Today he rediscovers the illegal war. At least briefly. He is aware that the Iraq War continues. He is aware that it's not ending. He doesn't call out Barack the way he called out Bully Boy Bush but we're not supposed to notice that. We're not supposed to ever notice that he avoids critiquing Barack even when asked to do so by the White House.
This abdication by certain elements of the peace movement would have happened, he insists, under any Democratic administration.
No, it wouldn't have.
Hillary Clinton was demonized. The left never would have allowed Hillary to get away with what Barack has. We would be in the streets. We would be savaging her.
But Anthony wanted Barack.
Today he pretends differently.
But I have a series of letters from 2008 when I was washing my hands of Howard Zinn, whom I'd admired and known for decades. Anthony may be able to fool other people about who he was supporting in 2008 and what he thought of Barack, but he can't fool me.
I was appalled when Howard Zinn endorsed Barack. I was one of many. That was the focus of the last series of letters Howard and I ever exchanged.
It is equally true that Arnove is more than a mere columnist for the US Socialist Worker or for ISR. Instead of leading the way on protesting the wars, those outlets have repeatedly justified Barack Obama. They've wasted their time -- and everyone else's -- with false cries of racism when Republicans criticized Barack.
Imagine that, a Republican doesn't like a Democratic president! Why, it's never happened before! It must be racism!
No, it's political differences. They existed when Bill Clinton was in the White House, they existed when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, they existed . . .
On my end, political differences, not race, is why I called out George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford's pardoning of Nixon (other than that Gerald did very little), and Richard Nixon.
Get the point?
Anthony and his publications didn't.
By repeatedly insisting the right was attacking Barack and doing so for racism, they attempted to rally the left to stand with the Corporatist War Hawk Barack.
Now they weren't interested in real racism (see their refusal to stand up loudly against the Libyan War or the targeting of Blacks in Libya). But they were in love with Barack.
For Anthony Arnove to pretend otherwise is bulls**t.
One of the Michaels (Ratner or Smith) insisted that this always happens, when elections come along, the peace movement gets distracted.
It happened in 1968?
No, it didn't.
It happened to a small degree in 1972. A number of peace activists did see George McGovern as the answer. There was depression when he lost. But it did not happen in 1968. To claim that it did is to be not only ahistorical but dead wrong. The peace movement was offered nothing that mattered by Hubert Humphrey. Robert F. Kenney and Eugene McCarthy were the candidates the peace movement pinned their hopes on. Neither got the nomination. (Had he not been assassinated, RFK would have gotten the nomination -- my belief based on how he was doing at the time of his death.)
I'm tired of excuses. I'm tired of the refusal to call out UPFJ for what they did. Anthony even raised them. He said they failed to build a movement.
Oh, boo, hoo.
They never wanted to build a movement. They wanted to appease the Democrats.
In the 2006 mid-terms, Dems came back to power. The UPFJ response? Ease up on the pressure. UPFJ was a disgusting distraction. A number of people were taken in. I was one. I will not compound my stupidity by pretending at this late date that they were interested in ending the Iraq War. They were about electing Democrats.
I think Anthony Arnove needs to get honest about a number of things. I'm not as kind as C.I., I never have been. Next time events force me to write about this topic, I won't refer to things, I'll quote them and leave someone publicly shamed.
"TV: That Awful Speech" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
But members of the Cult of St. Barack were smiling and sitting pretty. Take The Progressive's Matthew Rothschild, whom Mike rightly awarded Idiot of the Week to for his 'analysis' of Barack's speech. "Inspiring and Annoying" gushed Matty Rothschild -- a title he might want to dust off should he ever write his life story.
Had George W. Bush proposed gutting Medicare and Medicaid, we're not seeing Matty rush forward to gush about Bush's word choices. But let Barack propose it and Matty's pining and mooning like Betsy Booth eyeing Andy Hardy.
After offering a small bit of criticism (from others), Matty wraps up like the court enuich he is insisting, "I came away from the speech wondering why Obama hasn't been making the affirmative case for government action all along. If he had been, he -- and the country -- would be a lot better off today."
Really? Because what we take away is that 1/5 of the elderly in this country depend upon Medicare to meet their medial needs, that six million elderly would not be able to meet their medical needs without the program, that cuts in Medicare will effect life expectancy and that women will be the hardest hit since they have a longer life expectancy. We took away that there was no concern or care about the over 40% of elderly Americans who currently who live well below the poverty line. We wondered what happens to those with chronic health problems? And the elderly are more likely to have chronic health problems than other age groups.
How interesting that Matthew Rothschild chose to view the speech in the abstract as opposed to his addressing the real world consequences. (No, Matthew, meekly citing others is not you taking on the speech.)
We also registered that a $447 billion 'jobs' plan didn't really offer much for jobs. In fact, less than a fourth of the $447 billion will go to works programs (the infrastructure projects and the teacher and first responder hiring).
But, hey, who can focus on the numbers when they want to groove on their dream lover. In terms of style, Danny Schechter insisted, "The Obama of 2008 was back." Maybe so. Of course, we never got taken in. We never sold our asses like two-dollar whores for Mr. Pretty Lies to begin with. Rather sad to see someone who supposedly woke up lapse back into a coma.
Ava and C.I. have all the courage and drive that Anthony Arnove lacks. Maybe in 40 years, Anthony will be able to strongly criticize Barack the way he once did Bush?
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):