It has taken progressive Democrats 25 years of arm twisting to get Joe Biden to publicly admit his karma in the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas grudge match. That’s a long time but Biden has finally seen the light and is taking his karma.
This week a huge argument broke out in the wake of Cornel West’s editorial on Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Guardian last weekend. I like Mr. Coates and his writing but I prefer Cornel West’s fire and that fire seems to revolve around a central idea that Barack Obama betrayed him and black folks while he was in office.
One of his main arguments against Coates was the apparent deference people have shown to Obama’s medium bloody foreign policy, including my favorite drone strikes. The point here is that as time elapses I think Obama’s support and use of drone strikes is going to become a larger and larger part of his legacy. People are going to talk about it and more and make him more responsible for what happened.
People have raked Bill Clinton over the coals for welfare reform and his crime bill.
And Joe Biden is getting raked over the coals regarding Anita Hill.
I see no reason why Obama will never be called down on the carpet for this cruel and disgusting policy.
I don’t know Cornel West but it appears that it’s a no go to compare Obama to Malcolm X when Predator and Reaper drones were integral to Obama’s reign. I happen to agree and think this whole argument is more between West and Obama than it is Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
From the Guardian here:
Tony Blair confirms he is working to reverse Brexit
Former PM argues claims made by leave campaign now clearly untrue and so British voters deserve second referendum
Well if the British public deserves a second vote do the Iraqi people get a second chance at having a country following Blair’s decision to go with Bush and invade Iraq on the weapons of mass destruction lie?
That’s pretty much a no go, I’m guessing.
It’s a wonder these war criminals are allowed to continue on and participate in public life after such shitty judgment.
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?
Headline from the Intercept:
CHELSEA MANNING: HARVARD TOLD ME “SEAN SPICER HAS SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICAN POLICY”
I thought Harvard was more competent than that but apparently not.
It would have been less damaging to admit they couldn’t withstand pressure from CIA fuckers and they had to let Manning go.
But to say this manner of shit to here is ridiculous!
Headline from the Guardian:
Trump’s ambassador to Israel refers to ‘alleged occupation’ of Palestinian territories
I had no idea until this headline from our fantastic ambassador to israel that the Palestinians made this whole occupation up.
What a ruse!
A sixty year ruse where imaginary soldiers pretend killed and bombed Palestinian areas. You learn something new every day.
Headline from Slate:
Times Runs Pro-Mercenary Op-Ed by Mercenary Whose Employees Committed Infamous Iraq Massacre
Sure, let’s privatize the war in Afghanistan and keep that shit going forever. It makes perfect sense in a capitalist society, a steady flow of profits from killing folks and never resolving anything.