Barack, the tragedy that keeps holding America back. 2012. I don't see the re-election. In fact, with the Libyan War he appears to be making a mistake not unlike Poppy Bush. No, not all the rumors about Poppy being a pedophile. Poppy thought Gulf War one would allow him to shine forever. It didn't. Don't see any benefits to Barack's newest war.
"A CIA commander for the Libyan rebels" (Patrick Martin, WSWS):
The Libyan National Council, the Benghazi-based group that speaks for the rebel forces fighting the Gaddafi regime, has appointed a long-time CIA collaborator to head its military operations. The selection of Khalifa Hifter, a former colonel in the Libyan army, was reported by McClatchy Newspapers Thursday and the new military chief was interviewed by a correspondent for ABC News on Sunday night.
Hifter’s arrival in Benghazi was first reported by Al Jazeera on March 14, followed by a flattering portrait in the virulently pro-war British tabloid the Daily Mail on March 19. The Daily Mail described Hifter as one of the “two military stars of the revolution” who “had recently returned from exile in America to lend the rebel ground forces some tactical coherence.” The newspaper did not refer to his CIA connections.
McClatchy Newspapers published a profile of Hifter on Sunday. Headlined “New Rebel Leader Spent Much of Past 20 years in Suburban Virginia,” the article notes that he was once a top commander for the Gaddafi regime, until “a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s.”
Hifter then went over to the anti-Gaddafi opposition, eventually emigrating to the United States, where he lived until two weeks ago when he returned to Libya to take command in Benghazi.
The McClatchy profile concluded, “Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Hifter lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, DC.” It cited a friend who “said he was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter primarily focused on helping his large family.”
To those who can read between the lines, this profile is a thinly disguised indication of Hifter’s role as a CIA operative.Another group of 'rebels' recruited by the CIA. Oh, that's been son noble in history, hasn't it?
From the Bay of Pigs to Iraq, hasn't the CIA and its 'intelligence' provided America with one noble chapter of history after another?
Well you've been paying attention.
"TV: Jump The Shark" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
We were asking if anyone could be more predictable and one-sided while pretending to be 'heartland of the people' when the TV writer walked up and assumed we were discussing Tina Fey. We had actually been talking about NPR and, specifically at that moment, Wesley Clark or, as we like to think of Wes, the first indication that Michael Moore was a raving lunatic. (Moore endorsed the War Hawk Clark in the 2004 Democratic Party primary.)
The left winces and sometimes defends Clark from right-wing charges of hypocrisy but the truth is that the right-wing is correct that Clark has been all over the map about the Iraq War. Find a position on that illegal war and, at some point in time, Clark has publicly taken it. Wishy-washy and spineless are terms that best describe Clark. So it was no surprise that as Barack Obama made his quickie announcement of war before high tailing it out of the country in his best Little Barry Fu-Fu fashion, All Things Considered would find Clark a suitable guest. (Link goes to the March 18th broadcast, all segments of it are audio and transcript and we're referring to that broadcast when discussing ATC segments.)
Clark had written a column for The Washington Post stating that the US should not intervene in Libya. But since he's long been auditioning to become the new Mark Shields, everyone knows he'll walk away (quickly) from any staked ground. So NPR paired him up with War Hawk Anne-Marie Slaughter whose chief "academic" achievement may have been in booking more Republican and pro-war speakers than (a) were needed and (b) than opposing voices. In an idiotic response, which should have resulted in her being fired from Princeton, Slaughter offered up a list of speakers she'd tried for (Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, etc.) but had been unable to get. Her names? They supported the Iraq War. The group lodging the complaint was an anti-war group talking about the obligations that universities have in a time of war and how Slaughter's speakers were all pro-war. She trots out a few Democrats who had supported (and in 2005 were still supporting) the Iraq War and then flaunts her ignorance further by adding, "Engagement, rather than polarization, and dialogue, rather than preaching to the converted, are badly needed in this country. I hope that Princeton can help lead the way." If she wanted a dialogue, and not preaching, she was required to invite speakers who were not all gung-hu supporters of the Iraq War (and who, in fact, disagreed with her own position as an Iraq War cheerleader). To War Hawk Slaughter, one-sided, pro-war speakers are how you "lead the way."
Listening to her bluster and bully her way through the NPR segment, we were reminded again of how her actions at Princeton resulted in vocal and legitimate complaints about just how one-sided and destructive Slaughter is.
She defined 'success' in the Libyan War as, "Gadhafi leaving power and a government that is then formed that is representative of the Libyan people broadly. But the point of the no-fly zone is to get him out of the country." If you think Robert Siegel had a follow-up, you don't know All Things Considered.
The obvious question to then ask Slaughter is under what legal basis would the US be attempting to get Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi out of Libya? But
propaganda doesn't allow for the needed questions to ever be asked. Nor does propaganda allow for a real debate which is why Clark's entire response can be boiled down to "Well, I agree with Anne-Marie, but [. . .]" Yes, he agreed with Slaughter. Of course, he did. Brave stands do not pop up in the personal history of Wesley Clark.
While Robert Siegel made no attempt to force Slaughter to justify her position, he did want Clark to justify his position -- or rather, he wanted Clark to justify his previous position, to disown publicly in some sort of mock show trial which, more and more, NPR sounds like.
Robert Siegel: Just a few days ago, you were saying if this were up to the U.S., it wouldn't be sufficiently in our national interest to do all of this. But what I hear you say now is: Number one, if it's multinational, it's a toggle switch. If it's in our interest, it's in our interest to be all in and go in with great force.
Wesley Clark: Well, what I was saying is that the first rule is [. . .]
Whatever, you little blow hard. The segment mainly served to inform listeners of how crabby Slaughter is and how Clark never stood a chance at the presidency with that nasal voice which sounds so much like Anthony Perkins playing Norman Bates.
You should really read the whole thing but Ava and C.I. really nail how NPR sells the Libyan War and that's the way it has sold other wars too. This is what we're supposed to be rushing to save? War Programming? Seriously?
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):