Cold Comfort

A recent report from the British government is characterized by the blog site of an investigative journalist:

According to the new U.K. report on Libya, Britain’s military intervention – alongside the U.S. and France – was based on “erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding” of the reality inside Libya, which included a lack of appreciation about the role of Islamic extremists in spearheading the opposition to Gaddafi.

In other words, Gaddafi was telling the truth when he accused the rebels around Benghazi of being penetrated by Islamic terrorists. The West, including the U.S. news media, took Gaddafi’s vow to wipe out this element and distorted it into a claim that he intended to slaughter the region’s civilians, thus stampeding the United Nations Security Council into approving an operation to protect them.

The same people in the State Co-ordinating Committee of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon who voted to expel me from the Party were the ones who proposed — and overrode my block of — support for the bombing of Libya.

Just as the larger scene of national politics, where the folks who were wrong about Iraq (think Hillary) are the ones who are celebrated, and the ones who were correct are marginalized still, so in our state Green Party.

Update 20 September 2016: To buttress my point, which is that it is best to oppose “humanitarian intervention,” not only on theoretical grounds of violence not solving political problems, but also on sound historical experience, I offer the recent op-ed of the thoughtful whistleblower Colleen Rowley:

The danger from “genocide” has even become an official U.S.-NATO pretext for advocating and launching military intervention. With disastrous results. It’s therefore not surprising that Workable World’s keynote speaker, W. Andy Knight, was a supporter of the infamous regime-change war that virtually destroyed Libya, under the guise, paradoxically, of the U.S. and NATO’s “responsibility to protect.” That is not just a side issue: It signals the dirty business of wars and regime-change intrigues currently underway behind the scholarly façade of “global governance.” . . .

Despite decades of speeches proclaiming that “we are all Europeans,” when it comes to the crunch, people revert radically to their national identity. Germans resent Greeks for being debtors; Greeks resent Germans for keeping them in debt. All the more so in that there is no way out. Elections are increasingly meaningless within the member states, because major economic decisions are taken essentially in Brussels, by the E.U. institutions. This is causing increasing disillusionment and depoliticization in Europe. Europeans take virtually no interest in the European Parliament. They do not feel represented by it, and indeed they are not. Democracy works best in small circumscriptions: Greek city states, Iceland, villages. The bigger it gets, the less “democratic” it can be.

Ms Rowley draws the conclusion, which I support, that it is better to devolve, rather than centralize, political power, for the reason that it will generally produce more peaceful outcomes (since this was written, by the way, the voters of Britain chose to leave the European Union). The movement for a Free Cascadia is related to the opposition to bombing Libya. Just as it was misleading to believe that we could immediately intuit what Gaadafi was even talking about in his threatening speech, so we ought not to be so sure we can help the Ukraine get along with its neighbor Russia; so we ought to listen to the rural residents of our own state who are upset at regulations from Washington, D.C.

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The Lesser of Two Evils

This is her official portrait, as Secretary of State

This is her official portrait, as Secretary of State

If there’s one result of this very strange election year of 2016, it is the certain bankruptcy of the Lesser of Two Evils argument.

You know, the Democratic candidate may be a guy with one screw loose — say, for one example, John Kerry in the 2004 election — but you still have to, as an honest progressive, vote for him (or her) anyway, because he (or she) is the LoTE, the Lesser of Two Evils.

We have in 2016 the choice between an avowed fascist, as I’ve repeated shouted aloud at the Friday at Five Anti-war Witness at Pioneer Courthouse Square (so much that my co-demonstrators have repeatedly told me not to shout, and I have deferred to these guys who initiated the anti-war witness, which I’ve only joined in the last eight years), and a war-monger.

I think we can see who the avowed fascist is: fascism defines itself as not caring much for precedent, or details, but blind faith in a Leader. That’s the Republican nominee, all right.

As for the war-monger, this is more evident than ever with the address this week of the Democratic Party nominee to the American Legion, a group founded after World War One (that is, two decades before the emergence of an unapologetic policy by the U.S. of World Policeman). I offer what a longtime progressively-oriented investigative journalist has to say, to characterize the speech.

Now comes Clinton’s speech at an American Legion convention in Cincinnati, her most bellicose to date, in which she savages Trump for failing to embrace the ultra-imperialist doctrine of “American exceptionalism.”

“My opponent in this race has said very clearly that he thinks American exceptionalism is insulting to the rest of the world,” she said Wednesday. “In fact, when Vladimir Putin, of all people, criticized American exceptionalism, my opponent agreed with him, saying, and I quote, ‘if you’re in Russia, you don’t want to hear that America is exceptional.’ Well maybe you don’t want to hear it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.”

Good people, she went on, do not take exception to the doctrine – only enemies do:

“When we say America is exceptional, it doesn’t mean that people from other places don’t feel deep national pride, just like we do. It means that we recognize America’s unique and unparalleled ability to be a force for peace and progress, a champion for freedom and opportunity. Our power comes with a responsibility to lead, humbly, thoughtfully, and with a fierce commitment to our values. Because, when America fails to lead, we leave a vacuum that either causes chaos or other countries or networks rush in to fill the void.”

Of course you, reader, ought to vote for something, not against. Of course you ought to vote for Jill Stein, the nominee of the Green Party. But if by chance you are still stuck into the misleading and destructive mindset of voting LoTE, then you in order to lessen the chance of even more wars initiated by the United States, ought to vote for Donald Trump.

UPDATE 7 September 2016: Indeed, if you are willing to cast your vote for a racist, fascist, infantile narcissist, on the basis of LoTE, Trump is emphasizing his peaceful credentials today.

Vowing that his foreign policy would “emphasize diplomacy, not destruction,” Donald Trump went on the offensive Wednesday against Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic nominee of being “trigger-happy” and “very unstable.”

Trump declared that Clinton’s legacy in Iraq, Libya and Syria “has produced only turmoil and suffering and death” during his speech to the Union League of Philadelphia, hours before he is set to appear after the former secretary of state at the Commander in Chief Forum in New York City.

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Guantanamo News

Muhammadi Davliatov became the latest CCR client to be released from Guantánamo last week and resettled in Serbia. Like so many others, he had been held without ever being charged for 14 years, and was cleared for release by the Obama administration in 2009.

I know it’s true I read it on the Internet.  Notice the truth value of the promise by the Oreo Cookie, to close Guantanamo.

Rather than closing the “Black Hole of Civil Liberties” [a description of the prison camp by London’s Economist magazine]  B. Obama kept for his entire Administration prisoners who had already been cleared for release when Obama arrived in office.

How’s that for keeping campaign promises, boys and girls?

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Hazel M. Wheeler

wrote, two hours ago

It isn’t surprising that corporations are circling their wagons; here in Oregon we have the lowest corporate taxes in the US, and corporations want to keep it that way. In fact, that tax rate is abysmally low, and we can see that in our communities: our schools are underfunded; many of our citizens– both young and old– have unmet health care needs; demand for senior services is growing and yet these corporations fail to acknowledge their responsibility to contribute to the lives of the communities around them.

The fact that big corporations are already leaning on the non-profits they donate to by trying to silence their support for Measure 97 is indicative of what we are going to see in the future months. Mega-corporations will pay millions to fight this measure rather than pay their fair share and support the human beings in the state they exist in. We Oregonians work for you. We Oregonians deserve better. I’m looking forward to this measure passing, for everyone’s sake.

It is the considered policy, since the latter part of last year, for the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, to support the ballot measure which imposes a new minimum corporate tax; we [the Imperial We: me, myself, and I] gathered signatures, at least 20 or 30, and turned the pages in to Herschel Soles, the at that time elected vice-president of the so-called Eastside democratic Club.

The reason for Ms Wheeler’s comment was the revelation that the large corporations (at least one of them) are leaning on the Non-governmental organizations of the State of Oregon [“leaning” is defined by “not giving any further contribution to”]. That is what we citizens of the North American Corporate Shill Country have come to expect.

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K. Bushman Speaks

Sassy Kathy, once upon a time a Green Party member, and quite a prominent one, says:

I’m sorry Oregon’s Green Party machinations & disregard for democratic process has long since left me indifferent to its fate. I think what we all must do is to get involved in issues and strive to inform and de-program fellow Oregonians re the duopoly’s control of an utterly corrupt political system. I don’t know what can bring about real and lasting reform or change but I do know it will have to be a grass roots movement, and not some brain child of some egomaniac political leader in any currently existing party. I’ve never seen any evidence of leadership in the Green Party of the values it claims on paper to respect. I like their statements – but I would like more concrete evidence of respect for those values. I do admire your commitment to peace – to the point of going to prison rather than fight in an unjust war, and I respect Emma’s commitment to Green Party values, but neither of you have the respect of that party’s leadership.

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Rose Marie Woods, Where are You Now; or, the Missing 28 Pages Unravel the Cover-Up

from the usual reliable sources:

It would not be stretching the evidence to bluntly state that the suppressed 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks places agents of the Saudi government at the epicenter of the plot. In short, there’s no two ways about it: the Saudis did 9/11.

Why did our government cover up this shocking evidence for so long?

The reason is because they had no desire to retaliate against the real perpetrators of 9/11. Instead, as we now know, they were determined to pin the blame on Saddam Hussein: indeed, the Bush administration pressed this talking point relentlessly, until it was forced to backtrack. We attacked Iraq, in the words of neocon grise eminence and top Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz, because it was “doable.” A years long neoconservative campaign to target Iraq gained new impetus in the wake of 9/11, and the administration and its journalistic camarilla pushed the lie that Iraq was behind the attack. The evidence that the Saudis were involved had to be suppressed – because the Bush administration’s war plans depended on it.

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Imagine the First Fascist Administration

Your Intrepid Reporter has officially been assessed, by the State of Oregon, as sufficiently poor to qualify for free legal assistance (if you want to call it that); but he is deeply funded enough to be able to subscribe to the prestigious The Economist, out of London; and he here takes the opportunity to provide an imagined explanation of a Trump victory

[Mr Trump’s] quick offer to meet the Russian president reminded many Americans, uncomfortably, of the murky espionage scandal that played so large a role in the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

In October 2016 top-secret files had appeared on the [I]nternet, allegedly extracted by hackers from Mrs Clinton’s private e-mail server when she was [S]ecretary of [S]tate, identifying individuals as American intelligence assets in Russia and Ukraine; one, an Israeli-Russian businessman

I know just the guy. Met him in federal prison. Heard he’d gone straight, but maybe, with the right incentive.

Name? That’ll cost. Ever hear of the Battle of Kalka?

. . . was soon afterwards found dead at a Geneva [Switzerland] hotel.

Poor old Ben Kalka: all that candlepower, gone to waste. But he really needed a father figure, you know what I mean?

Mrs Clinton continues to deny any knowledge of the leaked documents. Her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, sparked fresh headlines with an intemperate interview in March [2017] in which he charged that “Kremlin dirty tricks” helped to swing the 2016 election.

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