Bewitched, Botched and Bewildered on Mid East Policy

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From (O)CT(O)PUS The Swash Zone:

Have decades of Middle Eastern conflict made us safe or wise? Last week in back-to-back interviews, the consequences of political pandering and slipshod journalism converged.

Matt Lauer’s bungled interview of Donald Trump failed to reveal this flip-flop: Trump was for the war before he was against it.

“And what is Aleppo?” asked Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, fudging a question from Mike Barnicle on MSNBC. “You’re kidding,” replied Barnicle incredulously.

Which is worse? Our slovenly state of partisan debate, or failures of journalism to properly frame the news?

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Most Voters Already Know
What They Need to Know

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From Jonathan Bernstein at BloombergView:

We have a strong if mistaken assumption that voters should be experts on political candidates, at least when it comes to those running for president. How does this assumption affect the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s health issue, for example, or to new revelations about Donald Trump’s business practices? Or, for that matter, to our understanding of the policies the candidates articulate?

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9-11 Blues

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Raymond: Is Dave saying what I think he’s saying?
Yeah, I’m afraid that’s just what he’s saying.

From Dave Dubya at Freedom Rants:

I’m more than pretty sure that we don’t know the entire truth about what happened 15 years ago.

And again, cui bono?

The CIA created al-Qaeda in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, who got off the leash and turned on the US. The neocons, the MIC and Mossad all had something to gain. Our own “axis of evil”.

It seems the WTC buildings were rigged with thermite for the inevitable attack that no one would stop. The Bush Cartel demonstrated it’s priorities by excluding terror adviser Richard Clarke from cabinet meetings.

And then came 9-11. We invaded Afghanistan.

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Hillary Asked if Worried Trump Will Incite Violence Against Her

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From Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

In all the furor over Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark and the false accusation that she said ISIS is rooting for Donald Trump to win the election, there was perhaps an even more telling exchange that was missed in Clinton’s recent Israeli TV interview. After Donald Trump’s joke about the possibility of Hillary being assassinated, the son of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said “incitement” like this “led to the murder of my father,” and Israeli television journalist Yonit Levi asked Hillary about that chilling assessment by Yuval Rabin.

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Living in a Body

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From Vincent at A Wayfarer’s Notes:

In my last I described how a stranger’s eyes met mine in the street. I imagined that his glance said “My soul soars, but I’m stuck in this body.” I don’t claim the power to discern a person’s thought from his silent face. More likely, the thought had lain dormant in me for a while, unexpressed. A thought about the human condition, in which we all find ourselves: a consciousness within a body; two different things somehow linked together.

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Jones on MLB’s Lack of Anthem Protest: ‘White Man’s Sport’

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From Bob Nightengale at USA Today:

DETROIT – We see the silent, powerful and contentious protests now almost every time we turn on the TV and watch an NFL game.

It started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting, and later kneeling, during the national anthem during the NFL exhibition season. He was soon joined by teammate Eric Reid. It extended to Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall before Thursday’s NFL season opener.

By Sunday, there were four NFL teams with players expressing silent protests, including Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, who stood with raised fists following the anthem.

Yet, since that Aug. 26 day when Kaepernick gained attention for his protest against racial inequality in this country – with his season opener scheduled Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams – there have been nearly 250 Major League Baseball games played, and not a single player has taken a stand.

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Charles Krauthammer — Still an Asshole

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From Capt. Fogg at Human Voices:

Some have been tempted to cut Charles Krauthammer some slack of late, since he’s decided to recognize the dangers of a Trump presidency, but he’s still an asshole.

The world disdains Barack Obama and he’s earned it, he says. There are no actual statistics to prove it, only a handful of anecdotes that support the idea that our enemies don’t like him. Countries engaged in military aggression and expansion have publicly snubbed him: China by making him wait and Russia by making him wait and Iran dislikes him too.

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Dueling Tweets From
The Presidential Candidates

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From Ted McLaughlin at :

Any reasonable person would admit that Donald Trump has won the hearts of racists, misogynists, bigots, and homophobes all across this country. That is just a fact, and Trump has gone out of his way to appeal to that sick crowd. But he’s very thin-skinned when anyone points that out.

Last Friday, Hillary Clinton pointed it out:

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Basket of Deplorables!

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From Max’s Dad:

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? [Laughter/applause]. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Basket of deplorables. The only two problems I have with that statement is she didnt make it 75% and the fact coughing Hillary, who is clearly dying, apologized to this bunch of creeps.

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Why White Guys Can’t Complain

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From Glenn Geist at MadMikesAmerica:

So I guess we’re all agreed: white guys can’t complain and particularly about that lack of opportunity to make a decent living that’s laying waste to towns and cities around America. Those stagnant and declining wages, those business being shut down because of offshore competition by US enterprises manufacturing overseas. There is no basis for complaint by local fishermen in my town that their livelihood has been legislated away and the fish farms they started a dozen years ago have been put out of business by foreign competition.

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