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  •  yes, Chomsky was wrong about Cambodia (4+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps you didn't see this, since the other commenter making a similar comment did so in a fairly rude and trollish manner, and has been TRed off the board, but my point to him and to you is that Chomsky has made one mistake in the past 35 years and that is to underestimate the devastation that the Khmer Rouge did in Cambodia.  Having said that, I don't think the discussion of Cambodia is relevant in the current context, unless one wants to make an ad hominem argument trying to discredit Chomsky by pointing out that he's been wrong in the past, and not by directly addressing the arguments he is making now.

    It's safe to assume that any government agency that insists on total secrecy is totally incompetent.

    by RickD on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 08:50:57 AM PST

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    •  chomsky and when he was wrong... (0+ / 0-)

        For a anti-Leninist libertarian socialist, he has from the time of the Vietnam war, always let his anti-imperialism trump his (correct) pov about Leninist Parties and Regimes from the N.Vietnamese (which Trotskyists and democratic socialists at Dissent magazine always knew was Stalinized Maoism), the Khmer Rouge, the Sandinistas, being the militarized monstrosities they always are/were.

      •  Because that's what's needed (4+ / 0-)
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        in this country.  We hardly have a shortage of anti-Leninist voices, but there's a terrible dearth of coherent anti-imperialist voices, and not a single one can get into the mainstream media.  This in a rogue state run completely amok that represents itself as controlled by its citizens.

        Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest... Gibbon

        by Dinclusin on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 10:05:23 AM PST

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    •  Right, you have to be perfect (3+ / 0-)
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      if you're up against the Noise Machine.  But if you're Bush or Kristol you never have to have been right about a single thing in your entire life.

      Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest... Gibbon

      by Dinclusin on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 10:06:42 AM PST

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      •  i don't think you have to be perfect (0+ / 0-)

        That really won't matter anyway.  You have to be given a forum to get your message out.  The noise machine compensates for their myriad of intellectual flaws by controlling all of the apparatus.

        It's safe to assume that any government agency that insists on total secrecy is totally incompetent.

        by RickD on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:42:45 AM PST

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