Monthly Archives: July 2008

Foreign Policy breakthroughs announced by McCain

Washington, 7/31/08 Senator John McCain today announced unexpected initiatives in his planning for future relations with several countries, should he be elected president.

“I am particularly concerned about border disputes, such as those between Iraq and Nepal and between our two good allies Japan and India,” he said.

“Secondly,” the Senator said, “Given the food crisis in the cyclone-affected areas of Asia, I will be brokering peace talks between Burma and Myanmar.”

In European affairs, in order to counter Barack Obama’s well-received multi-country tour earlier this month, McCain announced an impending trip to Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. “Our long friendship with the Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian peoples has been inexplicably ignored in recent political history,” he explained, “And my trip will update those relations, so important in our struggle against the USSR.”

The Ottoman Empire is also on McCain’s list of projected stopover points. “I am much looking forward to meeting the Emperor,” McCain commented, “As well as reconnecting with my old friend Emperor Hailie Salassie in Ethiopia.”

White House press secretary Dana Perino, noted for her detailed grasp of world history and geography, commented: “We wish the Senator well in his travels to areas whose names, for reasons of national security, are currently classified, but to which the current administration has long wanted to pay more attention after they have been identified.”

The Obama campaign said: “We wish Mr McCain well in his planned stopover at the court of Louis XIV.”

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Detaining Mr. Marri

NYTimes editorial, July 20, 2008

The Bush administration has been a waging a fierce battle for the power to lock people up indefinitely simply on the president’s say-so. It scored a disturbing victory last week when a federal appeals court ruled that it could continue to detain Ali al-Marri, who has been held for more than five years as an enemy combatant. The decision gives the president sweeping power to deprive anyone — citizens as well as noncitizens — of their freedom. The Supreme Court should reverse this terrible ruling.

Marri, a citizen of Qatar legally residing in the United States, was initially arrested in his home in Peoria, Ill., on ordinary criminal charges, then seized and imprisoned by military authorities. The government, which says he has ties to Al Qaeda, designated him an enemy combatant, even though it never alleged that he was in an army or carried arms on a battlefield. He was held on the basis of extremely thin hearsay evidence. Continue reading

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Nightmare on Wall Street: Washington Can't Bail out the Sea of Red Ink

By Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal
Posted on July 22, 2008 at
Alternet
. The following is a transcript of an interview with author Bill Greider from the July 18 broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal.

Bill Moyers:With me now is one of America’s leading chroniclers of money, power, and politics, who says what’s happening is the disgrace of Wall Street, its excesses paid for by people like those in Cleveland and millions like them around the country.

William Greider has spent forty years examining how powerful institutions affect ordinary people. Once a top editor of The Washington Post, a columnist for Rolling Stone, and now National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, he has produced a series of best-selling books: Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country, One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy, and The Soul of Capitalism. He’s working on a new book with the title: Come Home, America.

Moyers:

What were you thinking as you saw that report from Cleveland? [The segment preceding this interview with Greider covered exorbitant lending practices in Cleveland].

Bill Greider:

Made me angry all over again, even though I know the story. And then I thought, “This is usury.” This is a living example of what the Bible prohibited, which is the sin of usury. Most Americans have never heard of it probably. Continue reading

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Can't Take My Eyes Off You

By John Grant

The TV images showed Barack Obama bowing slightly as he shook hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al Maliki. They stood posing for photos, and it was Obama who made a “presidential” motion that they should sit down. Soon, with a translator, Maliki and Obama were in an animated conversation wearing broad smiles. I have never seen pictures of Mr Maliki looking so comfortable; he’s usually a dour guy, a bit pained-looking, as if he had a gun to his back.

As this was unfolding, John McCain was filmed with the current lame duck president’s one-term father bobbling around in a golf cart. The famous POW’s campaign was outraged over all the coverage of Obama, which included film of the guy shooting a three-pointer in Kuwait surrounded by adoring soldiers. Plus Obama seemed to know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite, as well as where Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are on the map. It wasn’t fair!

So the McCain campaign took the gloves off and began running a TV ad blaming Obama for high gas prices, because Obama didn’t approve of off-shore drilling, which McCain used to not approve of before he recently approved of it. Then they uploaded a You Tube video with images of Obama being adored by TV anchors to the tune of Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

And it was true: There was, indeed, something going on with Obama in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq that was incredibly visually compelling. Continue reading

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