I do not want to say I told you so, but I did, in 2008, 2009, and in 2010, and many of you made sure
I paid a price for disagreeing with your better judgment. Your judgment wasn't better, You've had your WMD moment. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Anybody who makes excuses for this is still in deep denial.
I have full confidence in John Brennan. I think he has acknowledged and directly apologized to Senator Feinstein that CIA personnel did not properly handle an investigation as to how certain documents that were not authorized to be released to the Senate staff got somehow into the hands of the Senate staff. And it’s clear from the IG report that some very poor judgment was shown in terms of how that was handled. Keep in mind, though, that John Brennan was the person who called for the IG report, and he’s already stood up a task force to make sure that lessons are learned and mistakes are resolved.
With respect to the larger point of the RDI report itself, even before I came into office I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.
I understand why it happened. I think it’s important when we look back to recall how afraid people were after the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania had fallen, and people did not know whether more attacks were imminent, and there was enormous pressure on our law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal with this. And it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. And a lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots.
But having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that’s what that report reflects.
If you accepted and or defended the political decisions and actions of this gutless leader and his majority party during this recent period when they controlled all three ELECTED branches of government, with large majorities in the two legislative branches, you shouldn't be too disappointed with what happens starting next month.
Some of us walked away when Obama gamed us with his 180 on the telecom amnesty vote months before the election. With this reaction, we became "the problem", the leader of change could do nothing wrong.
The latest election season came. We still saw no reason to vote for the man or for his party. Serial cave in number umpteen is now coming down the tracks.
The wealthiest two percent will receive their tax cut, ably represented by their party which currently controls no branch of government, the best and most effective representation money can buy. As of July, 2009, the bottom 80 percent owned just 12.3 percent of the wealth. Obama and democrats have done nothing politically to change that trend toward nothingness. Until they do, I see only a one party system, with only the political influence money can buy, demonstrably walking the walk. Still nothing to support about either party.
When 280 million only still own 12.3 percent of the pie, and falling,`
The stealth republican frontman, not fully unmasked after he dealt sweetheart, backroom deals to big pharma and health insurers, and misled his loyal supporters about his commitment to a public option to compete with said insurers, seems to be fully out in the open and portraying himself as who he actually is and what his actual agenda has always been.:
By Shailagh Murray
Saturday, December 4, 2010
...Efforts quickly shifted to negotiations that would temporarily extend the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, an outcome that seemed increasingly likely. The pair of nearly party-line votes - one to preserve the tax cuts for only the first $250,000 of family income, and the other for the first $1 million of income - also represented a final stand for Democrats as the session winds down and political posturing gives way to pragmatic dealmaking....
No threat by Dems to let all cuts sunset...the bottom 40 something percent pay no income tax, but Obama & Dems "cave"! Victory for top two percent. Bottom 80 percent will not even own 12.3 percent of all wealth.
Yesterday, in the face of wealth in the U.S. concentrated to the point that the wealthiest 20 percent own 87.7 percent of all private wealth, Obama's deficit commission co-chairs called for reducing social security COLA,increasing Medicare from the current $115/month, and for gradually raising the retirement age. The creation of this commission was not supported by the congress and it had no mandate to include Social Security or Medicare in its deliberations of schemes to cut the growth in the national debt.
I've argued with other members here in the recent past who could not accept that Obama would capitulate on his stance against extension of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest. On CNN as I write this, reports are that the White House is now open to preventing the sunset of Bush tax cuts, for EVERYONE!
September 20, 2010, 6:45 PM ET
Watching Wal-Mart at Midnight
Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart’s U.S. business, at a Goldman Sachs conference last week, on behavior at a Walmart store around midnight at the end of a month:
"And to figure out how to deal with what is an ever-increasing amount of transactions being paid for with government assistance.
"And you need not go further than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month. And it’s real interesting to watch, about 11 p.m., customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items, baby formula, milk, bread, eggs,and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight, when electronic — government electronic benefits cards get activated and then the checkout starts and occurs....."
Now...where have I heard this campaign message before????
Nine months old, recycled pre-election repub propaganda, making a new round in this week's news cycle.: (note the date)
Obama and the democratic Congressional majority seem poised to avoid biting the hand that feeds them and just ride their sponsors' playbook meekly and uneventfully down to defeat in November.
What if Obama had the courage to lead his party, to enlist Warren Beatty in a whirlwind, 30 cities in 60 days, face to face, stunningly frank appeal to the American people, communicating what the real problem in America is, why he and democrats on Capitol Hill speak and act the way they do, and that he is no longer going to primarily represent the interests of the top 5 percent who own more than the combined wealth of the other 95 percent. Actor Beatty could open the Obama appearance with the lines of his 1998 Senator Bulworth character.:
Bullworth:...I'm a Senator/ I gotta raise $10,000 a day every day I'm in Washington/ I ain't getting it in South Central/ I'm gettin it in Beverly Hills/...
...I mean, those boys over there on the monitor/ they want a government smaller and weak/ but they be speakin for the riches 20 percent when they pretend they're defendin the meek/...
Observing the second anniversary of my July 20, 2008 diary post.
Update- Almost no comments, same as 2 years ago. Suppressed facts too embarrassing...
In the weeks leading up to the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Vote,
republican challenger Schwarzenegger, and even Rove, were subjected to news reporting and accusations from political partisans..:
October 6, 2003 by The Free Press (Columbus, Ohio)
Siege Heil: The Bush-Rove-Schwarzenegger Nazi Nexus and the Destabilization of California
..Rove is a prime behind-the-scenes mover in the Schwarzenegger campaign. On May 1, 1939, a year after the Nazis took control of Schwarzenegger's native Austria, his father Gustav, voluntarily joined Hilter's infamous Strumabteilung (SA), "brown shirt" stormtroopers. This was just six months after the brown shirts played a key role in the bloody Kristallnacht attacks on Germany's Jewish community..
Gray Davis had already been the winning opposition in two campaigns. Rove had to know everything about Davis's background..
I stopped hanging out here; too much confusion as to what the problems and goals are. I'm wondering if things here have changed?
Jul 23, 2010
Why has the Post series created so little reaction?
Any doubt about whether there'd be any meaningful (or even cosmetic) changes as a result of the Post exposé (it was really more a compilation of already known facts) was quickly dispelled by the reaction of the political class: not just one of indifference, but outright contempt for the concerns raised by this story. On Tuesday - 24 hours after the first installment appeared - the Senate's Intelligence Committee removed a provision from the Intelligence Authorization Act which would have provided some marginally greater oversight over the Government's secret intelligence programs, because Obama was threatening to veto any bill providing for such oversight. Then, Obama's nominee..
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., son of the legendary founder of Standard Oil, endowed a foundation that promoted religion as a cure for labor-capital conflict.
Isn't it well past the time when democrats should at the least demand that those they voted for, oppose the agenda of our principle political enemies, the conservative media owning, and private army owning billionaire families of the christian evangelical right....things like lowering taxes of the wealthiest instead of raising them, specifically by, if necessary, allowing the sunsetting of all Bush era tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year? Wouldn't the comparatively modest increases wage earners would experience, be more than offset by the increased revenue from inheritance and top bracket income taxes, again set at Y2K levels?
Aren't those sunset provisions in force now because of a compromise then, demanded by our progressive representatives?
Just three CNP members, Philip Anschutz,
Inspired by reading this,
Did Evan Bayh Quit Because Reid Refused to Give Paris Hilton a Tax Break?
By: emptywheel Tuesday February 16, 2010
What important initiative did Evan Bayh support in the interests of the rest of us, at the expense of the wealthiest?
In a similar period of high employment, this was language from the platform of Bayh's dad.:
Birch Bayh for President 1976 Campaign Brochure
...Our economy is at a crucial turning point. The problems of skyrocketing energy and food costs and the inability of the free market to function effectively have led me to conclude that recent policy failures are the result of an outdated view of the American economy. Therefore, I am proposing the establishment of a Temporary National Economic Committee -- similar to the Committee established by President Roosevelt in 1938 -- to publicly investigate the concentration of economic power in America today....
Remember Sy Hersh's disclosures in his 1997 book?
Excerpt from The Dark Side of Camelot
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal, Nov/Dec 1997 by Hersh, Seymour
The uncensored FBI reports and cables on the August break-in at Exner's Los Angeles apartment, made available for the book under the Freedom of Information Act, were urgently forwarded, in code, to J. Edgar Hoover. An FBI summary from the Los Angeles bureau, dated August 17, 1962, told Hoover something he already knew, even if some of his California agents didn't realize it....
...It also told Hoover something he didn't know; the Hale family and General Dynamics were linked to the break-in...
...In other words, the FBI bureau in Los Angeles was more interested in keeping up its surveillance on Judith Exner's apartment than in prosecuting a crime or trying to find out what I.B. Hale and his sons were doing there The break-in at Exner's apartment was never investigated by the FBI,
It's been 46 years, why is it still so neccessary to stay "on script?" Why is the news media still not able to publish, without distortion, the expert medical observations, spoken by the principal witness at the time, of a "frontal" wound?
On Monday, December 7, Dr. Malcolm O. Perry, age 80, died.
Today's NY Times published a "correction" to it's December 8 obituary:
Correction: December 11, 2009
An obituary on Tuesday about Dr. Malcolm O. Perry 2nd, who performed a tracheotomy on President John F. Kennedy after the president was shot, referred incorrectly to his remark that based on appearance alone, a hole in the president’s neck could have been either an entrance or an exit wound. The remark was made to the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination; it was not made to reporters. Dr. Perry also told the commission that based on autopsy findings and other factors, he later concluded that the hole was an exit wound.