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Boardman writes: "Samantha Power is the face of American diplomacy at the UN, where she gives ardent voice to American hypocrisy, deceit, intellectual dishonesty, and mockery of the rest of the world."

International School in Even Yehuda, Israel, on February 15, 2016. (photo: YouTube)
International School in Even Yehuda, Israel, on February 15, 2016. (photo: YouTube)


US Hypocrisy's Face at the UN - Samantha Power

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

30 October 16

 

What is so remarkable and troubling about the presentation we’ve heard today is that what Russia really wants from the U.N. is credit. Congratulations, Russia, you’ve stopped, for a couple days, from using incendiary weapons. Thank you for not using cluster bombs in civilian areas. Thank you for staying the hand of brutality with regard to bunker buster weapons. You don’t get congratulations and get credit for not committing war crimes for a day or a week.
– Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, October 26, 2016

amantha Power is the face of American diplomacy at the UN, where she gives ardent voice to American hypocrisy, deceit, intellectual dishonesty, and mockery of the rest of the world. Appalling as her performance has been, her portrayal is accurate, right down to her denial-laden confidence in American exceptionalism.

Power’s comment above came in the midst of a discussion of the carnage in Syria, a discussion without substance or pity, without a care for ending the killing. Her tone and content were in sharp, ugly contrast to the report of UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien addressing the Security Council about the layered wars in Syria that began with peaceful protests early in 2011:

Each month, I have come before you and presented an ever-worsening record of destruction and atrocity, grimly cataloguing the systematic destruction of a country and its people. While my job is to relay to you the facts, I cannot help but be incandescent with rage. Month after month, worse and worse, and nothing is actually happening to stop the war, stop the suffering.

Stephen O’Brien is “incandescent with rage” at the outrage that is Syria, and the perhaps greater outrage of inaction by the Security Council as a body as well as its individual states. O’Brien bears witness to destruction and atrocity that the council cannot stop and to which its member states contribute. They do not express rage, incandescent or otherwise; they express the snide posturing of politics and tactical advantage.

Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Federation’s ambassador to the UN, said O’Brien had delivered a sermon, not an objective report. Churkin said that the Russian Federation continued to negotiate with armed groups, continued to deliver humanitarian aid by the ton, and continued the eight-day-old bombing pause. Churkin said Aleppo was worse because the Al Nusra Front had not yet fulfilled its promise to separate from more moderate opposition forces. Churkin said that negotiation demands were constantly changing, that fighters used civilians as human shields, that a political solution should remain the first priority, and that New Zealand should be thanked for working to build a consensus among the members to end the fighting.

The American response is as heartbreaking as ever:

What is so remarkable and troubling about the presentation we’ve heard today is that what Russia really wants from the U.N. is credit.

Samantha Power responded to the Russian assertion of facts not with rebuttal, but with sarcasm, mockery, and pettiness. Hers is an essentially ad hominem response that allows no credit for a bombing halt of any duration. And no wonder. Power speaks for a country that bombs others more or less at will for as long as it likes. The US has bombed Afghanistan without serious surcease since 2001, and Iraq almost as long. The US continues to participate in the Saudi Arabian coalition’s relentless bombing of Yemen’s hospitals, schools, and funerals, taking part in war crimes as part of a criminal war.

Congratulations, Russia, you’ve stopped, for a couple days, from using incendiary weapons.

Mockingly, the ambassador from the country of military shock and awe acts as if her hands are clean from decades of devastation visited upon the region. Power acts as if the US aerial destruction brought to bear on defenseless tribes in Afghanistan and Pakistan or defenseless urban civilians in Syria, Iraq and Yemen had never happened. Power has nothing to say about American use of depleted uranium weapons that leave their targets – both people and the land – as radioactive threats to human health for generations.

Thank you for not using cluster bombs in civilian areas. Thank you for staying the hand of brutality with regard to bunker buster weapons.

The US/Saudi assault on Yemen uses cluster bombs in civilian areas, but Samantha Power has no sarcastic objection to that. The US manufactures cluster bombs – banned by most of the rest of the world – to sell to the Saudis to use in civilian areas in Yemen. The US had no hesitation using bunker-busting bombs in laying waste to Iraq.

You don’t get congratulations and get credit for not committing war crimes for a day or a week.

Beyond her heavy-handed mockery, Power offered nothing useful. She might have admitted the constant pattern of American war crimes, especially since 2001, whether torture, kidnapping, imprisonment at dark sites, drone strikes, or any of the other horrific acts of American policy throughout the Middle East since World War II. Being the United States means never having to say you’re sorry, no matter how sorry your human rights record, no matter how sorry your fidelity to international law, and worst of all in the world of power politics, no matter how sorry your actual accomplishments are. No matter how monstrous American behavior becomes, Samantha Power is paid to praise it as the necessary actions of the world’s indispensible nation.

In 2008, when Samantha Power was part of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, she famously called Hillary Clinton a “monster.” So does it take one to know one?



William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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+42 # rradiof 2016-10-30 09:13
Samantha Power is one of the three harridans:Saman tha Power, Susan Rice, and Valarie Jarrett.
 
 
+64 # jimmyjames 2016-10-30 09:33
Quoting rradiof:
Samantha Power is one of the three harridans:Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and Valarie Jarrett.

That should read FOUR harridans. One must add Hillary Clinton's name to your list to make it complete. If we go back a couple of decades, I would also add Madeline Albright.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8
 
 
+71 # wrknight 2016-10-30 09:44
Don't forget Victoria Nuland.
 
 
+49 # indian weaver 2016-10-30 09:58
Once we get into it, the list is now endless, sorry to say, going back to ... The Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1492, when the Native Americans began fighting against the terrorism of European invaders.
 
 
+44 # goodsensecynic 2016-10-30 11:42
@ wrknight:

Or Condoleezza Rice?
 
 
+21 # goodsensecynic 2016-10-30 11:51
How about Condoleezza Rice?
 
 
-27 # Cassandra2012 2016-10-30 17:56
Wow all the mansplainin' Teathuglicans trolls are out tonight!
 
 
+15 # A_Har 2016-10-31 15:51
Quoting Cassandra2012:
Wow all the mansplainin' Teathuglicans trolls are out tonight!
Your rationalization s that excuse the crimes of these harpies gets old fast. I am female and I don't excuse them ONE BIT.
 
 
+13 # JohnBoanerges 2016-10-30 10:17
My thoughts, your words. Thanks.
 
 
+62 # Patriot 2016-10-30 11:06
The pot calling the kettle black.

How on earth can we face the rest of the world, when "representative s" of the US are so utterly despicable and arrogant?

I dearly, deeply love the United States--what it stands for, what the Constitution describes, what most of us believe is the way it SHOULD be. For the thieving, avaricious, vainglorious perverters of that dream which most of mankind shares with us I have only revulsion and hatred.
 
 
+23 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-10-30 14:07
Madeline Albright, too?
 
 
-13 # Caliban 2016-10-30 16:11
Mostly when commenters are charged with "misogyny", the criticism is unjustified.

But starting a list of so - called "harridans" and then listing a string of prominent women in public life is misogyny and not a worthy attitude for partisans of either party.
 
 
+33 # Radscal 2016-10-30 19:10
Yeah, singling out the women behind US Empire's violence is unfair.

I get it that we have a woman on the Democratic Presidential ticket whose mottos include "Love Beats Trump" and yet consistently invokes hatred and fear. And this article is about a woman whose claim to fame had been a book heralded as a human rights manifesto, and yet she not only excuses genocidal violence, but calls for more and more.

But I see your point that singling out the women when the NeoCon/NeoLiber al Interventionist s are such a "target rich environment."

So, I'll add Obama, Kerry, Petraeus, and Panetta, and just about every male in the Bush II Administration.

And let's not forget Henry Kissinger and Zbignew Brzezenski, two of the most influential formulators of the brutal, inhumane, imperial US foreign policy of the past half century.

Now the fact that pretty much every one of those fiends is "With Her" should be troubling to anyone with progressive/lib eral or even simply humane values, but.....
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2016-10-31 13:33
Much better list.
 
 
+3 # A_Har 2016-10-31 15:53
Quoting Caliban:
Mostly when commenters are charged with "misogyny", the criticism is unjustified.

But starting a list of so - called "harridans" and then listing a string of prominent women in public life is misogyny and not a worthy attitude for partisans of either party.
If the shoe fits WEAR IT. Note that many honorable women in public life are NOT MENTIONED at all.
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2016-11-01 00:59
Sorry, A_Har, but a list of evil doers that has only women when there are plenty of men that fit as well or better is misogynistic.

That is why Radscal's followup list was not only free of misogynistic taint but also a better, more comprehensive collection of "deplorables".
 
 
+2 # WBoardman 2016-11-01 09:19
Caliban seems to have too rigid a definition of "misogynistic."

Seems to me that a list of evil doers that has only women
only becomes misogynistic IF
it claims to be a list of ALL evil doers.

Otherwise it deserves to be viewed as a list of a category
of evil doers, similar to
a list of tall evil doers that omits short evil doers,
or a list of redheaded evil doers that omits blonds/blondes,
and so on –
in other words valid in its own terms,
but clearly incomplete as a universal statement.

And that avoids all the politically correct, rhetorical infighting
that really is divisive and for what?
 
 
+59 # Ted 2016-10-30 09:21
Thank you soooo much for this article!

THIS is the strength and value of independently financed journalism,SPEA KING TRUTH TO POWER!
 
 
+34 # harleysch 2016-10-30 14:20
Boardman is right on target. Samantha Power disgraces our nation overtime she opens her mouth. She still defends the intervention in Libya, which destroyed that nation. She blames Assad for a civil war in Syria, which would have been over had the administration she serves had not armed and backed so-called moderate rebels. She has lied repeatedly, whether about Ukraine, Libya, Syria, or Russia.

But she may not be a hypocrite. She may just be a cold-blooded killer.
 
 
+33 # Capn Canard 2016-10-30 09:21
It does seem like some of these "people"
like Samantha Powers, may eventually be put up against the wall.

Hard to say, but I suspect that the pot may be close to a boil.


.
 
 
+23 # DogSoldier 2016-10-30 13:00
Yeah, I thought the same thing back in 68, and again in 1974. The fact of the matter, is that nothing will change. The Masters of the Universe, those super rich pieces of shit in the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral commission, the Builderburg Group, etc. etc. Like things just the way they are, and they sure aren't going to let the serfs have any say.

If you want freedom, leave the US.
 
 
+31 # Ralph 2016-10-30 13:19
You can run but you can't hide from the long arm of global capitalism run amok. There is no corner of the planet that is safe from the skullduggery of these criminals. From the rivers of Central America to the sacred Hindu mountains in India to the plains of the Ukraine to the fertile crescent of the ME, no place is safe. The world citizenry must stand up and defend themselves or they will perish. That much is certain.
 
 
+10 # Radscal 2016-10-30 19:13
Yes, world citizenry must unite and stand up to what is really a very, very tiny minority of global elitists.
 
 
+32 # wrknight 2016-10-30 09:38
Samantha Power is known as the woman who solves the problems from hell with solutions from hell.
 
 
+2 # John Puma 2016-11-02 12:58
I understand the point but what problem has she actually solved?
 
 
+22 # wrknight 2016-10-30 09:46
U.S. hypocrisy is a tautology.
 
 
+19 # Bryan 2016-10-30 10:04
The carnage in the ME is not going to change with Hilary....becau se Iraq was and Syria is all about Iran and Israel wanting to be the hegemon of the ME.

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+21 # Bryan 2016-10-30 10:06
Clinton to Jewish donors: I will be a better friend to Israel than Obama ...
www.haaretz.com › Israel News

Haaretz
Hillary Clinton tells Jewish donors that she would be a better friend to Israel than Barack ... Some donors noted that her approach to Iran was tricky, with some ...
Wikileaks: Clinton Donors Forced Hillary's Pro-Israel Agenda
yournewswire.com/wikileaks-clinton-donors-pro-israel/


Oct 14, 2016 - New Wikileaks emails reveal that Hillary Clinton's top donors forced her to ... of having her meet with some Jewish leaders later this week about ...
The Top Donors Backing Hillary Clinton's Super PAC - Forbes
www.forbes.com/sites/ivonaiacob/2016/.../top-donors-hillary-clinton-superpac/
 
 
+17 # Bryan 2016-10-30 10:07
Forbes May 27, 2016 - But the former Secretary
of State can't focus all of her campaign ... The Top 20 Donors To Hillary Clinton's Super PAC ... What Saban, born to a Jewish family in Egypt, and Clinton have in common is their pro-Israel stance.
Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds ...
mondoweiss.net/2016/07/clinton-megadonor-islamophobic/


Mondoweiss
Jul 21, 2016 - Hillary Clinton has gained the support of major neoconservative donor Seth Klarman. ... Seth Klarman, Jewish donor who gave 7-figure donations to ..... the Democratic base that ultimately sustains her political career is fast ...
Hilary Clinton: The Jewish Lobby's Candidate - The New Observer
newobserveronline.com/hilary-clinton-jewish-lobbys-candidate/


Mar 2, 2016 - When it comes to Israel, however, she is—not surprisingly—ju st like all her Jewish donors, “eager to demonstrate to her mega-donor her ...
A 32-year-old Jewish billionaire tops Clinton donor roll - US Elections ...
www.jpost.com/.../Hillary.../A-32-year-old-Jewish-billionaire-tops-...


The Jerusalem Post
4 days ago - Clinton to Jewish donors: "I will be a better president to Israel than Obama" ... when Hillary Clinton, their party nominee for president, began her
 
 
+13 # Radscal 2016-10-30 19:23
You're absolutely correct that powerful Zionist interests back HRC precisely because they can count on her to "take our relationship to the next level."

But, you fall for the Zionist scheme of conflating their racist ideology with Jewishness. Little by little, the Zionists have in fact convinced a goodly proportion of Jewish people to support them, even though many are revulsed by the obviously brutal tactics they employ.

The Zionists also convinced many Evangelical Christians to sign on for even their most heinous excesses.

But it does no one any good (and in fact does great harm) to frame the Zionist ideology and agenda as "Jewish." They're no more Jewish than ISIL is Arabic or Muslim.
 
 
+6 # indigo16 2016-10-31 09:42
Quoting Radscal:

But it does no one any good (and in fact does great harm) to frame the Zionist ideology and agenda as "Jewish." They're no more Jewish than ISIL is Arabic or Muslim.


excellent point
 
 
+1 # Bryan 2016-10-31 10:31
'' But, you fall for the Zionist scheme of conflating their racist ideology with Jewishness.''

No I don't fall for anything. I am well aware of the difference and different categories of Jews, religious, secular, Zionist, anti zionist and etc.. And as a supporter of Phil Weiss , who is Jewish, @mondoweiss.org --and who opposes the Zionist and the occupation of Palestine I know a great deal about the subject. Probably more than most here do since I have been involved in the I/P problem for 15 years.

AND if you didn't notice the "Jewish' description/lin kage is in the news articles not in my commentary.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-10-31 15:15
If you understand the difference, then I suggest you use terminology that makes that clear.

I'm a subscriber to Mondeweiss also, and find that they are generally quite careful to draw that distinction.

In the article you cited (and are claiming uses the "Jewish description/lin kage," I find:

"Hillary Clinton has gained the support of a major neoconservative donor..."

"..this important neocon Jewish crossover..."

"...a leading supporter of Israel and rightwing Israel lobby groups..."

"Klarman’s family foundation supports Islamophobic groups and rightwing Zionist groups..."

"...A supporter of hardline pro-Israel groups..."

So, as usual, they clearly distinguish these right-wing Zionists and NeoCons for what they are.

And they quote from this particular Zionist, racist fascist where they write:

"Klarman is the chief backer behind the Times of Israel, a pro-Israel online publication. He announced his leadership in a letter in 2012 that said that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism."

So you see, Klarman is DELIBERATELY attempting to conflate his most vile form of the inherently racist Zionism with Jewishness.

So again, I recommend that you not frame Zionism as Jewish since that is not only factually inaccurate, but also is precisely what the Zionists want.
 
 
-3 # Bryan 2016-10-31 16:00
'' So again, I recommend that you not frame Zionism as Jewish since that is not only factually inaccurate, but also is precisely what the Zionists want.''>>>

Obviously you cannot understand what you read.

And this...."and are claiming uses the "Jewish description/lin kage''....is the typical little troll's attempt to 'pretend" and imply that what I am "claiming' is not true-- when as anyone can see it is true.

So I suggest you STFU. You are so stupid you are quoting the ARICLES-- 'as if I wrote the articles.'

Try this----> 1-800- Rent- a -Brain before you try throwing any more mud. I'll even loan you the rental fee.
 
 
-1 # Radscal 2016-10-31 21:06
Ahh. Silly me. I thought you were well-meaning but misusing language. Turns out you really are a hateful bigot.
 
 
0 # Bryan 2016-11-01 14:34
'' you really are a hateful bigot.''

And that slur is always what trolls and the ignorant resort to.
 
 
+6 # wrknight 2016-10-30 20:41
The Jerusalem Post
4 days ago - Clinton to Jewish donors: "I will be a better president to Israel than Obama"

And better to Israel than to the U.S.
 
 
-9 # Caliban 2016-10-30 16:36
I get that Jewish groups are supporting HRC, but I'm not sure what you see as the problem in that.

Would you mind explaining? No further source list required.
 
 
+8 # wrknight 2016-10-30 19:07
The degree to which Hillary supports Israel in its quest to occupy all of Palestine and her general disdain for the rights of Palestinians. Not to mention her support of Netanyahu's goal to remove Assad from Syria with the help of Al Qaeda operatives.
 
 
+1 # Bryan 2016-10-31 10:56
'Would you mind explaining?''


I have opposed Israel and its occupation/thef t of Palestine since I began studying the ME in 2001. It was thru my research on the ME-- beginning with the British National Archives on the ME and subsequently the Library of Congress, the Presidential libraries beginning with Truman, Thomas.gov, the congressional resolutions for Israel and the FOI archives related to Israel, the 1963 Senator Fulbright Senate Hearing on the ZOA infiltration of the US press and other official sources--- that I discovered US Israel lobby AIPAC and other Lobbies for Israel and their connection to the US policy in the ME and undue influence and tactics on the US congress and politicians.

I could write a book about this but others already have so you can find some for yourself if interested. I suggest Walt's "The Israel Lobby" for a starter.


Suffice it to say that if you knew what has gone on between these agents of influence for Israel and corrupted US politicians in supporting Israel and the real damage it has done the US and all Americans ---not to mention the crimes against Palestine's--yo u would want to see them swinging from lamppost or at the very least charge with treason and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statutes and International War Crimes Laws.
 
 
+1 # Bryan 2016-10-31 10:57
here...

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy: John J. Mearsheimer ...
https://www.amazon.com/Israel-Lobby-U-S.../dp/0374531501
The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of ...
 
 
-3 # Bryan 2016-10-31 10:59
Cassandra2012 2016-10-30 17:58
Bigot much, little boy?>>>>

If you are talking to me fuck off simpleton.
You are totally ignorant of this subject.
 
 
-3 # Caliban 2016-11-01 02:08
I'm sorry, Bryan, my response was poorly formulated. I agree that the Israel lobby has had a heavy influence on American politics (and on Clinton) for many years. My implication was (and remains) that this does not make it impossible to be fair to both sides of the conflict.

In this regard, it is important to remember that Hillary's husband Bill made a serious effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together in 2000 at Camp David.

Personally, I'd be surprised if (a) President Hillary did not try to succeed where President Bill failed and (b) if her effort was not guided by a genuine sense of fairness and equity to both sides of the negotiations -- despite her close relations to AIPAC and American Jewish voters.
 
 
+36 # Floe 2016-10-30 10:52
Enablers of despots, that's what these women are. Always floors me the way women at the top fawn over their success. It's totally success in a male's world, a totally male thinking world devoid of care. True femininity should bring out the caring in people not the bombs. These women are as deplorable as the men they suck up to for their paychecks.
 
 
+14 # Patriot 2016-10-30 10:59
For those outraged by the requirement that National Guardsmen repay bonuses paid for their service as far back as ten ears ago, PLUS interest:

Go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov and sign ALL of the petitions on this subject--and any others that strike your fancy.

Pass the link along to others, please.

Thanks.

Then give yourself a treat and read the replies to petitions at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/responses#petitionswithupdates.
 
 
+6 # wrknight 2016-10-30 19:09
I already signed it. I would sign it again if they would let me.
 
 
+9 # goodsensecynic 2016-10-30 11:50
At least Adlai Stevenson (Gulf of Tonkin, 1964) and Colin Powell (WMD, 2003) have some claim on the excuse of having been "duped" by an administration just looking for an excuse to start/escalate US invasions/bombi ngs in Vietnam and Iraq.
 
 
+2 # Bryan 2016-10-30 12:01
This is not about foreign policy but is so accurate about our politicians it applies to their foreign policy also.

This is a reason why I may vote for Trump. If that confuses anyone my reasoning is thus----maybe Trump is as bad or worse than Hillary---BUT-- -imo his supporters are MUCH MORE LIKELY to RAISE REAL HELL on earth if/when he double crosses them and not accept the usual politico double speak and spin on how whatever he did was good for them than the party following liberals are.


http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/the-lies-of-neoliberal-economics-or-how-america-became-a-nation-of-sharecroppers/

The Lies of Neoliberal Economics (or How America Became a Nation of Sharecroppers)
by Michael Hudson – Chris Hedges

HUDSON: Or whether it would be Hillary today, or Trump. Their job is to bail out Wall Street and make the people pay, not Wall Street. Because Wall Street is “the people” who select the politicians – who know where their money is coming from. If you have a campaign contributor, no matter whether it’s Wall Street, or locally if it’s a real estate developer, you all know who your backers are
 
 
+8 # Bryan 2016-10-30 12:06
cont...


''The talent you need to have as a politician is to make the voters think that you’re going to be supporting their interests …
So the Federal Reserve has given Wall Street $4.5 trillion. That $4.5 trillion could have been used to write down the debt. And then we wouldn’t have a problem. Then everybody would have a lower costs of living. The $4.5 trillion could have been spent into the economy.
HEDGES: We could have saved people from being foreclosed and driven from their homes.
HUDSON: Yes. But that wasn’t what Obama did.
HEDGES: Even though he promised that he would. And then he turned around, he earmarked some money to save people who were being pushed out of their homes. And then he never spent it.
HUDSON: That’s right. It wasn’t spent. That’s what Niel Barofsky, the SIGTARP head – Special Inspector General for TARP – found out. He said, wait a minute, they’re not spending any of it. It’s a fraud. And he wrote a whole book, Bailout, describing the lies Geithner told. Then, when Geithner came out with his own autobiography, Barofsky reviewed it and exposed him as a liar who should go to jail.
Geithner was suitably rewarded by getting a rich job on Wall Street.
 
 
+7 # Bryan 2016-10-30 12:22
'' And then he turned around, he earmarked some money to save people who were being pushed out of their homes. And then he never spent it.''>>>>

Voters need to learn to think like the vultures do. Since I have invested in real estate some during my 40years in business the first thing that occurred to me when the mortgae melt down happened was.... WOW!...millions of people are going to be thrown into the rental market and those who buy up the homes can gouge the hell out of renters, make millions and end up with millions in totally paid for real estate courtesy of desperate renters.

And that is exactly what has happened since 2008, not just in cities but all over the nation.

If you don't think the WS criminals were already seeing that rental market as the next area they could exploit then you arent thinking like a WS capitalist.

And since the money to help homeowners was never even spent its pretty obvious that Obama was too stupid to see his WS buddies next vulture move or he didn't give a shit.

You cant defeat an enemy unless you can anticipate their moves.
 
 
+12 # lorenbliss 2016-10-30 14:53
@Bryan: Obama was never "too stupid." He -- like all his Democratic (sic) and Republican partners in crime -- is a moral imbecile, which means he was planning his transition from Obama the Orator to Barack the Betrayer LONG before the election of 2008.

He is, in fact, the most brazen, most malicious Big Liar to ever hold the presidency, his dishonesty, contempt and malice obvious in the nonfunctional foreclosure relief program and obviously paralleled in "change we can believe in," the prohibitive co-pays that define Obamacare, the manipulation of statistical data to minimize or deny Social Security cost-of-living increases, the unannounced but nevertheless deadly cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, and let us not forget how he disguised savage cuts in food stamps by claiming he had saved the program for "America's children."

There is, to date, no more viciously -- and, yes, genocidally -- anti-99 Percent president in our history.

Which malevolent superlative will of course be exceeded when either Hillary or Trump win the imperial throne -- and whomever is the victor (Hillary who intends as Hitler did to be the first-ever conqueror of Russia or Trump who as Hitler did intends a Holocaust against minorities) -- will be infinitely worse.

Wake up, 99 Percenters: it's capitalist governance in action: absolute power and unlimited profit for our One Percent overlords and their vassals; lies, poverty and total subjugation for all the rest of us forever.
 
 
-3 # wrknight 2016-10-30 19:19
I'm sorry, Loren, but I can't buy that.

Obama is a bumbling fool. He's not stupid but he is weak of character and has not the courage of his convictions. He is "Charlie Brown wishy-washy", doesn't understand the political world around him (neither domestic or foreign) and has surrounded himself with demagogues on whom he leans for advice. And he is an incredibly poor judge of character.

In short, I believe he is sincere, but totally incompetent.
 
 
+13 # DogSoldier 2016-10-30 12:02
This country disgusts me. I am embarrassed to say that I've lived here for more than 60 years. That ends this year. I hope America's chickens come home to roost, and that this murderous, genocidal country collapses and dies. There is no fixing it.
 
 
+27 # Patriot 2016-10-30 12:13
Letter from one political woman to another, posted today at Jill2016.com:

** FROM SUSAN SARANDON **

Dear Jill and team,

I've been waiting for any indication that Hillary Clinton's position on the issues that are most urgent to me, has changed. But ...

She does not support the $15 minimum wage.

She shows no support for legalizing marijuana.

She supports TPP.

She has sold fracking and Monsanto.

She supports offshore drilling.

She has no position on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

She opposes the labeling of GMOs.

She opposes the breakup of big banks.

She takes lobbyists' money for campaigning.

She opposes a binding climate treaty.

She supports unconditional military aid to Israel.

I'm therefore very happy to endorse Jill Stein for the presidency because she does stand for everything I believe in.

It's clear a third party is necessary and viable at this time. And this is the first step in accomplishing this end.

Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption.

Now that Trump is self-destructin g, I feel even those in swing states have the opportunity to vote their conscience. Â

Susan Sarandon
 
 
+8 # Radscal 2016-10-30 19:43
But did you hear that HRC came out against the merger of ATT and Time/Warner?

No, of course you didn't, because she never did and never would oppose further media consolidation (as has been the case since Clinton I pushed the Telecommunicati ons Act that allowed media monopolies in the first place).

And this is especially true since Time/Warner is her 9th largest campaign "contributor" and ATT is also a major funding source.

ps. The actual winner of the Democratic Party Nomination has come out very strongly against this further consolidation and muffling of alternative voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3SwV88qWYQ
 
 
+1 # elkingo 2016-10-30 13:51
Listing all the "bad girls" is one thing. But "harridan" quite another. Quite sexist. Why not a simple and heartfelt "asshole" that wonder of linguistic epithets which is all embracing and inclusive?
 
 
+5 # Majikman 2016-10-30 22:56
"Asshole" implies stupidity. "Harridan" implies deliberate cruelty and evil. My money is on harridan for those harridans.
 
 
+18 # elkingo 2016-10-30 13:52
And Brava Susan Sarandon!
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-10-30 14:09
‘UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien: “Each month, I have come before you and presented an ever-worsening record of destruction and atrocity, grimly cataloguing the systematic destruction of a country and its people.”’

Iraq thus, too.
 
 
+14 # lorenbliss 2016-10-30 15:09
Thank you, Mr. Boardman: best writing by you I've yet read.

Indeed, "...American hypocrisy, deceit, intellectual dishonesty, and mockery of the rest of the world" is an eloquent turn of phrase reminiscent of Churchill's denunciations of Hitler and the Third Reich and therefore devastatingly apt in describing the de facto Fourth Reich in action.
 
 
+4 # Radscal 2016-10-30 19:44
Churchill was a fascist, too. He just didn't like the competition.
 
 
+4 # lorenbliss 2016-10-30 23:05
@Radscal: Obviously understood, not the least because of Churchill's back-door, off-the-books support of Franco. But, alas, citing Stalin's denunciations of Hitler -- which in truth were far more eloquently damning than Churchill's -- is decidedly unpopular even in Communist Party meetings.

:-)
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2016-10-30 23:49
Well played, then my friend. The Irish side of my heritage precludes me from ever seeing or hearing that name without spitting. ;-)
 
 
+1 # indigo16 2016-10-31 09:53
Quoting DogSoldier:
This country disgusts me. I am embarrassed to say that I've lived here for more than 60 years. That ends this year. I hope America's chickens come home to roost, and that this murderous, genocidal country collapses and dies. There is no fixing it.


And then we may all die with it unless there is some other positive plan that will take its place.
 
 
+2 # Aliazer 2016-10-31 12:02
Nothing bothers Samantha Power, our so called "our diplomat" at the U.N. when she speaks from her two-forked tongue!! And couldn't care less!!

Power is a neocon, committed to even destroying the American polity for the sake of defending and rooting for globalism and zionism. In other words, she is a traitor, deserving to be criminally prosecuted for high crimes and misdemeanors.
 

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