Patrick Cockburn in “Cracks in the House of Saud” discusses President Obama’s visit to King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia last week. It was Obama’s first visit there in over five years reveals Cockburn.
Cockburn explores the present relationship troubles between the two regimes. He writes: Read more about US & SA Realpolitiks Stink
Below are 15 further thoughts and discoveries I'd like to share about this gravely troubling threat of Obama’s launching a military strike against Syria:
1. First off, this from Winslow Myers who compellingly writes,
Our missiles will unleash stupid violence. Unnecessary violence. Hypocritical Violence.
Stupid violence because it extends yet further the hatred that so many in the Middle East must feel for our crudely righteous meddling.
1) Political asylum is an internationally recognized right. Snowden’s motives for releasing the surveillance info were in the public interest --and not just the American public’s. It was not for private and self-aggrandizing gains. Snowden discovered a massive government conspiracy to violate the Fourth Amendment with “unreasonable searches and seizures.” It was his legal and moral duty to disclose it. Snowden’s fear of persecution is well-founded. He could face torture, incarceration without trial, or death (already may be on the "kill list") under the M.O. Read more about 10 Serious Considerations/Revelations (snip-less) re Snowden Scenario
The CIA Director will be John Brennan.
Norman Pollack in “Architect of Terror” points out some of the dimensions of Brennan’s oversight (familiar territory already to him): armed drones, targeted assassinations, rendition, black holes, subsidies to domestic fascist groups for breaking up "radical" rallies, and other “cloak and dagger” sadism.
Pollack also writes: “In Obama, the Agency, along with JSOC, has its impressario, cheerleader, and now tactical adviser, rolled in one.” Read more about Fascist Obama & Personality Over Principle Progressives
Kevin Zeese addresses the unfriendly to ordinary citizens end-of-2012 "fiscal deal" from Obama and Congress and the further challenges to come.
"... Congress passed a watered down fiscal cliff package that will raise taxes on everyone, but the worst is yet to come, and this “deficit cutting” measure contains some surprises.
"... Obama has been laying the ground work to cut social insurances since 2010.
No one spills out our destructive and self-destructive collective political reality -- moral surreality -- as passionately and penetratingly as Vietnamese American writer Linh Dinh. In his article “Voting For Death”:
America, you have become a nation of enablers and apologists for tyranny and mass murder. ...
... as another joke election nears, they’re [US leading intellectuals] all gung ho about candidates who back illegal wars and banking frauds, since each is supposedly the lesser of two evils.
The result is that in this democratic nation, presidents behave like dictators, doing whatever they like, and an uninformed citizenry is in no position to stop them. If our newspapers are nothing more than propaganda sheets, there is little reason to pay attention to them beyond predicting when they will allow a president to begin carrying out bad deeds.
Thanksgiving seems an appropriate time to inventory the crony capitalism cornucopia of the ruling class elite of America.
Here is a generous collection of excerpts from articles commenting on the obscene proliferation of wealth among the top one percent of America -- comments about the rising tide that is lifting their boats (more accurately gigayachts!) and the quicksand they are leaving behind for the rest of us!
Elizabeth Zimmermann in June 2010:
According to a recent study issued by the Boston Consulting Group, the rich are getting richer worldwide despite the deepest financial and economic crisis since the 1930s.
I cribbed the above title from an oped by William Rivers Pitt entitled “So This is Despair.”
“I see a president on his knees, hands outstretched, offering the best ideas and policies liberal governance has ever devised up to the voracious carnivore of GOP opportunism. I see the end of the New Deal, and a far crueler America emerging from the aftermath. I see a Democratic president voiding his bladder on all that he is supposed to uphold.
U.S. Taxpayers Get 4-Cent “Screw” From Boeing for $71 (177,000% Mark-up) & Other Financial Obscene Shenanigans
Oligarchs, Congress and Obama are shamelessly insisting that good ol’ trickle down economics will bring us recovery. Different year. Same BS.
Two years and waiting waiting waiting out this round of the BS.
Nearly 1 out of 4 Americans are now unemployed but our Washington faux-reps -- really cronies to the fat cats (fat cats, who are, by the way, doing FABULOUSLY) -- want to stay the Reaganomics course. It hasn’t ever worked, won’t now and will never work. Have they never heard of the definition of insanity? Do they think WE have never heard that definition? Read more about U.S. Taxpayers Get 4-Cent “Screw” From Boeing for $71 (177,000% Mark-up) & Other Financial Obscene Shenanigans