There is a lot to cover and C.I. covered a number of things and others at the hearing are grabbing things. Kat's doing impressions and Wally's doing money (Wally's at Rebecca's site tonight).
In the hearing, during the second round, I whispered, "Mine!"
It was a two-minute section, if even that. But, as a Latina, I feel that's got to be covered and that I should be the one to cover it.
Jeffrey was being questioned by Kerry and the issue was the 20 helicopters that will be under the State Dept. Kerry asked, "Who's going to pilot those?"
"Sir," Jeffrey responded, "we have what we call the State Dept Air Wing developed in Central and South America some 20 years ago -- very active in Columbia right now."
Some 20 years ago refers to the US attacks on Latin America. Not limited to Nicaragua. This was under Ronald Reagan (Jeffrey, like a great many of Barack's appointees is a Republican -- he's also, as only C.I.'s bothered to point out -- NSA). So the wars, the hidden wars, that savaged Latin America produced this 'outstanding' force that will now fly over Iraq (as it does over Pakistan) and terrorize its people as they do in Columbia (in Columbia, they terrorize the people under the guise of the 'drug war' in what is really a class war).
Where the hell is the peace movement?
This is what Barack is doing and it should damn well be bringing outrage from the Baby Boomers who were protesting the covert wars on Latin America in the 80s because this is what it's based in. So where are they?
Leslie Cagan, can you get off your fat and lazy ass yet? Of course not.
Do most Americans not know about Operation Condor? An attack on Latin America that the US government began in the seventies? How about the Dirty War in Argentina? The massacres in El Salvador? John Negroponte's terrorism in Honduras?
A whole history was alluded to in front of a Senate Committee -- supposedly one well versed in foreign affairs -- and no one batted an eyes. Not even the one time "randy conspiracy buff" John Kerry (called that by the MSM due to his early work on Iran-Contra which apparently he now wishes to forget).
It was appalling. And so was hearing the ambassador declare of the helicopters that he had "all told" approximately 20 "operating in a combat environment today" in Iraq. Let's stop pretending this is a diplomatic mission.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"