Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Interesting new book

At Jacobian, Eoin Higgins reviews a new book, Joe Lauria's How I Lost by Hillary Clinton:

As she told the American people during an October 13, 2015, primary debate with Bernie Sanders and other opponents, every so often the US government needs to “save capitalism from itself.”

This tone-deaf approach to the aftermath of the economic crisis was nothing new. Clinton had delivered remarks to that effect two years earlier to Goldman Sachs in October 2013. Then, Clinton suggested the victims of the financial crash of 2008 misunderstood the situation completely. People were yelling at her everywhere she went, she said, because the conventional wisdom was wrong.

“Tellingly,” Lauria writes of those comments, “she names only two victims of Wall Street’s perfidy: Wall Street itself and government— not ordinary Americans.”

Clinton’s inability to conceive of new ideas and her lack of any interest in “turning the clock back or pointing fingers” at those who destroyed the economy meant she was exceptionally vulnerable to a challenge from someone like Sanders in the Democratic primary or Trump in the general election.

Clinton refused to accept the electorate’s desire for a new economic direction in a country where the majority of wealth recovery since the recession had gone to the top. People wanted a change, but Clinton wouldn’t — or couldn’t — give it to them.

“In a fiercely anti-establishment year for both parties, it was risky for the Democrats to put up a quintessential insider like Clinton up against the demagogue Trump,” Lauria writes.

Sounds like an interesting book.

I went to Amazon and ordered a copy.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Tony Blair's biggest groupie continues to throb for the War Hawk, and much more.

Drone video shows the immense destruction as civilians flee ISIS in Mosul, Iraq

Day 247 of The Mosul Slog.

Yes, it still drags on.

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push


247 days and counting.

And it was supposed to be over in weeks (not by the end of 2016 as REUTERS maintains here).

247 days.

: Iraqi PM al-Abadi is expected to announce victory in Mosul within hours.

He can announce it in five seconds, won't change the fact that this operation took 247 days.

Nor will it change the fact that Mosul is destroyed from US-led coalition bombings.

Would he have done that to a Shi'ite majority city?

Of course not.

In war squeezed amongst the bombs and bullets are little bodies

SO many look the other way as the destruction continues.


Not as dark as the skies over Iraq in 2003.

John Rentoul is a propagandist who writes for THE INDEPENDENT.

He whored for Tony Blair before the start of the Iraq War and all the way to this very day.

There's no accountability.

He's held to no standard.

And that's part of the problem.

That's in England.

In the US, MOTHER JONES hires pro-war pundits who promoted the Iraq War.

There was no accountability on any level.

And the lesson was: Look the other way.

Which is what happened on so many levels.

The DNC spent the last election cycle trying to bully and push around young people.

What they didn't get was that it's easy for old whores to look the other way but the young were not going to do the same.

We saw it on campus after campus in the last years.

We saw the young people turning against so-called 'independent media' that were nothing but propaganda mills for the Democratic Party.

This should be a time for independent media to flourish but it whored out.

Whether we're talking THE NATION or PACIFICA RADIO, they whored out.

And we spent many years warning that the young were watching.

The Iraq War demonstrated many things and it surely destroyed faith in corporate media.

But, as the years passed, it also demonstrated that so-called independent media was no better.

Norman Solomon thinks he can sneak back in.

He's laughed at on campuses, he's the punchline to a dirty joke.

They had professors who used his book on war or referenced Norman's 'activism.'

But that was long ago.

And he went into hiding when Barack Obama was president.

Eight years as the Iraq War raged.

How stupid does a Norman Solomon think people are?

And while some older people will go along, the enthusiasm and passion of the youth will not play.

They haven't been co-opted and beaten down for years the way so many have.

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