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Hillary’s B.S. Exploration Committee

Is it just me — or does Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she has formed a “Presidential Exploratory Committee” seem a touch disingenuous? Even a little contrived.

Huh. Like, Hillary Clinton is officially thinking about running for president. No shit??

Really!

Wikipedia says:

Candidates use an exploratory committee as not only a transitional phase for their bookkeeping but as an extra claim on media attention. Some of the most skillful handlers like to leak word that their candidate is testing the waters, then leak word that he or she is thinking about forming an exploratory committee. Additional “news” can be made when the same candidate actually forms such a committee and registers with the Federal Election Commission. Yet a fourth round of attention may be generated when the word exploratory gets dropped from the committee filing.

Barak Obama also recently announced formation of a committee to explore his own presidential ambitions. I buy that, somewhat, on the basis of a possibility that Obama may yet not run for president — dependent on what transpires between now & the first televised debate in April.

Senator Obama wants to run. Everyone wants Obama to run. Barak Obama may win & that’d be awesome dudes. But he is scared. He should be; Obama is a presidential campaign trail amateur. Hillary Clinton — his presumed chief rival — is a very unique kind of Pro.

Who, if taken at her word, has of late been bit by the whim to explore her viability as an ’08 conteder.

Forget that her first run on the US Senate, 6 years back, was that exploration’s literal inception. Forget for now that Hillary enjoyed front-runner status in the ‘08 race before John Kerry even conceded his loss in ’04. Remember what Hunter S. Thompson once pointed out:

“A man on the scent of the White House is rarely rational.”

And bear in mind that Hillary Rodham Clinton was keenly & irreversibly & deservedly on the White House scent back in the day when America’s Vice President attended DC-area Grateful Dead gigs. Before America “was ready” for wildly popular women & black male presidential candidates. Before Barak Obama made his first run on the Illinois state assembly.

Of the Democrats, she has wanted it longest. No doubt.

Remember when First Lady Hillary was publicly accused, in the early 90’s, of wearing the pants in the Clinton family? The media suggested she maybe wielded more presidential powers than the duly elected president. To hazard a guess: that’s when Hillary first laid her own designs on the presidency.

She’s one smart cookie. A cosmic rule-breaker superbly poised to be our next Commander in Chief; potentially the most dangerous woman in Planet Earth’s history.

So why launch her bid with some lumpy bull about an Exploratory Committee?

Not for the free publicity. Contrary; her non-committal stance is designed precisely to avoid media scrutiny. To temporarily dodge the question: What has Senator Clinton done for America lately?

Last thing I remember was her go-ahead to unleash a truly frightful catastrophe on the most volatile region of an already perilously war-whipped world. She voted to use force to topple Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. For it she remains unapologetic. Perhaps not wanting to appear like a girly-girl & a sissy.

At all costs not wanting to alienate any pro-war Republicans who may swing their votes her way.

But now that the race for her party’s nomination is heatedly on Mrs. Clinton by appearances has taken steps to secure a few votes from her own compadres.

Very recently the senator conceded that — had she known then what she knows now — she would’ve voted the other way.

Well no shit Sherlock.

I mean…ya would‘ve? What a gigantic relief!

Know what? A yes vote for War was the dumbest vote ever cast by any US lawmaker. And that Says Something. But who the fuck cares? The question is now how do we deal with it?

Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and to restore respect for America around the world.
>>Hillary Clinton 1.20.07

Ah? Yes. As I suspected. Mrs. Clinton turns now to her party’s freshly empowered senate majority for salvation:

Clinton said [her proposed] legislation would establish conditions for the U.S. government, such as certifying that the Iraqi government had disarmed the sectarian militias and made constitutional changes to ensure rights for all ethnic minorities, as well as requiring participating in diplomatic activities with Iraq’s neighbors.

If those conditions are not met, the legislation would require a congressional resolution authorizing the mission in Iraq.

>>Washington Post 1.17.07

Hmm. Disarm the sectarian militias. End the civil war? WAY — sounds like a plan! Require diplomatic activities with Iraq’s neighbors…Like, Iran & Syria? Well. No harm I suppose in a little chit-chat with the terrorists. If it’ll help spare the human species from the embarrassment of self-extermination!

One question though: How will Iraq’s government disarm those militias? And…will we really talk to Syria & Iran — is that what Hillary means? I can’t tell. But to hazard a guess: these things won’t happen. Clinton’s proposed legislation will accomplish no progress on the ground in the war zone. Because it’s designed not to bring peace but to give Hillary Clinton a way to change her 2002 yes vote for War into one more befitting the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner.

If those conditions are not met — ie disarmament of sectarian militias, diplomacy with Iran & Syria…the really impossible ones — The legislation would require a [new] congressional resolution authorizing war in Iraq.

Just in time, perhaps, for the leadoff primary contests in the ’08 election season?

Ain’t Down with That Honky Bull.

I made a bet a while back.

It seemed like a good bet at the time — a sure thing — a Sucker Bet even.

Now I think I may lose. But the weird thing is…I want to.

Here’s the Deal:

My buddy KC gave me 2-1 odds on $50 bet that the Democrats would win the House and Senate in November. That means if Republicans retain control of either I win a cool $150 — fate of humanity be damned.

KC reasoned that the Bush administration had screwed up so badly that there was no way Democrats could lose. At cursory glance his reasoning looked sound. Hell the Democrats don’t even need to try to win this one. Don’t upset their chances by acting like an Opposing Party — just try to stay out of the way while their adversaries shoot themselves in the foot.

But then I thought to myself…

Hold on a minute!

Something about my friend’s reasoning sounded too familiar. And I realized: We’ve been down this sordid road before.

Like in 2004 — when I swear to God a slice of Cheese Pizza could’ve fared better against George W. Bush than did John Kerry.

So: what did the Republicans do in the last 2 years that’s so much worse than what the so-called President did between 2000 & 2004?

Well.

I made that bet a few months ago — I’d say in May. Bush made new mistakes by then — ie Katrina — maybe enough to lose the House, even. But the House and Senate? Not a chance.

I’m often fond to point out that the only thing I like less than an evil Republican are the witless Democrats who do nothing to stop them. At the time the bet was made I was mightily peeved that Democrats weren’t running their ’06 campaign on a unified Impeachment Platform.

I am still angry about it. Because I want the world to see the United States of America give George W. Bush & his murderous cronies the fair trial that is their Constitutional Due; to show Planet Earth’s peaceful inhabitants that the people of the United States of America ain’t down with that Honky Bull!

Dig?

Since we failed to dislodge Bush from his ill-got power in ’04 — and I say We because Kerry’s failure belongs to us now — it seems to me the strategically best next move is one to Impeach.

But we were told — by types who were supposed to know better — that impeachment would be impractical at this time.

This raises an interesting quandary that relates to my earlier post on Gonzo Fantasy and the art of subcreation. When, as JRR Tolkien described, the Storymaker (in this case the politician) “Makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is ‘true;’ it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it while you are, as it were, inside.”

In the world of Political Reality, we’re told, a unified move to impeach Bush would be political suicide for Democrats. So although impeachment is the Right Thing to Do, it should be sidelined for the sake of expediency.

America’s electorate agreed, by and large. Afterall: if the Opposing Party says Impeachment is impossible — who are we to argue?

The Storymakers told and thus made it so.

I believe Impeachment would’ve won ’06 for the Dems. And I made the Bet on the presumption that their refusal to discuss impeachment — and the lame attitudes that caused that refusal — would once again cost them dearly at the polls.

That was in May. Since then two factors have played hugely into the election’s potential outcome.

1. Ned Lamont

2. Mark Foley

Ned Lamont is the Connecticut cable TV tycoon who, in that state’s August primary, ousted Joe Lieberman from his seeming unassailable slot on the Democratic ticket for US Senate. It was a veritable rebellion; voters turned out in droves for Lamont because of his opposition to the Iraq War. More importantly, Lamont supporters turned out in droves to vote for themselves. To answer the question that vexes:

Who has the Power?

By defeating Lieberman, Connecticut voters proved that the Power may indeed lay within the electorate. And it sent a message — one we’ll do well to send ’round the world on November 7th.

We ain’t down with that Honky Bull!

As for the bet…KC & I are both broke, under-appreciated artists with no way to Pay either way.

My brain doesn’t work right today. Plain don’t.

Can’t write for shit. Plumb can’t.

I offer 2 compelling alternatives to the crappy bull you’re accustomed to reading around here:

Please read Ishtar’s chilling first-hand account of the day Civil War struck Iraq.

If you need a laugh to cheer you up after — you may — dig this:

Cheers

Return of First-rate Reportage from Iraq.

To the all dear colleagues and readers who have never stopped inquiring about reason behind the halt in publishing and wanted to make sure that I was safe and fine, I like to thank you all and voice to you my great appreciation.

It is really a big impulse to me to keep writing because within this period of time that I have stopped, I could evaluate my blog and whether it has its own readers or not.

I do not want to bother you with the reasons behind the stoppage in publishing and honestly they were out of my hand but I promise you here that I will start writing again soon and I have alot of stories to tell you about from Iraq and outside of Iraq.

thank you all again

Ishtar

Truth: the Funniest Joke of All

I guess what America needs is a Democracy.
>>Galloway

Ishtar

From the ‘Sucks to Be Me but So What?’ files…

I’ve met some truly very cool people since I started out blogging; connected with writers & artists who dig on the shit I am into. The best of these I’ve enshrined in my ‘Spun CookieRoll’ on the sidebar to your right.

A few of you guys hang around this crappy joint — I guess for odd reasons of your own — & leave smart comments & seem to enjoy my stuff. I have an awesome audience here. Thanks. Ya’ll make me happy.

One from my Spun CookieRoll who you haven’t met is Ishtar. Ishtar is a journalist in Iraq. Earlier this summer she kept a blog, iraqi screen, and provided first-rate street-level reportage on daily life there. Ishtar is a mother & a peaceful warrior who took the time & risk to give us the Deal in a way, I feel, that no one else has.

Her blog has been quiet since June. I’ve emailed Ishtar a couple times to make sure of her well being. Each time she has promptly & politely replied. Ishtar is still alive, far as I know, and — though she has made no recent entries — I emphatically recommend a visit to her site.

Ishtar’s writing amounts to a journalistic snapshot of life in Iraq when the shit hit the fan. Check it:

I have the chance to sit with an Iraqi singer who also plays on Lute and asked him how could he sing and play on these crazy days, the artist said “I live in Sader city, I can’t walk in the street carrying my Lute with me, I am hiding it here and there in fear some gunmen would see me and kill me, I have received many threats ordering me to give up singing because it is Haram or I would be killed but I love art it is in my blood, which is better to be a singer or a killer?”

Strange & sad but somehow it gives me Hope.