Thursday, March 21, 2019

Aaron Mate on the hoax

  • The late, great Robert Parry, on top of all of his many journalistic achievements, indeed deserves credit for debunking the Russiagate madness from the beginning at his website Consortium News, well before others like me entered the fray.
  • *neoliberal elites, to be precise
  • For 2 years, it's been considered a fringe & marginal position on the liberal side of the spectrum to doubt that Trump conspired with the Russian government, and to question the attention & energy that has been devoted to that narrative. I think that's about to change.
  • I think reality is sinking in. Here's -- who deems yours truly a "Russian conspiracy denialist" -- now allowing that Mueller's report could show that Russiagate is "much ado about nothing." Does that mean could join us denialists?
  • As I've said, I think Russiagate has been awful for "the Left" in the broadest sense. One of the few good things that could result is the further discrediting of the liberal elites who've used Russiagate to avoid the discrediting they should've faced after losing to Trump.
  • And why will it be a "'Huge Win' for Trump if Mueller Doesn't Conclude Criminal Conspiracy With Russia"? Because influential outlets like MSNBC have primed audiences to expect that Mueller will "Conclude Conspiracy With Russia." So we'll have them to thank for Trump's "Huge Win":

  • A number of people called it out from the beginning -- that would include C.I. at THE COMMON ILLS and Zach Haller The Shirtless Pundit. 

    Drip feeding the damning evidence showing grave breaches of national security with HRC's extremely careless and also extremely TREASONOUS violations of the espionage act.

    If the Tweet above doesn't show the news story, Zach notes this article in his Tweet:

    A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a "private, 100% off-the-record" back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in "danger" of being "savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish press and among the phalanx of neoconservative media" as a result of political machinations by "Bibi and the Jewish leadership."
    The 756-page group of new documents, revealed Thursday as part of a transparency lawsuit by Judicial Watch, seemingly contradicted Clinton's insistence under oath in 2015 that she had turned over all of her sensitive work-related emails to the State Department, and included a slew of classified communications on everything from foreign policy to State Department personnel matters.
    The files came from a trove of 72,000 documents the FBI recovered and turned over to the State Department in 2017.
    The documents, representing a small proportion of the tens of thousands of emails still unaccounted for from Clinton's server, also underscored the apparently significant political threat that the Obama administration felt it faced at the hands of Israel.
    Additionally, according to the email dump, Clinton chatted with former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair about foreign policy before she was sworn in, aided the application of at least one State Department applicant who was connected to her daughter, Chelsea, and apparently met with Putin-aligned Georgian oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili before he became prime minister on a staunchly pro-Russian platform -- and with reported help from a Russian interference operation. Ivanishvili pointedly did not criticize Putin during his campaign, despite Putin's invasion of Georgia years earlier -- and in 2012, Ivanishvili made headlines for refusing to meet with Clinton unless it was a one-on-one sitdown.

    This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Thursday, March 21, 2019.  And the war goes on, yes, the war goes on.  And on and on and on.

    Yesterday, DEMOCRACY NOW! offered this hard hitting commentary on the Iraq War.

    Oh, wait.  That's Chris Hayes.  Amy Goodman and her hideous DEMOCRACY NOW! didn't do s**t.  They never do.  And you're an idiot if you're still watching Goody Whore.

    Chris Hayes, on MSNBC, did what Goody Whore didn't.

    On ALL IN, Chris Hayes provided the journalism that Goody Whore refused to.

    Chris Hayes: Today marks the 16th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.  It is the single biggest tragedy of my political lifetime and an incredibly informative experience. I was 23-years-old when we set out to invade Iraq and I watched as, in an atmosphere of fear after 9-11, leaders manipulated the public to forge an incredibly robust, elite consensus that we had to undertake something that seemed to me and many at the time and seems ever more so now as indefensibly wrong.  But so many experts told us that we had to do it, that Saddam was a threat and that he had weapons of massive destruction And the Bush administration, more than any other single entity -- of course, used its power to manipulate and cherry pick intelligence to scare the public into war.  Of course, millions of people dissented and took to the streets -- I was among them -- and we were right and the so-called 'experts' and politicians and editorial boards and columnists?  They were all wrong.  The costs of that war was nearly 5,000 American service members' lives, trillions of dollars and the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, hundreds of thousands of fellow human beings, of men, women and children dead because of the events that our nation set in motion.  Prisoner tortured in Abu Ghraib, children shot dead in front of their parents in the city square by mercenaries.  And 16 years later, we still live with the consequences though not as much as Iraqis do.  And yet remarkably, with some notable exceptions, the many individuals responsible never really paid any kind of price for it -- reputationally, politically.  Influential people who advocated for the war and voted for it still have prominent positions.  Some have apologized and recanted, recognizing the error of their ways -- and that really does matter.  But the broader lesson here is when you don't really confront the past, you create conditions that lead to something like the current administration where Iraq War cheerleader and uber hawk John Bolton is advising the president -- he is the National Security Advisor and, as we speak, banging the drums of war against both Iran and Venezuela.  And unless we deal with this era -- the Trump era differently than we did the Bush administration, history will repeat itself again.  In fact, it sort of has already. 

    Amy Goodman did nothing.  That's sort of a slogan now, isn't it?  And it's a good thing when she does nothing because when she does something these days, it's destroying a country.

    Danny Haiphong (BLACK AGENDA REPORT): "Since 2011, Amy Goodman has never strayed from the NATO line on countries such as Libya, Syria, and Russia. Like the corporate media, Goodman and her staff at Democracy Now! have provided positive coverage of so-called humanitarian groups like the White Helmets which have long been proven to work directly with NATO-armed jihadist mercenaries ravaging Syria ."

    Bruce A. Dixon (BLACK AGENDA REPORT):

    Is the independent media movement's flagship radio-TV show Democracy Now! pushing the State Department and Pentagon line on Libya instead of “going where the silence is” and telling the truth without fear or favor? Are its Libyan correspondents embedded with the US-backed Libyan rebels to such an extent that they have minimized and failed to follow up persistent reports of ethnic cleansing in Libya or investigate whether alleged “mercenaries” ever existed or Khadaffi's “massacres” ever took place?
    Have Democracy Now's correspondents in Libya, Anjali Kamat and Sharif Abdel-Kodous minimized or avoided reporting upon the persecution of black Libyans and sub-Saharan African migrants in by US-backed Libyan rebels? Have they reported massacres that may not have happened, and mercenaries who might not have existed? Have they ignored or minimized the impact of US and NATO bombing and the presence of Saudi, Qatari and other foreign forces on the ground in Libya, also in support of the US-backed Libyan rebels? Have they simply embedded themselves with US-backed forces in Libya to pass the views of the Pentagon and State Department to us as “independent, unembedded news”?

    We could go on and on and on.  Goody Whore rips off the American people the same way she rips off PACIFICA RADIO -- which should cancel her contract immediately and they can do so.  They can do it on the ground that she repeatedly breaks the rules (including on air self-promotion) and they can do it on the grounds that her show has lost journalistic merit.  They don't need DEMOCRACY NOW! but Amy needs PACIFICA is she's going to continue to live her elite lifestyle.  The money PACIFICA wastes on Amy -- thanks to that old whore Leslie Cagan -- has repeatedly left the radio network struggling to pay bills.  They don't even own the program or the archives.  It's time to kick Amy to the curb.

    Tuesday, CBS NEWS offered.

    I have no comment on the exchange above except to note, as I said on the phone to a friend at CBS earlier, well at least this time we didn't have giggles and laughter in the background.

    On this day in 2003, the US committed the greatest crime of the 21st century thus far by invading Iraq. The war killed over 1 million people, displaced millions more, brought unknowable depths of suffering to the Iraqi people & gave birth to ISIS.

    happy sweet 16 to the iraq war. reminder that ppl like dubya now bc he gave a piece of candy to michelle obama (wife of another crook & war criminal). libs ate that up like slop from a trough bc aww what a cute meme on the teevee. eat it up, piggies. oink oink u f**kin sh**heads

    Today marks 16 years since the United States invaded Iraq. I opposed it at the time and we are still dealing with its consequences. Our foreign policy must change.
    The Iraq War woke me up to the horrific extent of US atrocities & cover-up by its corporate media machine. I remain stunned after so much carnage & destruction, the architects & agitators are heralded as intellectuals instead of shamed as war criminals. Empire rots from within
    16 years ago we watched from the balcony of our hotel as the -led coalition began it's "shock an awe" invasion of . Here are some photos taken the first nights of the bombing, by my late husband, photographer .
    Iraq’s humanitarian crisis is one of the biggest in the world. 8.2M people currently need humanitarian aid, says the UN. That includes 1.2M children below 5. - 2.4M are close to food insecurity - 2.3M don’t have regular water and sanitation - 2.6M children aren't in school
  • The Iraq War began 16 years ago today. Since then, the war and related violence has: - Killed 205,000+ civilians, says - Killed 4,400+ U.S. military - Displaced millions of people Today, 2 million Iraqis, including 900,000 children, are internally displaced.
  • I voted against the war in Iraq. Sadly, much of what I feared in fact did happen. I don't want to see it happen again.

    Today, on the 16th anniversary of the illegal Iraq war, which was based on lies and led to 100s of 1000s of deaths, it’s astonishing to see how many supporters of that war still have powerful positions in government and in the media, and how many have become stars of
    Iraq 💔
    I'm an Iraq War Veteran who served 12 years ago. It should be over! Our country’s military has been in a permanent state of ever-expanding conflict for over seventeen years. Veterans call it the “Forever War.” Together, we can end it.
  • If you vote for the country to go to war, you should have to serve in the front lines in that war. I served in the U.S. Army, fiercely opposed the Vietnam War, helped end the draft. never served and still saw fit to send this country's kids to Iraq
    the war in iraq is now old enough to ask the war in afghanistan to buy it cigarettes

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