Patrick Martin has a piece at WSWS that I've just forwarded to C.I. Friday, at my Iraq War Study Group, she gave a presentation and noted that Nouri al-Maliki is also supposed to come to DC to meet face to face for negotiations with the White House about trainers and that he and Barack spoke about that in Friday's teleconference. She pointed out that no one was covering that. She went ahead and included it in today's snapshot. And Patrick Martin has also heard about that meet-up and he covers it in his WSWS piece:
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is to visit Washington in December for further talks, and Obama held out the possibility of a future agreement to station US troops in Iraq in the guise of training Iraqi soldiers in the use of weapons systems the Iraqi government is buying from American military contractors.
There is no disguising, however, the debacle for the foreign policy of American imperialism. After nine years of warfare, with 4,400 US troops killed, tens of thousands wounded, and trillions of dollars squandered, the United States will lose its privileged access to bases on Iraqi soil as well as the legal immunity enjoyed by US soldiers.Again, I've forwarded it to her and I'll also call her later so it can be in the snapshot. Her last speaking gig tonight goes on until 11:30 p.m. So I'll wait to call her until then.
We were talking earlier today and loathed the guy on Law & Disorder Radio today. C.I. said she can tell when someone's lying (and she can) and that there were four times that man lied including in his attempt to butter up the Michaels (Smith and Ratner). (C.I. plans to note Margaret Ratner Kunstler later in the week at TCI but she's not going to bother with that guy. I don't blame her. He was oily, smarmy and proof positive that Eddie Haskell lives.) What stood out the most to me was being offended by Michael Ratner's claim that this was the most important movement in the US -- sorry, Occupy Wall Street -- since the 60s. First, there are many early seventies movements -- I participated in a number -- that were more important than OWS.
And the need to falsely inflate OWS is what will turn people off.
In terms of post-70s, the 80s Latin America issues advanced by human rights activists -- including a number in the church as well as lay persons -- was a huge movement. It might not have been flashy -- church-based movements rarely are, but it was real.
And most importantly, the Battle In Seattle was a real event. When OWS wants to think it's something amazing, it might try having the guts and courage of the Battle In Seattle people.
I can think of other movements but those are a few to chew on.
OWS is forever in danger of becoming nothing but a booster campaign for Barack.
That's why so many are still suspicious of it.
That and all the good press it has received.
Battle In Seattle activists did not get glowing press.
I would recommend people watch this episode of Adam vs. the Man if they don't realize how quickly this could slide over into get-out-the-vote for Barack.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: