Monday, July 28, 2014

"Those to whom evil is done...


...Do evil in return."

W.H. Auden
September 1, 1939

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Iran Air 655

655remained parts of plane

Aaaand, the guy who perpetrated this crime got a decoration.

Fuck up and move up.

London Charter of the International Military Tribunal, August 8, 1945

Article 6.

The Tribunal established by the Agreement referred to in Article 1 hereof for the trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis countries shall have the power to try and punish persons who, acting in the interests of the European Axis countries, whether as individuals or as members of organizations, committed any of the following crimes.

The following acts, or any of them, are crimes coming within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal for which there shall be individual responsibility:

(a) CRIMES AGAINST PEACE: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing;

(b) WAR CRIMES: namely, violations of the laws or customs of war. Such violations shall include, but not be limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity;

(c) CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: namely, murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war; or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where perpetrated.

Leaders, organizers, instigators and accomplices participating in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit any of the foregoing crimes are responsible for all acts performed

Monday, June 16, 2014

Obama - the thinking person's W.

OK, this includes women.  The rhythm is better

The guy's an idiot. He is a very charming idiot, in the way that W. was charming if you're a certain sort of frat boy or a member of the Houston chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.  In Obama's case, he's charming if you happen to think you have a certain sort of education or can speak in a certain sort of way.  In other words,W.

He'll say anything in an intelligent and charming sort of way.  He'll make the case for military intervention in Iraq, charmingly, even though it's obvious to everybody in the world, other than those inside the Washington Bubble, that further American military intervention has as much legitimacy as the original intervention, which is to say, none.

He will charmingly ignore the ghastly humanitarian damage to Iraq's population caused by Americans and their minions in the last decade, even as he frolics with Bo on the White House lawn and tries to prosecute Ed Snowden.  Actually, he's not charming in this particular case, he's repugnant.

He will charmingly reassure the world that bugging Angela Merkel's cell phone in in everybody's best interests, even if he didn't know about it, and everybody does it anyway.

He will not so charmingly make the case for fucking up the Ukraine, as a product placement for NATO.

He will equally make the case not so charmingly that bombing Syria is a humanitarian gesture, even though such bombing would have accelerated the humanitarian disaster in Syria that is now spreading to Iraq and that now requires his charming intervention because he's such a great guy.

I guess he was better than 8 years of McCain.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Secret State of America

The U.S. government, in conspiracy with client states, chiefest among them the Five Eyes—the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—have inflicted upon the world a system of secret, pervasive surveillance from which there is no refuge. They protect their domestic systems from the oversight of citizenry through classification and lies, and shield themselves from outrage in the event of leaks by overemphasizing limited protections they choose to grant the governed.
- Ed Snowden 
. . . - See more at:

"These men, largely private, were functioning on a level different from the foreign policy of the United States, and years later when New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan read through the entire documentary history of the war, that history known as the Pentagon Papers, he would come away with one impression above all, which was that the government of the United States was not what he had thought it was; it was as if there were an inner U.S. government, what he called 'a centralized state, far more powerful than anything else, for whom the enemy is not simply the Communists but everything else, its own press, its own judiciary, its own Congress, foreign and friendly governments - all these are potentially antagonistic. It had survived and perpetuated itself,' Sheehan continued, 'often using the issue of anti-Communism as a weapon against the other branches of government and the press, and finally, it does not function necessarily for the benefit of the Republic but rather for its own ends, its own perpetuation; it has its own codes which are quite different from public codes. Secrecy was a way of protecting itself, not so much from threats by foreign governments but from detection from its own population on charges of its own competence and wisdom.' Each succeeding Administration, Sheehan noted, was careful, once in office, not to expose the weaknesses of its predecessor. After all, essentially the same people were running the governments, they had continuity to each other, and each succeeding Administration found itself faced with virtually the same enemies. Thus the national security apparatus kept its continuity, and every outgoing President tended to rally to the side of the incumbent President.

"Out of this of course came a willingness to use covert operations; it was a necessity of the times, to match the Communists, and what your own population and your own Congress did not know was not particularly important; it was almost better if they did not know..."

David Halberstam
The Best and The Brightest

 [emphasis added]