Thursday, March 21, 2019

Go away, Joe Biden, go far, far away

Today marks 16 years since the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which destabilized the Middle East, emboldened terrorist organizations who thrived in the subsequent chaos, and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The decision to invade Iraq was one of the most devastating, costly errors the U.S. government has ever made.
Most of the people running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination were not in Congress in 2002, and thus did not vote on the matter. But Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders—arguably the two frontrunners—were both U.S. senators at the time, and both cast votes. Biden voted to authorize the Iraq War. Sanders voted against it.
To repeat: Biden got one of the most pivotal foreign policy issues of the last 50 years completely wrong. Sanders got it right.

Joe Biden.  Realizing that he has a serious problem with people of color and with women of every color, Joe's trying to rescue his still-unannounced candidacy by trying to lure Stacey Abrams to his side. 

If Joe Biden chose me as his running mate I would vote against myself.

Someone close to our dear sister Stacy suggest to her that Biden is not going to win but she will be forever tied to that moribund wing of the party.

  1. SCOOP: Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.
  2. choosing stacey abrams as a running mate is the only way joe biden is gon get me to look at his old ass twice and he knows it.

Stacey Abrams would be playing herself if she became Joe Biden’s free ticket to Black people. He’s trying to use her for his own benefit and promising her the moon. She has no idea what backing Joe’s mouth really means. She might find out if she falls for the Okedoke.

  1. Joe thinking he can placate the black community with a vampiric infusion of Stacey credibility SO THAT he can go placate racist Trump voters, seems to PROVE that he has no intention of actually addressing the policy concerns of black and brown voters.
  2. Joe Biden using Stacey Abrams as a human shield is so 100% Joe Biden of him. Poaching the strongest 2020 senate contender in Georgia, putting her between him & the left to divide the party, making her future dependent on his questionable reputation and performance. And for what??

Sorry, I'm still laughing about this. "Stacey Abrams, you've made it to the national spotlight! What will you do next?" "Me? I'm gonna spend the next several months defending Joe Biden from a drip-drip series of revelations about terrible policy positions & unwelcome groping!"

Biden thinks he can reduce Stacey Abrams to a gimmick because gimmicks are the only way he'll win the nomination.  I hope she puts him in check.

Joe Biden's the past.  Tulsi Gabbard's the future.

  1. I really hope Gabbard gets the 65k donors needed to participate in the Dem primary debate. She will add a much needed perspective on foreign policy she force the other candidates to clarify their position on regime change warfare
  2. As of right now. We have until May 15th to get the 65,000 donations needed to get Tulsi Gabbard on the debate stage. Let's do this!
  3. EXCLUSIVE: Tulsi Gabbard Needs Less Than 25,000 Donors to Make Democratic Debate Stage via
  4. Replying to 
    These are the conversations we need to have a the debates. Please pitch in to help Tulsi qualify.

Here's 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 ."


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

    The following  sites updated: