The words are in my head, but they don’t seem to want to come out my fingertips to the keyboard. I carry on conversations with nobody during my hour-long commute to and from work each day. I think, I need to write about that, and then I get home and peruse the blogs instead, or read Becoming Vegetarian, or play with the dogs.
There’s a big part of me that’s mighty discouraged and yet I take solace that there are people like Glenn Greenwald and his readers. I take solace in the fact that I have friends who are as horrified and disgusted as I am.
I’ve taken to listening to “progressive” talk radio again just to see if there is some sort of awareness out there of the cliff that we are heading for and I hear rumblings. But for the most part it’s just a rehash of how awful the Republicans are, Sarah Palin!!, Glenn Beck!! and very little examining of themselves or their supposed leaders. Yeah, Republicans suck. Got it. Now, what are you going to do about it? Dave Marsh, whose show airs on Sundays, and listened to by me for the first time last Sunday, gets it. It isn’t about what THEY are doing, its about what WE are doing.
It’s funny, in a sad sort of way. There are some who were virulently opposed to Hillary Clinton who are now upset that Obama is not the liberal avenging angel they thought he’d be, but nearly to a man (and nearly all the show hosts are men – way to go progressive radio) they just can’t seem to admit their mistake. A couple of them step off the reservation every once in a while, and I even once heard Cenk Uygur admit that, knowing what he knows now, he would have voted for Hillary. Why? Because, he realizes, she wouldn’t have let the Republicans roll her. Nuh-duh dude.
Some of them are actually catching on that things are progressing exactly as Obama has intended. Perhaps the Alan Simpson episode has finally made it plain.
Shirley Sherrod was fired when a snippet of a speech she gave on class warfare was taken out of context by a right wing rat-fucker. Alan Simpson, on the other hand, full bore antagonist of the every American worker and every Social Security recipient, and not taken out of context, remains, with the full support of Barack Obama, as the co-chair of Obama’s Deficit Catfood Commission which is working in secret (so much for transparency) and has Social Security in its sights. Social Security, which has not added One Thin Dime to the deficit.
There’s a class war alright. It’s just not the one the the Tea Partiers think is happening. (There isn’t enough time this morning for me to comment on the goings on on the other side, but don’t worry, I’ll get there too).
In other news . . .
Tonight President Obama is going to give his version of “Mission Accomplished” speech. Oh yay. What was the mission again? Joe Biden was in Iraq for the “turnover” ceremony. Maliki claims Iraq is now capable of handling all threats on their own. Except when they can’t I suppose.
“Iraq today is sovereign and independent,” Mr Maliki told Iraqis in a televised address.
“Our security forces will take the lead in ensuring security and safeguarding the country and removing all threats that the country has to weather, internally or externally.”
Around 50,000 US troops will remain in Iraq and will focus on supporting Iraqi forces. They will not participate in combat missions without a request from the Iraqi authorities, or if they are acting in self-defence.
The new Iraqi air force is still in its infancy, our correspondent adds.
Air cover for Iraqi ground operations is provided almost exclusively by US planes and helicopters, he says.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan …
Deaths have risen consistently each year since 2001. Afghan police and civilians have suffered far higher casualties.
The coalition blames the rise in troop deaths partly on the influx of reinforcements, which is allowing commanders to target previously untouched insurgent safe havens where rebels are mounting stiff resistance.
Gen David Petraeus, senior US and Nato commander in the country, warned last week fighting would “get harder before it gets easier”.
I’m off to work. Catch you all later.