• “You see, the people over there are ALL the Enemy . . .” etc.

    Indeed. Brilliant and accurate summation!

  • The US is going to start bombing its own military forces in the Middle East?! And conveniently right after they pushed into Iraq. The purpose of bombing Syria is to bomb Syria. Assad’s government will be the target. Anyone care to bet against that outcome? Or, are we to take the President at his word?

    And one shouldn’t forget how stunningly effective bombing campaigns are against insurgencies.

    Yes, DSW, this IS a joke. Perhpas Obama’s greatest public strength is his ability to deliver punchlines with a straight face (George W. could never do that).

  • Maliki forgot at whose behest he served. He is now being reminded. The ghost of Diem points and laughs.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post U.S. Bombing Own Weapons in Iraq

    2014-08-11 09:20:07View | Delete

    You have always been one of my favorite commentors. :)

  • ottogrendel commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Archaeological Dig in Belize by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-07-05 21:25:21View | Delete

    Good for you, Calvo!

    I was on a dig at Blackman Eddy outside of San Ignacio about a dozen years ago. If you get any free time, I highly recommend Caye Caulker, Tobacco Caye, Xunantunich, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

    Have fun!

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 16:29:50View | Delete

    yup

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 16:17:21View | Delete

    Me too. I just don’t buy the declensionist narrative that the US was once this great effort toward freedom and democracy that has become derailed of late and gone down the tubes. I don’t think the historical record supports a supposedly Edenic past. There was a jump in general quality of life with the rise of the middle class from the 1940s through the 1970s in an otherwise exploitive, imperialist trajectory. The obvious consideration in challenging an Edenic past is the plight of women, the working class, and anyone browner than WASPs. The US was mainly started by the 1% in pursuit of their own interests.* That is the “American Experiment.”

    *At the time of the Revolution, most folks in the colonies–who weren’t slaves, prisoners or indentured servants, which was a significant population–were either loyal to the Crown or didn’t give a damn.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 15:48:29View | Delete

    :)

    I was thinking more like figurehead. Deep government in Washington’s time who stood him up as public figure? The business interests behind the Federalists? The 1% who started a revolution to avoid taxes and increase their profits and then promptly behaved toward US citizens in the same oppressive way as the government they had revolted against?

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 15:33:20View | Delete

    Didn’t it start with George Washington, a mediocre officer who married his wealth and influence, and immediately spent tax-payers’ money on fancy carriages, horses and clothes as soon as he became president?

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 15:15:17View | Delete

    Obama out-Reaganed Reagan, the first actor president (of course, who better to be the front man in the TeeVee age than an actor). George W. tried but could never get through his lines with a straight face–he always had to get in a winking aside to the audience. Obama makes Reagan look like something solid, someone with conviction, by comparison. Obama is not even an empty vessel. He is a blank slate.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 15:01:13View | Delete

    “and the man came across as unreal, made up, constructed”

    Obama is the most fictional president ever. He is no more real than a flickering image on the TeeVee with a script someone else wrote.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:53:49View | Delete

    Ha! It is relative. The hard right tack of the US over the last 30 years explains why Nixon now looks like a lefty, too. Shit, a year ago Fox News called him “The Last Great Liberal.” Can you fucking imagine that?! Obama, the Bushes and the Clintons are so far right that Nixon is a hippie by comparison.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:47:25View | Delete

    I’m not saying I ever found any pretty words. :) The odd thing was that one needed to look no further than Obama’s webpage for the 2008 election to see that he was full of shit and would do nothing other than further corporate interests. Perhaps his supporters never read it?

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:34:20View | Delete

    Indeed. There is no left in the US. The Dems, Hillary Clinton, et.al. are best best center-right. But if they weren’t called “left,” then the false dichotomy that masquerades as choice in the US would be harder to sell.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:26:03View | Delete

    “Democracy is dying.”

    Well, the US never had very much of it to begin with. :)

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:24:49View | Delete

    “Obama won because people liked his Lefty Ideas.”

    They heard his pretty words on the TeeVee and neither thought nor bothered to look farther than that.

    “[The news media and television] manipulate images to make us confuse how we are made to feel with knowledge, which is how Barack Obama became president.” –Chris Hedges

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:22:22View | Delete

    I don’t think democracy is an important concept for any of them. It is not even a word in their vocabulary.

  • ottogrendel commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:21:05View | Delete

    “In addition most of the “Left” wants to see Democrats succeed over Republicans.”

    So, the Lesser Of Two Evils crowd has learned nothing from the last 6 years?

    I kid. There was never anything to learn. The only purpose of the LOTE “theory” was to allow those who voted for Obama to avoid actually having to do anything while easing their conscience about their “choice.”

  • Well, shopping is THE sign of a healthy economy, and it is the citizens’ paramount civic responsibility. Indeed, it is even the sacrifice we are called upon to make during war.

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