What a drag that President Obama had to deal with those motherfucking Republicans. I personally think he should have let the tax rates expire for everyone and then beat the Republicans over the head with it incessantly. The bitch of the whole thing is that the GOP continues to hold American workers hostage for their rich benefactors. The unemployment extension is a great thing for all those folks who got crushed by the Bush recession and for the fact that it will keep money in the economy…it is much needed, it sucks that it was in exchange for giving tax breaks on income over $250 K. I’m afraid the next two years are going to be hell with the current configuration of our national government. Especially since the idiots in the “firebagger brigade” scream every time the president compromises on anything. Those dumb shits can’t seem to understand how Washington works or more likely, they do understand, but pretend not to so they can beat up on President Obama. He’s not Hillary, you know? He’s not Ralph Nadar, you know?
I’m not a fan of Julian Assange and his rat fink Wikileaks website. I’m sure the trolls out there think it is just because President Obama is in the Whitehouse, which isn’t the case at all. Assange has clearly shown that he isn’t about whistleblowing, he’s about power. He’s about fame…well, I think the man has gone a little bit too far and is crossing into infamy territory. It is one thing to expose atrocities and attempt to bring justice for those that were affected by it, but it is quite another to just dump diplomatic cables into the public sphere that serves no other purpose than to embarrass the United States and other countries. Oh, and fuck with our diplomatic efforts which for the most part is how we prevent wars, establish trading relationships and keep our partnerships cozy in the event of some catastrophe. When I heard about this “poison pill” that Assange claims to have that he will release on the world if he deems it necessary, it sounded an awful lot like Dr. Evil to me, how about you? Actually, I thought more about the Dreyfus character in The Pink Panther Strikes Again who kidnaps a scientist to build the disintegrator ray to hold the world hostage until Clouseau is killed. I also thought about the old Batman television series, I think there might have been a “poison pill” in one of those episodes. I was reading one of the character assassination pieces that is already springing up against one of the women who is accusing him of “rape” and what did I come across, a link to Firedoglake. Imagine that?
We live in a fucked up world, people. The village idiots have taken over the Republican party and the corporate media is helping them take and keep power. When you add to that, the boneheads on the left like Hamsher, Greenwald and the rest who don’t understand how they are weakening the Democratic party and lessening their chances for ANY progress in the future…things really don’t look very good in the near future. I might have to start drinking.
I was listening to the NPR show “On Point” the other night on my way home and heard a mention about how SIPRnet came to be and it all came into focus for me. In case you didn’t know, SIPRnet was developed in 2005 by none other than the Bush Whitehouse. It is one more fuckup that was left behind by the boneheads who ran our country into the ground for 8 fucking years. This was W’s response to the criticism of the government intelligence agencies not sharing intelligence. So what do they do, put it all up on a server where even privates in the military have access. What a great fucking idea. When you let the village idiots run the country, you end up with this sort of stupidity.
Now I’m all for our government being accountable and I long for the days when the press actually did reporting, investigating and actually sourced their information and made decisions about how – what they say – may affect people. Not anymore, anything goes these days. Anyone can jump up and down now and get attention from the media…”if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested”…was I the only one who could tell that this guy was going for hits on his blog, his 15 minutes of fame. Well he got it, and more. The media fell for it like it was a kid trapped in a silver balloon flying across the country. Now we have Wikileaks, which is a perfect avenue for any disgruntled employee to dump massive amounts of raw intelligence, opinions, innuendo, trade secrets and yes, wrongdoing within the organization. The floodgates have been opened up, there are plenty more people in the world looking for their 15 minutes and Julian Assange has given them a perfect vehicle.
This latest dump of information is starting to set in with opinion leaders and the knee jerk reactions have gone away, replaced with caution and a better sense of how this will impact the world. My biggest problem with this leak is that diplomacy is like a good thing, the opposite of war in a lot of ways. It’s how we deal with other countries, get cooperation, build relationships that benefit real Americans and the world. Julian Assange obviously doesn’t give a shit about what effect his leaks will have on real people, he clearly has an agenda to damage America and the collateral damage of his leaks don’t seem to concern him. I agree with Hillary Clinton that this latest dump was an attack on America.
I see Assange and many on the left like the “firebaggers” (Hamsher and gang) as anti-everything. It is all black and white, you’re either with us or against us…where do I remember that from? They seem to think everything should be transparent, as if anything that is secret or kept internal to our government is inherently bad, it all must be revealed regardless of the consequences. For people who otherwise seem intelligent, this attitude is completely naive and myopic. It must be dark with their heads so far up there asses.
It ought to be interesting to watch as the Obama haters try to spin the Wikileaks post of 90,000 pages of raw intelligence and put all the blame for the last 10 years of the Afgan war on the current administration. It began even before the post was up and surely will continue for weeks to come. The media which is made up of a bunch of journalism and physical education majors will become intelligence experts and start spewing out their uninformed opinions, tainted by their desire to get ratings. It should be fun.
My take on it so far is that this isn’t new, if anyone had been listening to critics of the Bush administration for 8 fucking years, they would say to themselves “tell me something I don’t know”. Seymour Hersh has been telling us about this stuff all along, but apparently since the potential to hurt the Obama administration is wrapped up in this one, they are going to all of a sudden get all righteous on us. If you look at the Huffington Post headlines, assholes that they are, you will see the haters in full throated bullshit spin mode. Here are just a few of their headlines with my critique of how each is misleading….
‘A DEVASTATING PORTRAIT OF THE FAILING WAR IN AFGHANISTAN’
The report goes through December of 2009 when President Obama changed policy in Afghanistan. So phrasing it in the present tense is just a bit misleading. We could have the argument whether it is still failing after a year and a half since Obama has changed course, but characterizing the Wikileaks stuff as current it misleading. I highly recommend you go check out Rachel Maddow’s reporting from Afghanistan which thankfully was honest and thorough and she is no hawk, brother.
‘WHITE HOUSE TRIES TO SPIN REPORTERS’
No shit, your kidding me. The White House NEVER tries to spin reporters. What a stupid ass headline that simply tries to make the current White House the scapegoat. I’m sure Huffington Post would prefer the White House just say nothing, let the media spin it – after all, they are the real experts on the military and intelligence, right?
One thought I had almost immediately is that the information in these documents justifies the Obama Administration’s deliberations leading up to the policy change in Afghanistan. If anyone was wondering why it took so long, now you have your answer. The military under the Bush Administration fucked up both the Afghan War and the Iraqi War, many in the military finally said it after Obama took over. I’ve heard and read many accounts from military people who praise the current administration for changing course after the disastrous course Bush had us on. Remember how Rumsfeld, Feith, Cheney, Armitage and the rest of the neo-cons thought they knew how to run a war better than the generals? When Bush finally axed those idiots and brought in Robert Gates and implemented the “surge” strategy, that’s when things in Iraq finally turned around.
My last thought for now was prompted by Zbigniew Brzezinski who was on Morning Joe this morning. He pointed out the obvious, which ALWAYS eludes the Morning Joe panel that WAR SUCKS! When you put young men and women in situations where their lives are at stake and they are asked to kill people for no good reason, shit is going to happen. These people who are getting all verklempt about the atrocities that have happened in Afghanistan, I ask them to name one war in the history of mankind that was clean. I didn’t have to read any Wikileaks documents to know that war sucks, I’ve known that since I was a kid watching the Vietnam War on television and wondering if my oldest brother was ever coming home.