Category Archives: September 11

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11

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Benghazi Militant Captured, Success for Patriotic Americans…Others, Political Spin Crisis & Something Else

A triumph for President Obama, the Administration engineered by US Special Forces’ capture of a top Libyan leader, Ahmed Abu Khattala suspected in masterminding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the Benghazi consulate. Yesterday’s announcement implies a prospective US trial to mead out justice for the deaths of Sean Smith, Chris Stephens, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods  at the Libyan satellite compound and an opportunity to gather further intelligence on the Ansar al-Sharia militia.   – Read the full article

One Wildly Inaccurate Statement in the NYT Benghazi Article

The big news event this week was the NYT article that undercut the entire conspiracy narrative of Darrel Issa and the radical right, that the Benghazi attack was the work of al-Quida and the President knew this and hid it from the public. – Read the full article

Could Someone Please Revoke the Three Stooges’ Passports?

The last thing this country needs is the three biggest idiots in the Republican House (and that’s saying a lot) attempting to speak for the American people on the world stage; but that’s exactly what they did in Egypt this past weekend. – Read the full article

Republicans Outraged Over Surveillance of Americans by Obama, But Not by Bush

Republicans were infuriated by the “breaking news” that Obama and the NSA have been listening to our phone conversations. They conveniently forget that it was George W. Bush who directed the NSA to start this eavesdropping program. In fact, PBS/Frontline ran a program that explained the surveillance program in great detail with interviews of the Bush Administration officials involved. – Read the full article

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum Where?

A lot of (but not all) liberals, myself included, are peeved at President Obama for maintaining a policy which candidate Obama denounced in the 2008 election.  To be sure, after denouncing the program Senator Obama voted to expand the Patriot Act in the heat of the campaign, which was a vote that led to some trouble with his base.    – Read the full article

A Modern Aesops Fable: Conservatives Are Positively Blind To The Obvious

Looking at the news of the day the appearance of  Laura Ingraham on Fox has been a big deal.  Ingraham connected the Iraqi no fly zone, started by Bush Sr. and maintained by Bill Clinton, with the sorry state of modern Iraq… which presidential leapfrogging observation is notable to be sure. – Read the full article

Mr. Obama, Tear Down the Private Profit Prisons

“…men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America In 2007, a teenager in a depressed county of Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently bereft of its industrial and coal mining jobs, was sentenced to 3 months in juvenile detention.  – Read the full article

Ignorance is Strength: Neocons Contradict Each Other Defending Torture Yet Again

“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” –Nietzsche Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s taut, brooding paean to the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden has been controversial since long before it even hit theaters.  – Read the full article

Ejecting from Afghanistan

“Geography is destiny.” –Unknown Afghanistan is a treacherous land.  In every sense of the word.  Soon we will be leaving it behind.  President Obama announced in a January 11th joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that American troops would be relegated to a “support” role as early as this spring, and all Western combat troops will be removed by the end of 2014.  – Read the full article

Al Qaeda Is Trying to Influence the Election

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” –Teddy Roosevelt Conservatives, so blinded by their hatred of their caricature of the president, will never understand that Obama has been good for al Qaeda the way a birthday party of ten-year-old boys with magnifying glasses is good for an ant colony.  – Read the full article

Counterfactual Conceptions with Ron Paul

Wednesday night, the last President to leave office with a surplus will be offering his case for the President who inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Bill Clinton’s endorsement will no doubt evoke some memories of the healing process between Obama and Hilary in the wake of the 2008 primaries. – Read the full article