Took a while… 16 May 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, Seymour Hersh.
McChrystal and Clarke Brief Press at Pentagon
ARLINGTON, VA-MARCH 22: Army Major General Stanley A. McChrystal (L), vice director for Operations, listens as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clarke speaks at the Pentagon March 22, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. McChrystal and Clarke briefed the media on the latest developments of the United States led war against Iraq.
Photo: Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images
Mar 22, 2003
… for me to catch on to who McChrystal was, that we had seen a lot of him before… when I began googling for his photo, noticed him beside Tory Clarke – it all came back. Day after day, those briefings from the Pentagon. That dumb-fuck face of his.. this man that all sorts of venues are trilling is a “scholar warrior”. Yes I remember when Kos used that scheisse to hose the thread commenters into supporting the mil. Why! my goodness! they have advanced degrees… from Ivies. Bow down.
So… do ya think Ob did his due diligence on this pick? Or did he snooze in the bubble of the Oval? I say he SNOOZED. Biden (too often in the Oval with Ob for the Daily Briefing and for the Economic Daily Brief) said Yes… Rahm said Yes… Axelrod said Yes…
There at the propaganda podium for the invasion. Side by side with Tory Clarke. More than whiffs of torture off his command in Iraq… and then there is Tillman.
There is bound to be more.
Mrs Tillman will not be shutting up.
Considering we are swimming in blood and guts, this should go badly.
I snagged a couple of graphs from Tiny Revolution:
It’s sickening to see Obama try to justify illegal secrecy by hiding behind the troops in just the way Bush used to do. It’s even more appalling to see him not only do nothing to hold torture commanders accountable, but promote them.
Good luck with that, Mr. President. The Tillmans are unwilling to sit quietly and let pass McChrystal’s part in the propaganda disgrace and coverup of their son’s death by ‘friendly fire’. Sy Hersh has tied McChrystal to Cheney’s assassination squads. And, if the principle of command responsibility had any force at all in the U.S. military, McChrystal would have to answer for the pervasive, routine use of torture by his dirty-war task forces in Iraq.
Late last year, confirmation hearings for his last post were held up by concerns about the torture under his command, but a private chat with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee appears to have given everyone involved the cover sought.
Photos or no photos, the upcoming confirmation hearings are going to be an occasion for looking back.
From one of the comments at Tiny Revolution, “oarwell” at 10:58 pm:
[B]ig money goes looking for a better return on investment. War is the most lucrative, the most profitable venture. [Smedley] Butler argues that the only way to smash the war racket is to take the profit out of war. But as long as the same concerns that profit from war own our press, that is difficult, to say the least.
Is Obama in thrall to these war pigs? Of course he is. They are cynically using him as the best mechanism by which to quell dissent. Policy is disconnected from politics. You think anyone except paid propagandists actually wants to escalate in AfPak? Elite financial interests seek access to oil in central Asia, as well as all the usual spin-offs of war (not to mention the heroin trade, which has boomed since we liberated Afghanistan). If, in their immoral calculus, releasing photographic evidence of war crimes (Hersh says it’s photos of children being sodomized in front of their parents) would interfere with rallying the public to their profitable enterprise, then enormous pressures are brought to bear to stop their release. Pressures that possibly include blackmail. You think they wouldn’t do that? And how many innocent civilians did they kill in Iraq, in Vietnam? They care only about profit, not about human rights or “liberty” or “freedom.” …
Of course a lot of what Hersh said and wrote about the unreleased photos, he said and wrote in 2004, 2006. IMO he would not be volunteering all of that these days. I heard him myself, on Hardball, following his own breaking of the story, say we had done things even Israel would never do.
Give it a break Sy. Really.
Last, I was very entertained by this phrasing from the press release on Ob and Mrs Ob going to Accra:
The President and Mrs. Obama look forward to strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development.
Yup. Blessed. Double Blessed. “Sound”, “civil”, “lasting”. I think they should take the children and the dog. Let’s be wholesome!
Oh too good to pass up… MO at UCMerced today…
“Remember you are Blessed! And remember for those blessings you must give back!”
Each word, staccato.
I think the Obs should go to Africa wearing great towering papal mitres – emblazoned with the stars and stripes.