Monday, April 29, 2019

Mike Gravel calls the primary, David Walsh calls the White House Correspondents Dinner

If Democrats nominate Joe Biden, he may win, and we'll have four years of weak, feckless Democratic leadership. And then, in four years, he'll be defeated by a Republican Party even more openly white nationalist. If you nominate an Obama redux, you'll just get a worse Trump redux

Mike Gravel is correct.

This is from WSWS, about the idiotic, navel gazers who took part in the White House correspondents dinner:

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC on Saturday evening was a travesty.
The organizers staged this year’s event in front of a large banner that read, “Celebrating the First Amendment.” Toasts were actually offered to that amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of the press.
Olivier Knox, the outgoing president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the organization of journalists who cover the White House, decried “attacks on the free press in a global context” and listed the names of journalists targeted by governments and other forces.
Yet no one on the podium referred to either Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher brutally seized and imprisoned by British authorities and facing rendition to the US and the most savage punishment, or Chelsea Manning, also in prison, locked up for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury drawing up fabricated charges against Assange.
The most notorious persecution of a journalist, confronted by the most powerful state, military and intelligence apparatus on the planet, went entirely unrecognized from the platform on Saturday.
For that matter, none of the 3,000 or so affluent attendees—paying $300 a ticket—who dutifully applauded every reference to “freedom of the press,” climbed to his or her feet and denounced this criminal omission. From this quarter, consisting overwhelmingly of flacks for the CIA and the Pentagon, there was no protest, not so much as a squeak.
The Correspondents’ Association is hardly unaware of the Assange and Manning cases. Silence here is thoroughgoing complicity.

David Walsh wrote that.

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

Monday, April 29, 2019.  "I'm sorry" are hard words for Joe Biden, Seth Moulton makes a statement that's truly beneath a member of Congress, the Iraqi government demands that the US Embassy in Baghdad remove a FACEBOOK post, and much more.

This morning MEHR NEWS AGENCY reports, "Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Sunday said that it has summoned the charge d'affaires of the US embassy in Baghdad over comments on social media considered offensive to the diplomatic norms."  What are they talking about?  As noted in Saturday's "Moqtada floats closing the US Embassy, the Iraqi government demands the US delete a FACEBOOK post."

So that's one problem for the US government.  Here's another -- this is from the US Embassy in Baghdad's FACEBOOK page:

يستشري الفساد في جميع مفاصل #النظام_الإيراني، بدءا من القمة. فممتلكات مرشد النظام علي #خامنئيوحده تقدر بـ 200 مليار دولار، بينما يرزح كثير من ابناء الشعب تحت وطأة الفقر بسبب الوضع الإقتصادي المزري الذي وصلت اليه #ايران بعد أربعين عاما من حكم الملالي.
Corruption is rife in all parts of the #IranianRegime, starting at the top. The possessions of the current supreme leader Ali #Khamenei alone are estimated at $200 billion, while many people languish in poverty because of the dire economic situation in #Iran after 40 years of rule by the mullahs.

As ALSUMARIA notes, the Iraqi government sees that post as interfering in Iraqi affairs and they says it goes too far.  They are calling for the US Embassy to remove the post.

Will it?

Better question, why is it that the US media is ignoring this?  Normally, when the US and another government clash, it's news.  Does no one in the US media pay attention to Iraq anymore?  Or are they all desperate to save the US government any embarrassment by ignoring this story?

As we noted in Sunday's "US embassy calls Iran corrupt, Iraq responds with a call for censorship, where's the US media?," even though IANS and KURDISTAN 24 had found the story, the US media continued to ignore it.  Repeating, don't understand why the US media doesn't believe it's a story that the Iraqi government is demanding the US Embassy in Baghdad remove a FACEBOOK post.  It should be a story for the content of the post.  It should be a story for the censorship issue (the call to remove it).  And it should be a story because of the tensions between the governments of the US and Iraq.

By the way, why are they summoning the US charge d'affaires?  Because the US has no Ambassador to Iraq currently.  B-b-but, Douglas Silliman!  Douglas Silliman left Baghdad months ago.

My thoughts as I depart Baghdad.

Joey Hood is the US charge dd'affaires.  Who is Joey Hood?  From the US State Dept:

Joey Hood is the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission in Iraq.  Mr. Hood has spent much of his career working in the Middle East, and particularly on the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to assuming his duties in Baghdad, Mr. Hood was Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, which followed an assignment as Consul General and Principal Officer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Previously, Mr. Hood was Acting Director of the Office of Iranian Affairs at the State Department in Washington, DC.
Mr. Hood has also served in Riyadh, where he coordinated U.S.-Saudi military cooperation, and in Asmarawhere he was a liaison to rebel leaders from Sudan’s Darfur region.  He has also been assigned to U.S. embassies in Yemen and Qatar.
Prior to the Foreign Service, Mr. Hood was a Fulbright scholar in Burkina Faso and worked at a bank in Vermont.  He earned a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Why hasn't President Donald Trump nominated a new ambassador?  In November, Donald nominated Matthew Tueller.  The Senate then proceeded to drag its collective feet.  At the start of this month, they finally held confirmation hearings.  And then?  Nothing.  No up or down vote.  Again, Douglas Silliman left Iraq on January 31st.

Is he qualified?  If he's not, vote no and be done with him.  If he is qualified, vote yes so that there's an ambassador to Iraq.  Democrats liked him enough when then-Secretary of State John Kerry championed him to be Ambassador to Yemen (the post he still holds currently) back in 2014.  Equally true, a sitting ambassador is generally a sure-thing vote wise when proposed to be an ambassador to another country.  Why the hold up?

When in the US Senate, Joe Biden never had a problem voting.  He voted for every war you could think of -- including the Iraq War.  Thursday, he announced his intent to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination via a lackluster video.  Four days later, he finally makes his first campaign stop.  He'll be in Pittsburg today.  Four days later?  Remember that the former vice president turns 77 in November.

That's a lot of years and he has a long history that goes with them.

I did look at his record: He voted for DOMA, repealing Glass-Steagall, wrote & voted for the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, to make it harder for students to declare bankruptcy. I don't care about "decency", but I care that he's been on the wrong side of a lot of issues.

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Sellout ... You just got so greedy you couldn't help but cash in. First it was your brother's firm getting multi billion construction deals in Iraq, then Ukraine energy deal then China gives your kid and Kerry's kid billions. Just disgusting!

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He voted for the Iraq war. Anyone who took that vote should never get another vote for anything again.

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If we had a real opposition party this would be a deal breaker and might get him kicked from the party. Anyone who voted for the Iraq war should never get a single vote for anything in our country.

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Joe Biden’s horrible history as a legislator (Don’t Ask Dont Tell, credit card company billz, Defense of marriage act, the Iraq war) need to be discussed now. His campaign needs to end NOW. Otherwise it’s Trump 2020-2024. I refuse to ignore what a bad candidate he is.

How did Creepy Joe Biden's brother get a $1.5 Billion dollar contract to rebuild houses in Iraq while his brother was VP.Crooked Joe stopped an investigation on his son for corruption by his son.

What excites you most about Biden?
Fought Desegregation
Attacked Anita Hill
Repeal Glass-Steagall
Voted Iraq War
Wrote Patriot Act
Voted Homeland Security Act
Voted⬇ Gay Marriage
Author 1994 Crime Bill
Voted Bankruptcy Act
Pro Cutting Social Security

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a strong Wall Street ally
voted to gut welfare
wrote the original ‘94 crime bill
for the War on Drugs
voted for the Iraq War
voted for the 2006 border fence
unreliable (at best) on Net Neutrality
voted for NAFTA and supported the TPP
allowed Anita Hill to be silenced and shamed

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I’m not sure Biden is the best option. He’s likely the most right wing democrat running for the democratic nomination and has an awful history of opposition desegregation, supporting the Iraq war as well as the crime bill that lead to mass incarceration.

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Biden literally said he’s not sorry for anything he has done. He also bragged about voting for the Iraq war and said he’d do it again. Doesn’t seem like he regrets playing an integral part in almost every major legislative disaster of the past half century.

Last Friday, Joe appeared on ABC's THE VIEW where he was given a chance to apologize to Anita Hill -- something he still has not done.

"I think what [Anita Hill] wants you to say is 'I'm sorry for the way I treated you' not 'for the way you were treated." -

"Well, I'm sorry the way she got treated. If you go back and look at what I did and didn't say, I don't think I treated her badly." -



Despite gentle prompting from a supportive Joy Behar, Joe refused to issue an apology.

This is how Joe Biden treated Anita Hill.

Art Markman has a column entitled "Why Men Like Joe Biden Find It So Difficult To Apologize."  One rival for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination says Joe owes Anita an apology.  AP reports:

Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton says the former vice president should apologize for the way Hill was treated during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Moulton said Hill “was treated terribly” when she testified to Biden’s committee in 1991 that Thomas had sexually harassed her. Moulton added: “I think he should apologize.”
Biden said on NBC he was sorry “for the way she got treated” but added that, “I don’t think I treated her badly.”

Equally true, former Senator Arlen Specter said Joe said Anita lied to Congress -- as the late senator wrote in his 2000 book PASSION FOR THE TRUTH.  Specter died in 2012.  Joe's never corrected Arlen's account.  Apparently, he owes Anita Hill several apologies.

Seth's putting his foot in his mouth a lot lately.  Is he trying to be the new Joe Biden?  Seth felt the need to declare that Donald Trump was not a patriot.  It's the sort of garbage you expect to hear from blowhards in front of a radio microphone, not from members of Congress.  The statement is beneath him and if anyone doubts where that kind of garbage leads . . .

is NOT a patriot he dodged going into the war by a fake foot/ankle issue a lie. he is the worst person. And he proves it everyday Rep Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran,Trump 'is not a patriot' :

What an ugly statement from such an ugly person.

On her Twitter feed, the ugly woman claims she believes in decency and civility.  After she's declared someone else not to be a patriot?  And after she's slammed someone for not going to Vietnam.

Does the bitch know that Bruce Springsteen didn't go to Vietnam?

I don't think less of Bruce for that.  I'm grateful for everyone who didn't go over.  Kim Carvente is just an ugly woman with a butt ugly face and even uglier way of thinking.

When Seth makes his stupid comment, that's where it ends up -- with aged hags like Kim Carvente slamming people for whether or not they went to Vietnam.  That's not the test of patriotism, sorry.  Participating in illegal wars does not make you a patriot.  Hags like Kim, of course, never fought in combat.  But for hags like Kim, that's the way to judge patriotism.

Kat's "Kat's Korner: Rhiannon Giddens proves THERE IS NO OTHER" went up Sunday night.  New content at THIRD: