Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Truest statement of the week

There are a couple of striking elements to the alleged Kerry call. First, is the utter cluelessness. Kerry was a perfectly horrible presidential candidate who could not seem to make a decision or maintain a single coherent position even as this fault was being ridiculed in the media. Yet, he reportedly considered running this year despite the continued resistance to the establishment and his embodiment of everything that young voters despise in the Democratic party. Second, it is a curious call given the fact that Kerry is campaigning for Biden. It would suggest that Kerry not only thinks Sanders has a real chance but that Biden is damaged goods. At a minimum, it rising the panic from Democratic source, like Kerry’s friend, about the need for drastic action to stop the rising support of Sanders.
Finally, and most telling, is how Kerry allegedly linked any campaign to investors like Hickey funding him. It is precisely what Sanders supporters have been denouncing in how figures like Clinton and Kerry were cutouts for Wall Street. This view was reaffirmed by Hillary Clinton’s successful refusal to allow her speeches to Wall Street investors to be released.

-- Jonathan Turley, "NBC: Kerry Discussed Entering Presidential Race With Billionaire’s Backing To Block Sanders" (JONATHANTURLEY.ORG).

Truest statement of the week II

The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive, demonstrating once again that the political warfare in Washington is a conflict between two right-wing factions of the ruling class and the state, entirely divorced from and hostile to the interests of the broad mass of the American people.
In presenting their arguments, the Democrats went out of their way to appeal to the disaffected sections of the military-intelligence and foreign policy establishment with which they are allied. They chose Colorado Representative Jason Crow to lead off their summation. Crow, a former paratrooper in Iraq and Army Ranger in Afghanistan, is one of 11 freshmen Democrats in the House with intelligence, military or national security backgrounds, whom the World Socialist Web Site has called “CIA Democrats.”
He began his remarks, perhaps unwittingly, by pointing to the depth of the political crisis wracking the American ruling class, referring to the speech by Daniel Webster urging support in the Senate for the 1850 Compromise. That measure was adopted in an attempt to avert a civil war over the issue of slavery. Just 11 years later, the Confederate South fired on Fort Sumter, triggering the Civil War that ended with the revolutionary abolition of slavery and expropriation of the Southern slave-owning planter class.

Crow referred, as did all of the subsequent Democratic speakers, to the concocted narrative of massive Russian government intervention in the 2016 election to undermine Hillary Clinton and elect Trump. He attacked Trump for jeopardizing US national security by temporarily withholding military aid from Ukraine in an effort to bully Ukraine into announcing a corruption investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, calling this an attempt to once again solicit foreign interference, this time by Ukraine, in a US election—the presidential election to be held in nine months.

-- Barry Grey, "Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments" (WSWS).

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Editorial: Moqtada is a thug

Forsaking previous efforts at demonstrating leadership, these days Moqtada al-Sadr just embraces his inner thug.

  1. 🛑🛑Armed group of followers of "Moqtada Al-Sadr" attack the protesters in to prevent them from demonstrating

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    Now, Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iranian, is suppressing the uprising people against the new government

  1. Members of the terrorist militia of Moqtada al-Sadr are using weapons and live bullets against peaceful demonstrators who only carry the Iraqi flag demanding freedom and disposal from Iran. Save us
  2. Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters attack on the protesters in Tahrir Square
  3. Moqtada al-Sadr gangs shoot the protesters in in the morning to break up peaceful protests.
  4. After Moqtada al-Sadr's tweet, he described the road blockage as a "terrorist act". Blue hats use live bullets to open roads in Najaf which protesters have closed in protest at Muhammad Allawi’s mandate to be prime minister
  5. Now, live footage of the blue hats' owners, Moqtada Al-Sadr's supporters, threaten the demonstrators in the Tahrir yards and other squares with beating ‌#SaveIraqiProsters

  1. Iraq is calling for help from the United Nations and the Human Rights Organization. They killed us, asked our blood, and they fell daily and die in large numbers because of the militias of Iran and Moqtada al-Sadr ... Save Iraq
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    Iraq is calling for help from the United Nations and the Human Rights Organization. They killed us, asked our blood, and they fell daily and die in large numbers because of the militias of Iran and Moqtada al-Sadr ... Save Iraq هاي بالانكليزي بعد شتريد بس وصلها الهم لخاطر الله "

  1. What happens on Tahrir Square in crime. The Sadrist movement, lead by Moqtada al-Sadr, suppresses all protesters. Every speech directed against Iran is violently suppressed. Being in Tahrir Square is forbidden, taking pictures is forbidden, and many Sadrians have guns!

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