Thursday, March 21, 2019

The annoying Chelsea -- not the heroic Chelsea Manning

So what did Chelsea Clinton do?  I know she was in the news over the weekend but I'm not really that interested in celebrity that results from one's parents.  By that I mean, Chelsea's whole life has been one cushy failure after another.  So I really wasn't interested enough to click on various sources and outlets I find questionable.  But I see WSWS has now written about it.  Josh Varlin explains:

Two New York University students who confronted Chelsea Clinton have been the subject of a right-wing campaign, involving death threats, the dissemination of personal information and the trawling through of social media feeds for embarrassing information.
The campaign, promoted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio–a potential Democratic Party presidential primary candidate—and Donald Trump, Jr., among others, is a disgusting attack on two students for criticizing a multimillionaire political figure.
The two students, Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf, confronted Clinton at a vigil at NYU for victims of the fascist massacre of Muslim worshipers and others in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier that day. At the time of the vigil, 49 had been murdered. As of this writing, another person has died of their injuries and dozens are injured and in Christchurch Hospital.
“This [vigil], right here, is a result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” said Dweik. “And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”
Clinton replied with platitudes like, “I do believe words matter.” She left the premises shortly after a brief and heated back-and-forth.
Dweik was referring to Clinton’s tweets accusing Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, of anti-Semitism because Omar called attention to the undeniable influence of the Zionist lobby in Congress. Clinton had tweeted, in response to a comment slandering Omar: “Co-signed as an American. We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”
An early sign-on to the anti-Omar campaign, Clinton was followed by other political figures, including the congressional Democratic leadership. Omar and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. The campaign against Omar and bogus allegations of “left-wing anti-Semitism” have served to tar any opposition to Zionism as anti-Semitic and distract from the real rise of anti-Semitism, which is the province of the far right. It has also legitimized the virulent Islamophobia expressed in the Christchurch massacre.
When explaining their actions, Asaf told the Washington Post that Clinton beginning her anti-Omar tweet with “as an American” seemed to be an “anti-immigrant trope” and “a dog whistle, … signaling this is a patriotic issue and that nationalism excludes people like Ilhan Omar.”
Dweik told the Washington Post, “I wanted to convey my grief.”
Dweik, who is a Muslim Palestinian, and Asaf, who is a Jewish Israeli-American, are both student senators and prominent activists at NYU in support of the rights of Palestinians and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. They explain in a BuzzFeed article: “We thought it was inappropriate for her to show up to a vigil for a community she had so recently stoked hatred against. We were not alone in feeling uncomfortable—many students were dismayed to see her there.”
Without endorsing Dweik’s and Asaf’s politics (Asaf is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and campaigned for Bernie Sanders in 2016), they are absolutely correct in opposing the despicable role of Clinton in the campaign against Omar and linking it with the rise of Islamophobia.

Let's not forget that Chelsea is very political.  For example, while attending college in England, she took time out to protest those protesting the Iraq War.  That's right family failure was for the Iraq War.  A lot of people make fun of her because she is married to the son of a felon but that's not really surprising because with her pro-war politics, her parents and her lack of ethics, it's not like she was ever going to be considered a catch.

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019.  And the war goes on, yes, the war goes on.  And on and on and on.

Yesterday, DEMOCRACY NOW! offered this hard hitting commentary on the Iraq War.

Oh, wait.  That's Chris Hayes.  Amy Goodman and her hideous DEMOCRACY NOW! didn't do s**t.  They never do.  And you're an idiot if you're still watching Goody Whore.

Chris Hayes, on MSNBC, did what Goody Whore didn't.

On ALL IN, Chris Hayes provided the journalism that Goody Whore refused to.

Chris Hayes: Today marks the 16th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.  It is the single biggest tragedy of my political lifetime and an incredibly informative experience. I was 23-years-old when we set out to invade Iraq and I watched as, in an atmosphere of fear after 9-11, leaders manipulated the public to forge an incredibly robust, elite consensus that we had to undertake something that seemed to me and many at the time and seems ever more so now as indefensibly wrong.  But so many experts told us that we had to do it, that Saddam was a threat and that he had weapons of massive destruction And the Bush administration, more than any other single entity -- of course, used its power to manipulate and cherry pick intelligence to scare the public into war.  Of course, millions of people dissented and took to the streets -- I was among them -- and we were right and the so-called 'experts' and politicians and editorial boards and columnists?  They were all wrong.  The costs of that war was nearly 5,000 American service members' lives, trillions of dollars and the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, hundreds of thousands of fellow human beings, of men, women and children dead because of the events that our nation set in motion.  Prisoner tortured in Abu Ghraib, children shot dead in front of their parents in the city square by mercenaries.  And 16 years later, we still live with the consequences though not as much as Iraqis do.  And yet remarkably, with some notable exceptions, the many individuals responsible never really paid any kind of price for it -- reputationally, politically.  Influential people who advocated for the war and voted for it still have prominent positions.  Some have apologized and recanted, recognizing the error of their ways -- and that really does matter.  But the broader lesson here is when you don't really confront the past, you create conditions that lead to something like the current administration where Iraq War cheerleader and uber hawk John Bolton is advising the president -- he is the National Security Advisor and, as we speak, banging the drums of war against both Iran and Venezuela.  And unless we deal with this era -- the Trump era differently than we did the Bush administration, history will repeat itself again.  In fact, it sort of has already. 

Amy Goodman did nothing.  That's sort of a slogan now, isn't it?  And it's a good thing when she does nothing because when she does something these days, it's destroying a country.

Danny Haiphong (BLACK AGENDA REPORT): "Since 2011, Amy Goodman has never strayed from the NATO line on countries such as Libya, Syria, and Russia. Like the corporate media, Goodman and her staff at Democracy Now! have provided positive coverage of so-called humanitarian groups like the White Helmets which have long been proven to work directly with NATO-armed jihadist mercenaries ravaging Syria ."


Is the independent media movement's flagship radio-TV show Democracy Now! pushing the State Department and Pentagon line on Libya instead of “going where the silence is” and telling the truth without fear or favor? Are its Libyan correspondents embedded with the US-backed Libyan rebels to such an extent that they have minimized and failed to follow up persistent reports of ethnic cleansing in Libya or investigate whether alleged “mercenaries” ever existed or Khadaffi's “massacres” ever took place?
Have Democracy Now's correspondents in Libya, Anjali Kamat and Sharif Abdel-Kodous minimized or avoided reporting upon the persecution of black Libyans and sub-Saharan African migrants in by US-backed Libyan rebels? Have they reported massacres that may not have happened, and mercenaries who might not have existed? Have they ignored or minimized the impact of US and NATO bombing and the presence of Saudi, Qatari and other foreign forces on the ground in Libya, also in support of the US-backed Libyan rebels? Have they simply embedded themselves with US-backed forces in Libya to pass the views of the Pentagon and State Department to us as “independent, unembedded news”?

We could go on and on and on.  Goody Whore rips off the American people the same way she rips off PACIFICA RADIO -- which should cancel her contract immediately and they can do so.  They can do it on the ground that she repeatedly breaks the rules (including on air self-promotion) and they can do it on the grounds that her show has lost journalistic merit.  They don't need DEMOCRACY NOW! but Amy needs PACIFICA is she's going to continue to live her elite lifestyle.  The money PACIFICA wastes on Amy -- thanks to that old whore Leslie Cagan -- has repeatedly left the radio network struggling to pay bills.  They don't even own the program or the archives.  It's time to kick Amy to the curb.

Tuesday, CBS NEWS offered.

I have no comment on the exchange above except to note, as I said on the phone to a friend at CBS earlier, well at least this time we didn't have giggles and laughter in the background.

On this day in 2003, the US committed the greatest crime of the 21st century thus far by invading Iraq. The war killed over 1 million people, displaced millions more, brought unknowable depths of suffering to the Iraqi people & gave birth to ISIS.

happy sweet 16 to the iraq war. reminder that ppl like dubya now bc he gave a piece of candy to michelle obama (wife of another crook & war criminal). libs ate that up like slop from a trough bc aww what a cute meme on the teevee. eat it up, piggies. oink oink u f**kin sh**heads

Today marks 16 years since the United States invaded Iraq. I opposed it at the time and we are still dealing with its consequences. Our foreign policy must change.
The Iraq War woke me up to the horrific extent of US atrocities & cover-up by its corporate media machine. I remain stunned after so much carnage & destruction, the architects & agitators are heralded as intellectuals instead of shamed as war criminals. Empire rots from within
16 years ago we watched from the balcony of our hotel as the -led coalition began it's "shock an awe" invasion of . Here are some photos taken the first nights of the bombing, by my late husband, photographer .
Iraq’s humanitarian crisis is one of the biggest in the world. 8.2M people currently need humanitarian aid, says the UN. That includes 1.2M children below 5. - 2.4M are close to food insecurity - 2.3M don’t have regular water and sanitation - 2.6M children aren't in school
  • The Iraq War began 16 years ago today. Since then, the war and related violence has: - Killed 205,000+ civilians, says - Killed 4,400+ U.S. military - Displaced millions of people Today, 2 million Iraqis, including 900,000 children, are internally displaced.
  • I voted against the war in Iraq. Sadly, much of what I feared in fact did happen. I don't want to see it happen again.

    Today, on the 16th anniversary of the illegal Iraq war, which was based on lies and led to 100s of 1000s of deaths, it’s astonishing to see how many supporters of that war still have powerful positions in government and in the media, and how many have become stars of
    Iraq 💔
    I'm an Iraq War Veteran who served 12 years ago. It should be over! Our country’s military has been in a permanent state of ever-expanding conflict for over seventeen years. Veterans call it the “Forever War.” Together, we can end it.
  • If you vote for the country to go to war, you should have to serve in the front lines in that war. I served in the U.S. Army, fiercely opposed the Vietnam War, helped end the draft. never served and still saw fit to send this country's kids to Iraq
    the war in iraq is now old enough to ask the war in afghanistan to buy it cigarettes

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