America & ISIL share a common bond: torture

I wonder if having torture in common with the terrorists of ISIL is an example of “American exceptionalism.”

Image © Jim Morin

Some thoughts on the Senate torture report

Any true patriot should be ashamed of the torture used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) post-911. A glimpse of these techniques details how the CIA employed sleep deprivation to wear down victims: It “involved keeping detainees awake for up to 180 hours, usually standing or in stress positions, at times with their hands shackled […]

What The White House Wants To Tell You About Ebola

From my email inbox: An Ebola update from President Obama

Today, President Obama spoke to the nation about Ebola — how the Administration is responding, and what you should know.

The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at […]

Ebola: Ask the GOP Where the Hell the Surgeon General Is

Today President Obama fed into the national hysteria surrounding the Ebola virus by appointing a bureaucrat to the inventive pseudo-post of Ebola-czar. But shouldn’t we have an experienced medico at the helm. Maybe get someone involved…like maybe the SURGEON GENERAL?

So where the hell is the Surgeon General? Well apparently we don’t have one because […]

Congress Passes ISIS Bill and Evacuates Washington!

In probably one of the worst decisions to come out of Washington since the decision to invade Iraq under President George W Bush, the Senate piled on and passed the bill to ‘train moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS’ that easily passed the House yesterday.

What an incredible waste of American resources…and many of […]

What If We Do Nothing: ISIS and the Arab World

This op ed piece originally appeared in Wednesday’s New York Times and was reprinted this morning in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I am going to copy it in its entirety here because I think it bears repeating. I hope the NYTimes will understand (the link to their original is above):

An existential struggle is taking […]

House To Vote On Arming And Training Syrian Rebels:

President Obama has talked about his strategy for fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq and of course approached Congress for authorization but more importantly funding. So the House is taking up the topic and considering their vote and they want to get out of town to complete campaigning in their home districts. But there are […]

The United States: now backing ____________

This cartoon from David Pope really does sum up the efforts of the United States to “stabilize” the Middle East.

President Obama: United States “tortured some folks” after 9/11

You don’t say… President Barack Obama bluntly acknowledged on Friday that the United States conducted torture in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

“I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong,” he said. “We did a whole lot of things that […]

Bill Moyers & Michael Winship: What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia

Over at BillMoyers.com, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship have an excellent piece on how the Middle East could have been much different if the world’s superpowers had heeded the advice of T.E. Lawrence following World War I.

You may remember the scene when, after dynamiting the Hijaz railway and looting a Turkish supply train, Lawrence […]

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