RE-POST from correntewire 6-22-10
The NYC chapter of The World Can't Wait peace organization emailed me about an event in NYC Friday night [6-18-10] up at St. Mary's Church on W. 126th Street. I skimmed the message. The People's Journey, a touring group of representatives of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, along with two Iraq War vets, advocating peace. They were conducting forums in 22 major U.S. cities between June 1- July 4. Read more about 'People's Journey': Witnesses To War Say Give Peace A Chance
Justin Raimando in “Hating on Bowe Bergdahl” broke me out of my cognitive dissonant nausea over the trial by media, chicken hawks, political gamespeople, lynch-mob/firing squad jingoists of the recently rescued American POW from Afghanistan. Raimando refreshingly writes: Read more about Scapegoating Bergdahl for Unpopularity of US War Crimes
I didn’t watch Obama’s State of the Union address on television tonight. My stomach was not strong enough. (Reminiscent of how Bush’s TV appearances also induced nausea in me.)
Just a little while ago I abandoned the balance of my cappuccino in an upper East Side diner because Obama’s voice from a wall TV screen in the back ambushed me. The manager/owner hustled over to the front cash register to process my check.
“I came out tonight to ESCAPE Obama!” I scolded
He wagged a finger in my face angrily. “Hey, I’m just watching to see his nose grow!” Read more about Obama, the Liar, Spins the SOTU
Bill Van Auken in “US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan” writes:
... In 2012, the Democratic incumbent campaigned for reelection vowing that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by December 31, 2014. His running mate, Joe Biden, declared, “We are leaving Afghanistan in 2014, period. There are no if, ands or buts.”
This is the epitaph that James Petras writes in “dishonor” of Obama and his administration in his article: “The Obama Regime’s Military Metaphysics Rejects Diplomatic Opportunities”:
They fought the Wars
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They turned friends
friends of our enemies.
They stood alone,
i n splendid isolation,
Of course Washington decries the corruption in Afghanistan and calls it out as a major obstacle to its mission there. That is certainly rich points out Dilip Hiro in “The Great Afghan Corruption Scam: How Operation Enduring Freedom Mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption” since the United States, due to grotesque incompetence, amorality and graft itself, has been an enabler and participant in the colossal corruption in Afghanistan. Read more about Afghanistan: Colossal Pentagon Money Pit for US Tax Dollars
Retiring Congressman Ron Paul, former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, comes done on the same side as many progressives on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A recent post on his website, reiterates comments he made when was president about Gaza being nothing but a vast concentration camp.
It has never mattered to Paul which party was in power. His greatest appeal, especially among young supporters, is his ability to tell the unvarnished truth. He puts the blame for Gazan atrocities squarely where it belongs: with the US government, which is the main supplier of planes and bombs Israel uses to attack Palestinians. Read more about Ron Paul on Ending the Tragedy in Gaza
RE-POST from October 2009, FDL:
“6 Powerful Arguments Against War from Martin Luther King, Mark Twain, Ron Paul, Tom Engelhardt, The Brussels Tribunal, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”
libbyliberal Saturday October 31, 2009 1:53 am
I have a sense of doom that our President will escalate the war in the Middle East. It won’t be as much as General MacChrystal is asking. This strategy goes along with Obama’s modus operandi of cautious and thoughtful faux-deliberating that ultimately aligns in substance if not degree with the corporate and military status quo. From the very beginning of his term, Obama has seemed lost to the matrix of this status quo, while periodically extending some eloquent and promising rhetoric of change. Read more about On War: King, Twain, Paul, Engelhardt, Brussels, Ahmadinejad
There is a great post over at TomDispatch by Dilip Hiro on the US-Pakistan relationship. I say relationship, although Pakistan is often characterized as an "ally," because Pakistan is anything but an ally. The US does have allies, the NATO countries, Japan, and South Korea, and we are committed to their defense through formal treaties. But there is a whole other class of countries that are sloppily and/or deceptively referred to as allies. Read more about With Friends Like These . . .
A long time ago I floated an idea in a blog that if the United States taught its soldiers basic American sign language for the deaf then when these soldiers entered the homelands of others to ALLEGEDLY help them, they could easily teach the distressed residents this useful, easy and elegant language and it would enhance communication and thereby reduce some of the massive stress evoked among all involved.
An additional BIG advantage would be that that one language would be flexible in all countries, as opposed to having the soldiers have to learn or not learn and endure the clumsy and often fatal consequences of not knowing enough of one challenging language and dialect after another with each deployment to another country. Read more about Everything U Need 2 Know Re Afghan War, But R 2 Depressed 2 Ask
(519 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
There is a shocking article this week in The New Yorker entitled “The Invisible Army” by Sarah Stillman.
Ms. Stillman begins by writing of two women in Fiji, Vinnie Tuiaga and Lydia Qeraniu, who are looking for work in 2007. They get recruited by a local firm called Meridian Services Agency which promises them both jobs in Dubai. You know Dubai. You have seen pictures of that opulent, exciting city I am sure. Read more about Pentagon Using Our Tax Dollars For Human Trafficking