday, April 16, 2007
It’s Not about Rap Music, Ashwipe
It’s about rich guys (crotchety and otherwise) enabling Bush to use fear and intimidation to exploit our monumental grief after 9/11.
Imus is not just taking heat for American racist attitudes. He's also soaking up some of the collective rancor that should be directed at the whole (neo)conservative Iraq rape factory: Rove, Cheney, FoxNews, MSNBC, CNN, Judith Miller, the American Enterprise Institute, and the editorial pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Something is seriously wrong with our public sphere, but Election '06, the Libby conviction, the marginalization of FoxNews, and the Imus moment are evidence of a corrective mechanism. Scalps are being collected as the recognition of a misbegotten Global War on Terror sets in among the American people.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Kyle Sampson / John Ashcroft Sighting
The Mighty Eagle and Pasty McPudgy were accompanied by a brown-hued compatriot who sported the perma-grin of an End-Times true believer, a burly and sweaty roughneck who looked like a friend of the family cum bodyguard, and a couple of grotesque blondes who looked like Oompa Loompas crossed with leprechauns. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.I was tempted to pepper my occasional outbursts at the refs and players with thinly veiled references to the disgrace that Ashcroft, Gonzales, and their ilk have brought upon our Justice Department. I backed off, not because of the bodyguard, but for fear of getting my friend and I permanently banned from the arena. Authoritarian vengefulness is a hell of deterrent.
Observation: Ashcroft will check out cheerleader ass when it passes by. Not in a cute and appreciative sort of way that says, "I'm happy to perform an archetypal female worship role, for the sake of team unity." But rather, in a glazed-over "I'm staring straight ahead so no one notices me looking at cheerleader ass" sort of way. Does this humanize Ashcroft? No. It just makes him an utter hypocrite.
Wiz Notes: 1) The Wiz put in a valiant effort in their loss, with their two top scorers—Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler—out with injuries. 2) At times, Etan Thomas appears unstoppable. Coach Eddie Jordan should think about isolating him with the ball more often. 3) Bobcat Adam Morrison is the coolest looking player in the NBA. Hey, Adam: 1971 called. Fog Hat and Blue Oyster Cult want their look back.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A New Kind of War
We are in a “new type of war” marked by preemptive attacks, covert operations against states and sub-national terrorist groups, and expanded government surveillance at home.
What they really mean:
Shut the fuck up you dirty fucking hippie. Let’s kick some ass and take their gas. Pansy ass faggot. Tax cuts!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Do it. Do it.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Iraq? Oh yeah, She had a great rack!
2-Year Republican Strategic Communication Plan =
Tabloid Misdirection +
Blame Iran and Dems for U.S. defeat in Iraq
Tony Snow knows. Frank Luntz knows. Karl Rove knows. G-Dub knows. Dick Cheney knows. Bill O'Reilly knows. Brent Bozell knows. Jack Welch knows. John Fund knows.
As long as Anna Nicole, murderous astronauts, and other tabloid stories dominate the news, Republicans win.
Meanwhile, in things that matter, G-Dub is positioning himself to blame the loss of Iraq on Iran and unpatriotic Democrats.
W is "walking back" from the recent intelligence report that Iran funnels supersized explosive devices into Iraq because his rhetoric has locked him into a military response and it is scaring the shiz out of him.
As it should.
Everyone but the most zany wingnuts (god love 'em) knows attacking Iran would be counterproductive.
Even W suspects he has so weakened the U.S. global position that he can't take Iran on. However, for the sake of his wingnut political base and his own legacy, Hate Monkey needs to maintain a steady drone of arrogant tough talk about how "Iran can't be allowed to go nuclear" or "interfere in the Iraqi theater" while not doing anything to follow through on the talk. This communication strategy opens up a rhetorical space in which wingnuts can fill in their own content.
In 2 to 10 years, when Iraq is unmistakebly lost, Iran has nukes, and the U.S. has been attacked on a major scale again, right wingers need to be able to say it was all Iran's and Democrats' fault.
Wingnuts just can't accept the idea that maybe their preferred approach to terrorism has been a bad idea.
NOTE: Obsequious mainstream journalists are dutifully reporting the Monkey King's bumbling "walk back" as a chastened and cautious administration being wary of getting burned again by bad intelligence.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Let us sing the praises of Coach Eddie Jordan, President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld, Chairmen Abe and Irene Pollin, and the rest of the Wizards staff and players for giving D.C. residents a hell of a team.
Notes: Brendan Haywood had a very positive game with a season-high 20 points, and may have finally learned how to squeeze the ball; standout Maryland Terrapin Chris Wilcox had 24 points for the Sonics, including several face-scrunching slams.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Where the Hell is Tommy Franks?
Come out, come out wherever you are.
Libby Is Freakin Scroodged
Libby is doomed to a guilty verdict because even if all you do is watch Jay Leno, you know that Iraq is a shiz sandwich and was sold on a pack of lies.
You know that someone's gotta pay, and it might as well be the guy staring back at you from the defense box with his beady little eyes who was in the middle of the whole catastrophuck.
And this is before prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald lays out the case showing that Pasty McBeady Eyes is a guilty-ass mother fuddrucker.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Night of a Dozen (Wonky) Stars
Just got back from the Ritz Carlton and the DC premier of Alexandra Pelosi's new HBO documentary Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi. It's all about Christian evangelicals and megachurches and such, including some deliciously ironic footage of Pastor Ted Haggart (pre-gay-hooker-and-crystal-meth-revelations) prattling on with his grotesquely curled upper lip about the power of the movement.
The movie was eh. I give it a "sheesh!" and two "myeaaahs." Pelosi tries and sometimes succeeds in achieving some interesting juxtapositions by letting various religio-nut shepherds and sheep speak for themselves, but relies too much on her largely secular humanist (satanic) audience to draw any deeper implications for U.S. culture and politics. I guess that's an intentional technique, but you know, a little voice over narration goes a long way if you've got any interesting things to say.
The most stimulating ideas came from the panel discussion afterwords, in which the always effusively intelligent Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and a fairly impressive Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio were moderated by former W-booster and serial drooler Chris Matthews. It was a provocative and informed discussion, except for Matthews, of course.
But who cares about the movie? What about the (wonk) star power!!?
Well, before Wonkette gets to drop ass on the event, let me just say that I sat right behind Moby. He's very soft-mannered up close, as you would imagine, and has a nice low-budge cross tattooed on the back of his neck. He was being all pally with a vegan buddy of mine who works with him on animal rights. West Side! Woot woot!
Chris' wife Kathleen Matthews was there, looking slightly less horse-faced in real life than I had imagined she would. TV is not good for her.
Ms. Greenberg's husband, a strapping red-headed country gentleman, spent the pre-movie cocktail hour grinning slyly and towering a full foot over his wife.
David Corn of The Nation was in full bon vivant and bon mots mode while chowing some bay scallops in truffle oil risotto.
Representative Jane Harman was resplendent with head of spikey yet longish, softly glowing blonde hair that screamed, "I'm worth it, times 50!" She seems none the worse for wear after failing in her quest to chair the House Intelligence Committee. And she's got a pretty tight little body for a 90-year old.
Time magazine reporter Mike Allen was there looking vaguely gay, undersexed, and after a early career marked by breathless and vapid obsequiousness masking as "analysis," eager to begin ingratiating himself to newly empowered Dems without betraying his closeted rightwingishness.
Representative Ed Markey was tall and perma-tanned.
And Feminist Majority Foundation president Eleanor Smeal maintained the serene dignity befitting a nonprofit elder stateswoman. With her powder white hair, she had the cool demeanor of an Arctic Owl. (Her name is almost an anagram of demeanor. Hmm).
But the peace-day-resistanz was the mother of the filmmaker, Madam Speaker herself, Nancy Pelosi. I had the good fortune to be crunking about with Ms. Greenberg when the third-in-line to be Chief Executive cruised by to say hi. As introductions went around, I extended my hand and grasped the velvety firm hand that wraps around The Gavel (and probably some other interesting things). I was smitten, to say the least, and can now die happy. Does that make me gay?
Well, DC bloggers, that was my (wonk) star-filled night. Don't you wish you were there? Ha! Kiss my grits!
Wait a second. I don't know any DC bloggers.
Memo to Dems:
They won't admit it, and Chris Matthews and the rest of the defunct Washington press whores don't want to talk about it, but Republicans are in a rearguard scramble to salvage the Republican brand. As Arsenio Hall would say, talk about that.
2. Press your advantage.
The ideological gains that you consolidate now can be held for decades. This is your opportunity to institutionalize a process of social learning that should have begun in the aftermath 9/11 but didn't because our collective trauma was exploited by the most venal White House in memory.
3. Think big.
Rearticulate America's heroic narrative and identity in terms of an ethical national security policy that seeks justice and a defense from future attacks in a way that preserves the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and addresses the roots of humiliation, resentment, and desperation around the globe without excusing terrorism or accelerating a cycle of rage. Lead on.
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Time was, when Dems thought about filibustering the Scalito Supreme Court nomination, Republicans promised to invoke the nuclear option.
Maybe it's time for Dems to be prepared to go nuclear.
Imagine the deliciousness of reminding Weepin' Joe Lieberman and the rest of the Gang of 14 of their moral, bipartisan duty to sweep in and preserve the Senate's right to legislate on the most pressing issue of our time. (Of course, the Gang will need replacements for Mike Dewine and Lincoln Chaffee, hee hee hee.)
Imagine the delectable spectacle of Senate Republicans falling over themselves to prevent a vote on the freakin war.
Sigh. I kind of doubt it will come to that.
I don't think McConnell wants to be reading the phonebook on the Senate floor while the Baghdad meatgrinder kicks into overdrive.
Still, the fear of tasting some of their own nuclear medicine is probably the best deterrent to Republicans trying to be the douchewads we know they want to be.
What a bunch of douchewads.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Beause even after their criminal incompetence has become obvious to all, the Bushits can still say with a straight face, "Everyone thought Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."
The statement is a lie in ways that Democrats should be able to rattle off like arithmetic.
Indeed, is a testament to the continuing inadequacy of the Democratic message machine that Bushits still complain, largely without challenge, that "we were all victims of a massive intelligence-gathering failure." The consensus fiction also persists because it absolves other political elites (including many Dems and most of the major media) who didn't have direct access to raw intelligence data but who trusted Bushit as far as they could throw him and conspired to pump up the Monkey King's credibility because, at a time of severe crisis, he was "the only president we've got."
More than all this, though, the conceit is the last thread suspending the dark, tattered soul of conservatism.
When it snaps, God willing, the conservative movement will descend into ignominy or irrelevance.
Let freedom rip.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Consequences of Failure in Iraq
- a regional war,
- a new base for Al-Qaeda, and
- emboldened terrorists "following us here."
Funny, I don't remember War Party numbnuts talking about any of these scenarios when they were selling the war in 2002-2003.
I do remember some visionaries who dared to consider the possiblity of failure (Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Al Gore, Anthony Zinni, Scot Ritter, Robert Scheer, Jonathan Schell, et. al.) getting tagged as unserious thinkers or dirty, scary, America-hating hippies.
Funny, too, that after the dirty hippies were proven right, they are still systematically marginalized from our sphere of public deliberation, while ashwipes like Bill Kristol, Peter Beinart, Fareed Zakaria, John McCain, et. al. still enjoy regular access.
Our political system has deep, deep problems.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Bush Sets Benchmarks for Occupation, Accepts Responsibility for Debacle, but Begins "Blame Iraq" Theme in Earnest
- To Iraqi Prime Minister: Act Now or Lose American Support
- To Military Skeptics: A Few Thousand Troops Can Hold Neighborhoods (This Time!)
- To Democrats: Phased Withdrawal Would Force Troops to Stay Longer (huh?)
- Consign Iraq to civil war and blame the shiz sandwich on the lack of a viable partner in the Iraqi government,
- Provoke war with Iran and Syria, sinking the U.S. further into the shiz storm,
- Or both!
Friday, January 12, 2007
God Help Us
Thursday, December 21, 2006
However, if the Bushits mean to dig into Iraq, bomb Iran, and leave the mess to the next guy, then we may be scroodged, unless countervailing forces can halt their demented, decripit Bushit vision.
It's probably best to act on the assumption of a worst case scenario, and work to ensure that Hate Monkey and Evil Penguin are kept at kept bay.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Bush Monkey's primary rhetorical challenge...
Now, Bush's primary rhetorical challenge is to raise a banner of victory while U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq. Smirk Monkey's success in this matter will depend on his ashwipe enablers among the electorate and punditry developing a new political competence: a willingness to beg the international community for help while blaming Iraqis for the hell wrought by American policymakers.
In other words, we now have a meatrgrinder and have to wait for the Moneky Boy-King and his handlers to come up with a Grand Reputation Bargain.
Hey, I'm happy that Dems won.
But it's too bad it took a phfluckin meatgrinder for Americans to collectively figure out that the moral, legal, and practical dimensions of conducting foreign policy matter.
Message to World: We're still sorry.
Things in Iraq are WORSE than reported in major media.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Bush to Sue for Peace in Middle East?
Let's hypothesize some possible U.S. concessions:
1. Iran gets to keep its nukes.
2. Israel pulls back to 1967 borders.
3. Relations are normalized Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.
At the same time, the U.S. will take its place in a new distribution of global power, a constellation of Arab States, China, Europe, Russia, and others who, in exchange for cooperation in brokering a solution to the Iraq failure, might be extracting in a few more concessions:
1. Sign the Kyoto global warming agreement.
2. Commit funds to Africa.
3. Lay off of Latin America.
4. Lay off of Taiwan.
5. Lay off of Chechnya
Who knows what kind of back room deals Baker is negotiating from the weakened position wrought by the Bungler-in-Chief and his nation of right wing enablers?
Thursday, November 09, 2006
All Hail Blue America
They said, Fuck "W".
I'm falling back in love with my country.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
[Update: Kos posted a couple days after Godshamgod on the issue. FuxNews also had post-election segment discussing the market surge "despite the turmoil in Washington." Dems should play up the "markets like Dem sweep" line.]
We'll see the results on Tuesday.
MESSAGE TO KARL ROVE: Bend over, Porky. Your party has been exposed as hypocritical exploitative incompotents whoring themselves to power and money.
When Democrats retake the House and maybe the Senate, it will vindicate scary dirty hippies like Howard Dean and the whole antiwar crowd, who were saying from the git go that the Iraq war was IMMORAL, ILLEGAL, UNNECESSARY, and, as a result, COUNTERPRODUCTIVE in fighting global threats.
Of course, the post-mortems on TV won't acknowledge that. They'll talk about a "tough political environment" and crap. Reformed Bush-fluffer and serial drooler Chris Matthews will pretend to gloat about the Republicans' comuppance but segue smoothly into ruminating about whether Democrats deserve or know what to do with their new majority.
This country will still have deep, deep issues to deal with.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
You may read it here.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Ashton and Kevin
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Will somebody give Harry Reid a little slap upside the head?
At a press conference roll-out of the Democratic national security message for '06, a reporter served up a softball question, asking Reid what he thought of the administration's claim that there hadn't been an attack on the U.S. since 9/11 because we are fighting in Iraq.
Reid should have knocked it out of the park, of course, with something like, "That's ridiculous. In fact, Bush's blundering, unnecessary war in Iraq has INCREASED the risk that we will be subject to terrorist attacks on our soil for decades to come. We have MORE terrorists here and planning to come here as a result of the fiasco that is Bush's Iraq."
It's an easy point to make. Kind of rolls off the tongue, almost like it was written by some visionary communication strategist or something.
Instead, Reid proceeded to say that he gives thanks every day that we haven't been hit again, referred to the litany of 9/11 Commission recommendations that Republicans have voted against, and tossed out that old Kerry '04 classic: "We're not as safe as we should be."
When are Dems gonna learn to stop sounding like Republicans? Reid sounds exactly like the dinkwad-in-chief, who continually says "we're safer, but not yet safe."
Understand this Dems: If you are unable to forcefully and directly rebut the claim that Bush's military action in Iraq is preventing terrorists from coming to our shores, you will lose and deserve to lose.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Two points about the London plot:
3) Odds are that these bombers were created (i.e. radicalized) by the Iraq War. Bin Laden had zero recruits among the British citizenry before the Iraq invasion. Bush's blunder into Iraq, rather than making it so we "don't have to fight them at home," is making it MORE LIKELY that we and our allies will have to fight terrorism on our shores. Fluck anyone who ever suggested that criticizing the Iraq War was unpatriotic.
Propagate these themes. Repeatedly. On TV. And other media outlets. Go.
(...less safe, less safe, less safe...)
Thursday, July 20, 2006
A Reminder for Democrats
Bush has made it MORE LIKELY that terrorists will be trying to hit us for decades to come.
We are LESS SAFE because of that numbnut.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
The memo gives a granular description of the deterioration of sociality and safety for Iraqis collaborating with Bush-Cheney.
Hey Bush regime:
Wipe that fucking grin off your face.
Why not do a missing persons story on these guys instead of an endless stream of missing white girls?
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Results on the ground
Now that Iraq is a shitbox, Bushits play down "results on the ground," continue to evade accounting for their earlier fraudulent arguments, and increasingly ask us to focus on a long historical horizon, and trust in their belief that the war was, and continues to be, the right thing to do.
But the shitsquires can't get away from the fact that, judging things by "results on the ground" of their signature policy initiative, the Bushit administration is a shitbox.
These are not good people.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Crisis and realignment
- The US can only maintain its forces in Iraq by continuation of insecurity
- Tehran has good relations with most Shia and Sunni Muslims and Kurd parties of Iraq.
- Iran would benefit from establishment of stability and security in Iraq because any insecurity and instability near Iranian borders impacts its own security and stability.
- The US prepared grounds for presence of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, in Iraq. Mossad agents are conducting devisive measures in different parts of the country.
- The US provided tens of infrastructural projects of Iraq to Israeli contractors and companies to materialize political goals of the Zionist regime in Iraq and its neighboring states.
- What the US and Zionist regime's media called "Iran's interference in Iraq" are efforts to level accusations against Iran and fan the flames of a religious war in Iraq.
- US accusations of Iran's interference in Iraqi domestic affairs obscure the fact that the political deadend in Iraq and differences between the country's groups are the results of Washington's divisive plan.
Monday, April 03, 2006
...and many others in the intelligence, military, and diplomatic fields who by speaking out have forced moderate Republicans and Democrats to see how much they have in common with "crazy left wing radicals" in America, and vice versa.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Has It Ever Occurred to Anybody...
Let me repeat that for slow Republicans and Democrats.
Iraq is Worse than the Media are Reporting it.
Message to Bush Republicans complaining about the lack of "good news" reporting: get off of your White Christian NASCAR Dad Victimization Trip.
Your corny aggressive crypto-fascist fundamentalism is making us less safe from global terrorism.
I can't help thinking that maybe that you want a violent global "good versus evil" conflagration.
As members of the "American military intervention is on balance positive" and "America Can Do No Wrong" clubs, you believe that anybody who disagrees with your conception of the righteous exercise of American power is objectively anti-American: subversive, pro-terrorist, pro-communist, pro-Muslim, pro-feminist, etc.
By your logic, it makes sense to tap the lines of anti-war groups.
How can we have a political public sphere when you consider my opinions to be anathema to the state?
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Iraqis Sound Angry on Invasion Anniversary
© 2006 The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq —Salah Hashim, a 49-year-old businessman, said he yearned for the return of Saddam Hussein, the country's ousted dictator, given the violence that now envelops the country."Despite all he did that was bad, we did not suffer as we are now," Hashim said. "Now we have lost everything, even a sense of living. The Americans promised us, especially (President) George Bush, prosperity. And we thank them all because we got it _ but we got a prosperity of car bombs, kidnappings and killings...."
"Now I have to spend time worrying about my safety while walking in the streets," said Hashim. "I have to worry about my children when they leave home for school. Instead of being comfortable and enjoying time with my family, I worry that I can't ensure their good life."
Ahmen Najeeb, a 33-year-old supermarket owner, said he originally "waved his hands" at American forces as they entered the country in March 2003, but that his outlook has since changed.
"Day after day the Americans proved that they are here to steal our oil and protect their homes by keeping the their war against terror in another country," he said.
Ali said the only ones to blame were the insurgents and sectarian fighters who cause the problems. "They are the main reason behind the loss of life and destruction. We should help both the government and coalition forces in fighting these troublemaker instead of blaming them."
"I got nothing from this so-called liberation, just this cell phone and my satellite receiver. But I lost my three daughters," said Nawar Maarof, a 34-year-old taxi driver who said he had dreamed of becoming an accountant. "I have a feeling that my destiny is the same. Anyway, we're all dead."
Salam Nassir, a 25-year-old college student, also longed for Saddam.
"We deserve all this because we didn't fight the Americans," he said. "We had to know from the start they would not help us and were lying about liberating Iraq."
But mommy, why don't they talk about the GOOD THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN IRAQ?
Bush-Cheney's not gonna dump billions into long-term military bases in Iraq without controlling how they are used.
1) a compliant Iraqi regime, or
2) fortified U.S. troops.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Everyone knows that 9/11 called for a heroic response that asked and answered big questions: Who are we, How did we get here, Where are we going?
The heartbreak of Bush's response is not only that it diverted resources from technical solutions that would provide a truly robust defense of our borders and critical infrastructure, but also that it has prevented us from acheiving moral solutions that embody the expansive heroic streak that runs throughout our history--the heroism of a Lincoln or an FDR.
Instead, we have been offered Bush's false heroism of "go shopping, display the flag, enjoy your tax cuts, and shut up while I beat the shit out of some people." Muslims saw right through that shit from the get go. Now we've learned that British military intelligence called bullcrap on our Iraq folly early on, too.
The mistake of Democrats in '02 and '04 was to not offer a vision to counter Bush’s faux heroism.
As we head into the ’06 elections, Democrats are keeping us all guessing if, once again, instead of offering a clear alternative, they plan on hoping that voter dissatisfaction with the war and a host of other issues will lead to significant gains in the House and Senate.
Free advice to Dems: The national party needs to envision, or at least hint that it has a glimmer of a vision of an era when the faux heroism of Bushit is recognized as the last venal gasps of the Cold War. To envision that future, we will have to revisit our collective response 9/11 and learn important lessons, perhaps for the first time. No, Rummy, the lessons are not about bucking up for a multi-generational military house-cleaning of geopolitical adversaries.
In order to get of Iraq
- The invasion of
was a mistake. Iraq
- The better answer to 9/11 was to roll up Al Qaeda and seriously reconstruct
. Afghanistan, turning it into a viable model of Western/Arab/Muslim cooperation
- Bush’s war, from Guantanamo to "Abu Garump," lacks important legal and moral foundations.
- Masked in a rhetoric of "moral clarity," its untruths, brutality, shifting justifications, and partisan uses have been transparent to ally, enemy, and neutral alike.
- The transparent immorality of the war has been self-defeating, acclerating a cycle of rage and vigorous resistance among those whom we are trying to win over.
- Legitimacy matters. Republicans have thrown themselves wholeheartedly behind Bush’s vision and have no credibility in the global communities that matter in combating terrorism. To the extent that we remain a two-party system, only a Democrat can have the legitimacy in the Arab, Muslim, European, and South American worlds to disarm the enemy’s most powerful ideological weapon: righteous indignation towards
- Criticism of the government is not treason.
Today, with the help of grassroots passion and nonprofit strategy, the Democratic Party can glimpse the dim glimmer of such a vision. They've got seven months to turn it into a sharp and radiant shine.
Don't forget: We all know that heroes rushed into the buildings, heroes brought down flight 93, and heroes thought they were bringin justice to those that hit us in the caves of Afghanistan. But then Bush exploited the fluck out of that heroism, treating all of his preferred policy mechanisms--from tax cuts to free trade--as essential to the Wur 'n Terra. So well did he exploit things that 85% of U.S. troops still think the U.S. mission in Iraq is mainly to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9/11 attacks. And, in a subtler yet more damaging misstep, Bush never asked from us a truly heroic political competence, a way of conceptualizing ourselves as Americans in the world that transcends old resource and culture antagonisms.
Dems, trust me: Everybody has a vague sense that something has gone terribly wrong with our country. You just need to point it out, clearly and truly. We the People are ready to seek justice for 9/11 and a robust defense from future crimes against humanity in a way that does not accelerate the cycle of rage.
Come on Dems! Say it with me!
NO PERMANENT MILITARY BASES IN IRAQ!
OPEN UP THE VOTING MACHINES, BIYATCH!
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Rove in '06: Going to the 9/11 national security well again
Will Democrats Have the Nuts to Respond "LESS SAFE UNDER BUSH"?
Karl Rove has already telegraphed that he is going to the national security 9/11 well again for the '06 election.
Democrats better grow some collective nuts and take the national security issue HEAD ON.
Know this: Americans are sick to death of Bush's rank exploitation of 9/11 for his preexisting neocon and religious world views. We are sick of being told to shut up and let the president kick some brown ass.
So call the Iraq War what it is, a major strategic blunder sold on lies and carried out with supreme incompetence.
Then, weave Iraq into a narrative about how we are Less Safe.
The Iraq War, the dehumanization of Iraqi lives on American television, continued support for hard right political parties in Israel, the re-loss of Afghanistan, torture, bombing Al-Jazzeera: all have confirmed across a vast swath of the global population the view of the U.S. as a predator, and multiplied the recruits for violent anti-Americanism.
In other parts of the globe, North Korea goes nuclear, Iran verges on nuclear capabilities, China holds tons of U.S. debt, and the South America is reveling in some kind of anticapitalist hit parade.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, domestic civil liberties are quashed, hackable voting systems leave civil rights tenuous, and the media are populated with right wing lackeys.
And hey! Bin Laden is still alive and clucking and evading the long arm of justice. Message to Bush: Thanks for getting the guy who hit us on 9/11 like you promised, ashwipe.
Republicans cringe at the thought of the Democratic Party growing nuts like this.
So say it with me: Bush's conduct of the War on Terrorism has made the U.S. more susceptible to terrorism. Less Safe. Less Safe. Less Safe. Say it. Embrace it. Be it. Repeat it. Combine it with the mish mash about domestic priorities and culture of corruption and blah blah blah, but keep saying it, and shove it down Karl Rove's bilious bile sac.
(Oh, and, about those voting systems--get on it NOW-- The technology is very vulnerable, and is developed and in many cases administered by partisans. The Bushcult has a zealous faith in their own righteousness and will do what it takes to fulfill their self-annointed mission.)
Don't the poor grunts realize that they're sending the message that terrorism works? They been so supportive of the war on terra till now.
The poll also shows that 90% of GIs think the war is about Saddam's involvement in 9/11.
Message to Bush:
Fool soldiers some of the time, shame on...shame on...you?
Fool soldiers all the time...we can't get fooled again!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
"Women's social rights are not essential...
Ruel Marc Gerecht just said something like that on Meet the Press. His contribution to the show consisted of dismissing concerns of a rising civil war in Iraq (can you say "cake walk"?) and lowering the bar for what we can expect to come out of the shitstorm.
I love these War Party assholes.
At least the panel was balanced by the eminently sane Larry Diamond.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Why can't people understand...
Er... I mean...erp.
Monday, August 15, 2005
FoxNews is all about Aruba these days
Sunday, August 14, 2005
The Return of Godshamgod
He got a job, moved into a new apartment, revised his dissertation, and started a rock band.
His erudite and earthy political humor will begin to dribble out again.
He apologizes also for speaking of himself in the third person.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
When credit is due
Without interrupting her or implying she was unpatriotic, Gregory actually let the mother of a dead GI voice her family's belief that the war was wrong from the beginning. She expressed an antiwar view with a clarity not heard from any Dem allowed on cable news.
This is not to excuse David Gregory's general function on cable news as a whore to the powerful.
It just makes you wonder what life might be like if the major media gave such views significant airtime over a sustained period, as opposed to the constant stream of Perles, Frums, FoxNews 'military analysts' and ball-less liberals we have been subjected to since the drive to war began.
To make the point sharper, former UN weapons inspector and US Marine Scott Ritter--the guy who said Iraq had no WMD stockpiles, programs, or even program-related-activity-thingies --appeared on television for the first time in about a year last night, with a slot on Fucker Carlson's new MSNBC show. Fucker, of course, used the time to berate and belittle Ritter, but again we must ask, how come no major media outlet has seen fit to put the guy who was RIGHT about WMDs on air in over a year?
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Hard core Bushits
THEY SIMPLY DO NOT CARE THAT BUSH LIES.
This Downing Street Memo doesn't mean crap to them.
They didn't care that he lied about WMD.
Why should they care that he lied when he said military action against Iraq was a last resort?
All they know is that he does what he has to do to get the job done, whether that is taking care of terrorists or tamping down domestic dissent, which are pretty much the same thing in their minds.
Monday, June 13, 2005
God told me in 1985 to give up prostitutes. Now I'm Snoop Dogg's spiritual adviser.Thank Jeebus some parts of this country remain untouched by white Christian NASCAR dad victimology. Can I get a witness?
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Well, now Bushits are finding some middle ground in the equation, providing yet another opportunity for Dems to pummel them from a hawkish position.
Whatever the merits of seeking political accomodation with insurgents in Iraq, there is a lot of mileage to be gained out of highilghting the contradiction between Bushit cowboy rhetoric and warfighting reality.
Come on Donkey, kick it in!
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Burn, baby, burn ... in HELL
Oh, we all know they lie. But just in case you've forgotten, here's a nice little overview about how the right used the Sumatra tsunami last December to attack environmentalists for claiming that global warming caused the massive wave. The attacks went all the way to the US Senate, where Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, chair of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said, “There is something inhumane about that, that [environmentalists] would capitalize on the tragedy of a hundred thousand people to push a hoax like global warming.”
The only problem is that environmentalists never claimed the tsunami had anything to do with global warming. Liberals never used the tragedy to push their agenda. Conservatives, however, made up lies about environmentalists to push their own agenda.
I'm a firm believer in the principle that one must never deny one's opponents their humanity, but this whole situation shows just how EVIL Conservatives can be: They used the tsunami tragedy to push their own agenda by claiming, falsely, that environmentalists were using the tsunami tragedy to push a liberal agenda.
If that ain't evil, nothing is.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
The war on terrorism is phony. True, bin Laden's boys were able to hit us pretty hard, thanks to luck and our own government's incompetence. But that was one organization and one hit. President Bush, after he got his instructions from the Establishment, declared war on every underground organization in the world, 95 percent of which were not even thinking of us, much less thinking about attacking us. Colombian rebels are against the Colombian government; Irish Republicans oppose British control of Northern Ireland; Palestinian groups are fighting Israeli occupation; and so on and so on. People employing guerrilla-war tactics to seek independence, an end to occupation, the overthrow of a dictator or to attain some degree of autonomy are not our enemies. Bin Laden is our enemy, and we should have concentrated on him.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Remember when John Kerry lost the election in part due to his call for a "Global test" for U.S. foreign policy?
In the campaign, Bushites depicted Kerry's global test as a craven appeal to international opinion.
But as with the notion that W shanked the war on terror by redeploying troops from Tora Bora to Iraq and letting bin Laden slip, Kerry turns out to be right again.
Legitimacy matters. It matters when people hate and do not trust you. It constrains your ability to act in the national interest.
HEY "W" YOU STUPID LOAF OF BREAD: Stop wearing the world's hate like a badge of honor, and start to think seriously about treating people's perception of our callous greed as more than just a public relations problem.
We need an exit strategy in Iraq that includes a declaration of no permanent military bases, not just for its own sake, but because such a declaration will undermine the public sympathy on which the insurgency depends.
There is no better PR than doing the right thing. You will learn this lesson you stupid loaf of bread, or you will be unable to defeat terrorism anywhere, and subject the rest of us to global hate and periodic conventional and unconventional attacks in an apocalyptic my-god-is-bigger-than-your-god culture clash.
Man, you are one stupid loaf of bread.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The upshot of moderate compromise on judicial appointments
WE WILL ONLY DESTROY THE FILIBUSTER UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES
WE WILL ONLY FILIBUSTER UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Net Gain: 3 RIGHT WING JUSTICES
Incremental advance of movement conservatism: PRICELESS
I don't see how this is a winner for Democrats.
Dobson crows behind crocodile tears.
Oh, that was a lie too? Ah.
Monday, May 16, 2005
CondoSkeeza Rice Lies Again
SKEEZA KEEPS SINGING THE SAME OLD TUNE!
In a speech to the American Embassy in Baghdad, Condoleezza "Skeeza" or "Skee" Rice deftly delivered the administration's most essential propaganda point: the conflation of Iraq and 9/11:
Knowing that Saddam's Iraq and bin Laden had no operational ties before Bush invaded, Skee continued:
You see, this war came to us, not the other way around.
The United States of America, when it was attacked on September 11, realized that we lived in a world in which we cannot let threats gather, and that we lived in a world in which we had to have a different kind of Middle East if we were ever to have a permanent peace. It just could not continue to be a Middle East in which dictators like Saddam Hussein paraded around, lived in great palaces, and yet tortured, and oppressed, and just made mincemeat of this wonderful infrastructure here in Iraq. We just couldn’t let that stand, a man who had been a danger to this region for his entire reign.Skee's case is belied by the fact that Saddam was not a threat, "gathering" or otherwise. Intelligence was gamed to justify removing weapons inspectors. We got bogged down and distracted from the real threat of Al Qaeda, and heightened that threat by creating generations of new recruits to bin Ladenism. In the meantime, Bushit let North Korea and Iran proliferate nukes and increased the possibility of a "smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud" with "no fingerprints" on it. Skeeza concluded:
And we had to have a chance to work with people in the Middle East who wanted a different kind of life, because the absence of freedom in the Middle East, the freedom deficit, is what has produced the ideologies of hatred that led people to fly airplanes into a building on a fine September day.
Skee reasons that we were attacked on 9/11 because Saddam oppressed his people.
OH, SKEEZA! THAT'S WHY WE LOVE YOU!
MEMO TO DEMS: Skee's propagation of the faulty reasoning behind the so called Global War on Terror testifies to your failure to refute such brazen hackery early and often. I guess we've all "moved on" at this point since "we're in Iraq now" and "failure is not an option." Grow some freaking nards, dinkwads.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
How bad do things have to get before they admit things are fucked up beyond all recognition?
Rest assured that when all out civil war breaks out, if it hasn't already, Bushshit is prepared to blame Iraqis for not being sufficiently interested in running their own country, in stepping up to the plate, in taking on the terrorists, in investing in the future, in freedom itself.
Strategically-minded Dems should immediately disabuse people of this blame-the-victim thinking, and drive home the point that the administration did everything it could to guarantee the perception of occupation rather than liberation.
From never disavowing the establishment of permanent military bases to privatizing the economy, leveling cities and towns as a form of collective punishment, shutting out Iraqis from reconstruction contracts, clamping down on press freedom, installing CIA puppets like Chalabi and Allawi, sanctioning torture, etc. etc. etc., they have done everything in their power to ensure that failure is an option.
Juan Cole suggests that
Whatever goddam military genius came up with the bright idea of flushing the Koran down the toilet at Guantanamo should be court-martialed, and Bush had better get out there apologizing before this thing spirals further out of control.Bush apologize? You've got to be fucking kidding.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
They are stupid
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
U.S. ordered bin Laden beheaded
Where indeed, Mr. Russert, you inane whore.
MR. RUSSERT: Mr. [Cofer] Black gave you specific instructions on what he wanted you to bring home.MR. SCHROEN: That's true. He did ask that once we got bin Laden and killed him, that we send his head back in a cardboard box on dry ice so that he could take it down and show the president.
MR. RUSSERT: Where would you find the dry ice in Afghanistan?
Your follow-up question should have been: "But wait, I thought only the BAD GUYS beheaded people. What will we tell the children?"
Monday, May 09, 2005
Republicans know bullshit...
Last week Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), was listening to Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) talk about the energy bill congress would be discussing later that day when he turned to a colleague and whispered, "this is bullshit."
Now, why would he say that? After all, Pombo is all for drilling in ANWR. He has no problem giving the oil industry billions of taxpayer dollars to ensure they continue to make record profits. His reasoning? "[Hydrogen-powered vehicles] are multimillion-dollar prototypes that nobody's going to buy. "They're just not done economically that the average person can afford them. Hopefully, if this stuff all works, 10 years from now they'll be able to produce them."
Thanks for caring about us, Dick.
Friday, May 06, 2005
In North Carolina, Democrats go straight to hell.
From ABC news affiliate WLOS:
Religion and politics clash over a local church's declaration that Democrats are not welcome. East Waynesville Baptist asked nine members to leave. Now 40 more have left the church in protest. Former members say Pastor Chan Chandler gave them the ultimatum, saying if they didn't support George Bush, they should resign or repent. The minister declined an interview with News 13. But he did say "the actions were not politically motivated." There are questions about whether the bi-laws were followed when the members were thrown out.This is the most fucked-up bullshit I've heard about in a long time. I bet Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, and Ken Mehlman are having a circle-jerk and wondering how they can get the rest of the religious-fanatic preachers in this country to do the same.
Can't you just hear them? "Maybe we can get Pope Benedict XVI to excommunicate all Catholic Dems in the USA. Maybe Oral Roberts and Bob Jones could expel students who don't pledge eternal fealty to the Republican Party out of their universities. Maybe we could get the CIA to write an intelligence report suggesting that Howard Dean is leading black masses in the basement of the DNC building. Quick - get John Bolton on the line! He'll know what to do."
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Texas, it's like a whole other country... Saudi Arabia, maybe.
Thousands upon thousands of pubescent Texas high school boys will now be deprived of extremely important education that will leave them unable to compete in modern society. But since they are from Texas (like Bush & DeLay), maybe that's a GOOD THING.
"...the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
NOTE TO DEMS AND LIBERAL BLOGGERS:
When definitive proof that the unelected Chimp lied us into war drops in your lap, run hard with it.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
One suggestion: an image of the Monkey King himself.
You're just embarassing everybody at this point.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Suck on this, asshole.
Fuck you, Tom DeLay, you're going to go down. And if there truly is any honor left in this country, you're going to go to jail - real jail - where you will become the butt-boy for a 300 hundred pound murderer with a stiffy.
Anybody who supports "W" in his effort to ramrod religio-nuts through the confirmation process should be invaded and converted to secular humanism
And that's just how Sean Hannifuck wants it.
He thinks every A-rab we kill is revenge for 9/11.
He has to think so. It covers up for the fact that 9/11 happend on the Incompetent Chimp's watch.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Dear American People: You Suck
Ever read The Handmaid's Tale?
Get off of your Christian NASCAR dad victimization trip.
No link or story here. Just a friendly reminder that incompetent fug nuts are running our country into the dirt.
Friday, April 22, 2005
The U.S. and its media could not care less.
Free talking points for Democrats:
1. Bolton is as responsible as anyone for cherry picking the lies that got us into a counterproductive war.
2. Bolton is as responsible as anyone for each dead Iraqi, GI, and contractor.
It's so simple.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Dear Democrats: You keep labeling Chimpy "Orwellian" for doing things like this, but he never seems to suffer any consequences. Maybe you could make an issue of his subpar record in the war on terror, and the fact that he is trying to cover it up?
Thursday, April 14, 2005
It now appears that, far from improving the quality of life for Iraqi youngsters, the US-led military assault on Iraq has inexplicably doubled the number of children under five suffering from malnutrition. Under Saddam, about 4% of children under five were going hungry, whereas by the end of last year almost 8% were suffering.Good thing we got rid of those WMD program-related-activities-intentions, otherwise I might start to think this whole quagmire wasn't worth it.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
And keep in mind the deep structure animating the conservative legitimation of violence. Conservatives believe that they are merely thinking about killing judges the way liberals think about terrorism -- in terms of its "root causes." What are you going to say when Joe Fuckborough asks what's the difference?
Monday, March 28, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
The report discloses that the Federal Aviation Administration, despite being focused on risks of hijackings overseas, warned airports in the spring of 2001 that if "the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable."
The good news is the people who ignored the threats are no longer working for the FAA. The bad news is they are now with TSA.
How long before we hear Condi tells us yet again, "I don't think anyone could have imagined..."
Monday, January 31, 2005
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 21 -- President Bush's inaugural address... drew a skeptical reaction Friday in the Arab world, where analysts questioned whether the rhetoric of the speech was consistent with the administration's actions in the Middle East.
In interviews... a number of political analysts and commentators commended the values outlined in Bush's speech.... But they said the words belied the fact that the United States supports several authoritarian governments in the Middle East and would ring hollow to the many Arabs who perceive U.S. policy in the oil-rich region as motivated by financial concerns and support for Israel....
Several writers called the speech "messianic" in tone and language and potentially harmful to fledgling reform movements across the region.
"It's scary stuff, so sweeping and overarching you don't know what to make of it," said Sadiq Azm, a Syrian writer and reform advocate. "He's saying that what's good for America is good for everyone else. We are used to this kind of bombast from our Arab leaders. But it's been a long time since I've heard it in English."
...Many frustrated reformers say the apparent disarray of the U.S. project in Iraq has given autocratic governments an excuse to forgo even the most modest political reforms....
Many Arabs, including some involved in democratic reform movements, also say the U.S. record of alliances in the Middle East is at odds with Bush's agenda. The United States supported Saddam Hussein in the 1980s during Iraq's long war with Iran. The Bush administration has applied steady pressure on largely resourceless Syria, including economic sanctions for its military presence in Lebanon, while leaving alone the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, which sits atop a quarter of world's petroleum reserves.
...Abdulaziz Alsebail, a professor of modern literature at King Saud University in Riyadh and part of a reform movement in Saudi Arabia that is nudging the ruling family toward allowing more public participation in politics [said] "But the question is: How can you impose freedom? Is military intervention the right way to do it? I don't think it's been a very successful attempt at all."
"Are we going to see more military intervention, or are we talking about something like a Marshall Plan?" said Mohamed Alayyan, publisher of the al-Ghad daily newspaper in Amman. "To achieve this objective, the perception of the people in the Middle East must be changed, especially regarding the Palestinian dilemma and the treatment of prisoners of war. You cannot forget the effect Abu Ghraib had on American credibility here."
Azm called Bush's language "Churchillian, but at a time without an adversary as serious as the Nazi regime." He said the speech would likely alarm governments such as Syria's, already fearful of U.S. military intervention, as well as the reform movement that has been pushing Syrian President Bashar Assad to allow for more open government.
"People will see in this the old civilizing mission, the old colonialism," Azm said. "He has adopted the reformers' agenda, but in such a messianic way that even we are not ready to go that far."
Of course the rhetoric rings hollow to Arabs. Arabs are not the target audience. For Rove, the only audiences that matter are those affecting the electoral map. The inaugural speech must be understood therefore as both a post hoc justification for a failed Iraq invasion, and as part of a long term strategy to bludgeon Democrats as "freedom haters" everytime they disagree on foreign policy.
Friday, January 21, 2005
It seems such an obvious way to extend a real promise of trust to those whom we presume to civilize.
The fact that he never says anything like that is one of those issues that is GLARINGLY OBVIOUS to the rest of the world but DOESN'T EVEN REGISTER in our addled democracy.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tweety Bird Will Ejaculate
Thursday, December 23, 2004
How Democrats can run right by running left
In the red states of Dumbfluckistan, this logic seems perfectly reasonable.
But the problem with this approach, as with our refusal to state clearly that the U.S. desires no permanent military bases in Iraq, is that it manages to achieve the opposite of what it wants. When you say fluck you, people tend to reply in kind.
As a recent DOD report notes, it is precisely this type of action that is viewed in the Muslim and Arab world as self-serving and hypocritical:
American direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies.
• Muslims do not “hate our freedom,” but rather, they hate our policies. The
overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf states.
• Thus when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic
societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy. Moreover, saying that “freedom is the future of the Middle East” is seen as patronizing, suggesting that
Arabs are like the enslaved peoples of the old Communist World — but Muslims do
not feel this way: they feel oppressed, but not enslaved.
• Furthermore, in the eyes of Muslims, American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering. U.S. actions
appear in contrast to be motivated by ulterior motives, and deliberately controlled in order to best serve American national interests at the expense of truly Muslim selfdetermination.
• Therefore, the dramatic narrative since 9/11 has essentially borne out the entire radical Islamist bill of particulars. American actions and the flow of events have
elevated the authority of the Jihadi insurgents and tended to ratify their legitimacy among Muslims. Fighting groups portray themselves as the true defenders of an
Ummah (the entire Muslim community) invaded and under attack — to broad public support.
• What was a marginal network is now an Ummah-wide movement of fighting groups. Not only has there been a proliferation of “terrorist” groups: the unifying context of a shared cause creates a sense of affiliation across the many cultural and sectarian boundaries that divide Islam.
Thus the critical problem in American public diplomacy directed toward the Muslim World is not one of “dissemination of information,” or even one of crafting and
delivering the “right” message. Rather, it is a fundamental problem of credibility. Simply,there is none...
Democrats need to move beyond bromides about "arrogance" and get on board with the Department of Defense on this one. It is not just U.S. imperialism, but its TRANSPARENCY that is counterproductive to our efforts against real threats. Progressive officials and pundits need to point out the specific consequences Bushian arrogance. Arabs and Muslims have become more radicalized, while the likelihood of Iran or North Korea or Pakistan passing off nuclear weapons to terrorists "without leaving any fingerprints" has increased. Instead of Kerry's mealy-mouthed "we're not as safe as we should be" and "I will fight a more effective war on terrorism," Dems should attach these words to the end of every criticism of our current foreign policy: "...and we are LESS SAFE as a result."
Monday, December 13, 2004
The Soft Bigotry of Farging Iceholes
Michael Moore and MoveOn.org are not the equivalent of the pro-Stalinist left. To suggest they are the American Taliban places you dangerously close to the camp of farging iceholes pretending to be patriots (i.e. your average Republican).
In point of fact, lefties have shown remarkable restraint in the face of creeping fascism. They have met right wing attempts to steal elections, repeal environmental protections, and exploit the fuck out of 9/11 with non-threatening protests and the negotiated settlements of traditional mass politics. Sure, you can point to any number of kooky statements on the Internets, but American leftists have not called for armed national liberation or proletarian revolution, have not erupted into the sorts of acts that really threaten the power structure (see Ukraine), and do not possess real hate, in the I-will-kill-your-ass-for-the-cause sense.
Precisely because the American left did not respond to the attempt to roll back the 20th century with open rebellion, the farging iceholes on the right have had to portray them as traitorous to justify their hold on power. Their argument is, “You think we are scary? Michael Moore wants Osama bin Laden to kill you!” Unfortunately, various Democrats are now reiterating this shameless McCarthyism.
Hey Peter and Al, instead of Islamo-baiting people who should be your allies, why not focus on holding conservatives to higher standards? We all know Bush benefits from the soft bigotry of lowered expectations, but rarely point out that his supporters do too. For example, many Bushies do not even care that he lied about WMD, reasoning that he had to do what he had to do to do what he had to do. These iceholes need to be shamed incessantly into demanding truth from their leaders. They should be embarrassed that our government does not base its decisions on an open and honest assessment of facts. I suspect many Bush voters are embarrassed—a fact that could explain exit poll discrepancies—but in the absence of anybody calling them out in a sustained critique, they are able to live with their conscience.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Only if it leads to substantive change, dickwad.
Bush: "I would ask the same questions" of the Secretary of Defense.
Well why didn't you, dickwad?
This administration is an affront to humanity.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Blaming the Victim
On one of the Sunday chat shows, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, sounding suspiciously Republicanesque , exhorted Iraqis to step up to the plate and stake a claim to their country.
For weeks Republicans and media allies like Harassment O'Reilly and Oxy Limbaugh have been peddling the line that if Iraq fails, it is because Iraqis do not crave freedom like they should. In other words, we served up democracy on a plate for them, but they weren't hungry enough.
This is classic blame-the-victim language which Democrats should know better than to use. Barbara Boxer must recognize that such language is meant to prepare Americans for a withdrawal and possible civil war which can then be blamed on insufficiently grateful Iraqis.
Instead of parroting such popular and easy pap, Democrats need to start talking NOW in ways that ensure that if and when Iraq ultimately fails, people place blame where it belongs: with the douchebags who lied us into an unnecessary war. By the time an ignominious exit from the quagmire begins, it will be too late to construct such a frame ad hoc, and the blame-the-victim meme will have seeped unchallenged into the national subconscious. Think, Barbara, think!
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
What the hell is this country coming to?
And it's sparked an entire industry on eBay.
This place gets more fucked up every day.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Michael Barone: complete fuckwad
Wikipedia notes that blood libels
...are allegations that a particular group kills people as a form of human sacrifice, and uses their blood in various rituals. The alleged victims are often children.After the C-span event, Barone could be seen sternly lecturing Greenberg, presumably about her "blood libel against the American people."
Many different groups have been accused, including Canaanites, Jews, Christians, Cathars, Knights Templar, Witches, Christian heretics, Roman Catholics, Roma, Wiccans, Druids, neopagans, Satanic cultists, and evangelical Protestant missionaries.
A famous example of blood libel is the allegation that Jews kill Christian and Muslim children and use their blood to make Passover matzohs. Variants of this story have been circulating since at least the 1st century.
What a complete fuckwad.
this from CAP:
After the election, gloating Republicans continued to attack the religious beliefs of many Americans. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh charged Democrats "don't like God." Evangelical leader Bob Jones charged the reelection of George Bush was a "reprieve from the agenda of paganism," stating, "You owe liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ." And conservative television host Joe Scarborough accused Democrats of "taking solace" in "bigoted anti-Christian screeds."