Friday, August 31, 2012

The Whores of War

A quick reminder: Trashy whores are always trashy whores.

Doesn't matter if they slap on some war paint or miss wiping off the droplets around their mouth.

Robert Wright is a whore, the worst kind of whore in the world.

For some reason the "senior editor" of The Atlantic thought an appropriate title for his post on Mitt Romney's speech last night was "Romney's Idiotic Foreign Policy Riffs."  A whore's got to sell it and even Wright realized he was now trolling a street too far and walked it back to "Romney's Neocon Foreign Policy Cliches."

So the whore wanted to talk smack but didn't have the guts to stick to it.  And no where is he noting that he's changed his title since he published his embarrassing nonsense.


But he did and that's still what it's listed under on Google and ,if you check out the url, it's still there as well:

He goes on to refer to "raving lunatic John McCain" and "doddering eccentric Clint Eastwood" in a piece that wants to hint -- because overtaxed whores don't have the strength for much more than hinting -- that the Iraq War was wrong,  leaving some with the impression that he and The Atlantic must have been there leading against the war in Iraq, right?

Let me tell you, in February 2003, I was so grateful, as war was about to break out a month later, to have The Atlantic and, indeed, Robert Wright himself to point to in speech after speech for their brave stand against impending war.  I can't tell you how many times I cited their great edtiorial --

Oh, wait.

I never did.

Because The Atlantic pimped the damn war.   And I certainly didn't cite Wright who never opposed the war.

I can't very well call Robert Wright an "ethical coward" because he has no ethics.

He did nothing to stop the march to war, he did not call out the Iraq War.  He offered that the US might not have an easy go of it.

Wow, you think.

When the Bush administration is describing it as a cakewalk, you think it might not be a cakewalk?  Wow, the bravery in that stand or what passed for it in the lead up to the war.

Many of us took stands.  To be honest with you, I probably have more respect for writers and pundits and politicians who took a stand for the war than the lousy apathetic muddle that did nothing to help those of us who were trying to stop the war from starting.

That was Wright's public position and he was senior editor at a magazine that pimped the Iraq War, cheerleaded it on.

It takes a lot of nerve to have done nothing and to have done nothing for years to now trash someone else for what they did on Iraq.  Robert Wright is not 18 years old.  The coward was in his 40s when the Iraq War was being sold.  He had nothing to offer then and he has nothing to offer now.

People died and he wants to pin on Mitt Romney.  I think it's much easier to pin it on the worthless press of which Wright was a part of (and remains a part of) which refused to do its job.  Boston didn't invade Iraq.  I really don't know how you pin the illegal war on Romney.  But the powerful press shredded their own reputation as they became a megaphone for lies and the drumbeats of war.

Some people will be seriously confused by the article because Robert Wright is a War Hawk and writes like one and it seeps through, especially on Libya.  They won't know that he's a part of a think tank that does nothing but promote war.  They won't note that the trashy whore not only has no ethics but promotes counter-insurgency -- war on a native people.  Counter-insurgency was allowed to become the 'new' buzz in the last decade by the worthless whores like Robert Wright. During Vietnam as well as in other wars, it's always been understood that counter-insurgency is wrong.  Because of whores like Robert Wright, America didn't have that discussion.  Instead the discussion was narrowed down to (and remains at): Is counter-insurgency really effective or not?

Ethics are so far beyond anything that trashy Robert Wright and his ilk could ever handle.

And yet he seems to believe he strides daily across some higher ground from which he can sneer at everyone.

He's a two-bit whore with ___ leaking out his ass.  Please. He's a health hazard waiting for the CDC to shut him down.

He has no higher ground to lecture anyone from.

And once upon a time, a "senior editor" at The Atlantic or a similar magazine that filed a piece like he did this morning would be shown the door before the afternoon.  It is so far beyond journalism, it is so far beyond reasoned debate.  It is Robert Wright sitting in a sand box flinging his poo at those who pass by.

US action in Libya was illegal.  Robert's foundation got the War Hawk they wanted, the War Hawk they had been waiting for.  (And that's only a surprise if you weren't paying attention.  Ava and I noted the crazy War Hawks around Barack bragging about how close they were at the end of 2007.)

Robert Wright hasn't done journalism this morning but why should today be any different than any other in his adult life.  He's a public menace and he can't even maintain the civility that one would expect from The Atlantic, certainly from a "senior editor."

He exists to sell war and more war. He favors Barack because he knew he'd get less opposition from the public (and none from the administration) with Barack in charge. That's really why he loathes Mitt Romney.  Mitt's the pimp dressed like a pimp.  Mitt on the corner next to him let's everyone know Robert Wright is there to sell his ass.  Barack's the slightly classier pimp, the one you see and wonder, "Is that a pimp?  Maybe he's just picking someone up or maybe he's trying to help that whore?  I'm not sure he looks like a pimp."

Wright's far from the only idiot this morning.  Devin Dwyer (ABC News) is waxing on like crazy with press releases for the White House masquerading as journalism:

Obama will visit Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, home to Army units that deployed in the Iraq War, to hold a private roundtable discussion with service members and deliver an address to mark the two-year anniversary of the end of U.S. combat operations Iraq. 

AP had the guts to note that Barack declaring it didn't make it such.  AP was correct.  If little Devy can stop marveling over his freshly sprouted pubes, he might be able to see that since Barack gave that ridiculous speech two years ago, 66 American service members died in Iraq, 38 of whom even the Pentagon classifies as dead from hostilities.

A journalist would be aware of that.  We don't have many journalists today.  We have a failing press corps that remains in a rush to the bottom.  66 dead Americans don't matter to them, it's all about the whoring for them.

As noted in yesterday's snapshot, the RNC e-mailed the public e-mail account here to note Condi Rice's speech. We included an excerpt in the snapshot, it'll be below in full.  I continue to marvel at the weak-minded and lazy press.  The entire speech is a justification for the Iraq War and  a call for more wars like that.  But apparently the lazy minded need "Iraq" over and over again.  That would explain why, when lousy reporters try to become script writers, they always write the worst dialogue.  When you tell them how bad their dialogue is, they'll always insist "people talk like that!"  Film is heightened reality, film is art.  Film isn't a transcript and on-the-nose dialogue is boring as hell.  It's also true, in Condi's case, that she got away with a lot more in this speech then she would have if she'd repeatedly said, "And that's why I still support the Iraq War."  It's a speech by a War Hawk calling for War, supporting War. And your idiotic press couldn't grasp that.  It's Condi being Condi, the same Condi we've always seen.  I didsagree with the content of the speech and with the thrust of the speech.  But she did deliver it well.  And when John Kerry becomes Yawn Kerry next week . . .

I've known John for years, but let's be honest, he is the worst at speaking.  "Reporting for duty"?  That line would have been hard for Ryan Reynolds to sell -- even shirtless.  John Kerry stiff as Frankenstein and without any hint of humor delivering that in Boston 2004?  I shudder at the thought of it even now.  John Kerry actually is going to deliver a similar speech for the DNC.  And for the lazy press who are nothing but glorified general studies majors and sorely lacked a liberal arts eductation, here's a tip, you can compare and contrast Kerry and Rice.  It would be smart, if you'd grasp that both are justifying and calling for wars.  One's embracing the Iraq War, the other sees it as a small fish and is willing to cut the line and move on to bigger wars.

Good evening.  Distinguished delegates, fellow Republicans, fellow Americans. 
We gather here at a time of significance and challenge.   This young century has been a difficult one.  I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center — and then a second one — and a third, the Pentagon.  And then the news of a fourth, driven into the ground by brave citizens that died so that many others would live.  From that day on our sense of vulnerability and our understanding of security would be altered forever. 
 Then in 2008 the global financial and economic crisis stunned us and still reverberates as unemployment, economic uncertainty and failed policies cast a pall over the American recovery so desperately needed at home and abroad.
And we have seen once again that the desire for freedom is universal — as men and women in the Middle East demand it.  Yet, the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty; internal strife and hostile neighbors are challenging the fragile democracy in Iraq; dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their own people and threaten the security of the region; China and Russia prevent a response; and all wonder,  “Where does America stand?” 
Indeed that is the question of the moment — “Where does America stand?”  When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question — clearly and unambiguously — the world is a chaotic and dangerous place.  The U.S. has since the end of World War II had an answer — we stand for free peoples and free markets, we are willing to support and defend them — we will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom. 
To be sure, the burdens of leadership have been heavy.  I, like you, know the sacrifices that Americans have made — yes including the ultimate sacrifice of many of our bravest.  Yet our armed forces remain the sure foundation of liberty.  We are fortunate to have men and women who volunteer — they volunteer to defend us on the front lines of freedom.  And we owe them our eternal gratitude. 
I know too that it has not always been easy — though it has been rewarding — to speak up for those who would otherwise be without a voice — the religious dissident in China; the democracy advocate in Venezuela; the political prisoner in Iran.   
It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies — or to help the world’s most desperate — the AIDs orphan in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia; the world’s poorest in Haiti.   Yet this assistance — together with the compassionate works of private charities — people of conscience and people of faith — has shown the soul of our country. 
And I know too that there is weariness — a sense that we have carried these burdens long enough.  But if we are not inspired to lead again, one of two things will happen — no one will lead and that will foster chaos — or others who do not share our values will fill the vacuum.  My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice.  We cannot be reluctant to lead — and one cannot lead from behind. 
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality — that our leadership abroad and our well being at home are inextricably linked.   They know what needs to be done. 
Our friends and allies must be able to trust us. From Israel to Poland to the Philippines to Colombia and across the world — they must know that we are reliable and consistent and determined.  And our adversaries must have no reason to doubt our resolve — because peace really does come through strength.  Our military capability and technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s hands. 
We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade – to grow our exports and our influence abroad.  In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration.  If you are concerned about China’s rise — consider this fact — China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more.  Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade — and it will come back to haunt us. 
We must not allow the chance to attain energy independence to slip from our grasp.  We have a great gift of oil and gas reserves here in North America that must be and can be developed while protecting our environment.  And we have the ingenuity in the private sector to tap alternative sources of energy. 
And most importantly, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of American strength — our economy — stimulating private sector led growth and small business entrepreneurship.  When the world looks at us today they see an American government that cannot live within its means.  They see a government that continues to borrow money, mortgaging the future of generations to come.  The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny.  That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead. 
After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history.  That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.”   The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is:  That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.  That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going. 
Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement.  We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well.  We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle — long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all — without regard to circumstances of birth. 
But the American ideal is indeed endangered today.   There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home. 
More than at any other time in history — the ability to mobilize the creativity and ambition of human beings forms the foundation of greatness.  We have always done that better than any country in the world.  People have come here from all over because they believed in our creed — of opportunity and limitless horizons.   They have come from the world’s most impoverished nations to make five dollars not fifty cents — and they have come from the world’s advanced societies as engineers and scientists to help fuel the knowledge based revolution in the Silicon Valley of California; the research triangle of North Carolina; in Austin, Texas; along Route 128 in Massachusetts – and across our country.   
We must continue to welcome the world’s most ambitious people to be a part of us.  In that way we stay perpetually young and optimistic and determined.  We need immigration laws that protect our borders; meet our economic needs; and yet show that we are a compassionate people. 
We have been successful too because Americans have known that one’s status at birth was not a permanent station in life.  You might not be able to control your circumstances but you could control your response to your circumstances.  And your greatest ally in doing so was a quality education. 
Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going.  The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are.   
My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones.  We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise.  And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities are trapped in failing neighborhood schools.  This is the civil rights struggle of our day.   
If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole.  To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness.  To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement. 
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad.  They will provide an answer to the question, “Where does America stand?”           
The challenge is real and these are tough times.  But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before.  Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. 
America’s victorious revolutionary founding – against the greatest military power of the time; a Civil War – hundreds of thousands dead in a brutal conflict – but emerging a stronger union; a second founding – as impatient patriots fought to overcome the birth defect of slavery and the scourge of segregation; a long struggle against communism – that ended with the death of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Europe, whole free and at peace; the will to make difficult decisions, heart-wrenching choices in the aftermath of 9/11 that secured us and prevented the follow-on attacks that seemed preordained at the time.   
And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America - her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State. 
Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.  But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values. 
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the experience and the integrity and the vision to lead us – they know who we are, what we want to be and what we offer the world. 
That is why this is a moment – an election – of consequence.  Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful! 
May God Bless You – and May God continue to bless this extraordinary, exceptional country – the United States of America.  

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