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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jingoism, Reflections Of Our Past, Chris Matthews

During a recent broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews literally went orgasmic about the prospect of Joe Biden as a viable Democrat candidate against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Matthews of late has turned his show into a veritable "cheerleader" hour for his "Cause of the Day." His apparent angst regarding President Obama's lack of interest in and lack of propensity for "saber rattling" is as disconcerting as Matthews apparent affinity for Rand Paul as a GOP candidate for 2016. In fact, Matthews has conspicuously avoided criticism of the chameleon Paul over the past few months, when each MSNBC progressive and certain conservative host rightly took Paul to task. Yet, Matthews with red face and spittle flying spoke openly and disparagingly about Obama's preference for international leadership.  

As I think of the supposed progressive's week long tirade, I cannot help but think in terms of this spectacle.

Fox News reflecting on bin Laden's elimination with Bush "deal or alive" bravado.

But, on May 01, 2011 Bush was not in office. Who was in the White House the night bin Laden met the devil?

Maybe this post-911 action from George W... was more to Matthews liking?

What point bravado? What point when history has shown the futility and lack of significance of "saber rattling?"

September 3, 2014

Matthew segment becomes folly and fodder for Red Alert Politics.
Image via MSNBC
Matthews and his guests also discussed Biden’s recent moves to distance himself from the president. 
Particularly, the MSNBC host referenced Biden’s Monday speech in Detroit during which he exclaimed, “It’s time to take back America.” 
“He said, ‘I’m going to take back America,’” recalled Matthews. “I kept thinking, ‘What? From Obama?” 
Moreover, Matthews also spotlighted Biden’s recent assertion that the United States will “follow [ISIS] to the gates of hell” during a speech at the New Hampshire-Maine border. The “Harball” host suggested that Biden’s comment was much more forceful than Obama’s claim that we need to render ISIS a “manageable problem.”
Agreeing that Biden’s statement was “not subtle,” Bacon added that Democrats are now “attacking Obama” on the ISIS issue to raise their poll numbers.

“They’re going after him because they feel like he’s not popular, they can get their numbers up by talking about him,” asserted Bacon.
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September 4, 2014 (with the ever-present and willing to snipe Michael Steele, former RNC Chair and Mike Barnicle, MSNBC contributor). Barnicle appeared to temper his comments with the reality of past mistakes born of "charging" into ground wars. But, Matthews wasn't having any consideration of prudence and careful planning with alignment with other countries. He seemed to have need for major saber rattling and almost appeared child-like in his contempt for Obama's "way of doing business."

September 5, 2014

Have you ever experienced an inability to pass bodily waste? Checkout this screenshot image of the inimitable Matthews after booking MSNBC's most conservative host/manager: Chuck (Voter ID) Todd.

Image via Fire Shot Screen Capture and MSNBC dot com
The segment is 11:35 minutes of dialog that serves little to no purpose and factually includes Todd. We do not post segments inclusive of Chuck Todd based on his clear conservative lean. Segment linked here, if you care.

About the same time Matthews and his guest were taking viewer oriented pot-shots ate President Obama for what some call "weakness," this was unfolding: linkedAl-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi al-Mohammad, also known as Ahmed Godane, joined bin Laden. Do you recall the Westgate Mall slaughter of 60 people in the Kenya? President Obama OK'd the mission and never once "saber rattled." 

After living through the perfect example of charging off to war, it isn't far fetched think Matthews as a supposed liberal would know better. I state the point not because liberals are people who in aggregate disdain armed conflict. I state the point based on the reality liberals and progressives are not inclined to jingoism, do not often show their ire via saber rattling, and are general more cautious and cerebral about matters of war. Of course, Matthews did not call for open war with troops on the ground, but his obvious ire with President Obama's lack of saber rattling was disappointing and somewhat (ratings oriented) suspicious.

The problem with saber rattling? It often ends like this....

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Remember, this is just SIX MONTHS after 9/11. In response to a reporters question, President Bush tells the world that he is "truly not that concerned" with catching the man who murdered 3,000 Americans just six months and two days earlier because "we've marginalized him." 
Please note that he ALMOST says "I don't know where he is, nor do I... (really care)." but catches himself in mid-sentence. 
"He hides in caves while sending young people off to die." Visit
We must remember the US public has periods of cavalier blind acceptance of demagoguery and dogma when the nation is collectively shaken by world events. George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld manipulated that American dynamic as surely as George Tenet and Colin Powell effectively misled us into Iraq. Yes, I bit on the mobile WND labs and I recall thinking, "....well, we cannot allow Saddam to have a nuclear weapons." Records show the US Congress including then Senator Clinton joined charging off to war with full Pied Piper media reporting of Bush/Cheney saber rattling. Moreover, we fell for the bait without once questioning Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld complete indifference to opportunity to have possibly thrown a wrench into the bin Laden 911 attacks. We did not want to seek how it happened, we opted for "let's get somebody."
We ended it all with over 4400 dead US troops, hundreds of thousands war maimed, and disabled, violation of international law, international disgrace and ultimately we damned near fell into an economic depression. Should I bother to ask who has moved the nation well back from the Bush Great Recession?
Yet, we have Chris Matthews devoting hold shows to "get ISIS" without mention of the improving US economy and no mention of continued GOP obstruction to all measures for the good of the nation. Existentially, Matthews exhibited shallowness uncommon for a media progressive. 
I am going to end this piece with linkage to a thoughtful piece from the Maddow Blog's, Steve Benen: linked.

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