"[E]ven as Obama said that “a decade of war is now ending” in his inauguration speech, a drone strike killed three suspected Al Qaeda members in Yemen. […]
If George W. Bush were doing this sort of thing, we’d be marching in the streets about it. Why does Obama get a free pass? (And on Bradley Manning? And on Guantanamo?) Anyone in the press want to ask the President about the legality & moral stickiness of drone strikes at his next press conference?"
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."
Martin Luther King Jr. [From A Time to Break Silence] (via statistsgonnastate)
"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them."
H L Mencken (via anarchei)
Why aren’t more liberals attempting to refute this? I deliberately tag things like this to trigger them.
They probably think that the guy in the middle is a cis, white-passing Islamic terrorist who doesn’t check his whistleblowing privilege.
It doesn’t fit their narrative that Obama is our anti-war savior.
Watch what happens when S.E. Cupp acknowledges that Obama’s foreign policy is identical to George W. Bush’s on Bill Maher’s show.
The collection of liberal panelists here is so laughably stereotypical-looking/sounding.
And James Carville still has one of the scariest faces I’ve ever seen. Including Voldemort.
I saw a little thing going around Facebook yesterday saying “I’m the 1% … ” and then it listed why the poster is in the 1%. It just so happened that 1% of the popular vote went to Gary Johnson.
That means that 1% of presidential voters voted to stop bombing people in other countries. ONLY 1% VOTED TO STOP BOMBING POSSIBLY INNOCENT PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
Thank you, 99%, for being a piece of shit.
"The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation."
Emma Goldman (via haereticum)
A Vote For Drones
This is true in more ways than one. Not only is a vote for Obama or Romney a vote for a continuation of drone warfare, it is also a vote for the drones that are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
I have traveled this world much more extensively than either Obama or Romney, and I still do. I find everywhere, even in areas of conflict and economic difficulty, the vast majority of people are friendly, even kind, and have very similar aspirations, across cultures, to personal development and emotional [fulfillment].
The striking thing about [the] US Presidential “foreign policy” debate, is when it did occasionally discuss foreign policy, the world out there was discussed not as a place of vast potential, but as a deeply disturbing place full of foreigners who are, apparently, all evil except the Israelis, who are perfect. …
The correct attitude to all these foreigners that God so unfortunately and inexplicably placed on this planet, is apparently to maintain incredibly large armed forces, murder people with drones (they were both very enthusiastic on this one), place sanctions on them and declare them “currency manipulators”. The only surprising note was that both agreed that they could not kill everyone in Iran.
But “We can’t just kill our way out of this mess” was spoken with regret, rather than as an affirmation of the possibilities of cooperation instead. What a grim and joyless world view."