It's funny because it's true.
Elaine Graham-Leigh has a really good review of a new book:
Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith, Who Killed Che? How the CIA got away with murder, (OR Books 2011), 195pp.
December 12, 2011 "Information Clearing House" -- This book is the result of the slow but eventual workings of the US Freedom of Information Act. In 1997, the authors made a request for documents on the US government’s monitoring of Che Guevara, and the material they received became their 1997 book, Che Guevara and the FBI: The US Political Police Dossier on the Latin American Revolutionary. Then in 2007, ten years after the initial request, another package of documents arrived. They are published here with an introduction which summarises Che’s life but which concentrates on the main question on which they shed new light; his death.
Che Guevara was Fidel Castro’s second-in-command in the successful Cuban revolution. He left Cuba in 1965 first for the Congo and then Bolivia, where he organised a guerrilla movement against the government army of US-trained officers, which had overthrown the previous government in a coup in 1964. The expedition to Bolivia was in many ways a test of the idea that Cuba could export its revolution to other countries in Latin America, and its importance was clearly appreciated not just by the Cubans but also by the US.
The documents here demonstrate just how concerned the US government was when they realised where Che had gone and what he was doing. When he disappeared from view in Cuban public affairs in 1964, some in the CIA had obviously indulged in wishful thinking, as shown by a May 1967 memo here from Walt Rostow, special assistant for national security affairs, to President Johnson. Rostow confirmed that Che was operating in Bolivia ‘and not dead, which the intelligence community, with the passage of time, has been more and more inclined to believe’ (document 23, p.126). The US government poured resources into Bolivia to ensure that the government could defeat the guerrillas. The CIA took on intelligence gathering and the US army was responsible for army training, clearly with some success. The US army’s efforts had so galvanised the demoralised Bolivian soldiers that a memo from August 1967 proudly reports that ‘for the first time, upon being fired at, they did not drop their weapons and run’ (document 27, pp.133-5). It paid off: on 9th October 1967, Che was killed.
I wish the Michaels would discuss the book on Law & Disorder Radio. They've included it as a topic twice in the ten minutes at the top of the show where they do a variety of topics but I wish they'd use one of the two segments for the book itself.
Okay, let's move over to Third, here's who worked on the latest edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And here's what we came up with:
Truest statement of the week
Michael Ratner got this one.
And a guy with CATO (I don't know his writing other than this piece) got a truest as well.
Jim breaks down the edition.
Ava and C.I. really served Naomi the Airhead Wolf in this. I agree with them that Michael Ratner and that female attorney are the only ones who still raise the issues raised in this film. The other people have just grown silent. But Dave Zirin was always a whore for Barack. Remember? I called him out on that in 2007 and he got all pissy, remember? Cult of St. Barck.
Dona wrote this and I thought she did a great job.
Barack needs to name some IGs. And he needs to do so before the end of the month.
We take a twerp.
A press release from Senator Patty Murray.
A repost from Workers World.
And a look at last week's best posts.
So on that note, I'll wind down.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"