Presumptive Nominee Clinton is a Warhawk; and why Sanders needs to keep fighting.
[I was forced to waste my time editing and commenting on the post below, including the headline. metamars, you have already been warned to not bring right-wing tropes in your critiques of Clinton. This is your last warning.]
Hillary Clinton left her job as Secretary of State on Feb. 1, 2013. Seymour Hersh has reported that a ratline from Libya in Syria was set up in early 2012. The Obama White House has never admitted any role in such a ratline, and the DNI spokesman said "The idea that the United States was providing weapons from Libya to anyone is false." [TRUE]
I presume, however, that the White House is lying by omission, and the DNI spokesman lied by commission. I further presume that Hillary Clinton, as SoS while these crimes were being perpetrated, and more hawkish than Obama, fully approved of the creation of such a ratline. [POSSIBLY, BUT HER NAME WAS MENTION JUST ONCE IN THE VERY LONG AND DETAILED REPORTING OF SEYMOUR HERSH]
A large part of the weapons destined for so-called "moderate" jihadists, fighting the Assad regime, nevertheless ended up in ISIS hands. [TRUE]
I presume that Hillary "We came, we saw, he died. Ha ha ha!" Clinton was glad that ISIS got arms via the ratline she approved of (and perhaps helped convince Obama of supporting). [WILD SPECULATION] I presume that clinton didn't care about innocents getting brutally murdered, raped, taken as slaves, etc. [FUCKING INSANE SPECULATION] I presume she lost no sleep, at all, over ISIS' crimes against humanity. [FUCKING INSANE SPECULATION]
In a relatively recent debate between Sanders and Clinton (perhaps the last one), Clinton still spoke approvingly of a an illegal no-fly zone over Syria, imposed by the US. She neither addressed the self-evident question of what happens if this provokes military hostilities with the Russians, and the moderator was too ridiculous not to ask this most obvious of questions, either. (Which a 10 year old child could have figured out was VERY important to ask.) [TRUE]
I presume that either Clinton is a dangerous nut-job, or lying through her teeth. [OK]
I presume that anybody evil enough to support a group like ISIS might well be evil/crazy enough to provoke war with the Russians. [FUCKING WILD SPECULATION BASED ON UNPROVEN PREMISE THAT WAS ALSO FUCKING WILD SPECULATION]
I also presume that when Russian Americans, at least one of whom (the Saker) has detailed knowledge of Russian society, military capabilities, and politics, warn us that the Russians' patience with American militarism, support of terrorism, projection of military power right up to her borders, and destabilization has extreme (read: nuclear retaliation) limits, that they know what they're talking about, and that their warnings should be taken seriously. [FAIR ENOUGH]
It's too bad that Sanders wasn't willing to be more presumptive in going after Clinton. It's not a stretch that Clinton was a disaster as SoS, and did, indeed, support terrorism as a means towards an end. [NOT A STRETCH? WELL, MAYBE JUST A LITTLE STRETCH] While the fault for the premature calling of Clinton as presumptive nominee is being placed at the feet of the media (and not the DNC), I did a quick check of pro-Dem website, and didn't see any condemnation by the DNC.
So, the DNC is (apparently) OK with "being presumptive", if it means the end of Sanders' candidacy, but Sanders lacked the killer instinct to take out Clinton, utilizing a similar 'cognitive rules of engagement'. [MEH]
As I blogged earlier, [IN YOUR FUCKING ROGER STONE, ROGER AILES, FOX NEWS CHANNELING, RATFUCK APPROVING POST] though, IMO it was more up to Sanders' followers to raise their game. Sanders is an old guy, people of that age are generally less adaptable, and also Sanders has relationships with Democrats, personal as well as political, that make being aggressive enough to break through to victory more difficult. [AGEISM, AT IT'S FINEST]
At the end of the day, I think a lot of Sanders' youthful followers may have suffered from sort of the opposite dynamic. They are so young and enthusiastic, they thought they could play and win in a rigged game by following Sanders' lead, and not venturing outside the bounds that Sanders, himself, felt obligated to respect.
Perhaps if activists, over the last 20 years, had been educating youths about the extent of corruption in both mainstream political parties, as well as the "deep state" culture of murder and mayhem that 'respectable' politicians, like Sanders, won't talk about, things might have been different.
And having said THAT, I think it's very important that Sanders stay in the race, and keep fighting. If Clinton is indicted, or else if disgruntled FBI agents leak damning information because she is not indicted, she may well become nonviable. If Sanders leaves the race, then it will be much easier for the Democratic establishment to pass him over.