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Afghanistan 18 March 2012

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Kabul, Afghanistan: A man carries sacks of discarded bread on his cart as he sells balloons | Ahmad Nazar/AP

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The “enemy” … 11 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, WAR!.
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Quetta, Pakistan: Smoke and flames rise past residents standing along the wall of a truck terminal where fuel tankers were set ablaze. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at trucks loaded with fuel and supplies for Nato troops in Afghanistan | Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

The “enemy” … gets a vote.

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Options 25 November 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Moscow, NORCOM, Pakistan, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Don’t worry!  It can’t be the twilight of the American Empire, we still have options for war…. that table, the one reserved for war options, is loaded to the gills!!!  We never empty that table…

You want Northern War?  Southern War (always tasty! and a bonifide Reagan favorite!)?  War in the East?!  War in the West ???   Or, best for last… multidirectional war:   Iran and China!!

We have options.

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Snicker Snax…. a second cartoon in the gallery also dealt with sabre rattling at China, employing a wicked satire of Slob.  YUM.

Ten 6 October 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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October 7, 2001: Afterburners create streaks of light during catapult launches from the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise as US Navy fighter aircraft depart for strike missions over Afghanistan.
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October 7, 2001:   Afterburners create streaks of light during catapult launches from the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise as US Navy fighter aircraft depart for the first strike missions over Afghanistan.    Picture: US Navy / Todd A. Bent / REUTERS

Ten long and lousy years.

Fire Base USA! USA! 6 August 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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Kabul, Afghanistan: A man walks past burning tankers which were carrying fuel for Nato and US forces [Dar Yasin/AP]

The ”enemy” not only gets a vote, it is possible the ”enemy” placed a targeted vote:

By Associated Press,

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The operators from SEAL Team Six were flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. That’s according to one current and one former U.S. official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified of the loss of their loved ones.  . . . .

Future 31 July 2011

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Helmand, Afghanistan: US marines walk past a Russian tank left over from the war between the Soviet Union and Afghan mujahideen Photograph: David Goldman/AP

… might as well drink.

For the moment, I am drowning myself in Barry Lyndon.  Seems as good a drowning pool as any…..

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Imperium 19 June 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, UK, WAR!.
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On 24 May 2011 President Obama made a State visit to the UK. These behind-the-scenes pictures capture him and the First Lady during the three-day visit

On 24 May 2011 President Obama made a State visit to the UK. These behind-the-scenes pictures capture him and the First Lady during the three-day visit [PETE SOUZA/THE WHITE HOUSE]

The pic of Obby being presented to the Head House Cat / Mouser-in-Chief at 10 Downing is pretty funny.  Larry is not happy to be there…

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Liberal use of the name “Obama” in this piece from Tom Dispatch, so many white liberals seem unable to say the name in conjunction with crimes and misdemeanors…

From the Tom Engelhardt preamble to a piece by Karen Greenberg:

Every time we get a peek inside Washington’s war on terror, it just couldn’t be uglier.  Last week, three little home-grown nightmares from that “war” caught my attention.  One you could hardly miss.  On the front page of the New York Times, Glenn Carle, a former CIA official, claimed that the Bush administration had wanted “to get” Juan Cole, whose Informed Comment blog devastatingly critiqued the invasion and occupation of Iraq (and who writes regularly for TomDispatch).  Not only that, administration officials called on the CIA to dig up the dirt on him.

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In case you think taking down Cole was just a matter of the bad old days of the Bush administration, note that the journalist who revealed this little shocker, James Risen, is being hounded by the Obama administration.  He’s been subpoenaed by federal authorities to testify against a CIA agent accused of leaking information to him (on a bungled CIA plan to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program) for his book State of WarIt’s worth remembering that no administration, not even Bush’s, has been fiercer than Obama’s in going after government whistle blowers. 

In the meantime, in case you didn’t think American law enforcement could sink much lower while investigating “terrorist activity” and generally keeping an eye on Americans, think again.  According to Charlie Savage of the Times, a revised FBI operational manual offers its 14,000 agents new leeway in “searching databases,” using “surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention,” and “going through household trash.”  Yes, that’s right, if you see somebody at the dumpster out back, it may not be a homeless person but an FBI agent.

And then there was Peter Wallsten’s account in the Washington Post of a nationwide FBI investigation of “prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers.” According to Wallsten, news leaking out about it hasn’t sat so well with union supporters of President Obama (or, for all we know, with the president himself), since “targets” include “Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator and some who have been active in labor unions that supported his political rise.”  All are (shades of Cole in the Bush years) “vocal and visible critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South America.”  . . . .

That last might be dicey – if US labor had any balls.

All the years the party regulars have spent, arguing in a blizzard of verbiage and TV banter, that the Democrats are the 2% fat milk, or something. “Better for you”… 

A waste of breath.

war 13 June 2011

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Kabul graffiti – in pictures: Boys stand in front of graffiti printed on to a wall [Ahmad Masood/Reuters]

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I present you… 2 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Israel/AIPAC, Pakistan, Riyadh, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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This is the compound where Bin Laden is believed to have lived in the last few years. [DPA]

.. the compound.  The million dollar… high, high walled compound.

From a gallery at der spiegel.  Another glamour shot. And another.

Frankly it looks more like the Garrido ”garden estate”, the sad trash heap where Tracy DuGard was held for 18 years in an unincorporated part of … oh, the far reaches of the East Bay.

Clearing … 1 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, WAR!.
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Cotton Candy the rabbit takes part in a show jumping event at the Kaninhop Club in the village of Jena, Germany. Competitors hop over a variety of different sized mini-jumps. The more jumps they clear the higher their score and there is also normally a time element. The sport of rabbit jumping was born in Scandinavia but has quickly become popular through much of Europe and America...

Cotton Candy the rabbit takes part in a show jumping event at the Kaninhop Club in the village of Jena, Germany. Competitors hop over a variety of different sized mini-jumps. The more jumps they clear the higher their score and there is also normally a time element

[Action Press / Rex Features]

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Clearing hurdles.  Next!

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