From the Daily Beast here:
His failed appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016 lacked both imagination and hard-ball politics, leaving a legacy of “what ifs” that Obama, if he’s being honest, will confront.
“I think the Garland episode reflects so clearly the inability of Obama to translate his successful presidential campaigns into governing, and the limits of his philosophy of restraint. A liberal lion like FDR might have pursued appointment to the bench by executive order,” says Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS.
Well, well, well here we have people levelling criticism at the great neoliberal lion Barack Obama. The Droning One, the Bank Saver, the Corporate Health Care System Preserver, the man who has handed the Supreme Court to the American Fascist Party.
It’s not racist to judge a black President by his decisions as long as you spread your manure around. Lord knows I’m not afraid to pee on the Great Urinator Trump.
Obama fucked up the Supreme Court with his inability to fight and now we’re gonna see what the no fight Democrats have done to us.
From Slate here:
From your reporting, does the rank and file of the CIA or even the elites within the CIA, do they view the enhanced interrogation program as just doing our job, and perhaps an ugly consequence of their loyalty and their oath? Or do they view it as something that should have been done, and ugly, but it was the right thing to do?
(Tim Weiner: my add) I think now they realize, 15, 16 years after the fact, that they didn’t know how to do this, they should never have been given the job, and that they don’t want to do it again.
That’s the consensus in the CIA?
(Tim Weiner: my add) I mean, people probably should have gone to jail over this. We’ve never had a full reckoning. We’ve never had a public examination of this. We’ve never had the facts to deal with that. But these were violations of laws of God and man, not to mention the Geneva Conventions.
At the very least Bloody Gina should not be head of the CIA — I would prefer a non-torturing drunken chimp to a unapologetic torturer as head of the Spook Box.
She shouldn’t have been nominated — it’s disgusting.
Saying it was a crazy time and it will never happen again is not the same as standing up at the time and saying ‘I won’t torture people.’
From CBS News:
CIA releases report clearing Haspel in destruction of waterboarding tapes
Big shock here.
And now his is that Obama decision not to hold any torturers accountable looking?
It looks like Trump and Republicans don’t give a shit so maybe the big O should have squashed these torturers instead of letting them get away with it and end up running the CIA.
From Naked Capitalism here:
And enough Democrats will vote for torturer Gina Haspel as CIA director to make the confirmation bipartisan. After all, 14 Senate Democrats (plus Angus King) voted to confirm pro-torture Mike Pompeo as CIA chief, and Pompeo almost immediately appointed Haspel as his deputy. No one in DC wants to piss off the CIA. As Chuck Schumer noted, it would take a fool to do it. (Trump, at one time, was such a fool. Now, not so much.)
How these hypocritical establishment Democrats sleep at night is beyond me. The fucking pretend game they play is sickening.
Here is a direct way to make a statement. This woman’s nickname in the CIA is ‘Bloody Gina’. Don’t vote for her, she’s a shitty fucked up human being.
I guess we wouldn’t want to rock the boat or deep down you’re just not really that opposed to anything awful.
Once again, our fabulous ruling class and their purchased politicians have decided that Americans won’t have universal health care and we will stick with high cost and low effectiveness of for profit health care.
So the commitment is to companies making money off bodies by selling pharmaceuticals or running hospitals. The commitment is not to take care of the bodies of all Americans, whether they be white, black, yellow, trans, etc.
For Trump, who has aggressively dismantled Obamacare which was a Republican health care plan from back in the day to say that mental illness is should be addressed….well, that’s bullshit.
It’s not going to happen, they don’t give a flying fuck about you, your depression, anxiety, psychosis, violent fantasies or your body.
No actions have been taken by these people to lead you to any different conclusion.
While Trump granted 5-year exemptions to Citigroup, JPMorgan, and Barclays, and 3-year exemptions to UBS and Deutsche Bank, it should be noted that his administration is not the only one to have done this. As International Business Timesnoted, “In late 2016, the Obama administration extended temporary one-year waivers to five banks,” which just happened to be the same ones Trump has now extended the exemptions on—revealing the real rulers in DC.
Not surprisingly, the latest decision to pardon the banks comes in stark contrast to one of Trump’s most applauded campaign promises – that he would finally stand up against Wall Street and demand that the most powerful banks be held accountable to the public.
“I’m not going to let Wall Street get away with murder. Wall Street has caused tremendous problems for us. We’re going to tax Wall Street,” Trump said during a campaign rally in January 2016.
We all know how ignorant and offensive Trump’s shithole comments were and are. He’s a piece of shit.
However, letting big banks get away with white collar crime has far reaching repercussions to most folks’ lives, whether they are white or black or yellow or any other color. A financial system run by criminals is not good.
But few people seem to care about this issue. There is more to life than identity politics especially if you’re getting your pocket picked.
You want to say how awful Trump is, and he’s an awful piece of shit, but do you give Obama a pass because his identity politics were superior? They’re both accomplices…
From the Daily Beast here:
Ahmed Salem bin Ali Jaber, better known as Salem, was an imam who preached against al-Qaeda in Yemen. Waleed bin Ali Jaber, Salem’s son, was a traffic cop. On August 29, 2012, a U.S. drone strike killed them. On Monday, the American justice system buried them.
Faisal bin Ali Jaber is Salem’s brother-in-law—he preferred to say brother—and Waleed’s uncle. Two years after the strike, Faisal received a plastic bag from a Yemeni intelligence official. Inside was $100,000 in sequential bills—not Yemeni rials, American dollars. It was twice the $25,000 per dead innocent relative that has become a grim, underreported ritual of the U.S. drone war in Yemen. But it was more than blood money, Faisal believed. It was hush money.
Who was President on August 29, 2012?