Is Obama Bowing to Saudi King Worse Than Holding Hands?

The poisonous, mischievous talkinghead right is at it again, building up the Barack Hussein Obama bogeyman.  If saying America has made mistakes in Muslim countries, according respect to the Muslim religion, and now "bowing" before the Saudi king isn't enough to raise suspicions, talking about helping all those poor people in Muslim countries should do it.  Yeppers.

It is the most vicious of double-standards, of course, intended to keep us at each other's throats, so that we don't start coming together to bring about that nightmare vision of both corporate Democrats and Republicans: Tea Baggers waking up seeing their life savings gone, and not knowing whom to blame, and traditional Democrats watching their party sell them down the river with the same billionaire bailouts.  Those who dismiss the Tea Baggers as merely racists are as unfair as Hannity and Limbaugh.  A liberal is just a former conservative who has been mugged by Big Business.

Is holding hands with Saudi royalty, as members of the Bush family always do, worse than a protocol bow?

 I wouldn't have done it, but like the Dean Scream, the reality doesn't matter.  Say something ad nauseum and it takes on a truth of its own.  Those people who run the networks and the radio talk shows must know something, right?  Or else they wouldn't make so much money.  Hey, if I were selling my soul, I'd ask for a lot of money too.  

Can you imagine what would have happened to Obama had he done what Bush did after 9/11?  Enter a mosque after removing his shoes and, weeks after, calling for a Palestinian state?  The mischievous right-wing media is not the Tea Baggers, but the Tea Baggers tend to be their audience.  They are absolutely desperate to keep the Tea Baggers under control, lest they see that the same corporate masters who broadcast these shows are the ones who enabled Grand Theft, Bailout.  The same people who socialize and go to school with and sit on boards of directors with those who run Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.  

When Obama panders to the far-right, as he did on FISA, and in seeking the dismissal of the case against Boeing in relation to a Bush legacy torture case involving extraordinary rendition, and in protecting the Bush administration's expansive notion of "state secrets," these far-right talkingheads are who he is pandering to.  You don't pander to someone you can't win with.  

On the torture issue, rather than the excruciating exercise he has been engaged in, doing the right thing one day and the wrong thing the next, so that I get cramps just watching the tightrope act, Obama should make a policy speech making the distinction, once and for all, between the ticking-bomb scenario and the reality of what we have done. He has no less than former Bush FBI Director Robert Mueller to back him up, who said, to his knowledge, contrary to Dick Cheney's last defense against being labeled an international war criminal, torture never prevented any attacks.  We were sweeping up the wrong guys, torturing first and determining innocence later, and giving Al Qaeda its greatest recruiting tool. As in, making us LESS safe.

A bit of a rarity in the Bush administration, Mueller is one of the few senior Bush officials, besides Colin Powell, who actually hefted a rifle in Vietnam as leader of an infantry platoon.

Then we have Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who says he felt obliged to step forward with the fact that most of the prisoners in the War on Terror prisoners were innocent when he heard, to his alarm, ex-vice president Dick Cheney practically labeling Obama a traitor and a danger to the Republic.  Wilkerson wrote of Cheney's


unmistakable stoking of the 20 million listeners of Rush Limbaugh, half of whom we could label, judiciously, as half- baked nuts. Such remarks as those of the former vice president's are like waving a red flag in front of an incensed bull. And Cheney of course knows that.

Wilkerson called this kind of incendiary speech "dangerous," coming from a recent vice president.

Were that Obama was as politically skillful as Bush was, not necessarily a good thing.  He would give Mueller, Col. Wilkerson, and Richard Clarke Medals of Freedom, and invoke them in a watershed speech on torture, the way Bush had 9/11 firefighters and widows standing next to him for cover.  Richard Clarke is not directly relevant to torture, but he is relevant in another way to the war on terror: he had it right.

Where is Obama's Rove?  Or rather, Rove's moral mirror image: clever and to the point but on the side of right rather than wrong?  Where is Karl Rove's mirror image, would that be Lark Evor?

Lark Evor,
Rove's mirror image, Fighter of Evil
 

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3 Comments

Do people bow to the queen of england

in her presence?

by sepulvedaj3 2009-04-29 11:01AM | 0 recs
world of warcraft
Eine boomende Wirtschaft, eine relativ friedliche Gesellschaft: Die Rahmenbedingungen für das neue Regionalbüro der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters sind perfekt. Fast eine Million Menschen leben im neuen Tätigkeitsgebiet des Korrespondenten Adam Pasick, in der virtuellen Welt von "Second Life". Das bemerkenswerte Engagement der Agentur sorgte schnell für einen starken Anstieg der Neuanmeldungen. Fraglich ist, ob demnächst auch Reporter ins größte Online-Spiel "World of Warcraft" mit über sieben Millionen Mitgliedern entsandt werden; ohne eine ordentliche Kampfausbildung wäre ihr Auftritt dort wohl schnell zu Ende.
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Immerhin: Es gibt noch unerschrockene Journalisten, die im Dienste der Aufklärung an ihre Grenzen gehen. Der RTL-Chefredakteur Peter Kloeppel wagte sich am Mittwoch als erster Reporter überhaupt auf einen Flug in einem Eurofighter. Nach intensiven Vorbereitungen inklusive Schwerelosigkeitsflug und einem Überlebenstraining auf See durfte der Nachrichtenmann schließlich bei einem einstündigen Übungsflug in dem Kampfjet mitfliegen. Kloeppels Fernsehreportage über den Eurofighter soll im Dezember gesendet werden, vorab teilte er schon mal die wesentlichen Erkenntnisse mit: "In einigen Momenten lastete das Vier- bis Fünffache meines eigenen Körpergewichtes auf mir, das ist schon verdammt heftig. Besonders bei den senkrechten Startmanövern mit abschließender Rolle habe ich gemerkt, wie sich die Übelkeit in mir heranschlich, doch am Ende sind die beiden mitgebrachten Tüten leer geblieben." So schonungslos und offen hat das wohl noch nie jemand beschrieben.
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Vielleicht hätte man sich doch wünschen sollen, daß Johannes B. Kerner die Gelegenheit bekommen hätte, Natascha Kampusch zu interviewen, vielleicht nämlich hätte sie auf seine Fragen ähnlich selbstbewußte Antworten gegeben wie auf die Frage der "Standard"-Redakteurin Irene Brickner. Ob sie den Eindruck habe, daß sie in den Medien als Kunstfigur dargestellt worden sei, wollte Brickner wissen, und Kampusch antwortete mit Worten, die man grundsätzlich auf jede Frage Kerners entgegnen kann: "So möchte ich diese Frage nicht gestellt haben. Stellen Sie sie noch einmal!"
by aizi1220 2009-04-29 09:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Worse Than Holding Hands?

Do your have a video of this infamous bow so that we can appreciate that it was not just a head nod and that it is not just an exaggeration?

Let's see it.

by MainStreet 2009-04-30 06:50AM | 0 recs

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