Posted by: quiscus | September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

1.  “Independent, unlike the official 9/11 Commission, with subpoena power. People WILL go to jail for lying.

“If the referendum passes in November, it would lead to the creation of a local, independent commission with subpoena power that would be tasked with comprehensively reinvestigating the attacks.”

2.  So, which Bush polices will Obama actually change?

“The White House – Press Office – Notice of continuation of the National Emergency – Sept. 10th, 2009

Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2009. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency the former President declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat.”

3.  “Sheen Demands, on Tape Obama Investigate 9/11

Sheen highlights several issues in the video, including the unexplained collapse of WTC 7, a 47-story building that was not hit by a plane yet collapsed in free fall fashion into its own footprint within 7 seconds later in the afternoon on September 11. He also cites multiple reports from firefighters, police, first responders and others who were at ground zero and who all described explosions before the collapse of the twin towers and Building 7.”

4.  Unbelievable:

“Thatcher told Gorbachev Britain did not want German reunification

5.  What exactly was the point of the last 8 years?

‘Taliban hold sway over in 97% of Afghanistan’

6.  I can guarantee there are NOT one million potential terrorists in the US:

“Obama’s Terror Watch-List

1.27 million names of “terrorism suspects” in U.S. government’s data bank”

7.  “How one becomes “crazy” in Washington culture

As HTML Mencken insightfully noted in what is one of the best blog posts ever written, our political mores demand vehement repudiation of petty acts of incivility (not all, but most) while tolerating and even approving of extremely consequential acts of indecency as long as they’re advocated with superficial civility.  Those who use curse words to oppose torture, wars and lawbreaking are evil and unSerious (The Angry Left); those who politely and soberly advocate morally repugnant, indecent policies are respected and Serious.  As long as one adheres to Beltway decorum, one can advocate the most amoral and even murderous policies without any repercussions whatsoever; it is only disruptive and impolite behavior that generates intense upset.  Beltway culture hates “incivility” (public use of bad words) but embraces full-scale substantive indecency (torture, lawbreaking, unjustified wars, ownership of government by corporations, etc.).

All of that leads to the most interesting and revealing aspect of the Politico article.  Needless to say, no establishment media outlet is permitted to write an article that includes criticisms of “one side” without emphasizing that the criticisms apply just the same to “the other side” — regardless of whether that’s actually true.  That’s what “balance” means.

That’s why we continue to fight wars endlessly and will almost certainly continue to do so — even as Al Qaeda turns into little more than a scary image and mythThe Washington Post now appears to be having a hard time deciding if we should attack Iran or Venezuela next.  Our political culture is embedded with the notion that “war” is inherently right, good, important and Serious.  Those who advocate it are deemed intrinsically more Serious than those who oppose it, no matter what the war is or what its justification might be.

America’s “Foreign Policy Community” is centrally designed and incentivized to justify and cheer on wars.  But it extends far beyond that.  That’s the central premise of our political culture generally.   When it comes to credibility, supporting wars trumps everything — including truth.  Nothing illustrates that better than the fact that Jim McDermott and those like him are considered “crazy” — still — while those who supported the disaster of Iraq are highly respected and credible.”

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