Archive for October, 2009

Quotable: Matthew Hoh

[American families] must be reassured their dead have sacrificed for a purpose worthy of futures lost, love vanished, and promised dreams unkept. I have lost confidence such assurances can be made any more.Matthew Hoh
Former Senior Civilian U.S. Representative in Afghanistan

This is a must-read article for anyone seeking to understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. It delves into the resignation of Matthew Hoh, the Senior Civilian Representative of the United States in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Hoh’s letter of resignation (PDF) is a striking condemnation of the war in Afghanistan from a highly regarded veteran of both the conflict there and Iraq and his words are rattling the administration, at least as far up as Richard Holbrooke. We can only hope Obama is shaken, too. But as Hoh said, “I’m not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love…there are plenty of dudes who need to be killed…I was never more happy than when our Iraq team whacked a bunch of guys.”

He is quite an interesting fellow and this is definitely worth the read.

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This is why you learn Robert’s rules of order (and read the Constitution)

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) conducts himself as all of our representatives should in a Science and Technology markup meeting on the anti-ACORN legislation that is before Congress.


Every Democrat in the country has a political hardon for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). As I’ve watched Grayson make the rounds since his now famous “don’t get sick/die quickly” speech, I’ve quickly grown tired of his pro-Democrat spiel. The Dems are excited to see someone with a bona fide human spine walking around Congress. Not good enough! They are just as much to blame for our situation today. Hell, Obama is the one trying to stop the public option now! Neither party has any right to exhibit any public pride in anything they accomplish for, oh let’s say, twenty years. But it is ok for me to admit that Grayson is kicking ass in the halls of Congress, as is the case with the Defund ACORN Act.

Florida Representative Alan Grayson is spearheading calls for fraudulent military contractors to be defunded under the anti-ACORN legislation. He points to Halliburton’s misconduct and its “extreme and gross negligence…putting in showers in Iraq that end up electrocuting soldiers, and feeding them poisoned water.”

The federal funding ACORN has received over the past twenty years, Grayson says, “is roughly equal to what the taxpayer paid to Halliburton each day during the war in Iraq.”Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

Yes, hoisted by their own petard. The bill’s (H.R. 3571) GOP language is so broad,

that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.Ryan Grim
Huffington Post

Be sure to check out the entire list of Federal contractors that have been found guilty of misconduct. At least a few of the 345 members of the House of Representatives that voted for this as a “motion to recommit” (the vote was 345-70) must surely be tugging at the pockets of those companies, begging for forgiveness. Whatever will they do?

No need to worry just yet, military-industrial-congressional complex! This is all assuming the bill survives constitutional scrutiny, which is a doubtful prospect. As the video above suggests, this seems to be a “bill of attainder” or legislative adjudication; basically, Congress is acting like a court and that is very unconstitutional.

Via The Brad Blog

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War is Peace: Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

KANDAHAR, Aug 5, 2009 : Villagers look at the bodies of three children after they were killed in an airstrike by foreign troops in Arghandab district of Kandahar, south of Kabul, on Wednesday. Four local civilians including three children were killed in the bombing. This is the oft-overlooked work that goes into earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

Image: PAN/Bashir Nadim

Kandahar, Aug 5, 2009 : Villagers look at the bodies of three children after they were killed in an airstrike by foreign troops in Arghandab district of Kandahar, south of Kabul, on Wednesday. Four local civilians including three children were killed in the bombing. Ed. This is the oft-overlooked work that goes into earning a Nobel Peace Prize.


When doublespeak rules the day, anything is possible. Look no further than the Nobel committee for proof of concept. This isn’t the first bogus award they have awarded and I’m sure it won’t be the last. There must be something about handing out blood money that perverts your sense of decency. I just don’t know how any rational committee can look at the faces of the dead children above and say that Barrack Obama, the man who is ultimately responsible for the scene you see in that photograph, the man with whom “the buck stops” as Harry Truman put it, is the greatest harbinger of peace in the world and give him $1.4 million. Why not find the next of kin from that picture and give them the peace prize and $1.4 million? That would be a statement.

I’m not being obtuse. I understand and appreciate the fact that this is a rebuke of the insufferable dullard and warmonger George W. Bush by the international community. Symbolism, blah, blah. Look at those faces! We murdered those children just two months ago, likely via remote control, with the tacit acceptance of our society and our leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barrack Obama. There is nothing peaceful about that. Keep looking at those faces. They are the faces of Obama’s peace. War is not peace. Remember that.

[Ed. 01:39 AM CDT 10/10/09] For the better part of the day, this piece misidentified an “insufferable dullard and warmonger” as George H.W. Bush, when in fact I meant George W. Bush. His father, George H.W. Bush, was not an insufferable dullard, but simply a warmonger.

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