WHEN WE LAST CHECKED IN WITH FAUX ACTIVIST TED GLICK, HE WAS PRETENDING HE HAD FRIENDS ("His friends" AND "THIS JUST IN! THE COMPANY HE KEEPS!"). TODAY TED GLICK PRETENDS HE'S AN ACTIVIST BUT PROVES CHRIS HEDES POINT ABOUT COWARDS: TED CALLS OUT . . . JOE BIDEN.
ONLY JOE. NO WHERE IN TED'S PIECE ON THE U.S. RESPONSE TO THE TURMOIL IN EGYPT DOES THE NAME "BARACK OBAMA" APPEAR.
FORTUNATELY, PEOPLE HAVE CAUGHT ON TO TED AND EVEN HIS IMAGINARY FRIENDS CAN'T SHIELD HIM FROM THE TRUTH:
It amaze me how members of the pseudo-Left tries to “embrace” the Egyptian Revolution yet when it had a modicum of an opening to alter the system they sabotage it. Mr. Glick was instrumental in sabotaging the 2004 Nader Campaign and an opportunity to build a viable 3rd Party and now wants to convince us he’s supports what’s happening in Egypt.POOR TED. MAYBE HE AND HIS IMAGINARY FRIENDS CAN HAVE A TEA PARTY? OR PLAY DOCTOR?
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
A dirty windshield with a shifting view
So many cunning running landscapes
For my dented door to open into
I just wanna tune out all the billboards
Weld myself a mental shield
I just wanna put down all the pressures
And feel how I really feel
Just show me a moment that is mine
Its beauty blinding and unsurpassed
Make me forget every moment that went by
And left me so half-hearted
'Cuz I felt it so half-assed
-- "Half-Assed," written by Ani DiFranco, first appears on her Reprieve album.
The unrest in Iraq is different from what's taken place in Egypt. And, yes, you can trace the public sentiment if you were paying attention. March 7, 2010, Iraq held national elections. What followed was a long, long stalemate that the media likes to pretend ended around the nine month mark. The stalemate continues, even if US press refuses to acknowledge that fact, and that's one reason for the protests. Most recently, from the Feburary 3rd snapshot:
Some of Nouri's Iraqi supporters -- and this was clear in Arab media -- during the long drawn out process began to have second thoughts as they saw his resistance to change and his refusal to put Iraq's interests ahead of his own. This was a thread -- a sub-thread, granted -- developing in Iraq.
To become prime minister, he needed the US nudging the Kurds to back Nouri on his falsification -- the lie that he'd formed a Cabinet which allowed him to move from prime minister-designate to prime minister. This received harsh criticism outside English-language media. You need to put all these negatives together. They're just out they're floating.
And then events start hardening feelings. The waves of bombings that have been going on in Iraq for weeks now -- which today's writers appear unaware of -- go to the lack of security. Which goes back to those earlier feelings and to the fact that Nouri did not form a complete Cabinet. Nouri never named a Minister of Interior, a Minister of National Security or a Minister of Defense. He grabbed all three of those positions himself. These are Iraq's security positions. And Iraq is suffering a wave of bombings, one after the other. The most obvious answer to those bombings? "If we had a Minister of Defense, we'd be secure!" Not only is the post not being filled a reflection on Nouri, his 'temporary' possession of it only adds to that and leads to more blame directed at him.
The writers want to credit Egypt. It's not Egypt.
It's all that and, most improtantly, it's Ned Parker. It's Human Rights Watch. It's Amnesty International.
All three (in the order listed) have been covering Nouri's secret prisons run by his forces. And Ned Parker (Los Angeles Times) did so as January wound down. Then Human Rights Watch and then, last week, Amnesty. This wasn't one day. And throughout it all, Nouri and his spokespersons have provided denials. Over and over. On and to Iraqi media. This is not a minor issue in Iraq although that's just a blip to a disinterested west. Iraqis remember secret prisons before the war, remember them throughout Nouri's reign and Nouri's claim in 2010 that they were no more. Many of the demonstrations -- especially the ones featuring attorneys in three cities (Baghdad, Basra and Mosul) but also the spot where the demonstrations kicked off and where demonstrators were attacked by police (Diwaniya) -- have included demands for families to see the prisoners and for attorneys to see them and for speedy trials.
"I think Gretchen Morgenson has lost her mind"
"No More Drama, Julie"
"brothers & sisters"
"Danny Schechter tries stand-up"
"PJ Harvey's online concert"
"And while no one was watching . . ."
"It's never as easy or remedial as he needs"
"THIS JUST IN! TYPICAL BARRY!"