Monday, December 14, 2009

14 December 2009

banksy 2009

Banksy's 2009 Christmas card, via[1] and[2]

Haaretz: "Golda Meir told Poland: Don't send sick or disabled Jews to Israel"

via Helena Cobban's feed:

Cotoret, "Maariv’s defense analyst: Rabbis own the IDF"

Cobban's summary:
Didi remez's excellent translation of articles by Ofer Shelah in Maariv. Shelah wrote that when Brig. Gen. Gershon Hacohen and other officers were visiting Torat Hehaim yeshiva in the Gush Katif settlement bloc, they "were assaulted by yeshiva students, their uniforms were torn and their rank insignia ripped off. Rather than insisting that the rioters be arrested, either immediately or within a short while, a humiliating pact was made with them, as part of which the security establishment was to pretend as though nothing had occurred..." And much more...

from Firedoglake,via Avedon Carol:
Data: "It turns out that a significant minority of about 25 percent of the people who opposed the plan - or about 12 of the overall sample - did so from the left; they thought the plan didn't go far enough."

Avedon's comments:
So, 15% of Americans actually know that "The Plan" for health care reform will hurt our chances of getting real health care reform. However, not all of us oppose the plan for that reason - some support it because they understand that it will pretty much kill real health care reform.

Newsweek seems to lay all the blame for no WMDs at Tommy Franks' feet. While it is difficult to regard General "We don't do body counts" as a sympathetic figure, at least he didn't promote or anoint the war before it happened. He didn't write any of Junior's or Cheney's or Rumsfeld's lines in 2003, nor sell a weekly magazine with an issue released less than two weeks before the war would start featuring a cover story* about George W. Bush's devoted Christianity with Bush praying for the cover image(which is hard to find online now).

*"Bush and God", Howard Fineman, Newsweek,March 10, 2003.

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At December 16, 2009 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird, an attempt at singling out one man (Tommy Franks) for a policy consensus (manufacturing the case against Iraq-al Qaeda-bin Laden-Hussein). A whole lot of people got on board that made-up case's information train, and the made-up nature indicts not just one man (i.e., a General named So-and-So) but the concert of actors who worked on manufacturing the fraudulent case, including compiling the "evidence" and doing the narrative explanation of how that "evidence" made the argument for what became "Operation: Iraqi Freedom" etc.

The whole drift of imperialism, conquest by murder, theft by oppression... it's indicted by the made-up case.

But let's just find a scapegoat and pin it on him, so that when he's demoted or court martialed we all can rest easy... the problem's been fixed.

At December 16, 2009 4:07 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Charles,
I think it's more ironic than weird, although I suspect you're being sarcastic. It's ironic not only because of Newsweek's own cheerleading in the run-up to the war, but because the afore-mentioned 10 ten list with Franks' supposed error came our at roughly the same time that Tony Blair admitted he wanted to invade regardless.

"Blair: I would have removed Saddam Hussein anyway"


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