Posted by: quiscus | October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009

1.  “Senator Lindsey Graham, giving comfort to the 9/11 Commission, is now in open denial of scientific proof of 9/11 treason

JRK: “So basically he’s operating in denial of science as it stands today, the leading edge of scientific proof about how our fellow citizens were killed on that day?”

SGR: “If you want to put it that way.”

JRK: “And did he look at the–because we also included a packet from the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, it was 850 of them now that point out the very obvious evidence that those buildings did not just collapse from the fires. Did he look at that too?”

SGR: “Yes.”

JRK: “And so he thinks all those 800 architects and engineers are wrong?”

SGR: “Uh, he doesn’t think they’re wrong, he just thinks–I mean he’s not going to change his opinion. His opinion thus far is agreeing with the 9/11 Commission. Until something else comes out that changes that [something like a hangman’s noose, Senator?], that’s what he believes.”

Senator Graham should consider whether those that give “comfort” to the enemies of the United States of America and its Constitution, and the murderers of the people of this country and the world by denying overwhelming scientific evidence should also be tried in Military Commissions. I would opt for open criminal cases in federal court, where evidence can be known, analyzed and weighed not only by a jury and a judge but by all interested people in the world. Are you with or against the terrorists Senator Graham?”

2.  “Dianne Feinstein: War Profiteer

Why a San Francisco Democrat is one of the biggest warmongers around

The infrastructure-intensive warfare championed by McChrystal and the COIN crowd is precisely the strategic framework that will enrich the Perini/URS military-industrial combine. All those bases stuck out in the middle of nowhere that Feinstein wants to construct and defend will need to be built, supplied, reinforced, and regularly maintained. This is a job tailor-made for the Blum/Feinstein war profiteers and all the other politically connected firms that feed at the public trough.

Do we even have to inquire any further into Feinstein’s motivation for expanding this futile and unwinnable war?

The economic and political interests that feed the Democratic Party machine and enable it to hand out the goods to its loyal activists are just as invested in a foreign policy of perpetual war as those who routinely support the Republicans. In the particularly egregious case of Feinstein, her personal and financial interests are directly linked to the policy of global intervention – and this is emblematic of a larger problem with the two major parties, both of which are in thrall to corporate interests. That’s why we don’t get to choose between war and peace, only between Halliburton and Perini.”

3.  “ Afghanistan – the proxy war

If the president approves the McChrystal plan he will implicitly:

■ Anoint counterinsurgency – protracted campaigns of armed nation-building – as the new American way of war.

■ Embrace George W. Bush’s concept of open-ended war as the essential response to violent jihadism (even if the Obama White House has jettisoned the label “global war on terror’’).

■ Affirm that military might will remain the principal instrument for exercising American global leadership, as has been the case for decades.

This is a pivotal moment in US history. Americans owe it to themselves to be clear about what is at issue. That issue relates only tangentially relates to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or the well-being of the Afghan people. The real question is whether “change’’ remains possible.”

4.  “Banned at Guantanamo library: Noam Chomsky (no surprise)

U.S. military censors recently rejected a Pentagon lawyer’s donation of an Arabic-language copy of the political activist and linguistic professor’s 2007 anthology “Interventions” for the library, which has more than 16,000 items.

Chomsky, 80, who has been voicing disgust with U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War, reacted with irritation and derision. “This happens sometimes in totalitarian regimes,” he saod by e-mail after learning of the decision.

“Of some incidental interest, perhaps, is the nature of the book they banned. It consists of op-eds written for The New York Times syndicate and distributed by them. The subversive rot must run very deep.”

5.  ” Revolution was a ‘mistake’ says French ‘King’

As France groans under the weight of public debt and moral decay, one man is ready to unite the masses and lead the nation to a brighter new dawn.”

6.  “The REAL Battle Over America’s Banking System

If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.”

7.  “Gay issues, the “fringe left” and the liberal veal pen

Every standard form of Washington behavior is on display here:  reporters like Harwood with absolutely no standards who grant anonymity to pass along playground insults.  Obama officials — part of the Most Transparent Administration Ever — who seem incapable of speaking about anything without cowardly hiding behind anonymity, even for on-the-record briefings.  Snide, Fox-News-mimicking dismissals from the Democratic establishment of any discontent or criticism of the President as coming from the fringe, Far Left.  And particular disdain for any instruments — blogs, marches and  protests — which the White House cannot control, which exist independent of the tightly coordinated, Rahm-dominated “veal pen” messaging system to which so many leading progressive organizations have meekly submitted themselves in order to ensure their own continued access, funding and future career options within the Democratic establishment.

The only thing remarkable about the comments Harwood passed on is that anyone would be surprised by them.  In that regard, the furor over Obama’s complete inaction on gay issues vividly illustrates the same elements that shape political controversies in virtually every other area — from war to civil liberties to health care and beyond

As for the “you-have-to-wait” justification, here’s the time-line of the Democratic Party mentality on all such matters:

2004-2006:  “You have to wait until we win a Congressional majority in the 2006 midterms.”

2006-2008:  “You have to wait until we win the White House in 2008.”

January-May, 2009:  “You have to wait until we have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.”

Currently:  “You have to wait until after the 2010 midterms so we preserve our majority” or “you have to wait until Obama is safely re-elected in 2012.”

Once Obama is safely re-elected, it will be:  “you have to wait so you don’t jeopardize the 2014 midterms.”   That’s the mentality that produces majority power which exists for no real purpose but to perpetuate itself.

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