Monthly Archives: August 2013

US – Syria – Intervention Might Have Been Moral Given Conditions Where The Intervention Might Have Been Successful – Now That The Possibility Of Success Has Been Dramatically Lowered By Foolish Administration Actions, I Must Join The Anti-Interventionists – 24 August 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-plays-down-us-intervening-in-syria-a-year-after-calling-chemical-weapons-a-red-line/2013/08/23/7ec8f9d0-0c5c-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html Intervention under the current circumstances would be a catastrophic mistake, and I say this as someone who would very much like to help the Syrian rebels militarily. The conditions for the American military prevailing are almost nil, and┬áno military … Continue reading

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US – Syria – Sending Bradley Manning To Jail Will Lead To Cynicism And Distrust Of The US Government – Cynicism And Distrust Of The US Government Will Lead To Assad Gassing More Syrians – 21 August 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/world/middleeast/syria.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& Here’s exactly why the Bradley Manning decision was so idiotic. A government accused constantly of being an “Empire” will have its hands tied in terms of responding to this. This is an attack at the level of the Halabja … Continue reading

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US – Bradley Manning Decision Not Only Unjust, But Also Self-Destructive, Both Politically And In Terms Of The American National Interest – 21 August 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/judge-to-sentence-bradley-manning-today/2013/08/20/85bee184-09d0-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html That sound you just heard was the Republican victory celebration in 2016. Thirty-five years? For leaking things as exciting as the NSA’s lunch menu? What the hell is wrong with America? Why stop there, judges? Why not just crown … Continue reading

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Canada – Cuba – Allegedly The US – Ted Cruz Seemingly Running For President Despite Being An Alien – No, The Kind From Space, What Kind Did You Think I Meant? – Seriously, Though, After All The Hounding Of Obama, It’s Nothing But Jokes From Me About This – 20 August 2013

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/ted-cruz-releases-birth-certificate-showing-canadian-birth-no-birther-movement-for-him/ Ted Cruz, eh? Of course, if elected, he’d only be the second Canadian-born president, you know, after Chester A. Arthur. (Look it up, hosers.) Anyway, putting aside whether a guy with such _American_ policies (and in Canada, we typically┬ádon’t … Continue reading

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Egypt – Did Protesters Really Do All This To Bring Back Mubarak? – 19 August 2013

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/08/19/egypt-hosni-mubarak-set-for-release.html Tamarod, was _this_ what you wanted? If not, speak up now…and loud enough for your friends in the army to hear you.

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UK – Apparently, In The United Kingdom, Critics Still Know How To Ask The Real Questions – Maybe They Could Teach Everyone Else A Few Pointers? – 19 August 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23750289 One quick follow-up to my commentary on the interrogation of David Miranda…I have to say something about how reasonable the UK’s left and liberal parties are. (I know, I spend so much time complaining about how my fellow left-liberals … Continue reading

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US – Activist Or Propagandist For The Country’s Enemies? – As Long As The Focus Remains On Government, People Will Stop Asking That Question – 19 August 2013

So now we have information that UK security agents at Heathrow airport purposefully held up Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda, told the US beforehand that they were going to do that, and that the main reason they wanted to question … Continue reading

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Russia – UK – Sure, Rag On The British For Detaining Greenwald’s Boyfriend – In Russia, Both Greenwald And His Boyfriend Would Be In Jail – 19 August 2013

Someone mentioned, in one of the Facebook discussion forums I peruse from time to time, that “Russia will not like that [Edward] Snowden confided in a gay man [Glenn Greenwald].” At first I laughed at the comment. Then I thought … Continue reading

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Egypt – The Guardian’s Nick Cohen Calls It Like He Sees It – Yes, It’s A Coup, And No, Waving Placards Is Not Enough To Have A Democracy – 18 August 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/17/egypt-unrest-west-response Nick Cohen is as close as there is to a compass – this is hardly the first time he’s been one of the few people pointing in the right direction. Particularly of interest is Cohen’s analysis of the behaviour … Continue reading

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US – Politics – Julian Assange Finally Comes Out As A Ron Paul / Rand Paul Booster – Shocker! – 18 August 2013

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2013/08/17/assanges-politics-rand-paul-and-libertarian-wing-of-gop-represent-only-hope-in-u-s/ Interesting. Julian Assange grants Forbes an interview. Then Julian Assange says he’s a booster of Ron and Rand Paul. Then he says the “libertarian wing” of the Republican Party is the “only hope” for reform in American politics. And … Continue reading

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