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G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 1

by Oui Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 12:41:47 PM EST

Amazing how widespread the anti-Russia rhetoric has become since 2008, the year of the second Orange Revolution in the Ukraine and the Georgia War with Russia started by Saakashvili. It was already clear then that the Republican right-wing were up to their elbows with recognizable dirty tricks in both affairs.

During the Nixon years, the GOP (Grand Ole Party) were in the big leagues with dirty tricks. It started off with the intrigues of a young Kissinger to derail the Paris peace effort between the Johnson administration and a delegation of North Vietnamese. The effort by the GOP was a shock therapy to continue the Vietnam War and mass destruction and loss of life for another six years. Of course somewhere during that period Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1973).

"Tricky" Dick Nixon became synonomous with the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice for firing Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor.

    The Saturday Night Massacre began when Nixon gave the order to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, a desperate effort to prevent him from hearing tape-recorded evidence that proved the White House's involvement in a conspiracy to obstruct the investigation of a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters. Nixon's misuse of executive power backfired, immediately costing him two highly respected members of his administration: Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus, who both resigned rather than follow Nixon's directive. Third in command at the Justice Department was Solicitor General Robert Bork, who agreed to do the dirty deed and fired Cox.

Every 100 years it seems history repeats itself leading up to??

More below the fold ...

A bit of history when I searched @EuroTrib for George Marshall [w/o Fund] ...

In Search of a Foreign Policy Vision by Nonpartisan on Jan 28th, 2007

Woodrow Wilson was many things, not all of them good.  He was a racist who re-segregated the civil service; he was ambivalent about woman suffrage and allowed its proponents to be jailed and force-fed during the war.  He opposed [cached] free speech during wartime and sanctioned the infamous Palmer Raids which jailed thousands of conscientious objectors and suspected Communists.

But during the brief span of the Wilsonian moment [cached] -- from the armistice on November 11, 1918, to Wilson's collapse less than a year later -- Woodrow Wilson held in his hands the liquid fire of the world's hope.  Wilson was not the originator of the concept of the League of Nations, but he had the audacity to stride into the halls of Europe and demand its creation -- and for that brief moment, all the peoples of the world looked to him with awe and expectation.  America, as personified by Wilson, was the savior come to unite the stricken nations in one cause, one purpose, that of eternal peace through law and diplomacy.

The worldwide acceptance of American exceptionalism during the Wilsonian moment is every neoconservative's dream, and indeed Wilson's militarism and internationalism [cached] may sound suspiciously neoconservative to liberal ears.

Forever War and The New American Police State by Steven D. on May 17th, 2006

The Republican Party first began to fixate on the use of smear campaigns and charges of treason by Democrats and liberals at the beginning of the Cold War.  What had once been a party of isolationist fervor, determined enough to deny President Wilson his dream of a strong League of Nations at the end of World War I, took the opportunity the Cold War handed it to create fear and generate the myth of Democratic weakness in the area of National Defense.  GOP leaders who had once railed against foreign entanglements and international intervention now raised the specter of Communism as a cudgel to browbeat Democrats and accuse them of being soft, weak and ill prepared to defend America against the Satanic menace of an all powerful International Communist Movement.

Thus, we saw the rise in the GOP of smear merchants, fear mongers and rank opportunists like Richard Nixon, Roy Cohn, the House Un-American Activities Committee members and, most of all, Senator Joseph McCarthy.  It is no surprise that the height of their power came  during the Korean War when many innocent men and women in the State Department and elsewhere in the Federal Government had their careers ruined through the judicious use of slander, innuendo and outright lies by these political assassins.  Even the great General George Marshall, the man who had successfully led our armed forces during World War II, and then conceived and executed the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe was accused of being a traitor and of assisting the Communist drive for world domination.

For the next 40 years, it was a standard refrain of the Republicans that Democrats could not be trusted to protect our National Security from the monolithic and monstrous  enemy of International Communism.  

'Military Humanitarianism' in the Twilight of Empire by Jacob Freeze on Nov 3rd, 2007

"Military humanitarianism" is a phrase coined by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek in The Guardian to describe the rationale behind the US invasion of Iraq and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

    Recent days have seen Dick Cheney and Tony Blair point belligerent fingers at Tehran, but both spoke in the slipstream of Bernard Kouchner, who a month ago warned the world that it should prepare for war over Iran's nuclear programme. "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," said the French minister of foreign affairs. The swell of rhetoric - which culminated in President Bush's assertion last week that a nuclear-armed Iran could provoke a third world war - is gravely undermined by what Sir John Holmes, the UN's emergency relief coordinator, has called the "taint of Iraq", and the weapons of mass destruction pretext for invasion. Why should we believe the US and its allies now, when we were already so brutally deceived?

The United States is happy to reserve the privilege of "humanitarian war" for itself and Israel, preserving "universal human rights" against the threat of terrorism, but now that Turkey is claiming the same privilege to defend itself against Kurdish terrorists, "the community of civilized nations" has undergone a strange contraction.

For American neo-conservatives, Israel and the United States have always been the only "civilized nations," like a strangely disconnected Dual Empire surrounded by barbarian wilderness, and other nations could only attain a status of semi-civilization by slavishly endorsing every military adventure generated by the exigencies of American and Israeli politics. Tony Blair was the paradigm of a "good barbarian," and Zizek's homeland of Slovenia also enrolled itself under the banner of the "Coalition of the Willing."

Now the "Coalition of the Willing" is just a tattered memory, oil is selling for $96 per barrel, Turkey is about to invade Iraq for a much better reason than the United States ever had, and Russia has aligned itself with Iran against an American attack.  

Of course as was predicted, the humanitarian incentive became real under the Obama administration as regime change under R2P militarism in the Arab Spring. Europe has suffered the consequences of a tug to the right in right-wing populist movements of anti-immigration and Islamophobia.

Obama's Legacy: Pushing the Iran Deal through US Congress

At The New Yorker, Connie Bruck (wife of a pro-Deal Israel lobbyist) says that Chuck Schumer's defection on the deal was calculated so that he could raise money for 2016: in a word, AIPAC. It was "implausible" that Schumer would oppose AIPAC, she says; and he will whip opposition to the deal, rather than layin low.

More on the division of the Israel lobby. Bloomberg's Josh Rogin says that Republicans have outsourced their foreign policy to the muscular John Hay Initiative, this cycle's version of the American Enterprise Institute. Founded by neocons Eliot Cohen, Eric Edelman, and Brian Hook (who doesn't like "neo isolationism in both parties"). Also including Michael Chertoff and Michael Hayden. They're briefing almost all the candidates. Not a word about Israel in this article, but it's clearly an important matter to the Hay Initiative. Rogin says Roger Zakheim is part of the Rubio braintrust. Here's Zakheim saying that George W. Bush is a good role model after all. Who knew?

Finally, John Judis has an excellent piece up at Slate on the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the small pro-Israel thinktank that has become a leading opponent of the Iran deal, supplying three witnesses to a Senate Banking Committee hearing against the deal. FDD used to serve the Democratic Party, but increasingly it is serving Republicans, Judis relates. And there's this about donors.

When the anti-Trump coalition hardened their stance in March 2016, I wrote this timely diary @BooMan ...

War On The Rocks - McCain Surrogate/ PNAC/AIPAC

In BooMan's fp story - Neoconservatives Begin the Long March Back - not once was the magic word ISRAEL uttered ... just unbelievable. Look at the crowd of the first 93 signatories: the worst of the worst of interventionists, warmongers, pro-Israel, anti-Iran crowd over the past decades. Most worrisome if they see the Democratic Party under leadership of Hillary Clinton as their vehicle to extend Pax Americana.

The first names I picked out right off-hand were:  
Daniel A. Blumenthal
Michael Chertoff
Eliot A. Cohen
Tom Donnelly
Daniel Drezner [update]
Eric Edelman
Niall Ferguson
Aaron Friedberg
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Robert Kagan

Philip I. Levy
Bryan McGrath
Everettt Pyatt [McCain Institute]
Michael Rubin
Randy Scheunemann
Dov S. Zakheim
Philip Zelikow
Robert B. Zoellick

This is so very obvious with numerous links to the U.S. Navy [incidents of fame or infamy: Bay of Pigs invasion, Gulf of Tonkin false-flag, George H.W. Bush]  and U.S. Navy pilot John McCain. Just the name Randy Scheunemann should have been a red alert. None of these people are standard "conservatives" who were once rooted in the Democratic party and there should be no shelter for them by the Democrats in the 21st century. The legacy of president Obama would evolve into a wasteland of fear, terror and war. Who are we kidding for Christ's sake? A few persons are deeply involved in the 911 Congressional Investigation and cover-up of certain displeasing facts. Truth once again becomes the first casualty towards another global war.

In the letter of the group's declaration, obvious alert for major bullshit and 5 pinocchios award right off the bat:
His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world's greatest democracy.

We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community, represent a broad spectrum of opinion on America's role in the world and what is necessary to keep us safe and prosperous. We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria.

Not looking in the mirror, "national security" [thinking of Chertoff], all in agreement on policy in the Middle-East, staunch military support for ally Israel, patronizing friendly dictators and Gulf monarchies and a clear preference to bomb Iran. By definition these persons see in Hillary Clinton their favorite daughter to steer White House policy. Netanyahu has and would agree on all points.

Lo and behold, the War On The Rocks is linked to the Alliance for Securing Democracy of Clint Watts, the founder of ASD's Hamilton68 dashboard ... quite interesting. However, the symbolic pervasion of Putin and Russia as our enemy state has corrupted US politics. After Clinton's defeat at the hands of 'apprentice' Donald Trump, the coalition for National Security got into high gear in an attempt of a coup d'état or regime change if you will.

The enablers were readily found among the DINOs in US Congress and the pundits followed. McCarthyism, misinformation and censorship are now the new normal. I will cover this further in a Part 2.

I scrolled down through all your crap until I got to your payoff line:

However, the symbolic pervasion of Putin and Russia as our enemy state has corrupted US politics. After Clinton's defeat at the hands of 'apprentice' Donald Trump, the coalition for National Security got into high gear in an attempt of a coup d'état or regime change if you will.

So, the obvious question: How much is Russian ... whatever ... paying you for this obvious bullshit and how do I sign on to this gravy-train? Let's work together Oui-sy.  I can blog this kind of shit in support of 1. California splitting away from the old US of Bullshit and 2. (my favorite) Republicans being declared a TERRORIST GROUP and treated accordingly, in California of course.  The rest of the ball-less and moronic US (under Grand Emperor Moron) can go fuck itself.

Contact your Russian operatives ... I'm ready to deal. It won't cheap ... us Ph.D. patent holders are expen$ive.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 05:52:35 AM EST

and of course

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 06:21:34 AM EST
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Great stuff .. appreciated!

Year of recording 1969 ... Volunteers of Amerika ... scripts in the Army destroying them commies in the jungle ... and some ... USofA just elected California's prodigal son after his defeat by the Kennedy Mafia clan in 1960 ... Tricky Dick vowed never to return to Washington ... Barry defeated by a landslide ... Lyndon and first lady Bird gone .. times turned out for the better for him ... not so for the nation of 50 states ... nor for the Vietnamese ... Agent Orange ... Golden Triangle ... drugs ... CoIntelPro

Exceptionalism! Nice - Gen. Vang Pao's Last War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 08:51:41 AM EST
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About yesteryear's assimilation ...

How Boarding Schools Tried to 'Kill the Indian' Through Assimilation

The Battle between diversity and white man's nationalism continues today under Republican rule.

The California break away plan.  ;-)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 09:14:19 AM EST
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In the spirit of retrospection, you may enjoy this podcast which aired October 2016. "This American Life" is part of VOA/NPR weekend schedule for Maryland.

Will I Know Anyone at This Party?
I admit, I couldn't listen to the ah libretto and couldn't be bothered to skip through. The angle on GOP dystopia at 11th hour is entertaining until one recalls

  1. From the start Trump had no "establishment" support for his candidacy. Publicly, the orthodox were desperate to find ways to disqualify his nomination right up to the convention, but the greatest barrier to coup has always been "principle". VOA/NPR coverage of "surrogates" and delegates for commuters was alarming as hell.
  2. Paradoxically, Democrats to this day insist Trump is the ideological leader and donor magnet for the RNC, as is the custom in DNC. Winner-take-all. Like down ticket ballots are inconsequential measures of ideological affinity across the several states. Wut dat?
  3. Population of independent, non-affiliated registered voters has tripled since 2000 general election. And GWB "favorability" today is 61%: How's that for opinion leadership from the grave of ideological genius, traditional GOP "values", terrorism and economic pies?

Only half as good as Reagan would get tomorrow, were some cheeky "political analyst" to find survey funding. 120% of 'mericans have a favorable opinion of Ronny.

(the president Thurgood "blue dog dem" Marshall said he wouldn't be dogcatcher for.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 08:06:56 PM EST
re: not-Stalin purges of yesteryear

I visit the inestimable journal "Roll Call" earlier this week and for the first time in my life. I knew of it only by advertised reputation. I was looking for ah alternative (to my own) opinions of the serial-cloture voting over the weekend. I had "dived deep" as they say at AMZN into the senate's DREAM/DACA roll call history, had noted number of confirmations completed in the period, and had confirmed that not only is David "Diaper Pimp" Vittner made of teflon, but he and Suzy Collins share responsibilities of sabotaging amendments. It's, like, their specialty.

Vitter's Wife Nominated by Trump for Federal Judgeship in Louisiana

See. This is how GOP rolls through the shit decade after decade.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 08:20:52 PM EST
G W F =?  Global war on Freedom?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 08:53:38 PM EST
Would become clear in my new diary as part 2 ... a few days distracted by other topics @BooMan.

The end of above diary eludes to the next coverage ...

ASD's Hamilton68 dashboard

According to the New York Times, the ASD is a "public policy research group in Washington," and a "bipartisan initiative" with no apparent agenda other than scrubbing the stain of subversion out of American democracy. Hosted by the German Marshall Fund [G M F], one of the most respected think tanks in Washington, the ASD has been granted the patina of credibility.  

Recently discussed @BooMan here:

Sessions Talks to Investigation He's Trying to Kill

This "dashboard" is an offshoot from an earlier NATO initiative and last fall's PropOrNot propaganda that fell flat on its face.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 10:22:11 PM EST
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Back-biting: I rarely read what Greenwald has to write, I guess, because I've always favored trial lawyers' craftiness. (They actually test "theory" that can wind up having people killed or canonized.) And he's no trial lawyer. No  Maybe the Greta van Sustern of the innerboobs. She snagged a ride on O.J.; he's got Christ Snowden. So. with emptywheel and the Dkos minor-league still in the rear-view mirror, I can't help but wonder if this item is a sign that the "Russiagate" star is indeed falling.*
"The absence of women in the New York magazine piece on Glenn is sadly all too typical of how women's contributions and voices are erased from stories in which they've played a central role," said Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer who has represented Snowden and the whistleblowers Bill Binney and Thomas Drake. In response to a similar complaint I made on Twitter, Greenwald agreed: "The omission you cite is especially notable because most of the key people in my journalism career have been women," including Reed, the stalwart blogger Heather "Digby" Parton, former Salon editor Joan Walsh, former Guardian editor Janine Gibson, FireDogLake founder Jane Hamsher, and First Look Media co-founder Laura Poitras.

Hamsher! That's the name I'd forgotten, the one behind the "blackface" get-up during Obama's primary campaign. Classy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 08:08:45 PM EST
* I might have cruised The Nation to find a copy-cat post, but my register-free-view-quota is exhausted, speaking of Joan Walsh and Patricia Williams, two of the three alloted to me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 08:14:57 PM EST
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my register-free-view-quota is exhausted

Turn off Javascript.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 09:22:58 PM EST
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yanno, after the last three reeds, I am not that motivated.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 10:59:55 PM EST
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Jane Hamsher and 'blackface getup'?! Please remind me.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 02:39:28 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 03:01:38 AM EST
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Reminds me of a white co-worker who liked to imitate Richard Prior and some of his N word expressions. A black co-worker tried to tell him that, if he repeated that enough he might get hurt. He could not understand the difference between Prior and himself saying the lines. Back during the GFC and its immediate aftermath I used to read firedoglake for her take. I was, at that time, unaware of her larger political involvement and would never have guessed she had been so blind and insensitive as to appear in black face. I wonder what Bill was really thinking - "Oh, shit!"? I always thought he, at least, had more political sense than to pull such a stunt himself.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 03:22:17 PM EST
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