Blowback:Before Osama Bin Laden, There Was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

June 26, 2010

“Blowback”:  A metaphor for the unintended consequences of the US government’s international activities that have been kept secret from the American people.

Osama bin Laden

Every sentient being in the US has heard the infamous name, Osama bin Laden, notorious as mastermind of the horrific events of September 11, 2001.  Everyone has heard the oft repeated explanation for the attack from the lips of George W. Bush and Co.:  The plane hijackers were evil terrorists simply bent on the destruction of  America’s freedom, democracy and civilization. Everyone also knows that 15 of the 9-11 airline hijackers were Saudi Arabians, as is Osama bin Laden.  Yet the US chose to fly the  Saudi royal family to safety when all other American aviation was grounded.  The US chose to throw its military might against Iraq, not Saudi Arabia.  Why did this happen?

The notion that history began on September 11, 2001 was an appealing one. The truth behind the river of lies and half-truths that followed the 9-11 attack is much more complex. Immediately following the 9-11 attack the US invaded Afghanistan, allegedly for harboring 9-11 mastermind bin Laden.  Then the US supposedly ousted the Taliban fighters hiding bin Laden in the caves of Tora Bora.  Victorious in Afghanistan, the US then turned its wrath against Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, another alleged sponsor of bin Laden’s al Qaeda thugs.  Well then, what was President Obama’s justification for taking the fight, yet again, to Afghanistan’s “al Qaeda” and the resurgent Taliban, as if al Qaeda and the Taliban were the same entity? This brief reading of available information on the Afghan imbroglio exposes decades of lies perpetrated on the American electorate by the White house and its clandestine services. The roots of the continuing Afghan military debacle and September 11 began in the Cold War, the post WWII struggle between Western and Russian Soviet imperialism.  Here is a brief overview of events:

In 1973 Afghan Prince Muhammad Daoud oust(ed) the Afghan king with help from the Soviet Union, and establishe(d) a Soviet  friendly Afghan republic.

USSR Invades Afghanistan

Prince Daoud was eventually assisted in this effort by the Soviets, who invaded the country in 1979.  As a result, the US, with the participation of Iran’s secret police, SAVAK , and Pakistan military intelligence, ISI, began funneling weapons and resources to the Islamist resistance.  The Islamist resistance was a collection of warlord factions, most ethnically Pashtun tribesmen, with strongholds in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and spreading through Peshawar province, Pakistan.  From the same article:

After the pro-Soviet coup in April 1978, the Islamic militants (including ISI loyalist Gubbudin Hekmatyar) with the support of the ISI carr(ied) out a massive campaign of terrorism, assassinating hundreds of teachers and civil servants. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 260 – 263]

Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

In 1979, the CIA selected … Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as its primary operative within the Islamist resistance and for the next decade funneled half of all Afghan aid through his group.  The fact that Hekmatyar was a brutal drug dealer known for skinning his victims alive was considered a plus for anti-Russian ruthlessness.   By 1984 it is believed that CIA director William Casey enlisted Hekmatyar to carry the anti-Russian campaign into the southern Soviet republics, such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

At the same time, Osama bin Laden was developing a close working relationship with Saudi intelligence, the GID.  The Saudis had ideological and strategic interests in supporting the Afghan Islamist resistance.  Bin Laden began acting as intermediary between Saudi intelligence and the Islamist warlords.  Hekmatyar and bin Laden developed a close working relationship.  Contrary to the wishes of the Afghan fighters, William Casey decided to bring Arabs into the fight against the Soviets.  Osama bin Laden became a primary recruiter for foreign, mostly Arab, jihadists.  According to “A Legacy Of Ashes” (author Tim Weiner), “white robed Saudis” began to appear in war ravaged Afghanistan, declaring themselves emirs. “They were emissaries  of a new force abroad in the world that came to be called al Qaeda.”  in 1996, the Taliban, the anti-government  islamist faction prevailed and took power in Kabul.  Hakmatyar sought safe haven in Iran and was held there under virtual house arrest until early 2002 when he was returned to Afghanistan in retaliation for George Bush’s anti-Iranian “axis of Evil” speech.

Osama bin Laden remained active in the fight against foreign occupation in the middle east.  He found(ed) the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, also known in Arabic as “services center” or “struggle”, along with several banks with a primary office in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Brooklyn office recruit(ed) Arab immigrants and Arab-Americans to go fight in Afghanistan, even after the Soviets withdraw in early 1989. As many as 200 are sent there from the office. Before they go, the office arranges training in the use of rifles, assault weapons, and handguns, and then helps them with visas, plane tickets, and contacts. They are generally sent to the MAK/Al-Kifah office in Peshawar, Pakistan, and then connected to either the radical Afghan faction led by Abdul Rasul Sayyaf or the equally radical one led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. [New York Times, 4/11/1993]

Hekmatyar…  returned after the U.S. invasion to wage jihad against the Americans, and in 2006 he publicly declared an alliance with Al Qaeda: “They hold the banner”, he said.

We couldn’t catch bin Laden, and apparently, we can’t “catch” Hekmatyar, who is inflicting a bloody toll on American and NATO (what’s left of them) forces in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.  The Islamists cry that they are doing to America what they did to the British and the Soviets before them.  Hekmatyar has stated that he wants an end to foreign occupation, and a place at the negotiating table as the price for “peace”.

Officials in Washington express mixed reactions to the idea of negotiating with Hekmatyar. His fighters are thought to have led assaults that nearly overran two small American bases in Nuristan province last October, killing eight American soldiers and wounding 24. Many national-security professionals, especially in the intelligence field, say they’re disgusted to think of cutting deals with someone who has so much blood on his hands. On the other hand, as Gen. David Petraeus likes to say, you make peace with your enemies, not your friends. People at the Pentagon are speaking more cautiously, mostly echoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s recent assertion that it’s too soon to begin discussing peace in Afghanistan.

Evidently, General Stanley McCrystal’s plan for military conquest of the Taliban was a failure.  it would require more blood and treasure than the US dares to commit in order to have any hope for success.  The new Afghan operations commander, General Patraeus, favors negotiated settlements such as the one in Iraq. So perhaps the McCrystal insults printed in Rolling Stone magazine were meant to give Obama an “out” with new leadership, an honorable way to change course in Afghanistan before the 2012 election cycle.

Once we declare victory and limp away from Afghanistan, who will repay the American people for the blood and treasure expended in pursuit of the Afghan falsehood.


Different General, Same War! And Obama Still Smokes!

June 23, 2010

This is a bad news, bad news joke.

The bad news:  General McChrystal is out, but the occupation of Afghanistan goes on .

Obama and McChrystal

Obama says the general’s ill-advised remarks to Rolling Stone Magazine, demeaning the White House leadership, undermined trust and respect for civilian command of the military.

Obama said the decision doesn’t reflect a difference over war policy. He said the controversy over the remarks “undermines civilian control of the military” and makes it more difficult to achieve U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.

I don’t understand why Obama selected McChrystal in the first place.  He  apparently had a well-known  reputation for insularity and single-minded resistance to opposing views. From CommonDreams:

In an interview with IPS, one military source who knows McChrystal and his staff described a “very tight” inner circle of about eight people which “does everything together, including getting drunk”.

“McChrystal surrounded himself with yes men,” said another source who has interacted with some of those in the inner circle. “When people have challenged the conventional wisdom, he’s had them booted out,” the source said.

And there were other troubling issues.  From Democratic Underground:

Pulitzer prize-winning American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, said that there is a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that does high-value targeting of men that are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities. According to Hersh, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was headed by former US vice president Dick Cheney and the former head of JSOC, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal who has just been named the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan.

On July 22, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “No blood, no foul” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, which was operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), under the direction of then Major General Stanley McChrystal.

Oh, wait.  Maybe that’s why McChrystal was chosen:  He had unconstitutional proclivities, just like is bosses:  “High value targeting” and mass killing with drones.

Now the other bad news:

General Patraeus will continue the fiasco.

And Obama still smokes!

Obama smokes!

Progressives Need A Lobbyist. Forget the DNC, Let’s Use the A.I.P.A.C. Strategy

June 21, 2010

Abusive Spouse-The Dems

The White House is the abusive spouse of its own progressive base.  Democrats are a bunch of constituencies: women, minorities, LGBT, various labor groups, environmentalists, health care advocates, etc.  None of these groups have gotten squat from the White House after two years of donating and campaigning and a year and a half of dickering and petitioning.  Obama has coldly turned his back  while serial abuser, White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel  taunts supporters as “f*cking retards” and Cheeto eating basement dwellers.

What went wrong?  Why do these Washington power players hold progressives in contempt and treat us with scorn?

Obamrahm discuss next progressive abuse

Democrats are constituencies, not  lobbyists.  Lobbyists for the health, pharmaceutical and oil industries pack a huge punch on Capitol Hill, while, despite Obama’s promises, voters and constituent groups are ants at a picnic.  Constituent groups raised money and walked the precincts to elect Democrats, mostly incumbents, expecting those efforts to translate into advocacy.  Quelle imbeciles!  The Dems took the money and Obama decided which candidates the Party would support: the ones he wanted not the one’s progressives wanted.

Lobbyist groups take no such chances.

I think everyone can agree that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is an inordinately successful lobby group.  Let’s see how they work.

It has been described as one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, DC, and its critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli government with a “stranglehold” on the US Congress.

No one says no to Israel.

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi,… stated that “America and Israel share an unbreakable bond: in peace and war; and in prosperity and in hardship”
I would love to hear her swear fealty to any Democratic constituency that has shown unswerving loyalty.

First, AIPAC lobbies for itself and its own interests, not for parties or candidates.  From a critic, Wikipedia:

AIPAC’s success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. … AIPAC makes sure that its friends get strong financial support from the myriad pro-Israel PACs. Those seen as hostile to Israel, on the other hand, can be sure that AIPAC will direct campaign contributions to their political opponents. … The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Open debate about U.S. policy towards Israel does not occur there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world.

This agenda comes straight from the AIPAC website, describing its specific goals and interests:

  • issues
    • Gaza
    • Iran
    • Palestine negotiations
    • U.S. aid to Israel
    • legislation
      • U.S.-Israel energy cooperation
      • condemn Iran
      • 10 exercises that the U.S. and Israeli air forces conduct together annually
      • U.S. non-engagement with Hizballah

    AIPAC uses at least as much “stick” as “carrot” to get what it wants.  It will target an unwilling politician, run candidates against him/her, perhaps embroil them in scandal,  use the press for attacks.

    Progressives can’t get single payer, an end to wars, main street bailouts, unemployment extensions or aid to the states, an end to DOMA, environmental protection; nothing, diddly, zilch.  Do we have specific, non-negotiable goals?  Will we take down the power players with scandal and arm twisting when they treat us with contempt?

    It’s time to forget giving money to nincompoop leftist organizations that don’t get the time of day from anyone in power, who are willing to get kicked in the teeth just to sit at the master’s table.

    Kick the door in with demands.  Run progressive candidates funded by progressives. Punish the Dems when they betray. If you want action from the power players, play with power.

    Obama’s Black “Zombie” Voters

    June 17, 2010

    Zombie Voters

    “Obama wanted us to vote for her”.

    Where was the Zombie Survival Guide for Arkansas???

    Arkansas senator Blanche Lincoln’s narrow win in the June 9th primary runoff against progressive candidate, Bill Halter, could be chalked up, in part,  to the Black voters of the state.  Lincoln did well in high percentage Black precincts.

    Comprising about 16% of the voters, and not usually a significant factor in electoral politics, this time the Black block was quadruple teamed by the White House, Clinton, and both Obamas.  You’d think Lincoln was actually a supporter of the alleged Obama/Democratic social agenda.  Secretly, Lincoln does Obama’s dirty work, kneecapping the legislation he claims to want.

    Unions worked hard to defeat senator Lincoln, whom they wanted to punish for her obstructionism on the health care public option, opposition to “card check” which would have eased unionization procedures,

    SEIU, which has only 1,000 members in the state, spent more than $1.5 million, including a $1 million television buy, Youngdahl said. The national AFL-CIO spent $3 million or more on Halter’s behalf, spokesman Eddie Vale said.

    and failure to move forward on settlement of the longstanding Black Farmer’s lawsuit. Then again, Obama doesn’t support any of these issues, either, except with lip service:

    “The president made a strong commitment to show leadership to get this done, and basically we haven’t seen him show that leadership,” said John Boyd Jr., head of the National Black Farmers Association.

    “The president didn’t help us finish the job,” Boyd said.

    Although the NAACP has plenty of shortcomings, at least it gave some push back to the Great Black Messiah.

    The Arkansas NAACP gave Lincoln a grade of ‘F’ for her failure, among other things, to put forward any Blacks for judicial bench.

    No matter.

    President (Sorta Black) Obama told them to vote for their enemy, and they did. Arghhhhhh (Head thump).  He targeted the Black community with his special secret message.  Obama knew the Black vote was in the can.

    Yvonne Thomas admits she went to the polls not having much of a sense about the candidates.

    What she did know, and what turned out to be the only thing that mattered in her decision to cast her ballot for the embattled incumbent Blanche Lincoln, was this: “Obama wanted us to vote for her,” said Thomas, who is African American.

    Obama said a lot of baloney during the campaign to get himself elected.  Now the world is waking up to the phony baloney. Except for the Black voter.  Apparently, Obama pushes F7 on his computer and the Black community starts walking.

    I suppose the Black zombie voter thinks it’s still 2008 .

    Blanche Lincoln's Black Supporters

    Obama Tells Israel : I Am Your Howdy Doody Bitch!!

    June 9, 2010

    Howdy, President Rahm and the "crew"

    Today Israel told Obama to go f*ck himself. Again.

    Israel lifts ban on snack foods, spices for Gaza in effort to defuse outcry over flotilla raid

    Right in front of Fatah puppet Mahmoud Abbas and the whole world.

    Mr. President, why are these items banned?  Is clean drinking water also a threat to Israel’s security?  Did you ask your boss?
    Michael Oren, Israeli amBOSSador to the U.S., tolerated Obama’s pitiful effort to save face with the civilized world, requesting Israel to lighten up on the Gaza “blockage” and allow in some humanitarian goods.

    Oren agreed to chat with Obama on behalf of the very busy Israeli Prime Minister.  Obama assured Oren that Israel would not be asked to apologize for the nine murders aboard the MV Mavi Marava, or anything else, until the messiah comes.  But he promised to get get tough with Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, for her brazen conduct.

    It’s like Mr. Bluster Took Over Doodyville

    HOWDY DOODY like when Howdy ran for President of all the Kids in 2008.

    Israel attacks Gaza "Operation Cast Lead"

    Israel offered some concessions to their Gaza prison population after tough Obama arm twisting.

    Israel announced it would allow in potato chips, cookies, spices and other previously banned food items into the Gaza Strip, a step Oren said was meant in a spirit of cooperation.

    “Yes, we have allowed some chocolate and other snacks through today, but Hamas has rejected them,” Oren said. “They rejected our chocolate.”

    dont forget

    soda, juice, jam,  shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy were now permitted.

    He said Israel rebuffed Palestinian requests for construction goods, raw materials for factories to operate and medical devices.

    Couldn’t Obama tell that he was being spoofed?  On international television no less?

    Obama and Israeli ambassador

    Obama  said the $400 million aid package (mostly already committed) directed to the occupied territories and Gaza, was designed to get things going so Gazans could “open businesses”.

    Mr. President, Gazans aren’t Republicans.

    Hmmm, what businesses can Gazans open under a total Israeli blockade?  Perhaps a Subway or a Popeye’s chicken restaurant.  He was vague on this point.  The Palestinians need to think outside the box on this.

    Gazans will certainly want to join Abbas’ ass-wipe Fatah organization after this performance.

    After Obama reiterated that he was Israel’s bitch and offered a BJ, he suggested that maybe Israel could “curb” settlement building and land confiscation which was pretty weird since Netanyahu already called knucklehead Veep Joe Biden to say “nuts to that” before demanding more  U.S.  taxpayer moolah for more settlements and more U.S. rockets to protect them.

    What do you bet the concrete on the  seized vessel Mavi Marava went straight to some Beit-Ur-Booty orthodox settlement to build a new Israeli apartment block.  How about all of those computers, cameras, medical supplies, nutritious food stuffs ?  Yup, you got it.

    Still Obama wanted to give the appearance like maybe he is the most powerful man in the world so he told Abbas to knock off inciting Israel.

    Obama hopes that soon Israel and the Palestinians will begin direct talks.  Right.  What the f*ck will they have to talk about!

    What Does Israel Want?

    June 6, 2010

    “Lord, make me chaste, but not now”.  St. Augustine said that and the saying could be paraphrased to fit the goals of the State of Israel.  Yes, Israel wants peace.  But not now. Right now Israel wants land and resources. No land for peace.  Just peace for peace.

    Biology is destiny and so is geography.  One need only look at a map to conclude that the tiny nation of Israel must consume its neighbors territory: within greater Israel, all Palestinian territory except for a few symbolic, ineffectual dots buried within Israeli settlements.  The next best thing after expulsion of the Palestinian population must be internal exile within a walled prison camp where suffering people are blamed for their own suffering.  I think we can fairly call Gaza Israel’s Warsaw Ghetto II.

    Where does Israel go from there?

    Israel Topo map

    Israel needs land, arable land, energy resources, water supplies. And finally, silence from Palestinians  as they are ethnically cleansed from the region; silence from its regional neighbors as it goes about its business of taking what it wants.  A brief overview:

    Water. Israel receives 15% of its water supply from the captured Syrian Golan Heights, headwaters of the Jordan River.  Most of this water goes to Israelis.  Israel also occupies most areas that possess aquifers.

    Arguably 50% or more of the water that Israel uses is unilaterally appropriated from water that should fairly go to its Arab neighbors. Even the New York Times used the word “theft” when quoting an “Arab” in connection with Israel’s appropriation of regional water resources.

    Most Palestinians receive only a tiny portion of available water, Gaza’s water deficit exceeds WHO minimum requirements.Israel also makes claims on water supplies passing through Lebanon.  It indignantly threatens Lebanon for diverting water flowing to Israel but does not follow the rule with Palestinians.

    Arable land. Israel has a lack of arable land. More than half of the country is desert (Negev and Judaen). Although Israel is apparently currently self-sufficient in agriculture except for imported grains and beef, it exports fruits and vegetables.  Much (up to 30% )of Palestinian land is employed as a military buffer zone. Orchards and farms have been ground up for the concrete walls that surround Palestinian settlements.  Israeli settlers routinely confiscate Arab land for further settlement development.

    Fossil Fuels.  Israel has has insignificant supplies of oil.  Oil is imported under long term contract with various African countries, Mexico, etc.  At the beginning of the Iraq invasion Israel suggested diversion of Iraqi oil from Kirkuk to Haifa and thence through a pipeline to Europe.

    The (Israel)Prime Minister’s Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a “bonus” the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

    I must say this burns my toast.  The U.S. taxpayers have spent $ trillions crushing Iraq based on faked Israel-Bush WMD intelligence just to create a joint venture that sends the proceeds to Israel?  Unthinkable!!  What a con on the American public!!! What a cynical con, period!!!!

    Natural gas imports have mainly come from Egypt although a large reserve of NG has been discovered off the coast of Israel and Gaza. Needless to say, Gaza and the Palestinians will not be able to benefit by this find.

    Other Power Sources.

    Israel has solar and hydroelectric power.  It imports coal supplies for electricity generation.

    Powerful nations need resources.  They need to support huge military establishments.  If they can’t get resources through cooperation or purchase, they usually obtain them the old fashioned way, through colonization and force of arms.  So, join the imperialist club,” helpless” Israel.

    (Below, Israeli settlement)

    Israeli settlement in occupied territory Israeli “settlers” are going to live first world lives within a second or third world region. They’re not going to want to live like Bedouins.  They want, and believe they deserve, to live like Europeans or Americans with lawns, swimming pools, (built with American taxpayer funds) schools, universities, and a wage scale that precludes many Israelis from working at the nation’s “dirty” jobs.  For that they import tens of thousands of foreigners (not Palestinians).

    The question in my mind is when will Israel declare its borders? When will it stop occupying “buffer zones” and expanding settlements.  I doubt that it will stop expanding until it creates the Biblical “greater Israel”.  Beyond that it will expand and militarily demolish any country in the region that threatens, not its destruction (as that seems impossible with Israel’s vast military superiority and U.S. political commitment), but its economic hegemony.

    Israel will continue to absorb territory and wage war until it gets what it wants.  What will it want then?

    Obama: Puppet or Pantywaist?

    June 5, 2010

    Bush hands off to Obama

    Sometimes I’m confused about Prez Obama.  Is the Hopey-Changey King merely a wolf-in sheep’s clothing, a “candyman” for crypto-fascist corporations and the military-industrial-complex completing George Bush’s third term? Or is he just an ambitious, spineless, unprincipled opportunist ? Is he simply the Spokesmodel-in-Chief, if you will (Cinie’s World), caught in the headlights of history?

    I feel no better knowing both of these descriptions could be spot on.  The BP eco-disaster and Israel’s high seas murder of humanitarian aid workers aboard the Free Gaza Flotilla are just the latest, and arguably most poignant, examples of feckless Obama fiddling, like Nero, while Rome burns.

    Even Nero fiddled with a purpose.  He wanted Rome to burn. He had a grand plan for the renovation of the capital and scape-goats to burn for the destruction, when necessary.

    Shame on Obama, shame, shame, shame!

    Let’s take a look at Obama’s record, such as it is:

    Generally, during the election cycle of 2008, Obama ran to the “left” of Hillary Clinton, giving progressives the impression he represented their core beliefs on civil and women’s rights, the environment, ending the wars, single-payer health-care, diplomatic outreach to Iran, green energy, governmental transparency, an end to the national security state, an end to military commissions and detention without trial, jobs, jobs, jobs, among others.  Based on trust of the Obama agenda, progressives pulled together to form a powerful coalition  which(along with corporate campaign contributions on a monumental scale) proved capable of electing the first “Black” president.  Progressives ignored all of the campaign “meta-data” that contradicted Obama’s stated positions, eg. his sincere admiration for Ronald Reagan, his vote for FISA, his change of position on campaign finance.

    I don’t have to reiterate that Obama has not only failed to deliver on any of his major promises, in most cases he has delivered the opposite, aggressively reneging on many pledges.

    So, to Obama’s die-hard apologists I say poppycock and more.  He’s not being forced to do what the “white man” wants and he’s not playing eleven dimensional chess.  He doesn’t have “too much on his plate”; did Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson?. He’s the “incredibly intelligent” President of the U.S. A. for Chrissake! He’s selling out!!!!! Big time!!!!  As fast as he can!!!!

    Specifically, of Obama’s ferociously loyal Black constituency, I ask: Where is our moral compass? Where is our understanding and compassion for the native and foreign victims of oppression,  colonialism and imperialism that previous generations of  African-American leadership, such as Dr. King and Malcom X were committed to?  Has the cult adoration of Obama led to our moral collapse?

    Now comes BP with the biggest ecological mega oil spill ever.  Who can be blamed? BP and it’s Big Oil cohorts, certainly.  Obama fanatic, Spike Lee, wants Obama to “get mad, get loud”.

    Spike talks to press about BP

    But Obama, deliberately putting the Oil companies in charge of their own regulation and then allowing them to continue drilling without oversight or a disaster plan, bears the brunt of folly and cynicism.  Obama’s actions speak louder than words.  Watch Obama’s disingenuous photo-ops of the massive eco destruction (walking on the beach in dress shoes whilst picking up little balls of tar!)  There are many reports the U.S. Coast Guard is supporting BP’s efforts to keep reporters away from the spill site.  That’s government intervention.

    oil-covered pelican in Gulf

    Where are the thousands of volunteers to help clean off the devastated, oil-covered wildlife; the one’s present after the Exxon Valdez oil spill?

    Now comes arrogant, brutal Israel murdering humanitarian aid workers while enforcing a vicious, illegal military blockade of the 1.5 million prisoners of Gaza. Obama’s mealy-mouthed and purposely inaccurate defense of of Netanyahu’s criminality caused me to shudder.  But then again, we got only crickets from Obama about Israel’s Gaza incursion in December 2008, where Isreal shelled and bombed unarmed civilians, employing illegal white phosphorus and cluster bombs.

    Israel attack on Gaza 2008-2009

    The domestic agenda will be next.  Obama will aggressively attack social security, fail on a jobs bill, borrow trillion$ for endless war, sell off to private interests the inner city housing stock that poor African Americans depend on.  The double whammy of joblessness, and homelessness will set us back many generations.

    Black people and progressives, when will you fight back?