Barack screws up everything. He screwed up Iraq by backing the loser and thug Nouri al-Maliki. He's screwing up America with his unconstitutional nonsense. This is from Bill Van Auken:
With his December 31 signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing for indefinite military detention without charges or trial, Barack Obama has made an infamous contribution to the steady march towards police-state dictatorship in the United States.
The sweeping implications of this act, pushed through to provide $662 billion to feed the US war machine, could not be concealed by the shamefaced signing ceremony, held in private and late in the day on New Year’s Eve to minimize media coverage and public attention.
Nor is the objective content of the clauses legalizing the military’s locking up of American citizens and non-citizens alike on the sole say-so of the White House changed in the slightest by the hypocritical signing statement the president issued in enacting the legislation.
Claiming “serious reservations” about the law he was enacting, Obama declared that “my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of US citizens.” He allowed that such a practice would “break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”
Obama’s pledge is as duplicitous as it is worthless. As one of the legislation’s key Democratic sponsors, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, revealed, the Obama White House intervened directly into the legislative process to kill amendments that would have specifically prohibited the military from indefinitely imprisoning US citizens without trial. It viewed such an exemption as an unacceptable restriction on presidential power.
Boy I sure am glad we got rid of that crook Bully Boy Bush and put in . . . that crook Barack?
They're twins and we are f**ked.
Sunday, Dallas and the following worked on the latest 3rd 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 we wrote:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: Fleeing like guilty criminals
- TV: The misguided Water Cooler Set
- As Iraq falls apart . . .
- 10 Actors: Five keepers, five returns
- Don't Steal This Look!
- Preventing War by the US against Iran
- Rally for Boston postal jobs (Workers World)
It's a Monday. That's all I can manage.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"