11:21:46 pm on January 27, 2010 |
“It lives on in the 8-year old boy in Louisiana, who just sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it to the people of Haiti. And it lives on in all the Americans who’ve dropped everything to go some place they’ve never been and pull people they’ve never known from rubble, prompting chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A!” when another life was saved.”
This is a complete distortion of the feeling on the ground in Haiti. People there are disgusted with the belated and “pathetic” US response (to quote Italy’s disaster chief) and outraged by all the gun-pointing US Marines whose deployment has muscled aside cargo planes from France and other countries carrying doctors, medicine and inflatable hospitals, effectively increasing quake casualties. The Pentagon, on Obama’s watch, is cynically using a natural calamity to take over a nation of a people who have courageously fended for themselves (with the help of about 500 Cuban doctors in the capital) through most of the post-quake horror but who need “more gauze, not guns” in the words of one US doctor helping there.
11:12:22 pm on January 27, 2010 |
Dumb-founding applause for increasing US troops in Afghanistan. Some 20,000 troops are also being deployed in Haiti right now, not for relief, but in the 3rd US military occupation there in 16 years. US troops are there to cap continuing popular resistance against Washington-promoted neoliberal reforms, to prevent refugees from fleeing toward Miami, and to secure Haiti as a cheap labor platform now that oil scarcity is making it too expensive and strategically foolish to rely on China a half a world away.
10:53:55 pm on January 27, 2010 |
Military spending and wars can grow, but social spending will be frozen.
10:36:59 pm on January 27, 2010 |
Clean nuclear. Clean coal. Clean oxymorons.
10:32:38 pm on January 27, 2010 |
“Well I do not accept second-place for the United States of America.”
How about last place as the country which gets the lowest education scores in proportion to its per capita income ?
10:31:36 pm on January 27, 2010 |
Right, he is sooo contentious!
10:21:28 pm on January 27, 2010 |
If he hated the bailout so much, why doesn’t he talk about what he hated about it? Instead he’s now justifying it and saying it cost us nothing and worked out well.