Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
PACE, TURKEY, THE USELESS FAKE LEFT, GM RISES FROM THE ASHES IN THE ME, ANOTHER PIPELINE, PAN ARABISM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Further on that profound relationship of morality, economics, justice, accountability, responsibility and nationalization the caller raised.
The following is what the face of what Iraq's militias look like. Does it not sound, smell, taste and look similar to Nazi atrocity stories and tactics from WWII? This is the composition of Iraq's new government. These are the various Iraqi/Iranian "militias" that both our fake Left have sanitized as "resistance" and/or, our corporate media and FOREIGN sources, as well, have sanitized as the legitimate Iraqi government and/or Iraq population, www.arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2008/06/delicate-resilience.html
And, why does all this happen? What is the motivation? Profit. All of them serve the same masters and interests. From the Nazis down to Iran's militias in Iraq.
While the hired guns this historical time around, Iran's Fascist militias, thugs, goons, death squads, sectarian militias do their dirty work, above, here's the people they help realize their goals in Iran, "On the Road with Teheran's Nouveaux Riche," www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20080625124244/lok124200080625
Of course, there are others, about which I've written much, in the GCC, the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and so on.
Surely, NOT all people are equal.
In the US, the equally fictitious Presidential candidates, one of the staunch supporters of the Obama mafia is the utterly corrupt, mafioso SEIU and their "Change to Win" international labor organization. No coincidence that Obama's amorphous "Change" slogan is the same as SEIU and its autocratic leadership, Andy Stern.
For alittle inkling of just what's involved with SEIU and the battles against its leadership, I will provide a video link with a smorgasbord from which you can chose all with 'SEIU" in the titles. Keep in mind, when you see CNA in the heading, that's the Calif Nurses Association, the ONLY union that supported Ralph Nader in the past AND is organizing nationwide for a SINGLE PAYER health care system in the US.
The SEIU, "Change to Win,"international leadership is in battles with both its own members, the CNA, and others as you will see from the various headings on the videos. www.labornet.org/links/youtube.htm
Our Democratic Presidential "Change" candidate stinks to high heaven, as well as all of the above.
So, every time you see torture, like the above, just remember, it's all in the service of expanding and reinforcing the vast empire of the "high net worth" individuals, as they are euphemistically labelled, i.e., the stinking rich. They do stink, as one can easily see, in this high stakes morality play. And, finally, coming full circle, a little reminder, www.londoncommunists.blogspot.com/2008/06/new-worker-pamphlets-case-for-communism.html
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Why are we, the US, NOT nationalizing our major oil and other natural energy resources and industries?
KEEP IT UP!
Last time I wrote on this subject was an interview on C-Span with nominally Independent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont on his/their proposed energy bill in their Senate Energy Committee.
See my entry of June 11, 2008:
"Senator Sanders Rules Out Nationalization...":
This time, instead, it was a program with Mark Cooper, Research Director for the Consumer Federation of America discussing oil prices, speculation, commodity futures, hedge funds and regulation.
He testifies before Congress on this subject.
And, once again, someone telephoned into Cooper's C-Span interview program with a similar question, paraphrased more or less, above, regarding nationalization.
And, once again, like Bernie Sanders, before, nationalization simply was nixed, outright, by Mr. Cooper.
Just not possible in our "capitalist" society.
So, forget about it.
The market system "works," just needs alittle tinkering around the edges, regulation, adjustments, here and there, close a few loopholes, etc.
For the Cooper interview, go to the "Recent Programs" box towards the middle/bottom of the C-Span homepage and scroll down it until you see a heading with his name, Mark Cooper, and the above title, dated June 17 (6/17/2008) for a video of the program.
The question being amongst the first few towards the beginning of what is a relatively brief interview.
A somewhat similar idea, phrased differently, also presented by another gentleman from Louisiana, a major oil producing state, at a different point, but, in an earlier section of their programming.
What Mr. Cooper and Bernie Sanders and others are suggesting being comparable or analogous to a medical disease whose root cause and origins are known, such as a bacteria or virus, but, instead of directly addressing, attacking, eliminating, eradicating, the source of the disease, we simply address and ameliorate its many symptoms, surrounding conditions, secondary and tertiary aspects, complications, while leaving the root cause alone to fruitfully reproduce and multiply.
We discuss, dissect and analyze every aspect and dimension of the disease, while simply denying the source.
I think one can extrapolate further oneself on this analogy. Ptolemy's explanation of planetary circulation also worked.
It just didn't work quite well enough.
There were some internal problems and inconsistencies which could not be resolved until a later, more comprehensive, and, consistent, causal mechanism came into being.
Well, even if he/they suggest "regulation," then, as I have pointed out, previously, Gazprom is the world's largest regulated utility by virtue of the state's 50% plus 1 share ownership.
Here, in the US, they don't even DEMAND half, to which they are more than entitled, let alone a full loaf.
So, the regulation they're suggesting is futile and meaningless gesture, a toothless tiger.
A band aid, one which they won't get, anyway, since they merely beg the private powers that be, politely, please, please...won't you be nice guys and cooperate with us alittle bit here.
Then, they suggest further taxing industry profits.
Well, that's nice, except for a few problems.
Greater income from tax on profits depend, by definition, upon greater expansion, production, profitability and/or cost cutting, not its opposite, conservation, efficiency, reduction, replacement, substitution, rationalized and integrated systems of self-sufficiency, etc.
Not to mention the many loopholes in which taxation can be avoided by those with the very resources they are attempting to tax.
Thus is systemic contradiction enhanced, perpetuated and exacerbated, rather than resolved.
So, back to the US of Denial and Ptolemy, I'm afraid.
All of these many tortured, convoluted, pretzel like twists and turns in order to obfuscate the simplest, most direct, basic solution.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The content has obvious relevance to ongoing events. So the post...
FROM AUGUST, 2005
KASHOGGI AND GAZA
I made reference in a previous blog, July 26, 2005, "Israeli Casino.." to a WSJ (Wall St. Journal) article detailing the above subject.
Here are more extensive excerpts from this article.
It is from February 4, 1994.
The heading is:
"Guns and Butter: Khashoggi Is Back, Angling for a Profit From Mideast Peace."
Subheading, "Saudi Arms Dealer Teams Up with an Israeli Partner, Pushing Industrial Plans Covering Gaza's Waterfront."
It's a long article.
I'll quote as much as I can.
"...Khashoggi and Nimrodi are angling to become the leading industrialists in the Gaza Strip...their plans cover the waterfront. In the works are a telecommunications system, electric-power generator, desalinization plant, pipe factory, a Muslim-pilgrimage company, investment bank, railroad, even an airline...the two adventurers are working with each other, and with the World Bank, to form several large industrial companies that would be owned by Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab investors...Khashoggi says he is focusing on Russia, Iran and the Mideast.
In the past two years, he says he has made nearly $3 million on the Tel Aviv stock exchange...Khashoggi says he has been secretly sowing seeds in Israel...as far back as 1967, the confidant of Saudi kings opened clandestine links with Western Jews, Mossad agents and Israeli politicians...'Adnan has always had this notion of marrying the energy and business acumen of the Israeli with the capital of the Arab world,' says Kenneth Bialkin, the financier's longtime US lawyer and a partner in the NY firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
As a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Bialkin has introduced Khashoggi to many powerful Israelis over the years...In the mid 1950s, Nimrodi was sent to Tehran as Israel's secret military attache to Iran...the young colonel remained in Tehran for 24 years-the first 14 for Israel, the last 10 for himself.
He built the Shah's intelligence agency while earning huge commissions on some $250 million a year in arms sales to Iran...They [Khashoggi and Nimrodi] met in Paris in 1975. The rendezvous was arranged by the late Herman 'Hank' Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun...Greenspun knew Khashoggi thru Eugene Warner, another Jewish activist in Las Vegas and an advisor to the Saudi tycoon.
Warner...didn't return calls for this article. Khashoggi says he met Warner in 1958...as a guest of Howard Hughes...At their 1975 introduction, Khashoggi and Nimrodi were joined by Adolph 'Al' Schwimmer, the Israeli-American founder of Israel Aircraft Industries, the country's largest defense contractor...According to Arabs and Israelis who know both men, Khashoggi and Nimrodi arranged arms transactions long before the first Iran-Contra deal in 1985...in the late 1970s, Khashoggi floated a proposal by King Fhad, then the Saudi crown prince, for peace in exchange for Saudi control of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. As an added incentive, says Nimrodi, the Saudis dangled some $100 billion of investment capital for the region to underwrite development. Nimrodi took the offer to Israeli PM Menachem Begin...who said Jerusalem wasn't for sale. The plot thickens. According to Nimrodi, in 1981, after many fortunes were wiped out in the Iranian revolution, Khashoggi, Nimrodi and Schwimmer decided to overthrow Khomeni...they recruited the late Shah's son, Reza Phalavi, to lead the effort. The mercaneries would be funded by Riyadh, armed by Israel, trained in Sudan, according to Nimrodi. There followed a gathering...in May 1982. Along with Nimrodi and Schwimmer came Sharon, the Israeli defense minister and David Kimche, then director general of Israel's foreign ministry...Khashoggi brought along Sudanese President Gafaar Numeiri...The CIA, which was kept abreast of the plan, didn't interfere, Nimrodi says. The CIA declines to comment. But the Mossad Intelligence service, despite Sharon's involvement, ultimately killed the scheme....The intifada...bred still more initiatives.
In 1989, at the height of the rebelllion, Khashoggi proposed that Israel simply abandon the Gaza Strip. He and some Arab backers would step in and with $20 billion or so, turn the swath of sand dunes and refugee camps into a cross between Las Vegas and Hong Kong...Nimrodi explored the concept further with Bassam Abu Sherif, a close PLO associate of Arafat...After the Gulf War and the Mideast peace conference in Madrid, Khashoggi began investing heavily in Israeli stocks...Their Gaza plans began churning nearly a year ago...Khashoggi himself is raising capital for an Arab-Israeli investment bank. Nimrodi recently visited Kuwait...to by a 10% stake in Shorouk Airlines, a Kuwaiti-Egyptian venture that plans to fly to Jerusalem from Cairo and Kuwait..."
I deleted and skipped over some background material on the Iran-Contra deal. Also, apparently, Nimrodi alreadys owns a desalinzation-technology company in Israel, but, the article didn't state the name of the company.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
First, for those unfamiliar with Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, he is a rare bird in the US Congress, neither Republican nor Democrat.
Vermont, of course, being a very small state, with quite alot of people from urban areas such as NYC and Boston who settled there and a very large, liberal, university campus and student body.
As people might recall from a previous Presidential primary, the leading, almost independent, Democratic Presidential challenger, Howard Dean, emanated from Vermont.
Of course, Dean's independent campaign was squashed, dead ended, dissolved, uprooted, by the Democratic mafia, like Hillary's challenge.
But, Hillary defied the Democratic mafia and, mostly through her own funds, hung in despite them, which in turn, catapulted and transformed her campaign into something it was or would not have been, otherwise.
Returning to Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders is a good example of what the US categorizes as Left, Liberal, i.e., Independent leaning.
That's why I'm noting and highlighting the following interview with Bernie Sanders on C-Span, this past Tuesday, June 10 (6/10).
(Of course, the other Independent Senator is overtly Fascist Lieberman from Connecticut.)
Bernie Sanders appeared on C-Span's early morning call-in program on Tuesday to discuss or defend his Senate Committee's proposed Energy Bill.
Sanders is a member of the Senate Committee drafting that bill.
So, once again, to my utter amazement, a gentleman telephoned into C-Span to ask a question of Mr. Sanders to the effect, why don't we, the US, build and own our own oil and gas pipelines and control our own energy resources, in effect, nationalization?
He did not use that word, that term.
But, the question amounted to the same thing.
This fellow sounded genuinely inquisitive, open, curious, sincere.
He was not challenging or threatening Mr. Sanders.
Much like a child who naievely asks a proverbially simplistic and obvious question to any adult, "Why is the sky blue?" Bernie Sanders response to this profound subject amounted to a more or less an offhand gesture, a few words, equaling no more than a sentence, and he matter of fact stated it is "too radical" for the US and would not be considered for even 2 minutes and then he proceeded to talk about his/their energy bill as if the question had never been asked.
In other words, the idea and subject matter was dismissed, off the table, ruled out.
If you doubt me, you can listen to the entire approximate 25 minute interview on c-span's video archives.
The particular question to which I'm referring comes AROUND minute number 9 in the video.
(If you go to the http://www.c-span.org/ website, just search for his name, above, Bernie Sanders, Energy Committee Member, 6/10/08 in the box on their homepage under "Recent Events" and scroll down it for the above heading and date.)
Incidentally, part of this energy bill is to prosecute OPEC as a price fixing cartel!
Not our own, of course.
What can I say?
The whole thing is a cruel joke, hoax.
Next, regarding jokers.
Apparently, there's some speculation that Obama, and, perhaps, Hillary, as well, disappeared into the Bilderberg meeting when they supposedly were having their private tete-a-tete.
I have no idea if this is true.
However, I will link to the following article about this subject for two reasons.
It highlights a number of names and connections, all and MANY MORE of which are and were readily available during the primary campaign, including Murdoch's support of Obama, had anybody cared to notice, and, that the hypothesis is a plausible one to me.
It could very well have happened.
For me, I do not characterize it as a "conspiracy" any more than all the other OPEN "conspiracies" surrounding privatization and the interests of the propertied class, much of which I've been following on my blogs, from the GCC to Turkey to Russia, etc.
IF it did occur, Obama was probably given instructions, his theme and marching orders and, possibly, the meeting negotiated either a deal or a threat with Hillary.
I do not necessarily subscribe to the many characterizations in the following narrative, including, but, not limited to, that Obama is popular.
Far from it.
It's called "manufactured popularity," like "manufactured dissent":
Although I can't highlight all the many developments surrounding global privatization, I will diverge, momentarily, to a different area of the globe to highlight one from Chile, because of its overwhelming significance regarding the globe's #1 state owned copper producer, Codelco:
The pattern is an obvious one.
And, another clear, obvious, reaction to ANY resistance to global privatization, the ever ominous, Fascist, counter-revolutionary JBANC alliance, issues another one in their many threatening proclamations equating Communism with Nazism:
THIS GETS ALOT BETTER.
At the following website, also linked to on the jbanc website, you can read a list of the featured guests and speakers at the upcoming Washington, D.C, June 12th commemoration event. In that list, amongst the "illustrious" speakers, is the supposedly "progressive" Ohio Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinch, ONCE AGAIN:
Kucinich is the nominally "progressive peace candidate," currently busy with his own theatrical performance in the US Congress to introduce an impeach Bush resolution.
(It will go nowhere. Don't bother yourselves. It's all performance).
It really does not get any better than this, does it?
This says it all, including Bernie Sanders, above.
If you cannot understand, at this point, why these same people do NOT recognize Iran's role in Iraq, Iran's Nazi militias, their pseudo-religion and Turkey's AKP, the fake Left and fake opposition in the US and the formulas and format on how it all functions together, then, you should simply give up, go home and have your head examined.
You will never understand.
Pay no attention to whatever you hear, see, read about "change" in the US.
The preceding regarding JBANC, by the way, more or less, parallels a similar thematic construct in America's fake, predetermined, Presidential s-election campaign.
Obama's role in this theatre piece will be characterized as "accommodation and appeasement" to Iran and the many, numerous, other threats to "democracy," energy, terrorism, whatever, while American war hero and military man McCain will be characterized as the experienced, honest, sincere, legitimate, patriotic, fatherly, and hardline juxtaposition to Obama's weak, vacillating, contradictory positions.
Easy to do since Obama represents nothing in particular except personal sleaze and opportunism.
Thus, the election will justify a policy that has already been predetermined.
Manufactured consent, dissent and elections.
Finally, a little footnote of appreciation to all the hard work of those providing English translations from Arabic.
Normally, I cull lots of material related to what I characterize the coordinating, nerve center for the privatization project in the MENA region from the GCC in English.
Fortunately, there's plenty available.
Well, I happened upon something titled in English, but, with an Arabic video link.
I have absolutely zero idea what is being said in Arabic.
The Arabic is "Greek" to me.
But, obviously, the Arabic video is related to the English titled subject matter, which I clearly understand.
So, I decided to link to it BECAUSE of its Arabic video content.
Anyone wishing to comment upon the Arabic, feel free to e-mail me or add something to the blog, below:
"EFG-Hermes: Mena Region Banks Grow 20% A Year":
Sorry if this doesn't hit the spot for the Arabic speaking world.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Events in Turkey continue exploding, as I have been following consistently throughout my blogs.
While just about nobody here has been able to find Iran in Iraq, they can not find Turkey's real opposition, either, despite Turkey's many, humongous demonstrations and strikes. They can, of course, find the phony Hamas, Hezbollah and Sadr.
Turkish developments are much too much for me to post, but, I will simply highlight the following article as a response to all that been happening, "Turk Assets Fall Persists Amid Global, Internal Triggers," (and foreign investments,etc.)
Meanwhile, regarding Iran's presence in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, as I have reiterated so many times in previous blogs, a revised policy of "regime change, political congruency and mopping up" is necessary and the following headline says it in the most clear and succinct terms possible, "Saudis and Spain Call for Dissolution of Iraq's Militias,"
In response, a continued and ongoing power struggle is occurring within Iran, "Iran's Economic Policy Falls Victim to Political Feuds," which is further reflected within Iraq, obviously,
Adding fuel to the above fire, NY Democratic Senator Schumer has apparently let the cat out of the bag, or, foot in mouth disease, by overtly linking America's Russia policy with a quid-pro-quo, or, a bargaining chip, regarding Iran,
All of the many contradictions represented above are the consequences of the disastrous Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld COLLABORATION and collusion with Iran and its militias, one which Obama continues and is therefore set up to go down.
I assure everyone.
Watch the papier mache candidate become stale swiss cheese. Get a large supply of popcorn.
It will be both entertaining and amusing.
Another state about to go down the economic tube in this privatization process is Syria,
Syria, of course, has nobody but itself to blame, collaborating with both the US and Iran in dismantling Iraq's ruling Baath Socialist Party, state and economy.
This is also why Syria will decouple from Iran.
The handwriting is on the wall.
Meanwhile, as I have also previously pointed out, Russia's Gazprom is NOT a wholly nationalized state industry, but, one "regulated" by the Russian state by virtue of the state's 50+1 share ownership.
Gazprom, thus, still a commercial entity, is driven by the need for profitability, export and external growth and Gazprom has just indicated its interest in developing a North American gas pipeline
My response to ALL the companies mentioned in the above article, including Gazprom.
Go fuck yourselves!!
The above is obviously a political power play by Gazprom, related to the logistics of the Schumer piece.
No private companies are necessary to develop such a pipeline, leaving aside the necessity of the project, itself.
And THAT is THE point, aside from whether or not the pipeline is necessary.
It must be a public utility.
Pure and simple.
The necessity for private, international development is an absolute joke. And, that is why it is necessary for everyone to support THE TURKISH OPPOSITION to save the Turkish state. Not only will they save their own state, but, help turn the tide for all the rest of us, as well.
(And, a reminder if one lives in the US.
See my blog, below, regarding June 19th events).
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Even before the Democratic Primaries came to their predetermined conclusion, the Republicans were already actively busy reaching out and inviting all frustrated, disgusted, disgruntled Clinton supporters and other Democrats and people into their fold with open arms.
Websites sprung into action, IMMEDIATELY, prepared well in advance, before the ink was even dry.
Democratic (and Fascist) Connecticut Senator Lieberman, whom people may recall bolted the Democratic Party after he lost a primary and ran as an Independent and WON as an Independent, is active in this recruitment effort. Lieberman is presently allied with McCain. All sorts of Republican sponsored websites and front groups have sprung into action.
If Lieberman could bolt the Democratic Party, run as an Independent and win, for sure, Hillary could have done the same and WON, overwhelmingly. She could have led a vast, "Left wing coalition" to counter the vast "right win conspiracy" that controls not only our government, but, our entire country.
And, THAT, precisely is what the propertied Establishment feared most, the threat of a broad, independent, uncontrollable coalition, not Obama's winning or losing or Party unity. If the Democratic Party had been interested in unity and winning, they would have rallied around Clinton in the first place.
It is claimed that Hillary bargained because she had a huge debt to pay down from her campaign, something like $20 million or so. Well, if she had 20 million or so supporters, they could all have chipped in a few dollars and her debt would have been repaid.
So much for that argument.
Reaching out to Hillary's disaffected voters is precisely what the other independent campaigns, parties, and movements, like Nader and the Greens, SHOULD BE DOING IMMEDIATELY. All encompassing. Join WITH THEM, together.
I am utterly amazed, heartened, gladdened, hopeful, shocked, surprised to hear so many people telephone into C-Span much, much further to the Left of either Nader or the Greens,
demanding NATIONALIZATION of all US natural resources and major industries.
This is an astounding development.
No matter what Hillary does, at this point, the genie can not be stuffed back into the bottle.
Her tenacity and primary battle, the stupidity and arrogance of the Obama mafia's tactics, the way it played itself out, the transparent, strong arm tactics of the Obama campaign, has had major ramifications and repercussions.
In that sense, we can all thank Hillary for hanging in as long as she did.
Unfortunately, she did not take the extra last step to catapult her into history. She will fade into the dustbin, along with Obama. But, not her campaign. Perhaps, after all, Hillary did not want to wind up like Benazir Bhutto.
Now, instead, military man McCain is destined to win, pushed over the top by the orchestrated cacophony of Iran's Ahmadimidget. Of course, after McCain wins, Ahmadimidget will go down, along with Iran's many militias scattered throughout Iraq and the Middle East.
Then, a "unity government" will be formed, already prepped for Iraq to include a fake Arab opposition or resistance that will be as much an opposition as the Democrats are here. For that story, the following link. But, first, a few caveats on the following link.
Al-Douri (name spelled different ways), leader of the Baath Party, has been consistently ressurrected from the dead, just like Bin Laden. I do NOT believe Al-Douri is alive. Oddly, the Iraq "resistance," article, is a source emanating from Egypt, while the Egyptian government recently extended a "state of emergency" in response to social upheaval, it hosted the notorious WEF, it is a key constituent in the region's reactionary privatization programs , and, lastly, I will note that the presumed spokesperson/people for the Baath Party no longer believes in a one party state.
I highlighted a few of the oddities in the following link. There are more. My point being, this is the "Arab" face with whom a "unity government" will form and they NEED an Arab face to butress the regional dilemma created by Persian/Iranian expansion into Iraq and elsewhere and the blowback it posed, http://www.uruknet.info/?p=44619
Then, the Arab governments that have so far abstained, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, can officially recognize Iraq's puppet regime.
Furthermore, at present, BOTH Iran and Turkey are bombing the PKK to smithereens and the KRG has acquiesced to a power sharing arrangement over Kirkuk. www.iraqupdates.com/p_articles.php/refid/E2F-04-06-2008/article/31992
As I've said repeatedly on my blogs, Turkey has overturned the apple cart and the revised policies represented above are NECESSARY, best exemplified by Turkey's position in the following, www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=235392
Additionally, in the ongoing gas war with Russia's Gazprom, Iran is destined to be a part of Nabucco, that is, after Iran's regime change, www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=106237
In this scripted theatrepiece called the Ameican Presidential elections, Obama's role is the continued Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Iran policy and McCain represents its "hard line" discontinuity, altho it is presented as its opposite, of course. This is the reason McCain is SLATED to win and Obama's ersatz candidacy will go down. McCain's "hard line" is predetermined to win because US military occupation is a MUST in order to fight off further resistance, protect their greater, regonal privatized interests and project power outwards, as well, towards Russia and the Abkhazia-Georgia situation, Ukraine, and possibly Turkey, in addition, depending on further developments.
Without continued and further military projection and protection, the situation is too untenable and they can't garauntee what they've gained.
In contrast to the fake Arab opposition represented in the article above, compare to the following, one of the many reasons they need a continued and expansive military presence, http://www.arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2008/06/from-1920-revolution-brigade.html
and, additionally, "Iraq's New Business Class Fears US Exit," www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidFTNEWSPLUS_CB20080605_167/lok000000080605
For the rest of us, Hillary's campaign has opened the door. Now, it's time to walk in, exploit and seize this opportunity and not let it slip into the outstretched arms of the Republicans.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
You might be wondering, if you've been hearing the news from yesterday that Obama "won" the Democratic nomination, just what do I mean by the heading, above. Keep in mind, by the way, that Obama is the PRESUMPTIVE nominee. He is not the official nominee until the Convention in August, or, until Hillary concedes, whichever comes first.
First, a SHORT recapitulation for those NOT reading my blog for some time. Months ago, towards the very beginning of the Democratic Presidential campaign primaries, I said there are/were two Republican candidates, Obama and McCain. Obama's function was as a 'ringer, straw man," placed into the Democratic Party to knock out Hillary, divide and upset the Democratic Party, and, then, ultimately, to lose to McCain.
First part, mission accomplished.
HOWEVER, fast forward to the present. This past week, in particular, Saturday, and, then, yesterday, Tuesday, Obama was railroaded into the nomination, basically, by last minute superdelegates, thus, receiving the necessary number for the nomination.
Obama holds one ace in the 4 ace deck of cards.
But, Hillary did NOT concede, last night.
I advise everyone reading this, if they can, to listen to ALL of Hillary's speech last night from NYC. Not snippets, as is being broadcast on most of the TV and radio stations. (You can acess this through http://www.c-span.org/ , if not elsewhere.)
(By the way, alittle side note. I watched/heard Hillary's speech, last night on TV. After she was finished speaking, I thought the commentators on their respective corporate stations, the talking heads, would fall off their chairs. They were taken totally by surprise. Their mouths virtually dropped open. It was quite amusing watching them squirm and attempt to interpret off the cuff what left them completely unprepared and dumbfounded.)
Returning to the matter at hand. Hillary holds not two, not one, but 3 aces in her Democratic power deck of cards. It is totally, completely, absolutely, thoroughly impossible for the Democrats to win the Presidential race without Hillary's SUPPORTERS, approximately 18 million of them, keeping in mind both Michigan and Florida, as well. (Of course, Obama was not supposed to win, anyway. That was the point of the whole exercise.)
Anyway, everyone here is aware of this and all the "noise,talk, chatter, commentary" is about this subject. "What does Hillary want? How will she and her supporters be placated to support Obama?" Etc. All sorts of scenarios are being tossed about.
In Hillary's speech last night, NOT a concession speech, she said she would carefully consider what her next steps would be. She would think over it in the coming days and consult with others. AND, she INVITED people to contact her at her website. I suggest EVERYONE CONTACT HER AT HER WEBSITE. http://www.hillaryclinton.com/
Well, like Hillary, I, too, have to think about it alittle more and watch what unfolds over the coming days, weeks.
BUT, some immediate observations. I will reiterate and elaborate further what I've said in previous blogs.
The unintended consequences of the Obama mafia campaign, the sleaze and heavy handed tactics utilized, loaded caucuses, the Florida, Michigan disenfranchisement, hate and race based divisions, (someone else called it Balkanization) and more, created an UNINTENDED blowback, mobilizing, catalyzing, crystallizing into a somewhat genuine and popular MOVEMENT around the Hillary campaign. It was an organic outgrowth. A dialectical process, if you wish.
Without going into a whole lot of extraneous detail and analysis, the upshot of this is that the Hillary campaign is no longer about just Hillary, herself, but, represents a more potent, genuine, broad based, popular movement, force and a de facto SPLIT within the Democratic Party.
And, THAT is the important point.
Everybody here always talks about third parties and independent politics, how difficult it is to accomplish. Well, THIS IS the moment everyone has been waiting for! It is being handed to us all on a silver platter. Hillary happens to be its titular leader, at the moment. The one thing that should NOT happen is to let it be frittered away or coopted. Opportunity has been unintentionally created. A strategic opportunity which should, can and must be capitalized upon to broadened, deepen and grow the power of this movement. I have made comments about this in my previous blogs in May and June.
For the rest of the world, these developments are also very significant. The power relationships in the US are in flux right now. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Do not listen to the garbage emananting out of the fake Left or the commercial media. They will do their best to make sure the above is sabotaged, torpedoed.