I may be (wrongly) denounced as a Trumpist for posting this, but I wouldn't mind hearing some leading Dem political leaders express similar emotions --though more coherently -- to a national audience-mm
TRUMP (excerpts) to MARGARET BRENNAN (CBS):
"I think the people out in the world- I think people in our country agree. We've been fighting for 19 years. Somebody said you were precipitously bringing to- precipitously? We've been there for 19 years. I want to fight. I want to win, and we want to bring our great troops back home. I've seen the people. I go to Walter Reed Hospital. I see what happens to people. I see with no legs and no arm- arms. And I've seen also what happens to them up here because they're in this situation, and they come back and they are totally different people-- where the wives and the fathers and the mothers say, "What has happened to my son? What has happened in some cases to my daughter?" It's a terrible thing. We've been there close to 19 years. And it's time. And we'll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They're tired. Everybody's tired. We'd like to have- I don't like endless wars. This war. What we're doing is got to stop at some point.
So when Obama did what he did in Iraq, which was a mistake. Being in Iraq was a mistake. Okay. Being in Iraq- it was a big mistake to go- one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made. One of the greatest mistakes that we've ever made-- President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein in Iraq had nuclear weapons- had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn't know what the hell they were doing, and they got us tied up in a war that we should have never been in. And we've spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East and we have lost lives--"
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Transcript: President Trump on "Face the Nation," February 3, 2019
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute capitulates to Israel First nutcakes
Michael Marriot writes in The Root"
"One of the nation’s most prominent civil rights museums has reneged on its plans to celebrate one of America’s most outspoken freedom fighters, igniting a national controversy after seemingly genuflecting to grumbles from the area’s Jewish community.
On Jan. 4, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute released a weirdly nonspecific statement canceling its plans to bestow the institute’s highest honor upon Angela Davis, a Birmingham, Alabama, native. The ceremony was supposed to serve as the centerpiece of the museum’s annual gala, planned for Feb. 19."
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Davis' response is at
US Israel isolated on Cuba in UN
Jane Franklin writes:
"First time in a long time but this is a special occasion to make sure you know about the latest UN General Assembly vote regarding the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba on November 1. There are 193 voting members. 189 voted against the U.S. embargo after first voting against U.S. amendments. Only two countries -- the U.S. and Israel -- voted for continuing the embargo. Moldova and Ukraine did not vote. There were no abstentions. This is of course once again a great victory for Cuba and all the people in the world who oppose the outrageous embargo. I could not find a mention of this vote in The New York Timesbut San Francisco Chronicle had an article about it.Congratulations to all concerned! "
ID politics, torture and Kavanaugh
In recent US politics, the rule is that identity politics trumps all other critical issues. The Kavanaugh trial just ended is another example: He should be denied membership on the Supremes for many reasons but one unremarked on by the Dems is that he is an enabler of torture by the US government. But his opponents, knowing what has traction in our political culture, have taken that issue off the table and made his sexual history the issue that hides what is arguablity more relevant to his role on the Supremes..-MM
To this point, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in Counterpunch:
"For anyone who still cares about principle, the Kavanaugh case is not a matter of belief, nor will it come down to proving or disproving Ford’s allegations. The Senate confirmation process is not a court of law. It is, however—in theory if not in fact—an arena for considering the problems and promise of justice, for taking the measure of a man, in this case, and his capacity to think deeply, to search bravely, to act humanely, beyond the limit of mere ambition. Ford’s intervention puts the hard stuff of humanity at the center of that arena, something that has been absent, most strikingly in the Senate’s challenge to Kavanaugh’s greatest ethical failure: his response to torture. For reasons probably of racism (and partly the nature of sex scandal) torture has never raised the temperature of politics or the public to the same fever as sexual accusation. Ford’s entrance and her story, which is so particularly human, so simple yet complex, so weighty with moral dimension, call the profound questions on that subject. (Whether they will have that effect on the Senate is doubtful.)
What Brett Kavanaugh Really Learned in High School: Make the Rules, Break the Rules and Prosper
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For David McReynolds
Thinking about my old friend and comrade David McReynolds dead at 88/9 after a fall in his LES apartment.
We first met in the early 60s when I worked on the old National Guardian and he stood out to me by insisting most radicals, despite their frequently sectarian, splintering and isolating tactics, were still essentially members of a broader Left community.
We argued and agreed in most every year since and I looked forward to his political visits to Portland after retiring and leaving the East. There weren't many recently, but we kept up lively exchanges on email.
I mourn David as a model American radical and enthusiastically endorse his advice to us old timers:
It is about realizing we — those of us in our 80s — will be here for a while, and need to treat ourselves with a bit of discipline. We are needed, not to complain but to resist, to use the wisdom we have gained, often at a steep price, to stand for sanity in our world, and for a sense of compassion in our relationships.”
The NYT times and lesser media are shamelessly cheerleading her recent speech which is only an old fashioned defense of US imperialism and an effort to get neocon support by framing Trump as an danger to the "World Order". In fact, the only difference between them is that Hillary relies on the military to defend the empire while Trump seems to prefer using economic muscle. -MM
In the name of Allah, the …beneficent, the merciful…
No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.
Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called “capitalism” ,but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer.
So, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters.
I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.
Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stoop up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light.
When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…
In the West, some have called me “mad”, “crazy”, but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.
May Allah 4give and grant you with Jannatul firdaus. Ameeen
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