From the Guardian:
I don’t believe some humans are more important or worthy than others.
I’m ready to mourn the Bushes when the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis are all mourned in exactly the same way.
Since nobody seems to show much concern for that slaughter I’m going to sit out this Bush family whitewash.
I don’t think a war criminal should get much sympathy for his dead father. It wasn’t as if his father was stripped down and hung up in the air in Abu Ghraib.
From the Intercept here:
This is not a great leader, this is bullshit.
I don’t honor people who start wars using propaganda.
Fuck this guy.
While I respect the men and women who are in the American military I do not agree with many of the missions.
I did not support the Iraq war.
I do not support special forces missions all over the Africa and the Middle East.
I do not support what happened in Vietnam.
I do not support the drone program but I have nothing against the people who operate it. Personally I couldn’t be a joystick killer but I’m not judging.
I also take issue with the fact that everything the American military does makes us safe. This is an extremely debatable point which we will not debate here on Veteran’s Day and those in charge will never debate.
Much of what the American military does on behalf of its politicians supposedly on behalf of the people makes us less safe. Drones in particular, but other activities as well.
In my world view it’s good to be smart and kind. There are many warmongers among us who will use soldiers and their deaths to further their own military adventures (don’t let them die in vain we must continue the mission) and that is not smart and certainly is not kind to those people who pay the ultimate price.
Happy Veteran’s Day.
From the Independent here:
Other notable meets outside of politics include Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Tim Cook of Apple and the CEOs of Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Uber, the Walt Disney Company and Lockheed Martin.
Of course, these American corporate giants care if this guy beheads his opponents in that it makes them look bad.
They don’t care if he kills hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in Yemen via starvation, bombing and targeted assassinations. They care, only briefly, if it makes them look bad.
Otherwise, they want to get down with this prick and sell him all the shit they have to sell. He even became an Amazon Prime customer! And he got a new iPad when he swung through Cupertino!
From the Daily Beast here:
But Trump indicated he will not be blocking arms sales to the kingdom, eliminating a possible punitive measure. The president told Fox News on Wednesday night: “I think that would be hurting us. We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country.” He went on: “I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.”
I would swallow that pill in a minute!
The prick who runs Saudi Arabia is one of the illest bitches around. But jobs. Folks get arrested and tortured. But jobs. They’re starving Yemen into submission. But jobs.
What empty ass leadership.
From CNBC here:
KABUL, Afghanistan — The collective wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report.
That’s a lot of healthcare down the drain.
And a lot of blood spilled in a long running quagmire.
And yet another example of the people in charge fucking up royally and not being held accountable for it.
PROTESTERS: Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!
MEDEA BENJAMIN: In the name of the people of Chile. In the name of the people of Vietnam!
JOHN MCCAIN: I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place, about — You know, you’re going to have to shut up or I’m going to have you arrested. If we can’t get the capitol police in here, immediately. Get out of here, you low-life scum.
A truly great man worth mourning.