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Showing posts with label Syria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Syria. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump: We have defeated ISIS (Really?)





Leadership matters.

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Let's also watch Pence echo Trump's remarks: linked, here. Does Pence have an original bone in his body?

Well, is it possible ISIS doesn't want the US to pull our troops from Syria?  What follows is an obvious strategy to garner attention from the US.



MSNBC Morning Joe

Of course, you know Putin wasn't a larger role in the Middle East and has long wanted a back down of a US presence.  

What Putin wants. Trump gives.

Imagine any past US President seeking the attention of a Russian or Soviet Leader to the point of childish beckoning.  At the G20.....



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Monday, January 30, 2017

Social Media Screeds: Growing Authoritarianism, Steve Bannon, And Anti-Muslimism


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Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?
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Anonymous poster
"To my conservative family and friends: You have been given a gift. 

The gift is this: Your guy won, your team has the house and the senate. And it's going....not great. My charge to you is this: figure out how you want to be represented in history. You are on the cusp of being the party that rose up and fought for what you told us you stood for, or you can be the people we have to explain to our children when they ask why no one fought the breakdown of our democracy.

If you voted for the president or a Republican senator because you believe in fiscal conservatism, you should be furious that your tax dollars are going to build a wall that will have zero impact on the effects of immigration.

If you hate the left because of "Political Correctness," you need to be asking yourself if you're okay with the President censoring communications from MULTIPLE government organizations like the National Park Service, the EPA and more.

If you voted because you hated Secretary Clinton's email server, I expect you to be calling your representatives to ask why Steve Bannon and others continue to use their unsecured personal emails and why your president is using an unsecured android device still.

If you voted because you believed there would be better protection against terrorists, you need to ask yourself why it's okay that your president just took away $130 million in anti-terror funds from New York with his punishment of Sanctuary Cities.

If you are angry that your insurance is too expensive, you should ask why your senators are repealing ACA without a replacement, an action that will leave 20 million people without insurance at all.

If you believe the Clinton initiative provided unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation, you should be livid that your president has moved to block visas from Muslim countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but not places where he has business ties like Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

This is an opportunity to prove that you voted for the reasons you say you did. I am taking you seriously; I am taking you literally."

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"Just in case what Trump has done with his illegal Muslim Ban isn't clear, let's break this down: Muslim GREEN CARD holders, that is resident LEGAL aliens from certain countries, were prohibited from reentering the country for 90 days if they happened to be traveling. They were detained at airports and prohibited from returning to their homes.

Do you understand what this means?

It means that if you have lived in New Jersey for 20 years with your family and were traveling for business, you are now not allowed to return HOME for 90 days. You will most likely lose your job. Where will you go in the meantime? Will you stay at a hotel?

Or if you are a mother you happened to have gone to your father's funeral abroad at this unlucky time and tried to return home to your children, you are now not allowed to do so for 90 days.

Please don't talk to me about how necessary it is to conduct proper vetting. These people are GREEN CARD holders. A green card holder is a LEGAL alien. He or she has essentially the same rights as a citizen, with respect to residency. They HAVE been properly vetted. These actions against them are 100% ILLEGAL. If it can be them today, it can be you and me tomorrow!
If this doesn't scare you, you are not paying attention. This is not a democracy."

Anonymous poster
Yesterday, Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.


Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military adviser in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.

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I am an immigrant, we are all immigrants. The only people who can say they are not immigrants or descended from immigrants are the first Americans, who welcomed the first Europeans to this country, and those descended from slaves, kidnapped from their land of birth and forced to work this land to make it what it is today. 

I am an immigrant, and I am thankful for the people who came before me, who had the courage to stand up for me and speak out in my defense when others, out of fear, out of hate, out of ignorance of the unknown, tried to ban me from this country.

I am the Irish immigrant who was discriminated against because of my religion. I am the Italian immigrant who was wrongfully labeled as violent, dangerous, and a member of criminal groups, such as the mafia. I am the Chinese immigrant, the first to be excluded from this great land because I worked too hard. I am the Japanese immigrant, imprisoned because I was from the same country this government fought. I am the Mexican immigrant, the Filipino immigrant, who was lured to work the fields that fed this great country, also later restricted. I am the Muslim immigrant fleeing my war-torn country bombed by this country, yet continuing to contribute to our medical fields to help the people of this land. Now banned.

We are all immigrants, we are here because of the graciousness of those before us who opened their hearts and said, "This is wrong, you cannot block an entire group of people, this is not us, this is not America."

If not for the Native Americans who helped and feed the first visitors to this land, many of us would not be here today. The Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Quakers, and the Calvinists, and many others came to this country fleeing religious persecution, yet now we exclude others because of their religion.

Immigrants to this country have contributed immensely, those who argue that only those immigrants who assimilated smoothly into this country and who forsaked their own traditions, their culture, their way of life, do not know their own history, they ignore what we take for granted, from oatmeal and whiskey (Irish), kindergartens, Christmas trees, hamburgers, and the Easter Bunny (Germany) to pizza (Italy), sewing machines and bikinis (France), herbal medicine, sushi and other Asian foods (Asia), French Fries (Belgium). Let's not forget that the personal computers, Mac, iPhone and iPad we enjoy today came from a man, Steve Jobs, whose father was a Syrian immigrant.

Chicken noodle soup? The combination of chicken and broth arrived from Greece, and, of course, the noodles from Asia, while the the all-American hot dog came from frankfurters in Germany and the first apple pie recipe came from England (there were only crabapples in the early Americas) and the apples themselves also from England, but originally from Asia.

And, our form of government, borrowed from the same people we called non-citizens, the Iroquoian League of Nations. The songs, the dances we enjoy to this day, the basis of, stolen from slaves from Africa. Our dedication to family, community, hard work, replicated from our Southern neighbors in Mexico and South America. Many other elements of our present culture, our foods, our literature, our current fashions, our entertainment, our sports, our health, many of our inventions, our very being borrowed from immigrants.


I am an immigrant. The Statue of Liberty welcomed us, the Bible says in Exodus 22:21 that "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." I am an immigrant, we were all once strangers to this great land, this land would not be what it is without us, when one group of immigrants is persecuted, we are all persecuted. I come forth from the faces of these young children in this photograph from Ellis Island, I am an immigrant.


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Saudi Arabia is not on the GOP ban list, despite the reality of the 911 terrorist.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Rick Staggenborg: A Day Of Thanksgiving And A Ever Mindful "TRUST BUT VERIFY."

SOLDIERS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL

Soldiers For Peace International

Rick Staggenborg
Today, I am thankful that the President has shown that he is willing to take significant risks for peace. It is no small thing to change the course of American foreign policy of empire-building that he inherited and seemed to many to be something he embraced. 
President Obama is bucking the tide of history that was being written by a senate totally in the pockets of war profiteers and people who believe that American interests are identical to the right-wing government of Israel, never questioning whether Netanyahu's polices are in the best interest of Israel, which is identical to that of Palestinians with whom they share a common land. That cause is justice. We will know justice only when there is no war. 
The success of Obama's efforts will depend on whether the American people can show the same kind of support for peace as they did when he called on his to weigh in on whether to attack Syria. That gave us the opportunity to make a difference in ending the war of terror that he said could not go on forever. Now it is our job to help him achieve Mankind's greatest goal: the end of war itself.
This is the personal blog of Rick Staggenborg, MD. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the official positions of Take Back America for the People, an educational 501.c3 nonprofit established by Dr Staggenborg.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013

TRUST BUT VERIFY



Dear President Obama:



I feel a little guilty that it took me so long to write this. I have been pretty quick to write letters, sign petitions and make phone calls criticizing your actions in the past. When you get something important right, it’s only fair that I take the time to express my support. Besides, I imagine that if all you hear from certain people is negativity, questioning of your motives and cynicism about your actions you might be disinclined to listen to them. I wouldn’t blame you, either. 


You deserve credit for avoiding a direct attack on Syria and opening up dialogue with Iran. Cynics claimed that you bumbled your way into the situation, but that doesn’t add up. It seems to me that you have masterfully handled pressure from a Congress in the pockets of the military-industrial complex and blindly obedient to the wishes of the right wing Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu. Your actions in response to the false flag attack in Syria not only allowed but encouraged a debate in which Americans finally spoke against further American imperialist overreach. Some even entertained the heretical notion that Israel’s interests are not identical to their own. This is a healthy skepticism that I am sure will only become more widespread as Israel’s aim of destabilizing Syria and attacking Iran at any cost becomes ever more nakedly apparent.

Holding our elected officials responsible for their actions may be everyone’s duty, but it’s obvious to me that without the support of the People, a President cannot change a nation that has gone so badly off course. Lincoln didn’t free the slaves until he believed that slavery proponents would not be able to use it to defeat the cause of preserving the Union. When citizens who had doubted him rallied to the cause after a Union Army victory, he took a calculated risk in challenging the property rights of slaveholders with the Emancipation Proclamation. He could not have done the same thing and won the war without political capital. That only comes when the People support the President for doing the right thing.

The way I see it, we are in a similar situation but this time the People must rally around your efforts at waging peace, not war. Just as Lincoln forced a confrontation by challenging the economic interests of slave holders by seeking to limit slavery, your recent actions threaten the enormous investments of corporate war profiteers who would enslave the world in endless war if they could. If you can expect no support from those who would like to believe you mean what you say, it is hard to imagine how you could prevail against a Congress so deeply committed to serving the interests of those whose profits are threatened by the prospect of peace, when half the country will oppose whatever action you take. 

I hope that I have been right in calling for patience from people who have demonized you for widening the war in Afghanistan, failing to close Guantanamo, exponentially expanding drone warfare, helping build a domestic spying apparatus so massive it could be the backbone of your jobs plan and insisting that Americans be subject to the same violations of constitutional rights as foreigners have suffered since the outbreak of the War of Terror. While I share their concerns about these and other decisions that threaten freedom in the US and the world, I try never to forget that I am not the one in the office that Kennedy held when he was murdered by the national security state for trying to end the Cold War. As a student of Presidential history, I am sure that you are fully aware of that fact and the implications it has for what you can accomplish without risking the same fate. I don’t feel that I have any right to judge you for what you have or haven’t done. I understand what you meant when, according to former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern, you told disappointed friends who wanted you to explain your record “Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King, Jr?”

With all this in mind, the world will be watching while you determine whether the cynics or the optimists will be vindicated by your conduct of the negotiations in Tehran and Geneva. It seems to be a good sign that the long-delayed negotiations on Syria are finally scheduled, despite the opposition of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the terrorist groups they are hoping will topple the Assad government. Since the delay was due to a refusal of the Syrian insurgents to take part, this appears to be tacit recognition that the al Qaeda-led “rebels” are not going to prevail in turning Syria into a failed state, Libya-style. If the negotiations lead to substantive agreement, they will have to take what they can get. 

At the same time, I cannot ignore the possibility that both negotiations may be a sham, like the Israeli “peace” negotiations with the illegitimate PA government. Just as there can be no negotiating for peace with a nation that continues to commit international crimes in expanding its colonization of an occupied country, so too can the US government talk peace while doing everything in its power to undermine it. Removing Assad from power as a precondition to peace in Syria is a nonstarter. The government is regularly defeating the terrorists in the field, but pundits and politicians are expressing hope that Iran can be convinced to “help” with negotiations around Syria. If you press Iran to convince Assad to step down, we will know that the negotiations in Tehran are just for show. 

If you are serious about wanting peace, you will do everything possible to present an acceptable deal to the Iranians, taking into account that they have hardliners who benefit from politics of confrontation just as right wing hawks in both parties do in the US. It is a delicate balancing act, and anyone with an ounce of understanding of the situation will know why your tough rhetoric and hyperbole is necessary for domestic consumption even if you truly want to bargain fairly. After all, if that is what it takes to get support for a treaty in the Senate, the peoples of both nations will benefit. At the same time, you will have finally declared American independence from the right wing of the Knesset. 

I really want to see you do the right thing. I am willing to trust you until I see proof that this move toward peace is insincere, if it is. Some people would rather be right in their cynical assumptions than be embarrassed should you prove them dead wrong, though they will never admit it. I am not one of them. I am not afraid of being embarrassed by having the audacity to still hope that we can be the change that will make you do what is right. If we fail to support you when you need us the most, I am not sure that we could handle democracy if we had one.

Sincerely,

Rick Staggenborg, MD
Founder, Soldiers For Peace International
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Syria: Mass Executions


Re-blog from Human Right Watch Dot Org.

Occasionally, we see reports of Syrian Rebel fighters and crimes committed against Syrian Army Troops.  Often the reports are clearly aimed at turning US support away from the horrors of the Syrian Army. The reports work. As reported by experts who have far more knowledge of the atrocities by either side of the civil war, there are no clean hands.  

One sided reports are strategically focused on US public opinion. And, public opinion is at a premium for both sides of the civil war. Why else would Prime Minister Putin seek permission to post an OP-Ed in the New York Times? Think of the prospects. 

The US is fertile ground!   

We have Fox News, Glenn Beck and other well-known conservative ideology leaders extolling the machismo and virtue of Vladamir Putin. A phenomenon without question unimaginable with George Bush as president. You may take what you wish from that statement, but you will be hard pressed to refute it. Conservatives follow their ideology leaders to a far greater extent than their elected officials. 

Some Liberals have proven so whiny and spineless about President Obama standing up to Assad's chemical weapons use, it has been embarrassing for me. They are rightfully reticent of a US intervention as a result of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice and Powell's false WMD charge intro Iraq.  Yet, their reticence has worn a path that facilitated Putin's and his PR firms desperate and ill-advised decision to seek the placement of the Op-Ed. 

Since, we only see the horrors of Syrian rebels committing atrocities, I found the following piece particularly balancing.  It also provides perspective. Perspective we will not find available via the US press. Maybe, US media is so burned-out on matters of war it forsakes balanced reporting in favor of agenda.  Rather than spend hours on "America appearing weak", "Obama is weak", "The White House seems disheveled", (Tennessee's Corker's, "seems to be very uncomfortable being Commander-in-Chief of this nation”, and “seems to be very uncomfortable being Commander-in-Chief of this nation.” Why not seek real news and perspective beyond news room managers, hosts and editor speculation? Speculation that leads to news cast host speaking as if expert with no more knowledge than what appears on news wires.  


The following is a bit long. It is probably not a piece for a one- setting read, but it is very relevant.  As I read the piece, I could not help, but wonder if the Nobel Peace Prize Commission of 2010 was not both prophetic and clairvoyant.

The president's actions have been cautious and calculated. While the following piece addresses atrocities, we must remember that to date not one US missile, bomb of gun has been fired against the government of Syria. 
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New Evidence That at Least 248 Executed in Coastal Towns
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
  • What the United Nations Security Council Should Do
    Refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC)
    Require states to suspend all military sales and assistance, including technical training and services, to the Syrian government
    Request that Syria grant the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry unrestricted access to al-Bayda and Baniyas
    Tweet our recommendations
While the world’s attention is on ensuring that Syria’s government can no longer use chemical weapons against its population, we shouldn’t forget that Syrian government forces have used conventional means to slaughter civilians.
Joe Stork, acting Middle East director
(London) – Syrian government and pro-government forces executed at least 248 people in the towns of al-Bayda and Baniyas on May 2 and 3, 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. It was one of the deadliest instances of mass summary executions since the start of the conflict in Syria.

The 68-page report,  "‘No One’s Left’: Summary Executions by Syrian Forces in al-Bayda and Baniyas,”is based oninterviews with 15 al-Bayda residents and 5 from Baniyas, including witnesses who saw or heard government and pro-government forces detain and then execute their relatives.Working with survivors and local activists, Human Rights Watch compiled a list of 167 people killed in al-Bayda and 81 in Baniyas. Based on witness accounts and video evidence, Human Rights Watch determined that the overwhelming majority were executed after military clashes ended and opposition fighters had retreated. The actual number of fatalities is probably higher, particularly in Baniyas, given how difficult it is to access the area to account for the dead.

“While the world’s attention is on ensuring that Syria’s government can no longer use chemical weapons against its population, we shouldn’t forget that Syrian government forces have used conventional means to slaughter civilians,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Survivors told us devastating stories of how their unarmed relatives were mowed down in front of them by government and pro-government forces.”

The Syrian government acknowledged its military operations in al-Bayda and Baniyas but said that its forces had killed only “terrorists.” Ali Haidar, minister of state for national reconciliation affairs, told the Wall Street Journal that “mistakes” may have been committed in the operations and that a government committee was investigating. But he also said that the government was forced to act to deny rebels a foothold in a part of Syria that many considered the heartland of the Alawites.


On the morning of May 2, Syrian government forces and pro-government militias clashed with opposition fighters in al-Bayda, a town of about 7,000 residents 10 kilometers from the coastal city of Baniyas. The area is considered a Sunni antigovernment enclave within the largely Alawite and pro-government Tartous governorate. Witnesses said that after the local opposition fighters retreated, at about 1 p.m., government and pro-government forces entered the town and proceeded to search the houses.

Over the next three hours, the forces entered homes, separated men from women, rounded up the men of each neighborhood in one spot, and executed them by shooting them at close range. Human Rights Watch also documented the execution of at least 23 women and 14 children, including infants
One witness in al-Bayda described how government soldiers entered her home, took her husband, his three brothers, and a neighbor, to the next-door apartment and executed them:
Suddenly we heard gunshots. I started screaming to my father-in-law, “The men are gone, Abu Muhammad, the men.” I ran to the window and saw around 20 soldiers leave the apartment next door. As soon as they left, we broke out of the apartment where they had left us and rushed to the apartment where they had taken the men. I first saw my husband’s body by the door. Then I found Sa`id’s body in the hallway. The remaining three were in a room on top of each other. Each of the men had three bullets in him.
In many cases, pro-government forces burned the bodies. In one particularly gruesome case, they piled up at least 25 bodies in a cell phone store on the village square and set them on fire, based on witness statements and video evidence Human Rights Watch reviewed. Government and pro-government forces also burned and looted homes and intentionally destroyed property, based on accounts by a number of witnesses and video footage likely filmed by pro-government forces and eventually obtained by someone who posted it on YouTube and by local residents showing burning homes and cars.

The next day, in a pattern closely resembling events in al-Bayda, witnesses told Human Rights Watch that after storming Ras al-Nabe`, a neighborhood in Baniyas, government forces and pro-government militias executed dozens of residents.

In some cases, government and pro-government forces executed, or attempted to execute, entire families in the two towns. Three local residents who found the bodies after the forces had left al-Bayda, said that they executed all the members of one of the branches of the Bayasi family who were in their homes on May 2 – at least nine men, three women, and fourteen children –with the exception of a 3-year-old girl who they said was wounded by three bullets but survived.

One of the first responders to find the Bayasi bodies described to Human Rights Watch how he found them:
I was busy helping the surviving residents leave the town when the fiancĂ© of one the Bayasi women asked me to go with him to check on her. We went to the house of Mustafa Ali Bayasi. We entered. We saw no one in the first room. As we entered further into the house, we got to a room where we found so many corpses. Mothers and children piled on top of each other. One mother was still covering her son. I thought he may have survived but as I turned her over, I saw that he had been also shot. My friend’s fiancĂ© was also killed. We closed the windows of the house because we did not want any wild animals to come in.
In Ras al-Nabe` residents also told Human Rights Watch that they located the bodies of entire families, including children, who were killed together. Their wounds, including gunshot wounds to the head and chest, and the location of the bodies, sometimes found in piles on the street, led them to conclude that they had been executed.

Two Ras al-Nabe` residents told Human Rights Watch that during the evening of May 3 they saw near the edge of the neighborhood a pile of approximately 30 corpses, including at least 7 women and 6 children, primarily from the Suleiman and Taha families. One resident, Bassam, told Human Rights Watch that after seeing armed men whom he believed were members of the security forces or army he heard his neighbor from the Suleiman family screaming in the street that his parents had been killed. Bassam said that he found the neighbor standing over the 30 bodies on the street.

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the forces who entered the two towns were a mix of regular government troops; members of the National Defense Force, a paramilitary group organized earlier in the year by the government from pro-government militias; and armed pro-government residents of neighboring villages. One witness said that soldiers who enteredher house had black tags on their sleeves identifying them as Special Forces. Reporters for pro-government media outlets on May 2 interviewed soldiers on the outskirts of al-Bayda, who indicated that it was the army and National Defense Force that led the attack.

Human Rights Watch has previously documented summary and extrajudicial executions by government and pro-government forces following ground operations in many parts of Syria, including in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, and Homs and Idlib governorates. Human Rights Watch has alsodocumented executions carried out by opposition fighters in areas under their control in Homs and Aleppo governorates and has just concluded a field investigation into executions committed by opposition fighters during their offensive in Northern Latakia in early August.

The UN Security Council should ensure accountability for these crimes by referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said. The Security Council should also insist that Syria cooperates fully with the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry by giving it unrestricted access to al-Bayda and Baniyas. The Syrian government should make public any findings by the government committee that Haidar, the government minister, said had been formed to investigate the killings in al-Bayda and Baniyas.

“The Security Council has the opportunity to deter future killings – not just by chemical weapons, but by all means and by all parties–by referring the situation to the ICC,” Stork said. “As the US and Russia negotiate over Syria’s chemical weapons, they should remember that for the victim and their relatives, the method of killing is secondary.”
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Obama Welcomes Syria Deal, Expects Assad Compliance

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US President Barack Obama welcomed the deal reached Saturday to strip Syria of chemical weapons but said much remains to be done and warned Damascus to comply with the accord. In a statement, Obama said that if the regime of Syria's President Bashar…

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Maddow On Putin (VIDEO)

WORKS!!!!!!
As Russia, Syria and the United States move closer to an agreement on Syria's chemical weapons cache, many are positing.  The vast majority in the United States have no interest in a US intervention in Syria, despite Assad's heinous use of chemical weapons on his own citizens.  There was a time in the United States when such an act would have caused a major revolt to act against the Syrian despot.  

Time passes and our time has been influenced by the corrupted years of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld.  If we add Bush economic failures to our "Bushed-out Syndrome," it is completely understandable why so many will watch the gassing of people with no thoughts beyond, "it is not our business."   "It is not our business!"   

While understandable, based on recognition of eight years of Executive Branch GOP malfeasance rooted in self-interest, greed and incompetence, the compassionate mind thinks about the many instances of "It is not our business" ,which have plagued the history of mankind.  
I. Manifest Destiny and associate genocide against tens of millions of Native Original North Americans. 

II. Colonist who had no power to stop, nor inclination to speak out against the creeping slave trade. 
III. German citizens who sat and watched the carting-off of Jews, Jehovah Witness, homosexuals, and minorities (including Gypsies). 
IV. Pol Pot's killing fields.
V. Genocide in Rwanda (despite a clear intervention in Kosovo: Clinton). 
".....and we are doomed to repeat history if principled leaders do not stand tall." 

Thankfully, President Obama, Kerry and Hagel are principled enough to work behind the scenes. Their strategic approach to Syria included public threat to intervene militarily against future use of CW by Assad.  They acted ,despite our whining cries to just ignore it!

Progress is being made. We must always remember, the reality of potential actions if there was a GOP president in the White House.  And, those actions would have ensued two years ago and the actions would have included bombing Syria on behalf of the rebels.  There would have been no "detente."

Our contempt for standing against Syria also contributed to another dynamic.  We suffered an onslaught of, excuse this, "bullshit" propaganda and misinformation that appeared as part of Syrian or Russian social media mind operations (linked).  I am certain a good bit of the bullshit memes and articles were not of foreign creation; example was the Breibart Dot Com contribution to the bullshit.  The epitome of  sadness related to American acceptance of Assad's gassing his own citizens appeared as a historic act: Vladamir Putin and Andrew Rosenthal's, Editor New York Times, OP-Ed. Our report on the matter, here

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC TRMS, opined on the historic event. An event, I truly hope is buried never to return as the "Zombie" act of publishing the insulting OP-ED.

Rachel Maddow ......



Putin misjudged our contempt for war coming out of years of fruitless and unnecessary military action. He significantly misjudged President Obama and his advisers.  He possibly took incessant mouthing from "so-called" experts and pundits about our misguided approach to the problem. He may have believed most Americans buy into political and paid comments against the administration. And, (ultimately)  he misjudged our tendency to rejoin when attacked from a foreign nation. He may have fallen victim to the advice from the US PR firm, Kethcum, in believing such a OP-Ed would leverage unsubstantiated political comment about Obama as "weak." 

Alas, Putin may continue to hold the Cold War view his country is an international superpower.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

GOP Shown To Be Keystone Cops By President Obama





gop keystone kops meme GOP Shown To Be Keystone Cops By President Obama
by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.


Somebody help me out here. Are the Republicans for war with Syria or against war with Syria? When it appeared that we might be dropping bombs on Syria all I heard from the Republican party was “Tyranny,” “Dictator,” “Impeachable Offense,” “Unconstitutional” and “Highly Illegal.”

Not surprising since they are functionally illiterate and don’t read their own resolutions… like the one the Congress signed stating that Syria’s possession and use of chemical weapons was against the “Interests of these United States.” Details, details, surely that was under a different President and it doesn’t matter now… Of course it does!

What A Difference A Day Makes

Now that President Obama’s pressure is forcing a diplomatic solution, Republicans again are outraged! They’re tripping all over themselves with no clear idea of what their stance should be. Did we drop the ball? Is Putin getting all the glory for brokering a peace? It would be simply hilarious if you didn’t stop and realize, these idiots are in a position where the safety and welfare of this nation depend on their having good judgement.

It’s a good thing they already have “Obama Care!” It will pay for the psychiatric help they need. What they’re suffering from is commonly known as Schizophrenia. They don’t know which of their multiple personalities to bring to the fore on this issue. You can see them moistening their fingers and putting them in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. When our children’s lives are at stake, whether I disagree with your ultimate conclusion or not… it would certainly be nice to know as an elected official, you made the best choice possible under the circumstance. Right now? Everything they do, they measure against their own personal political gain. 

That’s not putting country first.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

The American Liberal Times: We Are Suspicious! GOP Leadership Approval???


Re-blogged from The American Liberal Times Dot Com

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 · 7:32 AM

A matter of “Trust!”

A Matter Of Trust Suddenly Arises!
A Matter Of Trust Suddenly Arises!
9/9/2013
The Speaker of The House of Representatives, John Boehner (Republican) has reportedly said he supports the idea of military intervention by The United States into the Syrian Civil War and according to the same report I was reading, the Speaker also has indicated that he will “call on his colleagues” to support the action as well.
Whoops!
Isn’t The Speaker the guy who has a lot of “say” in the affairs of the GOP-ers?
Aren’t the GOP-ers the same ones who bragged a few years ago that their first priority was going to make sure that President Obama was a one-term president?
Aren’t the GOP-ers the same bunch who have since tried to obstruct almost everything the President has tried to do?
And now – - all of a sudden – - they are “on board” with something the President has indicated he would like to do?
Hang on there, folks – - wait just a cotton picking minute if you will!
Imagine the following scenario which I have put together in my own head out of my own suspicions of general right wing motivations:
Suppose the GOP says they go along with the President on the Syrian intervention and he consequently decides to go ahead.
If all goes well – - which almost everyone I have talked to thinks it won’t because of all the unknowns and risks associated with such an intervention – - then the Repugs who supported the actions could come back and say, “See?  We did it right this time and if the President hadn’t had our support, he could never have really done it properly in the first place – - so . . . feather in our cap!”
But on the other hand if something should go wrong in such an intervention, then what would keep the GOP-ers from saying something on the order of, “We had our say in the matter but the President screwed things up and demonstrated his lack of leadership and it is now time to elect a Republican to the Presidency.”
My friend, Jim, thinks this sudden approval by a leader of the GOP might somehow be representative of some kind of political trap and that the President should be very wary of any sudden “support” for any of his ideas or initiatives from the Republican side of the government.
I cannot explain why but down deep in my gut, I feel that my friend, Jim, might have a point there.
Am I just being too suspicious here this morning?
Read Deeper into this – - – HERE.
Posted by John on 9/9/2013
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