Archive: November, 2010
The Wikileaks saga is a hard one -- for me there's been something that's been bothering me about the episode from Day One but -- as inarticulate as I've been lately -- I unsurprisingly couldn't quite articulate it. That's why God invented Glenn Greenwald, who of course wrote the uber post on the American media sticking up yet again for the powerful instead of speaking truth to power:
Nonetheless, our government and political culture is so far toward the extreme pole of excessive, improper secrecy that that is clearly the far more significant threat. And few organizations besides WikiLeaks are doing anything to subvert that regime of secrecy, and none is close to its efficacy. It's staggering to watch anyone walk around acting as though the real threat is from excessive disclosures when the impenetrable, always-growing Wall of Secrecy is what has enabled virtually every abuse and transgression of the U.S. government over the last two decades at least.
You know what doesn't do much to reduce unemployment? Tax cuts, especially for the rich.
You what does reduce unemployment? Unemployment benefits.
It's not just "experts" saying that (althugh most experts would in fact say that) but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
Now that Ed Rendell is never running for office again, he's going to tell us what he really thinks! Can Pa. handle the truth on guns?
On Monday, Rendell defended his weekend veto of a bill expanding gun owners' self-defense rights - but declared his efforts to reduce gun violence through legislation "an abject failure."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be the next president of the United States, but he's no rocket scientist:
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey owes the federal government more than $271 million after canceling a rail tunnel connecting the state with New York, according to a debt notice obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
With all the cluck-clucking on this side of the Atlantic, it's not shocking that the best, full-throated defense of the new Wikileaks release comes from the UK:
The job of the media is not to protect power from embarrassment. If American spies are breaking United Nations rules by seeking the DNA biometrics of the UN director general, he is entitled to hear of it. British voters should know what Afghan leaders thought of British troops. American (and British) taxpayers might question, too, how most of the billions of dollars going in aid to Afghanistan simply exits the country at Kabul airport.
Apparently Belgium has low self-esteem problems that can only be helped by taking on a Gitmo prisoner or two:
Bargaining to empty the Guantánamo Bay prison: When American diplomats pressed other countries to resettle detainees, they became reluctant players in a State Department version of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees, cables from diplomats recounted. The Americans, meanwhile, suggested that accepting more prisoners would be “a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”
Eight years of this nonsense under Bush and now two years of the same-old, same-old under Obama. You call this "change" and "transformation"? I'll bet even a McCain-Palin administration would have continued the same disastrous, turkey-coddling policies.
Have a great Thanksgiving, everybody.
At least no one in this picture is being forced to undergo a full body scan.
There was a book by former Nixon aide John Dean in the 2000s that argued that George W. Bush's abuses were "Worse than Watergate," which they probably were.