Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) leaks the names of Libyan U.S. State Department operatives in careless document dump

Josh Rogin, of Foreign Policy Magazine, revealed last Friday that a document dump by Rep. Darrell Issa’s congressional committee, which is investigating security lapses in the Obama Administration leading up to the Libyan Benghazi U.S. Consulate attack, contains the names of several Libyan’s who were working for U.S. interests. They aren’t now, because after this document dump they’re running for their lives. So I made a short a video which contrasts Issa’s careless release of sensitive State Department data prior to redacting names and sources with Richard Armitage’s leak of the identity of Valerie Plame through a column written by Robert Novak back in 2003. I also attempt to put the story in context to the current presidential race, given that Mitt Romney has severely criticized President Obama over his handling of the catastrophe. Here is the video:

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The New McCarthyism

Hours before the Vice Presidential debate started, reporter Chris Matthews was outside the event performing citizen interviews when he came across a woman who has become known across the Internet as: The Woman Who Called Obama a Communist. Mr. Matthews asked her to explain why she called the President that, but she was unable to express anything more coherent than, “you should do your homework, buddy” to the reporter. After a few followups, hoping in vain for more detail, he finally gave up and moved on to other interviewees.

Josh Marshall’s blog, Talking Points Memo, obtained a copy of that and posted it online. This was quickly reblogged across the Internet, causing a firestorm of protest by ardent Obama supporters, and befuddled confusion by most everyone else. Where the hell had this woman gotten the idea that the President of the United States is a communist? Many asked this question, and just as routinely, called her plain stupid for believing such trash without any explanation for why.

She faced much consternation for her fifteen minutes of fame. I thought her words deserved some context. So, in response to that, I put this video together in order to better explain who had put this crazy idea in that woman’s head. It wasn’t so much the woman’s words that inspired me as it was the confusion and shock by so many that someone would utter such an idiotic statement.

Quite simply, those promulgating this absurd notion of a communist Obama are primarily professional commentators broadcasting on right wing radio and on Fox News television. And there are many of them. This video attempts to put the current right wing smear campaign against the President into the context of 1950s era McCarthyism. For what we see on television and hear on the radio isn’t just some recent example of conservative media gone crazy. There’s a history. And that history of political demagoguery of Democrats as communist and anti-American goes back to McCarthy, for he was the model upon which so many conservatives base their attacks today.

Here is my video:




Neutering American Men

Representative Allen West is no stranger to the ridiculous or surreal. Known for claiming that President Obama is a ‘liberal, socialist, Marxist’ who ‘ought to get the hell out of the United States’, along with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, recently, he stated that President Obama’s “Forward” slogan has a socialist theme from the Soviet Union and is associated with Marxist Soviet propaganda. He has claimed that up to 80 Democratic members of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives are all communists. One wonders what he thinks of the self-identifying Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. Not so surprisingly, actual communists disagree.

He opposes paying for social service provided by government, such as Federal Education Funding, and most especially President Obama’s Heathcare Reform Act. He made the ridiculous assertion that ObamaCare was being used as a slush fund to pay for spaying and neutering dogs and cats, a claim that Truth-O-Meter rates as false but may well explain his other insane comments about liberal women neutering American men. He has repeatedly attempted to repeal Obama’s Health Care law, even calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as delusional. His attitude could be referred to as ‘somewhat confrontational’.

But his pernicious intertwining of radical economics with McCarthyism is but one tributary along a river of weird utterances and bizarre conduct. For example, his extreme views on prayer in congress and schools, which suggest enshrining his particular religious sect’s views with state authority, are completely at odds with the core philosophy of those U.S. founders he appears not to have read. The rampant militarism he promulgates throughout his speeches is disconcerting. For example, he said during a Conservative Caucus speech that America needed a new lion for a national leader, calling Obama a lamb standing before American lions, and further stating the America for the strong and will never be weak. His theocratic and militaristic words echo a bell’s ring from an age generations back. Only America fought those who rang that bell, and they won.

Or take his absurd claim that conservative women must use strong men like him to fight other, liberal women, who are ‘neutering american men’. Otherwise, the United States debt will grow. It makes absolutely no sense, yet his supporters eat that stuff up. When contrasted against this recent Gossip Extra Report claiming that the Congressman wrote a letter to his wife expected her to ‘Be his Porn Star’ and that she couldn’t ‘say no’ to her wifely duties, it suggests an internal psychological conflict between projected masculine strength against what appears to be a neutered married life. It’s not so much that Obama wants America to be his slave, as Representative West appears to want his own kind of private slave. Heh. Heh. But that’s a gossip column. A juicy and very funny one. Who cares if it’s wrong!

Add it all up and you’ve got some kind of whirlpool, swirling downward into an implosion of the irrational, like some black hole of crazy. To commemorate his rich nutty texture, I’ve made the below video. Please watch, share and enjoy.

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ThinkProgress: Liberal Women Neutering American Men
The Shark Tank: Allen West Singing “Pretty Woman” at a private party
WPBF News Reports: Feud with Debbie Wasserman Shultz
Wolf Blitzer interview with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Wolf Blitzer Interview with RNC Chair Reince Priebus on West’s Statement that Obama ‘wants you to be his slave’
Interview with Gretta Van Sustren: I’m Sick and Tired of this Marxist Demagogic Rhetoric of the President
The Young Turks on West’s statement ‘neutering american men’
West: Prayer in Congress and the need for more of it
The Young Turks: Mugshot Used to Smear Opponent Patrick Murphy
(Unrelated and for comedic effect) Joe Scarborough: ‘Sweet Jesus’

Campaign Events:

Obama Wants Americans to Be his Slave
True Racism lies among white liberals
Heckler Arrested at Town Hall Meeting
BizPacReview: Mayhem turns to shoving at West Townhall
Allen West Speech: Obama, Reid, Pelosi, get the hell out of the USA!
Allen West Speech: Our Godly Faith is the Foundation of America
Allen West at Church Event with Pastor O Neal Dozier

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Patrick Murphy: Truth
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Patrick Murphy: Agenda
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Allen West: Profits
Allen West: Three Times

Historical Events:

President Truman Lashes out at McCarthyism
Welch vs. Joseph McCarthy: ‘Have you no Decency?’
How to Spot a Communist


Vintage Xerox Advertisement
South Park: “Respect My Authority!”; ‘Breaking News’ intro; “Garrison: WTF!”
Animal: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Animal: Facebook Fan-a-thon promotion
Animal Bo Rap Webby Award
Harry Enfield – BBC Comedy: Women, Know Your Limits
Bounty Whipping scene


Being There
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
War of the Gargantuas
Swept Away
Modern Times
Office Space
Paths of Glory
American Beauty
Horse Feathers
Duck Soup
Pulp Fiction
Triumph of the Will


Gossip Extra’s report on Allen West’s Letter to his wife


Nurse With Wound, from the album Soliloquy for Lilith, Song Number 3
RJD2: From the album Deadringer: Final Frontier Featuring Blueprint; Take the Picture Off; Good Times Roll (Part 2)
Black Flag: TV Party
Circle Jerks: Coup D’etat
James Brown: Get on Up

F@#K You Patrick Clawson

Dr. Patrick Clawson is the Research Director for the ‘highly respected’ Washington Institute for Near East Policy. This Think Tank focuses on advocating Israeli interests within the greater Washington policymaking establishment. Like Israel, they don’t happen to like Iran, and very much would like the United States to go to war with that country in support of what they perceive are joint U.S.-Israeli ‘foreign policy interests’. But they have a problem. After the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington policymakers are a little reticent about a new war. Especially given that Russia and China have both expressed their objections in most strenuous terms. Like, as in: World War III. Maybe. Perhaps. Don’t f@#k with Iran because they’re our friends (with a sh!t ton of oil) kind of stuff.

Currently the staff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy have spent their time writing and publishing a report about Iranian nuclear weapons research that curiously spends the majority of content focusing on irrelevant facts about nuclear weapons production. Probably because for some weird reason they don’t want to put in writing what they’re willing to say on camera. Which strikes ‘some people’ as kind of stupid. But then some people say, being stupid is the prerogative of pompous Ph.Ds with too much warmongering on their minds.

That Iran lately has been found to have enriched uranium to 27% purity, which is short of the 90% needed to build a functional nuclear weapon but still worrisome, is not in doubt. That the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has anything objective to say on the matter is. Anyone who doubts this assessment should just go watch Dr. Clawson speak about his organization’s report, the full event of which is embedded here:

In glowing terms Dr. Clawson suggests that the United States should provoke Iran into firing the first shot in order to effect a false justification for Just War:

His choice of terminology is particularly galling. Here are his words:

…the traditional way that American gets into war is what would be best for US interests.

Some people might think that Mr. Roosevelt wanted to give us World War II, as David Mentioned, you may remember that he had to wait for Perl Harbor. 

Some people might think Mr. Wilson wanted to get us into World War I, you may recall he had to wait for the Lusitania Episode. 

Some people might think Mr. Johnson wanted to get us into Vietnam, you may recall he had to wait for the Gulf of Tonkin episode. 

We didn’t go to war with Spain until the U.S.S. Maine exploded. 

And, may I point out, that Mr. Lincoln did not feel he could call out the army until Fort Sumpter was attacked. Which is why he ordered the commander of Fort Sumpter to do exactly that thing which South Carolinians had said would cause an attack.  

So, if in fact the Iranians aren’t going to compromise, it would be best if somebody else started the war.


Let’s untangle that tortured bit of logic.

Mr. Roosevelt certainly knew the war was coming, as did many others. The embargo with Japan was in response to overwhelming evidence of aggression throughout the Pacific. Germany and Japan, by their behavior, represented existential threats to the existence of the United States and had even parceled out U.S. land between themselves and their allies after a presumptive win. Like Mr Churchill before, who was by the bombing of Pearl Harbor himself experiencing first hand the danger of an ascendent Germany under Hitler, Mr. Roosevelt knew his time would come as well. As would America’s. But Mr. Roosevelt did not have to provoke Japan into taking that first strike. Japan struck secretly and with forethought. And this is clear from Mr. Roosevelt’s outrage during his Declaration of War address to congress. A Day That Will Live in Infamy, indeed.

Similarly, Mr. Wilson knew some kind of event would likely happen to draw him into World War I. The German embassy had even purchased advertisements warning Lusitania’s travelers what might await them (see: Wikipedia Entry on the Lusitania):

With Regard to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, then Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was quoted in Errol Morris’ documentary Fog of War as having said that he and President Johnson had received conflicting reports from the field over whether a torpedo had actually been fired. But they thought it had. So President Johnson went to Congress and requested authority to escalate the Vietnamese conflict in response. However, based on Mr. McNamara’s statement it can’t fairly be claimed that he and President Johnson arranged for the Gulf of Tonkin incident in order to escalate the war. Perhaps they took advantage of it. Perhaps not. But they certainly didn’t arrange it.

With regard to the Spanish-American war, the U.S.S. Maine exploded for unknown reasons. Mr. McKinley didn’t know why, but it was reasonable at that time to assume a Spanish attack. And there’s no doubt the administration supported Cuban resistance to Spanish occupation. For understandable reasons. Like when Cuba under Castro had formed an alliance with our primary enemy the Soviet Union, a foreign nation with a formidable military presence held land and basing close to United States territorial waters and shores. Spain certainly was no Soviet Union. But they were a colonial power with a history of European conflicts and known for their abuse of the Cuban peoples. So the Maine exploded, America kicked some Spanish ass, and the Treaty of Paris was signed transferring Cuba and other territories to the United States. But it can’t be said that Mr. McKinley provoked this war. He did not arrange for the U.S.S. Maine to explode.

And finally, with regard to the South Carolinian attack on Fort Sumter, Mr. Lincoln certainly knew an attack was coming. Fort Moultrie had already been abandoned after South Carolina seceded, Fort Sumpter was unprepared without weapons, munitions or supplies, and surrounded. Mr. Lincoln tried to resupply the fort, but was repelled by enemy forces. That’s a pretty good indication that the enemy doesn’t want your forces where you’ve got them stranded behind enemy lines. But it can’t fairly be said that Mr. Lincoln arranged for South Carolina to bombard Fort Sumter, and thus fire the first salvos to begin the Civil War. He just knew the time was drawing near.

But let’s ask ourselves, in what historical period could one say that a U.S. president had a clear idea that a chosen enemy hadn’t – in fact – first first and yet chose outright war regardless? Who might that have been? And under what circumstances? Why, I think that historical precedent is pretty recent. Hey, wasn’t that the second Gulf War? George W. Bush!!!

A war initiated based on the same rationale of a looming threat from a rogue nation researching weapons of mass destruction. In fact, it appears like exactly the same propaganda game plan in the looming run up to the Iran War as was promulgated by the Bush Administration just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Remember Mr. Bush’s “Smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud” warning that never happened? Here, it’s only 7 seconds long, give the video a whirl.

It was not just Mr. Bush and his foreign policy cabinet who uttered claims of a nuclear Iraq that later turned out to be false. Mr. Netanyahu also made statements about Iraq having nuclear enrichment “centrifuges the size of washing machines” which turned out incorrect. Juan Cole wrote about this falsehood and found a video of his testimony, speaking before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September of 2002.

Yet America is weary of war. Especially wars fought on a false pretense of claims known to be untrue, as was the Iraq War. And here comes an Israeli lobbyist publicly recommending that the United States pick another fight just to ensure war begins? Hey, he slyly says, it doesn’t actually have to be true. Just make sure they fire the first shot! Or at least the public thinks they did. Great. Exactly what Americans need. The nation lost trillions of dollars, thousands of U.S. soldiers’ lives, and have absolutely nothing to show for it. Not even the thanks of Israel, who – through your lobbying efforts and that of AIPAC seem intent on dragging us into yet another war on that nation’s behalf.

Hell, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu just pushed himself onto the U.S. Sunday Morning political talk circuit stage a few weeks ago, ostensibly to promote this crazy Iran War policy. But there was also an obvious surreptitiously partisan angle to his actions. By making his statements only weeks away from a U.S. presidential election, he intervened and brazenly promoted the election of a sitting President’s competitor. Whether Romney or Obama ought to hold that big chair is irrelevant. What matters is that the Prime Minister of Israel ought to get the hell out of U.S. elections, as that’s not any of his business.

So Mr. Netanyahu, in speaking for his nation, again screams wolf, tacitly implying that one candidate over another might better deal with slaying that beast. But yet, like child’s tale The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’, after screaming for help so many times others are weary to respond, there comes a time when that wolf might really appear. The United States is weary of war. Iraq was not the wolf we were led to believe. It’s quite possible that Iran, unlike Iraq, may well be building nuclear weapons. They could be that wolf. Were I them, I’d certainly be doing so. Look how North Korea put a stop to U.S. interference once they established their nuclear capability by testing a weapon. Nobody f*cks with North Korea any more. Why wouldn’t Iran want that? Woof. Woof.

The thing is, would a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities really be enough to stop the supposed Iranian nuclear weapons development program? Nor according to this report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which concluded that neither a U.S. led conventional bombing campaign, nor an Israeli fired nuclear first strike, could achieve more than delaying an Iranian nuclear program by a few years. So what does Mr. Netanyahu want? Another war of aggression leading to regime change? Zbigniew Brzezinski certainly doesn’t think an Israeli or American attack on Iran is a good idea. He claims that Russia and China could respond, leading to ‘world destabilization’ that could lead to the end of Israel as a state. Which sounds an awful lot like World War III. Good plan. NOT!

Mr. Clawson, your remarks have been interpreted by so-called ‘Internet Crazies’ to mean that you expect the United States to initiate a ‘false flag’ attack in order to instigate war with Iran. These remarks of yours from that 1hr30min lecture have been condensed into a two minute form where the author’s title says exactly that. It’s tough to disagree with their interpretation. Your equivocal statement, “I’m not recommending that,” notwithstanding, your words are plainly understood.

What a wonderful way to sell your policy. The nuts who think Israel, and their intelligence agency Mossad, planned up 9/11 and sold it to Cheney in order to instigate the Iraq War, you’ve given them some fodder to chew on here to further such beliefs.  And after reading that Project for a New American Century document, which suggested that America needed a ‘new Pearl Harbor’ in order to achieve a policy of regime change across the Middle East, even a sane person might suspect bad faith in using those terrible events to further an unrelated policy aim. That PNAC document was written and promoted by most of the NeoConservative members of the Bush Administration’s foreign policy team. Which led to the disaster of Iraq. Though you probably don’t think it was that much of a disaster, because Israel didn’t pay for it. Well, it’s widely circulated throughout the Internet. And, there’s plenty of video evidence floating around of the various war falsehoods claimed by officials by both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Just how does this policy benefit U.S. citizens or America? When a foreign Prime Minister demands and gets air time on major television news programs to promote a war agenda during election season, implying support for one candidate over another, shouldn’t U.S. citizens worry? And let’s be clear, for this proposed new war, Mr. Netanyahu expects the United States treasury to support and sustain its costs, and the American people to effect and die in battle enacting its policy. Regardless of even the loss to world moral and ethical standing of the American nation.

After the Iraq and Afghanistan debacles, after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, after the Guantanamo Bay gulag, and just recently President Obama asserts the so-called right to execute citizens extrajudicially, without any due process whatsoever… all in just over a decade. How the mighty have fallen. And now here is proposed yet another set of lies to justify another war that would further lead America down Rome’s path to that of a failed republic turned doomed empire, and ultimately… oblivion. Thanks Israel, AIPAC, and Patrick Clawson’s Washington Institute for Near East Policy. With friends like you, America should have paid the Soviet’s bar tab and saved ourselves the trouble. It might have been an evil empire, but at least they weren’t crazy.

To give you an idea what I really think about you, please watch this lovely video I created:

F@#k You Patrick Clawson

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