BENGHAZI, CRANKY CLINTON JUST CAN'T ESCAPE IT.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY EXPLODED AND SNARLED, "CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT MY VICTORIES? HOW ABOUT 1992 WHEN I BEAT BARBARA BUSH IN A COOKIE BAKE OFF? WHY DOESN'T ANYONE EVER WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? YES, I SCREWED UP LIBYA. BUT, HONESTLY, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BETTER COOKIE THAN MY CLINTON'S CHIPS?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Earlier this week, as Barack Obama again sent more US troops into Iraq, The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel offered this:
I knew when it went up because a friend at The Nation immediately called and said it had to be -- had to be -- included in a snapshot.
It was, the friend insisted, a statement.
I scoffed at the notion but said we'd note it at some point if there was time.
Today, we make time.
As weak as Katrina's Tweet ('statement') is, she now stands like a giant for what she Tweeted.
All things fake-ass eventually lead to Amy Goodman -- the Porter Goss of the '10s.
Thursday on the weak ass and fake ass Democracy Now!, Goody Whore was pimping war.
She brought on a ridiculous guest -- the Guardian's Shiv Malik -- because his revisionary faux history exempts Barack as a player and pins blame on all others.
So eager was she to wash Barack clean that she brought on a War Hawk and gave him time to insist, "Now, that doesn’t mean that America should simply carry on focusing on al-Qaeda and not regear its intelligence machine, its military machine towards ISIS. You know, if you were wondering what’s a greater threat, ISIS certainly is."
Most adults are able to grasp that Amy should have pushed back against this urge for warring.
And if you've seen Goody play Last Journalist Standing, you know damn well that she's always preaching that when a guest goes on Charlie Rose or wherever and expresses an opinion it's the host's job to push back against it -- especially if it's promoting war.
That was then.
If you're preaching war on her show, she'll let it slip on by, don't stop, slip on by . . .
With Goody pimping war, Katrina vanden Heuvel's weak Tweet (which couldn't call out Barack, only express horror at escalation) suddenly makes her come off like MLK brought back to life.
Judged against an ever shrinking baseline, Katrina manages to stand stall.
Not all the left once against the illegal war has turned to silence or weak stances. For example, Thomas Gaist (WSWS) is able to report honestly what's going on:
The Pentagon is preparing to develop a network of new US military bases in strategic areas of Iraq, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday.
The new US garrisons will house further deployments of hundreds more US troops, beyond the deployment of an additional 450 US forces announced by the Obama administration on Wednesday.
The Pentagon aims to establish a chain of “lily pads, if you will, that allow us to continue to encourage the Iraqi security forces forward,” Dempsey said. US military planners are already looking at possible locations for bases in central Iraq, he added.
“We’re looking all the time at whether there might be additional sites necessary,” Dempsey said while speaking to reporters during a visit to Europe this week.
The US currently maintains a force of some 3,100 troops in Iraq, a figure set to increase to nearly 3,600 as a result of the new deployment announced Wednesday.
The US may eventually decide to go “all-in” with its intervention, State Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby said in statements earlier this week. Even in such a scenario, the war would likely continue for at least 3-5 more years, Kirby said.
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