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Jon Stewart continues his conversation with Sir Archibald Mapsalot III

Stewart “Why didn’t you touch Saudi Arabia, by the way?”

Mapsalot “Why touch Saudi Arabia Jon, they’re a good, decent, oil producing people.”

Stewart “I don’t think this is going to work out.”

Mapsalot “Look, there’s nothing the Arab respects, Jon, more than a strong steady white hand drawing arbitrary lines twixt their ridiculous tribal allegiances.

Stewart “But, right there, that seems a bit racist.”

Mapsalot “What, what, you’re calling me a what now?  To call me racist would imply that I cared enough to hate them.  Or, was interested about them enough to learn things about them to dislike.”

Stewart “That is exactly the kind of mindless imperialism that got us into this.  Your casual ignorance has doomed the region to exist in a perpetual state, what are you doing?

Mapsalot looking at his phone “I’m playing poker.”

Stewart “Why?

Mapsalot “Why am I playing poker?  Because you’re boring me Jon.  This is what real gentlemen do.  They play poker on their I-phones whenever they become inexplicably bored by something incredibly important.  I bid you good day, sir.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-4-2013/sir-archibald-mapsalot-iii

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: This is GPS, the Global Public Square.

“But, first, here’s my take. In the debate over U.S. intervention in Syria, there is a striking mismatch between ends and means. Proponents of intervention want to defeat a ruthless and powerful regime, rescue a country from civil war and usher in a new democratic political order.

But these people say, at the same time, that they want to achieve all this with the most limited methods. “The worst thing the United States could do right now is put boots on the ground in Syria,” says Senator John McCain.

We’re often told that the goal of this intervention is to stop the killing, but sending more arms into the mix will actually increase the violence. That’s fine, say the interventionists, because the real goal is to oust Assad.

But as we learned in Iraq, ousting the dictator is only the beginning of the task. The actually goal here is the creation of a democratic Syria in which all sects can live in peace.

Now, the United States tried that in Iraq with an almost decade-long invasion and occupation spending over a trillion dollars and it hasn’t quite worked. But, now, we’re going to achieve a better outcome in Syria and just with a no-fly zone? In the mid-1980s, the scholar Samuel Huntington pondered why the United States, the world’s dominant power, which had won two world wars, deterred the Soviet Union, maintained global peace, was so bad at smaller military interventions.

Since World War II, he noted, the U.S. had engaged militarily in a series of conflicts around the world, but, in almost every case, the outcome had been inconclusive, muddled or worse.

Huntington’s answer was we rarely entered conflicts actually trying to win. Instead, he reasoned, U.S. military intervention had usually been sparked by a crisis, which then put pressure on Washington to do something, but Americans rarely saw the problem as one that justified getting fully committed.

So, we would join the fight but in incremental ways and hope that these incremental moves would change the outcome. It rarely does. Instances where we have succeeded, 1990 Persian Gulf War, Grenada and Panama, were all ones where we did fight to win, used massive force and achieved a quick, early knockout.

In Syria, the interventionists have lofty ends but no one wants to use the means necessary to achieve them. So we are now giving arms to the opposition and hoping it will bring the regime to the negotiating table.

But, as Huntington observed, “military forces are not primarily instruments of communication to convey signals to an enemy; they are instead instruments of coercion to compel him to alter his behavior.”

This reminds one of the strategy of the Johnson administration in Vietnam, use force to pressure the enemy to negotiate. But the enemy is fighting to win not to play a negotiating game.

The chance that our current efforts in Syria will do enough to achieve even our objectives is small. Eventually, the contradictions in U.S. policy will emerge and the Obama administration will face calls from people like John McCain for further escalation.

They should resist them and it’s possible that they will. The scholar Daniel Drezner argues in his blog on ForeignPolicy.com that the new move “is simply the next iteration of the unspoken, brutally realpolitik Obama policy towards Syria that’s been going on for the past two years.”

“The goal of that policy is to ensnare Iran and Hezbollah into a protracted, resource-draining civil war, with as minimal costs as possible. This is exactly what the last two years have accomplished, he writes, “at an appalling toll in lives lost.”

If this interpretation of the Obama administration’s behavior is correct, then the White House might well be playing a clever game, but it is Machiavellian rather than humanitarian games.”

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1306/23/fzgps.01.html

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Dear GOP – thanx for 3 great months of free PR you gave us by smearing Susan Rice. Love, a few Al Quaeda guys in Libya.

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Stewart “We begin tonight with the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  It was a tragic situation where American lives were lost.  And in the three months since the attack, legitimate questions of adequate embassy security, America’s overall efficacy in fighting the war on terror, and the intricate dance twixt national security and the public’s right to know, have all been distilled down, thrown out, and replaced with this one urgent conclusion concerning current Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.”

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) 11-14-12 “I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States Secretary of State.  She’s not qualified.”

Stewart “That’s Senator John McCain, continuing his seven year quest to negate every good thing he’d ever done prior to that.  This time leading the charge to preempt an, as of now, hypothetical Obama nomination for Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton.  Why?  Because five days after the Benghazi attacks, Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows and said this.”

Dr Susan Rice 9-16-12 “The best assessment we have today, is that, in fact, this was not a preplanned premeditated attack.  That what happened initially, was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo, as a consequence of the video. “

Stewart “We know that that’s wrong now.  And, we now know that many in the Obama administration knew immediately that that statement was wrong.  That the attacks were not angry film critics, but Al Qaeda, or one of Al Qaeda’s AA teams, the Ansar Al Sharia Mudhens.  So, Susan Rice met yesterday with Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte to clear the air.  How’d that go?”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 11-27-12 “Ambassador Rice, I think, does not do justice to the reality at the time, and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong.”

McCain 11-27-12 “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers we got, and some that we didn’t get, concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate.”

Stewart “Here’s the deal.  They may be right.  Though, on the scale of public misstatements, Rice’s comments seem to fall towards the embarrassing evidence of institutional disorganization, end of the scale.”

 

            Washington Misstatement Meter

Feeding W-M-D info to the NY Times reporter

“I did not have sex with that woman, ________”

That tweet wasn’t my dong

Mistakenly referring to mistress as ‘biographer’

Polio?  No, I don’t have Polio!  I just enjoy sitting!

** Embarrassing evidence of institutional disorganization

Private admissions of hatred for half of country

Broken promise to quit smoking

 

Stewart continues “But, here’s the thing.  These two (Graham and McCain) don’t get to be the ones to self-righteously get angry about this.  They’re upset that she may have passed bad intel, wittingly or un, to the American people.  Remember these two from a decade ago?”

McCain 10-9-02 “Saddam Hussein continues to acquire, amass, and improve on his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.  He continues to acquire, attempt to acquire, a nuclear weapon.  These are all well known facts.”

Graham 12-19-01 “Let’s act now to get rid of a tyrant who’s abused and killed his own people, who’s procuring weapons of mass destruction, substantial evidence to that effect.”

Stewart “I remember all that from their hit blog, S#&t old guys who unnecessarily get us into wars say.  Of course, it’s probably not a one to one comparison.  Unfortunately, that’s not really, it’s not a one to one comparison, because while Susan Rice admitted to the error within weeks, these two still refuse to acknowledge that invading a country based on information from a source named Curveball, was actually considered to be a pretty (terrible) idea at the time.  If only we had a more direct comparison to make here.  Sort of a one to one.  Like another high ranking government official, passing what they knew at the time was misleading intelligence to the American public, on a Sunday news show, also in line to become Secretary of State, and was African American, and a woman, and let’s say, her name was also Rice.  That’d be something.”

Condoleeza Rice 9-8-02 “We do know that there have been shipments going into Iran, for instance, into Iraq, for instance of aluminum tubes that really are only suited to, high quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs.”

Stewart “She knew that was BS at the time.  What would a John McCain or a Lindsey Graham say about a woman like that’s qualifications for Secretary of State?”

Graham 1-27-05 “To attack her personally is way over the line, because she is our face and voice to the world, and you’re not doing any American any good by sending her off with such labels.”

McCain 1-27-05 “But, I think it’s very clear that Condoleeza Rice is a person of integrity, and yes, I see this some lingering bitterness over a very tough campaign.  I hope it will dissipate soon.”

 

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-28-2012/legends-of-the-fault

My letter to Senator John McCain 11-19-12   Leave a comment

I just sent this to Senator McCain:

 

Dear Senator McCain,

As a citizen of Vermont, I never quite know if it’s OK to express my opinion to another Senator, but with all of the comments on Benghazi, I feel compelled to write.  When Dr Rice first spoke on television, I heard her say she thought it was a demonstration linked to the video, but it was an armed group of attackers who killed our Ambassador and his guards.  The semantics of whether it was an Al Queda attack, or another armed group of thugs is irrelevant to me as a citizen.  We’re Americans.  We believe in living free.  That often exposes us.  Sometimes people attack us.  We always get them back.  It just seems like you are harping on a minor irrelevant point, and that is not what we need in America right now.

The Democrats just won big and are starting to strut their stuff.  We, the citizens of the United States, need you, the Republicans to be the calm voice of reason.  They tend to have a lot of hot headed ideas, and I love them for that.  But, we need balance.  We need to have you work with them in a calm professional way.  We need you to stop yelling at them, and just sit down and figure out the best way to move America forward, in consideration of how the states have elected their representatives.  I implore you, Senator McCain.  Stop with the Benghazi arguments and help bring the Democrats and Republicans together to quietly and efficiently get the job done for America.  Please be the man that I heard at a town hall meeting in Burlington, VT so many years ago.  I think you still have it in you, and hope that you do to.

Sincerely,

Tim Lewis

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says a “scheduling error” is to blame after he missed a Senate hearing on the attacks in Benghazi on Tuesday and instead held a press conference where he called for an investigation into those same attacks.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported on Thursday that Ted Barrett, the network’s Senate producer, had an “intense very angry exchange” with McCain when he asked about why the senator had missed the hearing.

“I have to tell you something that just happened on Capitol Hill, and that is our senate producer Ted Barrett just ran into John McCain and asked about something that we’re hearing from Democrats, which is John McCain is calling for more information to Congress, but he had a press conference yesterday instead of going to a closed briefing where administration officials were giving more information,” Bash told CNN anchor Carol Costello. “Well, Ted Barrett asked John McCain about that, and it was apparently an intense very angry exchange and McCain simply would not comment on it at all.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/15/cnn-mccain-ditched-benghazi-hearing-to-hold-benghazi-press-conference/

Posted November 16, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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