Here's C.I.'s "
Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The antiwar movement? If you can't be honest about what happened to it, you're never going to revive it.
Liberal antiwar figures and organizations have consistently failed to grasp the nature of U.S. imperialism and the central role within it played by the Democratic Party.
The most important liberal antiwar coalition in the era of the "war on terror," United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), effectively closed up shop in 2008 with the election of Barack Obama--because its leaders believed that Obama and the Democrats would bring an end to Bush's wars.
It's a curious editorial -- one that leaves the impression that the Iraq War is over.
If it's over, Phyllis, why are US troops still on the ground in Iraq.
The editorial hits new lows of whorishness as it names various people -- all Republicans. I'm sorry, Phyllis, but it was the Democratically controlled Senate, in 2002, that voted for the Iraq War. Not only does she ignore that [fact], she also ignores certain key others.
US President Barack Obama: I am appointing a new, senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen, so we can review them on a case by case basis. To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries.
Medea Benjamin: 86 are cleared already! Release them today!
US President Barack Obama: Where appropriate we will bring terrorists to justice in our courts and our military justice system. And we will insist that judicial review be available to every detainee -
Medea Benjamin: It's --
US President Barack Obama: Now, ma'am, let me finish. Let me finish. Let me finish, ma'am. This is part of free speech. You being able to speak. But also you listening and me being able to speak.
Flaunting their great ignorance, his howler monkeys applauded. No, free speech does not include that Barack gets to "finish." He wasn't interested in the woman finishing -- and doesn't that say it all? Or, as Gilda Radner once put it on Saturday Night Live, "You selfish porkface, now I'll never be satisfied." But the Constitution does not have a clause allowing anyone the right to finish. Barack is such an idiot and the encouragement of this stupidity by the Cult of St. Barack goes a long way towards explaining why the administration is currently up to the neck in scandals.
El Paso Inc notes Barack also referred to the 68-year-old Medea Benjamin as "young lady." I guess we should be grateful he didn't call her "sweetie" or "best looking" or suggest that "periodically when she's feeling down . . ."
It's a historic moment for Medea Benjamin and CODEPINK -- it only took them five years to confront President Barack Obama. In 2008, as Medea's co-founder Jodie Evans was bundling billions for Barack's campaign (and forgetting to reveal it to the rank and file in CODEPINK), she and Medea ordered 'bird dogging' of Barack's chief rival in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Hillary Clinton. They attacked Hillary repeatedly, busting up one event after another. They never did the same to Barack, not even after he was elected. Some argued that CODEPINK was afraid to confront a bi-racial man. That argument holds no water because they never worried how racist it might look for the various White women attacking African-American Condi Rice repeatedly in public. No, they didn't attack him or hold him to any standard because they elected him, they used their organization to destroy his rivals and to put him into office.
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