• “were going to come down on this Benghazi fiasco like a ton of bricks”

    As they should. Fiascos should be come down on, not covered up in the name of bipartisanship. Whether or not the issues brought up are actually valid is one thing, but there are absolutely relevant issues that should be brought up regardless of if it happened under an R with the Ds in Congressional control or as it is now with it under a D with the Rs in control. Look at how many heads rightly rolled over Iran Contra.

    “If I were the Secretary of State, I would want to know about anything they could use against me”

    The issue isn’t knowing about documents which by all means you’re correct, but this is instead about whitewashing – covering up. The whistleblower isn’t blowing the whistle that Hillary just wanted to read some papers, but instead that it wasn’t for her to read papers at all but instead to prevent others from reading relevant papers.

  • “I’m not sure how much even proving her responsibility for something is worthwhile or not”

    By the wide public she is viewed the way she’s been airbrushed to look, which something like this would let the wider public know how much of her current image is just PR versus what the reality of who Hillary Clinton is. Not that I think the Republican nominee would be any better, but the public should know who they are voting for not what the elite and corporate controlled PACs want them to think.

  • If after spending billions of dollars, a decade of time in the actual country with a semi-supportive government, and access to all the basic infrastructure we weren’t able to build an effective foreign army, what makes us think we can do it in a few months with few thousand Syrians we ship to Saudi Arabia?

    Because sending military advisers to Vietnam to train the soldiers there was so good at de-escalating the conflict there in the 1960s.

  • spanishinquisition commented on the diary post If ISIS Were Really a Movie by David Swanson.

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    “White House and Congress would like to oblige, as long as the movie can be a short one, on the model of Libya.”

    So we’ll get ‘Benghazi 2: Electric Boogaloo’ with the death of another ambassador?

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

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    “The only way to make sure health insurance companies don’t game the system for profit is to make health insurance not-for-profit”

    The thing is that not-for-profit has become ‘not-for-profit’ where you’ve got the Clintons using their non-profit as a personal tax shelter to fly personal jets, Roger Goodell gets $44 million salary while the NFL is tax exempt and numerous other non-profit execs make millions. The politicians aren’t going to reign in non-profits because they’ll want some of that themselves or are already the beneficiaries of it, like the Clintons.

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

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    The JV team in world affairs has been located and it is at the White House

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post Pentagon Chief Planning For Ground Troops In Iraq

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    Yes, like with drones and just about everything else

  • “But since what the family says could stop a war”

    The spice must flow. We’re not going to hear about this for the same reason we don’t hear about the Benghazi ‘consulate’ being used for arms smuggling to Syria rebels.

  • “make no mistake, bombing another country is an act of war”

    I wonder what Obama and all those others who try to say aerial bombing isn’t war would say about Pearl Harbor.

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post John Kerry Tries to Claim a War Isn’t a War

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    Major Cassius Starbuckle impersonates Basil Fawlty

  • “Sovereignty is inter-national recognition of a state”

    So at what point was the United States sovereign? What about the Confederacy? Sovereignty is when a government possesses full control of a geographic area, which from what I can tell the Islamic State in a good portion of territory is the government and they do exercise full control. A country doesn’t need UN recognition or international recognition for the reality of the situation of the people living in territory to be governed by an entity.

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post President Obama Speaks on ISIS, Ukraine

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    Yes, a strategy of relying on a subordinate – Bush at least seemed to know he wasn’t the brightest bulb around and would delegate. That’s why I brought up if subordinates are afraid to talk to Obama, if Obama still thinks he knows more about everything than his subordinates (“I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors”), etc. as one or more reasons why Obama is perpetually reactive and caught flat-footed, like regardless what should be done with ISIS this isn’t some organization that is coming out of nowhere without months of advanced time for planning.

  • spanishinquisition commented on the blog post President Obama Speaks on ISIS, Ukraine

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    Obama is coming off like a bigger idiot than Bush. It isn’t like Hurricane Katrina that relatively speaking came out of the blue and caught Bush unprepared, but Obama has had months to prepare. Whether Obama’s ‘strategery’ is good or bad, at least Bush had a ‘strategery.’ Obama seems to be perpetually reactive and caught flat-footed on things that he shouldn’t be – like the ACA website – is it that subordinates are afraid to give him bad news, his ego getting in the way or a combination?

  • Certain police bodycams are designed to give “only part of the story is recorded, seen or understood,” which they only go on when they’re officer activated rather than being continuously run.

  • The reason Obamacare looks the way that it does is because Democrats made a deal with corporate lobbyists. The Republicans were merely meant to be used for cover, but they didn’t acquiesce to being scapegoats, so the Democrats keep on trying to make them scapegoats anyway. There’s certainly innumerable problems with Republicans, but one of their problems isn’t that they’re responsible for the way Obamacare looks.

  • “The more President Obama’s strategy in the Middle East is analyzed the more clear it is that there is no real strategy – just a series of half-witted interventions based on imperial arrogance”

    I think this explains much of Obama. I think as far as governing goes that Obama is even worse than Bush in that he has an ever bigger ego and is as short-sighted if not moreso than Bush. It seems like it is an international sport for heads of state to outwit Obama.

  • “He must go to Congress or he will have committed more war crimes”

    A Nobel Peace Prize winner a war criminal? Say it isn’t so!

  • “The cops have always had a license to kill…I’d shoot off the whole clip and reload if I thought I was going to die.”

    You are assuming a set of evidence. There are circumstances where deadly force can be used including shooting suspects from behind, but potentially that’s not the case here. If as multiple witnesses have alleged, that Brown was in the process of surrendering after being shot at from behind, there’s no legal right – even in a combat situation in a war zone – where you can shoot someone who is surrendering.

  • As a subset of #5 I’d define accountability to include dashcams and officer audio devices as part of police budgeting/policy. If the PD acts legally, they’ll benefit by having recordings of their actions and save the city on the cost of lawsuits.

  • I am talking about the President’s personal exit strategy as in he plans to keep waging war until he leaves office and then have Clinton take over where he left off. I am not saying that I think Clinton is going to win but rather am talking about plans.

    However, to summarize Obama on the ISIS situation right now would be: “I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive.”

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