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Putsch: Grab a Flag, Any Flag for War 27 June 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, UK, WAR!.
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Madman popped me this from left i on the news

A few days ago, ever vigilant to show its obeisance to Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to urge the United Nations to

 charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with genocide because of his statement that Israel will be “eliminated from the pages of history,”

naturally claimed by Congress to have been a call “for the destruction of the State of Israel.” This despite Ahmadinejad’s very clear statement that the “wiping out” he was referring to is precisely the kind of “wiping out” that happened to the Soviet Union, and has nothing to do with “a fight between Judaism and other religions.”

Only two members of the House voted against the resolution, Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Dennis Kucinich.

A handful of others voted “present” or didn’t vote. All the rest voted for this absurd resolution.

Update: Looking more closely, I find that the expression of fealty to Israel wasn’t just implicit, it was explicit:

“Reaffirms the strategic U.S.-Israel partnership and reasserts the U.S. commitment to defend Israel’s right to exist as a free and democratic state.”

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Asia Times, Ramzy Baroud of Palestine Chronicle:

[I]srael is committing itself to ensure that the friction among Palestinians will destroy their national project in the West Bank as well. Fatah will now be allowed to do what Israel has failed to do over six decades of occupation.

Despite the painful nature of this conflict, one can only hope that some valuable lessons can be gleaned from all of this, not just by Palestinians alone, but by others who endure along with them the meddling of superpowers and whose democracy is a constant target.

First, Gaza has exposed, like no other experience in modern history, the hypocrisy of the US government’s democracy charade; if it was true democracy that the United States was seeking, it would have acknowledged the Palestinian people’s collective will and fostered dialogue with their representatives, as opposed to

starvation and

blockade and

covert operations to topple the government.

Well, I ‘d say Palestine, clearly and unequivocally, since the election of the Hamas slate —  AND our invasion and occupation of Iraq are running in tandem to prove that Democracy is utter bullshit to our leaders…  Not Breaking News, of course.

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Oh spare the NYT readers the bullshit Carl, FIVE years in (and a big big 60 days early), a weak call for “drawdown”.

“I am encouraged by what he [Lugar] said and it just adds to the momentum for change,” said Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “Hopefully, he’ll take some very specific steps to implement what his words mean. They are powerful words.”

Wowie Zowie:  “momentum for change”. We are in a 5 mile an hour wind tunnel.  Spit travelling at full speed.  Easier to track tracer fire.. spit spit… there goes spit.  Whose spit.  Who knows.

Why are you all talking about a Republican, presently – sorta kinda – in the minority, taking some “very specific steps to implement what his words mean”? 

‘Cuz he is tugging on the Dem nose ring?

How badly have you all NOT stepped up? So, Indiana and Ohio – following Oregon, Nebraska, Maine – steps up?

WaPo page A01 today, it is essentially a pro Republican story.  Five years in, they see the light.  Democrats, the script rolls out, sound relieved:

Reid yesterday hailed Lugar’s speech as a “potential turning point” in the debate, adding that he looks forward to Lugar putting “his words into action by delivering the responsible end to the war that the American people demand.”

Of course, I did hear Lugar say, deep in the winnowing, that  hmmm  hmmm something about fruitless deaths hmmm in the coming 60 days?  Some strong language like that…

Hidden in here somewhere (NYT):

“In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved,” Mr. Lugar said on the Senate floor. “Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term.”

The roll call on TNH was 20 yesterday and 16 today.  But, he could have been talking about our deals with the Arab League. Deals with the Wahabbis… Deals with the March Hare.  With whomever is critical to our “vital interests” – and, we are a careful and considered people, those interests “in the long term”:

I saw the scene of that summit in Sharm Ash-Shaykh. The Jordanian king referred to the clashes between Hamas and Fath as an “opportunity.” And there are still people in the (Saudi) Arab media who mock conspiracy theorists. Their mockery is part of the conspiracy, I claim. But I could not help but think that all the Arab leaders gathered belong at a different side of the table: they all should be sitting behind Olmert. That is their logical place. (Unfortunately, that could have been arranged if the Muslim and Arab masses have not been more distracted by Danish cartoons and knighthood of Salman Rushdie). As for Muhammad Dahlan, he does not belong behind Olmert. Dahlan knows his place.

 

I went to TNH to see if the text transcript of Lugar’s segment was up yet (it was not, will post when it is:  Here It Is) and found this, an Iraqi blog hosted at The News Hour.

Nabil’s blog… the entry for June 1:

It was like walking into an abandoned city, the street was completely empty, there were no signs of life in that street, the street was messed up and destroyed, the shops were all closed and broken, there was no single human being in that street, smoke clouds were coming out from a bombed or destroyed buildings, birds were flying high and it was completely quiet.

After walking about 20 meters we heard gun shoots and bombing sounds and the check-point which we passed started to shoot back in our direction, they didn’t have any target to shoot at, they were just shooting in the street. so we walked beside the walls and waited until it was quiet again and then continued walking to home.

I was so sad to see that my neighbourhood which was one of the most famous neighbourhoods of baghdad of being so crowdy and never sleeps neighbourhood to end up like this.

   IraqSlogger, photos of devastated Baghdad 

Photo is from a series at IraqSlogger:

Scenes of Devastation from Western Baghdad

06/18/2007 6:49 PM ET

These random pictures were taken by residents of western Baghdad during April, May and June 2007. They provide a glimpse of life in the Iraqi capital four years after the the American invasion:

abandoned streets, burnt out buildings and vehicles, piles of uncollected garbage and rubble, unknown bodies decaying on the streets, makeshift roadblocks placed by residents to fend off militia attacks. Most of the pictures, which have been circulating on Iraqi Arabic-language message boards, are from the Jami’a district and surrounding areas in predominately Sunni western Baghdad. (Warning: some graphic content.)

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Bones in the roadway… looks like the soul of that mythical America (oh, but for Bush and his 6 years) so many Blahgers moan over.  Yes, Injun bones. Jap and Jerry bones..  Gook bones.  Now Raghead bones.  It’s a partial list.  Just a few adventures, excursions…

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I need a laugh.. hollow as it may be. 

George Packer is up in The New Yorker (far too much a Clintonite borough of NYC, Wallace Shawn is twisting in his grave) and ‘me and my Japanese binoculars’ (fleas on dogs at a mile!, I said, Ring them UP!) are signed up for this, at least:

If a five-foot-seven divorced Jew with a nasal whine is taken seriously as a Presidential candidate, it would at the very least diminish the power of faux symbols in our political life; and a Clinton-Giuliani-Bloomberg race would so thoroughly explode the Sun Belt’s lock on the White House that an entirely new kind of politics might be possible, in which evolution is not at issue, no one has to pretend to like pork rinds, and the past tense of “drag” is “dragged.”

Do they mean “drug”, as the [colloquial] past tense of “drag”?  (Don’t answer, I don’t really need to know this one.)

And then there is this, which made me laugh out loud, fully:

However well Bloomberg has run New York City or would run the United States, his money would be a profoundly undemocratic force in public life.

Oh.. why worry when it is too late? Must we endeavor to be futile?

The argument that it insulates him from the legal bribery of fund-raising glosses over the fact that billionaires have an impressive track record of venality.

If we don’t know that by now, slaughter us for meat.  We know and don’t fucking care… 

The White House should be available to human frailty in all tax brackets.

Honestly, let’s not broaden it.  We can’t keep up with the ”frailty” as it is. 

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While I am in this neighborhood, Pat Buchanan had a few things to say too (I know, he is a horrible terrible man):

Another reason it is unlikely a Bloomberg candidacy will carry a single state is that he is neither charismatic like John F. Kennedy nor a conviction candidate like Barry Goldwater, and he is certainly not the combination of the two that Ronald Reagan was.

On and on it goes, the Bonny St Ronnie.  Talk about mythologising.

 In These Times (thanks to Madman):

[F]irst to go is the myth that Reagan was the most popular president since FDR. Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting reminds us, “During the first two years of Reagan’s presidency, the public was giving President Reagan the lowest level of approval of all modern elected presidents. Reagan’s average first-year approval rating was 58 percent—lower than Dwight Eisenhower’s 69 percent, Jack Kennedy’s 75 percent, Richard Nixon’s 61 percent and Jimmy Carter’s 62 percent.” At the end of his second year, (remember the Reagan recession?) Reagan’s approval rating was 41 percent; after the Iran-Contra scandal was revealed, Reagan’s approval rating stood at 46 percent. His approval rating for his entire presidency was lower than Kennedy’s, Eisenhower’s and even Johnson’s, and at times he was one of the most unpopular presidents in recent history.  [snip snap]

Of course, his numbers sound pretty good compared to Bush II.  Or congress.

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Try to remember, we are not newly insane — all of that “worst president ever” and “take back America”, it is, truly, just rote crap.  I like my parrots feathered and on perches…

Angry Arab:

“Each man questioned the other’s sanity. Nixon told a top aide to keep a file on Mr Kissinger’s mental health. For his part, Mr Kissinger, obsequious in the presence of Nixon, in conversations with journalists would refer to Nixon as a “madman”, “maniac” or “meatball mind”. The insults went further. Nixon called Mr Kissinger his “Jew boy” behind his back and, occasionally, to his face. Mr Kissinger would remain silent or even support Nixon’s anti-Semitic outbursts….Among Mr Kissinger’s unguarded comments are his reference to the North Vietnamese as Russia’s “little yellow friends” and his advice to Hafez Assad, the brutal president of Syria, that their mutual goal should be to avoid a situation that helped “the Jewish newspapers in the United States”.”

 

Kissinger of, as the old joke goes, 1-800-Bomb-Cambodia.

We’ve always been bad. 

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UPDATE, 8:10 am

How could I forget?

   A looney tune now and forever

Except of course, It’s Not All, Folks… He is about to be, it seems to me, the personal emissary between Condi Rice and Tzipi Livni.  Sooo New World Order.

Still, ein pudle.. Perhaps they can stash him in a satchel wearing a little Union Jack outfit, the next time they go shopping at Ferragamo on Fifth.  Pop him out to acclaim.  Fondle those bat wing ears. 

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UPDATE, 2:25 pm

No matter what, not a good headline.  

Gas stations set ablaze as Iran begins rationing
By Nazila Fathi

TEHRAN: Angry drivers set fire to some gasoline stations here after the government announced that fuel would be rationed beginning Wednesday.

The government first planned to start the rationing a year ago, but put the decision off repeatedly out of fear that it would lead to unrest. The plan was announced only a few hours before it took effect. State television reported Wednesday that “several gas stations and public places had been attacked by vandals.”

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“The rationing can help reduce the consumption,” Adel said, according to Parliament’s Web site. “It can also make us more independent and become less vulnerable in the international community.”

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UPDATE, 4:10 pm

I cannot help it, it is just plain funny that Brit Hume’s code name,USA Today photo when the CIA (Family Jewels Baby!) spied on Pulitzer Prize winning Jack Anderson for whom Brit once worked… his code name was Egg Nog.

No amount of alcohol, splashed into a creamy egg mix, could make Brit seem like a light and giddy holiday party.

I mean, look at his face:

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