Archive for the President Obama category

October 20th, 2009

The Generals are Growling

A fortiori, I don’t think the Four Days in September were without significance:

A feature piece in the Times this morning airs the growling of anonymous generals about the President “pulling out the rug” from beneath them in Afghanistan, and moving to cut their budget. The nerve …

“The thunderstorm is there and it’s kind of brewing and it’s unstable and the lightning hasn’t struck, and hopefully it won’t,” said Nathaniel C. Fick, a former Marine Corps infantry officer who briefed Mr. Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and is now the chief executive of the Center for a New American Security, a military research institution in Washington. “I think it can probably be contained and avoided, but people are aware of the volatile brew.”

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October 18th, 2009

Pakis attack in Waziristan –
Suicide bomber attack in Iran

The horrendous suicide bomb attack today on Iranian soil and top military leaders, apparently by native unhappy Baluchi campers, is very dangerous for Team Obama and the world.

Tehran has immediately accused Washington and the Brits of being behind the attack.

A bit odd, to do so so quickly, and given that the nuke talks are about to get underway.

Might the Iranians have clear intelligence about US/Brit support of the Jundallah group that’s claiming responsibility?

In any case, if Tehran’s claims are serious, then the worries I had a year ago here — of Obama getting led by the nose into something he doesn’t see and can’t control — on the model of JFK at the Bay of Pigs …

Those worries become relevant — even if, as one hopes, the western so-called intelligence apparats, including Israel’s, had nothing to do with today’s attack.

The Pakis, of course, invaded South Waziristan in force last week, in reaction to the bombing of the Paki Army HQ outside Islamabad the week before.

South Waziristan is just north of Baluchistan, all within Pakistan’s borders. And it’s apparently Baluchi separatists in Iran behind today’s attack.

So — just a thought — PERHAPS the Paki invasion of Waziristan has led unhappy campers there or just south to undertake this attack in Iran as a way to invite Iran into the mess and thus make things more difficult for Islamabad?

Just a thought, based on nothing yet n the news. There was something suspicious in Islamabad’s reaction to the bomb of its army HQ last week, as noted here: the immediate statement by Islamabad that an invasion of Waziristan was now called for. We may be looking at a chain of events much more tightly knit, re causality, than the news we read is able to convey.

October 18th, 2009

McChrystal wins?
Kerry changes tune, OKs escalation?

ED NOTE: See comments below to continue following this disaster into 2010, where, in June, McChrystal shoots off his mouth and loses his head.

Well, it seems Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup was on target:

John Kerry — who has been Obama’s stalking canary (?) for weeks, loudly making the argument for no more troops — today told the Sunday talk shows that another 40,000 is maybe okay if yadda yadda yadda …

There is nothing to win over there. The LBJ precedent looms.

October 17th, 2009

Health Care Reform –
Saturday at the Races:
Obama blasts Insurers
Reply to NY Times’ Chas Blow

Posted in President Obama by ed

Ed in a Nutshell: The essence of the Donkey strategy is this: The regulatory scheme passed now will make the health insurance business unprofitable, opening up, in time, a natural space for a public plan. As in Florida, re house insurance, post hurricanes.

A busy, bustlilng Saturday for health reform stuff:

To begin: A pretty strong attack by the Prez on the corporate insurers:

Well, I say bravo. Bravo.

But Charles Blow complained of Obama’s backpedaling and sloth today in the NY Times.

I wrote him this reply:

1. It seems to me the waiting (for Obama) is about over.

The health care bill will be signed probably before New Year’s, but if not, before Easter.

And the Rubicon decision re whether to continue escalating in Pakghanistan will be public before Halloween, it seems.

2. As for substance:

A. It’s almost impossible to exaggerate how hard it is, especially for an ingenue (which is what we elected and why in part we did), to tell the National Security Apparat that they can’t have a war that they’ve already waded into and badly want.

A president knows mostly what the Briefers of the Apparat choose to tell him. To reject their advice takes a lot of moxy, nerve and, unfortunately, experience. This is only one reason the Apparat is the strongest institution in Washington.

B. As for health insurance:

(i) The Public Option was declared dead the day after the Prez gave his speech re HC in September. All the loyal donkey pundits said so.

But the PO seems to be reduxing as the congressional processes wind on. The PriceCoopers report that the insurers tried to hit the Senate on the head with last week seems to have backfired — kicking sleeping dogs, as it were, who now may bite.

(ii) But the mainstream Donkey strategy is still, I believe:

– to regulate the corporate insurers down to grocery-store level profit margins, across say five years

– at which point they will bail out, as the house insurers did in Florida after the horrendous 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons

– at which point a public plan will naturally take their place, as the state-run Citizens insurance program now provides affordable house insurance in Florida where no one else will.

If this is indeed the strategy — as the structure of Obama’s Sept speech and Bill Clinton soon after on the Daily Show each suggested — then … I’m not sure the sluggish White House approach has been inapt.

It IS frustrating to watch. But that’s a Peanut Gallery problem. I’m not yet sure it’s an Inner Circle problem.

Cheers.

October 15th, 2009

Obama at the Rubicon
in Pakghanistan

Paul Street complained in well informed style about the Peace Prize and Obama’s war-making trail so far.

I REPLIED:

Nevertheless, he did say Woah on a Sunday talk show a few weeks ago, triggering the current Pakghanistan policy debate — and outing McChrystal.

My blog the past 11 months is full of disapppointed rants re the people Obama kept on or hired atop the Nat’l Security Apparat, including a post headlined (like yours) with Orwell’s name after the surreal scene in Strasbourg.

But to think Obama had much of a choice about, e.g., Stanley Mac’s appointment is perhaps to overestimate a callow president’s power to reject the truths and advice of the Briefers of the Apparat.

His chief failing, it seems to me, is that of an ingenue, not a Kissinger; and those of us who elected the ingenue bear some responsibility.

During the campaign I thought Hillary was the better choice to feed into this sausage grinder. She was ready for battle and knows how to take a bullet. Obama seemed better suited as her successor.

But one goes to peace with the President one has. The policy at this moment is in the air, and for the first time since Gates-Mullen picked up the pieces post Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz. If Obama fails to make this opportunity a turning point, I’ll jump on the bandwagon damning him simply.

But I’m hoping he manages to execute a change in rough accord with the Cairo speech that will mark the end of the beginning of his foreign policy odyssey.

October 15th, 2009

The New Jeremiah:
Alan Greenspan says
Break up the big banks

Posted in Money, President Obama by ed

Watching:

– the news since June re big banks buying Treasuries with their governmental loans and new capital — instead of lending into the economy, and

– now (this week and next) the quarterly results of the big financials,

it became clear that Bill Seidman’s Zombie diagnosis of the winter was correct.

And today (!) we find Alan Greenspan reiterating the prognosis.

Off with their heads!

October 15th, 2009

Reformed wingnut forecasts domestic terrorism from Christian Right

Must read, unfortunately.

Frank Schaeffer was the son of a famous right-wing Christian preacher-activivist. Became one himself. But then saw the light and went Left.

His simple scorn for the movement is bracing.

But his certainty as to its essential violence — that violence itself, born of long resentment within a civilization that passed it by, is its aim — is ominous.

There has been good solid journalism about this threat throughout the decade, of course. This is a quick, sharp reminder.

And when one considers the black boy who was beaten to death in Chicago weeks ago — that horror that seems to have largely escaped notice …

One realizes how difficult the tightrope this President must walk shall be.

October 13th, 2009

China and Russia closing deals

Today’s pictures say alot about the success of the Shanghai Coooperation Organization in policing its bounds and pushing back expansionist American policy since 2000.

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China and Russia ink trade agreements and agree re natural gas.

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Russia resists Hillary push for new sanctions against Iran — the latter which sends a ton of oil to China.

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October 13th, 2009

Health Care battle, post Baucus,
approaches climax

Ed Note: See comments below to follow events post Baucus Bill as the legistature turns to reconciling its five drafts. And who will bell the 800 pound gorilla?

The only question re the mediocre Baucus Bill was whether Olympia Snowe, the Republican from Maine, would vote yes. She did.

Interesting tidbits from the pre-vote chat:

– The Dems are mad as hatters at the insurance companies re the report they put out over the weekend defaming (donkeys say) the reform effort. Perhaps sleeping dogs have been kicked and will bite. Ie perhaps positive, heading for the floor.

– Hatch, the arch GOPher of Mormonland, says the Baucus Bill will not even be the one that is voted on the Senate floor. Says the REAL bill is being written behind closed doors.

Interesting indeed. Does that mean the real, final Senate bill — which must deal in some fashion with the draft coming from Ted Kennedy’s old committee — will lean more leftward and include a public plan? But Snowe by voting yes has likely roped the Donkeys in about the center.

– Jay Rockefeller of West Virgina, whom I admire: “The misleading and to me harmful claims made over the weekend by the profit driven health insurance companies are politicking for corporate gain at its worst.

October 10th, 2009

Times says health care reform is DOA via Death of a Hundred Cuts

Zheesh. The Times piece. For files.

And here’s Bill Moyers, re Caution, Lobbyists at Work:

October 10th, 2009

Provocative (?) week ends
with a bang: Unhappy Paki campers capture Army HQ.
“Yankees come on down?”

An ugly bloody week over there — now capped by an assault on a Paki Army headquarters.

From the London Daily Telly:

The daring assault, a few miles from the capital, was the third significant terrorist attack in Pakistan this a week. A suicide bomb attack on a UN headquarters killed five, and more than fifty people died when a huge car bomb exploded in a bazaar in the city of Peshawar.

Saturday’s attack seemed intended to show that the Taliban can still strike at the very heart of Pakistan’s security apparatus despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a drone attack in August.

The attackers may have been trying to kill army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who was inside the complex on Saturday, although it was not clear whether he was there during the attack. Military statements said he attended meetings there and at the president’s office in nearby Islamabad during the day.

It’s as if the so-called Pakistan Taliban, campers unhappy with the feebly pro-Western central government, don’t want the Yankees to go home after all.

For it’s the best guess, stateside, that this week’s attacks will support Pentagon and CIA warmakers in their recently convened public debate with the White House — especially if the Paki Army now throws up its hands and shouts to Stanley McChrystal across the border, Heck, come on down and we’ll kick some rebel ass!

From an Associated Press story:

The government said the assault on the headquarters …had strengthened its resolve to push into South Wazristan — a mountainous region where security forces have been beaten back by insurgents before.

The spasm of violence was confirmation that the militants had regrouped despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack in August. His replacement vowed just last week to step up attacks around the country and repel any push into Waziristan.

Sounds like something that could snowball into the party war I’d imagined was in the works last December when erstwhile CIA Director General Michael Hayden declared war on/in Pakistan.

Perhaps this week’s attacks are expressions of native alienation from Islamabad pure and simple, and nothing more.

Or perhaps there’s bona fide provocation at work, maybe by American warmakers looking to win the debate and close the deal, or merely by Moscow, smiling on the sidelines like a Cheshire cat as it arms the resistance, turnabout being fair play and revenge a dish best served cold.

It may be worth recalling: Bush-Cheney called Mullah Omar and his merry band on the carpet in January and (if memory serves) May of 2001 — trying to get them to work with Houston’s Unocal on the Caspian basin pipeline, rather than Argentina’s Bridas.

But Omar grew sullen. And in midsummer (as voices from Tony Blair’s gov’t have reported) Bush-Cheney told the NATO folk to saddle up for the ride into Kabul.

It seems fair, then, to say that we did not go to Afghanistan to Get Osama. Our reasons for remaining there remain obscure. No good reasons are evident.

If this week’s attacks are native affairs, let the Paki apparatus, half of which hates Uncle Sam’s guts, handle them.

And if the attacks are more than meets the eye? Then all the better for the American President to resist the mousetrap cheese.

Neither the various forces labelled Taliban nor the meeting of minds referred to as al Qaeda are things a Pentagon can dismantle. Wars on terror are won or lost largely between the ears.

Obama knows this. Evidence: The Cairo and recent UN speeches. That he initiated the current public debate — saying Woah on a Sunday talk show — remains hopeful.

But whether he has the power and the nerve to turn off the Aimless war he cheerleaded and then inherited is far from clear.

He strode during the campaign last year, smiling and waving, into a near perfect trap, like Jesus entering Jerusalem on his ass. There are certainly elements of tragedy in this, but also of Obama’s particular great-souled naivete.

Hillary (whom I also admire) was the one to feed to this sausage grinder. She was ready for battle and knows how to take a bullet. Romney seems a good bet to be president four years hence: a time and place I don’t want to be.

October 9th, 2009

Peace Prize to the Prez

A second Gorbachev, indeed.

A double-edged sword.

The Nobel folks have of course been awarding prizes proactively, as it were, for many years now — trying to shape attitudes, rather than recognizing crowning achievement.

That’s what this seems: support from Scandanavia for the President in his subtle struggle with the National Security Apparat.

But mightn’t the Nobelvolkers have kept their powder dry? For a rainier day? Perhaps it’s raining harder than we suppose.

Or is the odd timing of the award its very essence? Is it meant as much as anything as a rejection of Bush-Cheney unilateralism, and of the megalomaniacal militarism of the manifesto published by his PNAC wonkers in September 2000 (which months later became the basis of US foreign policy)?

In this light, the new President is merely the parchment upon which the Nobel message has been written.

However that all may be, it’s certainly an embarrassment of moral riches for Obama, and one that creates all sorts of local disturbances — when what he really needs is an army to help muscle the Apparat on policy.

Camus, too, was embarrassed to receive the honor at a rather young age, when he thought so many elder writers more deserving.

Perhaps, to begin, the Prez should review Camus’s acceptance speech for pointers on how to graciously take home the prize.

And then look to Churchill, who was also a touch embarrassed (just a touch) to get his Literature prize, re how to hit Apparatchiks on the head and make generals behave.

October 9th, 2009

NY Times: Iraquagmire

For files: Pulling out’s hard to do.

October 8th, 2009

Gore Vidal:
Obama and the Pentagon
Is it hopeless?

When Gore Vidal, now 84, measures the decline of the country we’ve known, it all seems quite hopeless.

Nevertheless there’s value — during these weeks when the Pakghanistan policy hangs in the balance — in his assessment of the President and the Pentagon.

When he compares Obama to his old friend Jack Kennedy, he shakes his head.

“He’s twice the intellectual that Jack was, but Jack knew the great world. Remember he spent a long time in the navy, losing ships. This kid [Obama] has never heard a gun fired in anger. He’s absolutely bowled over by generals, who tell him lies and he believes them.

He hasn’t done anything. … You have to go by what people tell you. He’s like that. He’s not ready for prime time and he’s getting a lot of prime time on his plate at once.”

Very much my worry during the interregnum last year, when it became clear that Obama would retain the Bush-Cheney Pentagon leadership in its entirety.

It’s been a slippery slope since the spring of 2008, when Obama, the apparent Democratic candidate, was briefed by the Apparat on Pakghanistan and (like McCain) responded, “Sure, anything you guys say.”

He might have said No then, rejecting the Briefers (which is hard to do and dangerous if done).

‘We’re getting out of Afghanistan if I’m elected!’ he might have told the crowds all summer. But it would have been harder to be elected. He chose to go along.

Next Opportunity: Post election. The best opportunity. And the way to seize it was to replace the uniformed leadership atop the Pentagon, perhaps retaining Gates as Secy of Defense.

Instead, he kept all the brass and hired even more.

Next Opportunity: The “thorough review” of the policy in January and February — out of which the President dashed cheerleading Petraeus’s Pakghanistan Surge like it was summertime 2008.

Even when Europe and NATO greeted the roadshow with lip service while setting Stausbourg aflame, the President would not be swayed from pledged loyalty.

As a result, 2009 has been the costliest year (in US lives) of the eight-year war.

AND YET:

Two and a half weeks ago, for the first time, the Prez said Woah, on a Sunday talk show.

Since then we’ve learned alot about divisions within the Beltway and the Administration on the policy.

The news is not all bad:

NS Advisor James Jones, once a general, is against the Surge.

Secy of Defense Gates is not speaking in support of the Surge.

Former everything Colin Powell is agin it.

Joe Biden (whom I respect on foreign affairs and constitutional law) is agin it, even if he betrays Kennedy-like hope in focused “counterinsurgency” ops. Rahm Emanuel is agin it. And Biden has a lot of influential pals in the Senate agin it, starting with John Kerry atop the Foreign Relations committee.

The President should take Kerry’s words to heart, and then gird his loins like a wrestler:

“John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said after the meeting that “it would be irresponsible” to send more troops until it became clear “what is possible in Afghanistan.”

The Persians of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. Alexander the Great. The early modern Brits. The Soviet Union. Everybody knows what’s possible in Afghanistan. Desultory defeat.

No one has voiced in public a coherent War Aim. Neither the various forces labelled Taliban nor the meeting of minds labelled Al Qaeda can be defeated with guns. The War on Terror is a propaganda war. Trying to win it with guns enhances the enemy’s power.

Obama in his heart knows this. The Cairo speech and his September UN speech.

What he has lacked is precisely what Gore Vidal points to: The wherewithal to get from what he knows in his heart to an effective policy.

This is the last opportunity to get out without losing a second term. Surge another 40,000 troops, tell the Pentagon to Go Get’m, and the resultant gorey mess will leave the next election to Romney.

The dice have been rolling about the table for two weeks now. If the current debate ends in a decision to send more troops, then Obama has backed down and the future is clear.

If it ends otherwise, then a turn has been accomplished, and the future’s a mist.

Mist is the best the President can hope for at the moment, after endorsing for eighteen months an Aimless war.

When in a hole, stop digging.

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October 1st, 2009

The Generals vs Cheney:
Four Days in September

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You can’t fight in here …!”

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The story of September converges from four corners:

1. Weeks ago — on 9/11 — two top-drawer generals, Charles Krulak and Joseph Hoar, came out of retirement to blast Cheney on torture in the Miami Herald.

The timing and some particulars struck me as odd, portentous and a tiny bit ominous: Why this and why now?

Hoar was the commander of the Pentagon’s Central Command, which oversees the mideast, from 1991 to 1994.

And his co-author is a former Commandant (top dog) of the Marines and — curious — is the son of another General Krulak, Victor, who once was an ally of JFK in his struggle with the Pentagon over Vietnam policy. (See last link above.)

2. Nine days later, September 20, President Obama, during a whirlwind tour of five Sunday talk shows, went off topic (health care) to talk about Pakghanistan — and for the first time publicly cast doubt upon the policy that he had cheerleaded without reservation during the long campaign, and had then inherited:

He said before he decided whether to send more troops, he needed to determine whether the United States was pursuing the proper military strategy.

“The first question is, are we doing the right thing?” Mr. Obama said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Are we pursuing the right strategy?”

The next morning 66 pages from General Stanley McChrystal appeared in the Washington Post, predicting “failure” in Afghanistan unless the Pentagon’s request for tens of thousands of new pairs of boots were soon granted.

3. Five days later, we noted remarks by General Michael Lenhert — who built and for a time ran the Bush-Cheney Gitmo prison — denouncing the prison as a bad idea from Day One. He didn’t name Cheney (in reports I’ve seen) but, simultaneously, Cheney was telling think tanks that Obama is wrong to try to shut the prison down.

Harpers also noticed Lenhert’s remarks and quickly put out a piece that extends them to explicitly target the former vice president: “The Generals vs The Cheneys.”

Krulak & Hoar on torture. Lenhert on Gitmo. Three big guns, trained upon Cheney as he bellows about the speaking circuit. Curious …

It seemed curious that such men would suddenly raise their profiles and such a ruckus, merely to blast a retired, old and disgraced vice president, on issues that the new president had already turned around.

Or … Was Dick speaking for more than himself — for something yet vital in the power scheme?

4. Days later (early this week), NewsMax.com, which feeds Fox News fodder, published an elaborate memo explaining why a military coup to solve the “Obama problem” was “not unrealistic” and not a bad idea.

Chris Matthews jumped in, and appropriately so. See the Hardball clip embedded in the Harpers link in item 3 above.

And note that the clip comes from Human Rights First — and that the two military men Matthews talks with — including Lt General Henry Soyster, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, criticizing Cheney’s fear-mongering and his Gitmo campaign — are explicitly associated with Human Rights First on its webpage.

And note that Generals Krulak and Hoar, too, associate themselves with HRF.

Reading the Krulak-Hoar piece alone, in its oddness, provoked a question: Do these high generals sniff something unpatriotic fermenting within the wide circles of their brassy acquaintance?

However that may be, that a roomful of such men suddenly gathered to speak loudly against Cheney in September is reason to not summarily dismiss the NewsMax blip as lunatic-fringe fantasy signifying nothing.

The Beer Hall Putsch was lunatic fri — HA !

Matthews goes on to mention MacArthur — versus Truman! — in the same breath as McChrystal — and then asks his brassy guests if we’ve seen this movie and it’s Seven Days in May — HA !

A fortiori forsooth: It seems that sometime this summer a bevy of high-brow brass was organized to oppose a right-wing call-it-what-you-will — movement? — the poster children of which are Cheney and, for the moment, McChrystal.

Gathering under a Human Rights banner to grapple with Dick, blow by blow, topic by topic, might be a way for august generals to tell their wide acquaintance the Preakness pool has been closed until further notice.

That President Obama would sooner or later have to face down the Pentagon he inherited with so little complaint (disturbing neither Gates nor Mullen nor their vision for victory in Pakghanistan) — and would then tred paths parallel to those of JFK and LBJ — was apparent and a worry during the interregnum last winter.

Vegas odds remain stacked against deposing any president with an army.

But the bile-laden bullet points in the NewsMax memo itemize real thoughts inspiring right-wingers with rage. JFK’s inner circle initiated the production of the Seven Days in May film, and saw the work through with unprecedented support — evacuating the White House to make way for the film crew — because by 1963 they knew the novel was not fantasy.

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October 1st, 2009

NY Times: Health Reform
should cover abortions

This is one more reason Obama will be lucky to have a second term and live to tell of it.

Personally I agree with the Times. But any hope of getting serious reform passed will founder on this if it’s pushed.

If Obama is LBJ, then Romney taking office in 2013 would be Nixon in 1968, with the mess in Vietnam/Pakghanistan nowhere near settled, the country and the Democratic Party utterly at odds with itself, soldiers shooting college students (see Pittsburgh, directly below), etc.

It’s in the script. Hard to see how Obama can re-write on the fly.

I love him for what he thinks and the spirit he has brought to politics. But more and more I fear that Hillary would have been more effective meat at this moment to feed to this sausage grinder of a Union.

It takes a red-headed woman
To get a dirty job done

THEN AGAIN … acc to the TImes she supports the Full Speed Ahead Surge in Pakghanistan. Bad. Bad.

So, who knows, maybe we picked the right guy. He’s had an Interesting TIme of it so far.

Now things are going to get rough.

October 1st, 2009

NewsMax Talking Points:
Military coup would
solve the “Obama problem”

Well I’ll be hanged …

Media talking points by a person named Perry at NewsMax, which feeds Fox News — re the bright side of a military coup to solve the “Obama problem” — were published on the NewsMax site this week.

Then taken down Wednesday (two days ago).

Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:

# Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”

# Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized …

Goes on at some length.

First thought: a hoax.

But the crudeness of the language, screwy thoughts about the Constitution, were reminiscent of totalitarian hoplites that populate literature from behind the Iron Curtain.

And soon a Spokesvolker for Newsmax acknowledged the memo, telling TPM (where the text has been salvaged, linked above) that Perry was an “unpaid blogger.” The NewsMax site itself says he “contributes a regular column.”

What’s most important about the NewsMax piece is that it is not an isolated incident out standing in its field.

Rather, it’s surrounded by a bevy of high-brow generals who came out of retirement or obscurity in September to counter the Rumbling Thunder of the Miserable Media Tour of Dick Cheney, who should be history but apparently isn’t.

The Huffington Post dismisses the NewsMax memo as lunatic fringe. Um-hmm. Beer Hall Putsch … And again — but at least makes clear that, yes, the author is an ass raised on Age of Reagan television. Let’s see …

Ah, here’s Wonkette.

And another silly fellow, this time at CBS, who cares more about the Meme than the substance at hand.

And, aha. The NY Times search engine reports that the Grey Lady so far has ignored the story.

Here’s a native copy of the text, in case it disappears from TPM too.

September 30th, 2009

For What It’s Worth:
Police shoot students in Pittsburgh during G20

Rubber bullets, it seems. Tear gas. No demo or other untoward behavior in sight. Reminiscent of the 80s on the Lower East Side.

Something’s happening here

Not Change We Need.

September 28th, 2009

Support your Local Insurer

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell

Courtesy of: http://www.funnyordie.com/

September 24th, 2009

Societal Acrimony: Census worker hung in Kentucky

Associated Press – A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word “fed” scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.