Archive for August 23rd, 2011

by lizard

With Gadaffi in hiding, or on the run, and his compound thoroughly looted of its gold-plated AK-47’s, the administration can breathe a short sigh of relief. Those nags on the left and right won’t have this hostility-free, not-really-a-war war to harp on anymore, right?

And really, what would be the point of repeating the same criticism? Regime change was accomplished through the easily predictable mission creep of NATO (ab)using a UN resolution. Big deal. This casual (civil) war, launched (unleashed) during March Madness, has finally reached its late-summer crescendo. Any nag who wants to crap on positive headlines for Libya (and a boost for Obama’s reelection prospects) should quit acting like a teabagger doing the dirty work of the GOP (woof, grrr).

Obama should enjoy his Mission Accomplished moment, because who knows what will be happening in Libya a year from now.

Richard Haas, head of the US Council on Foreign Relations, had this to say in the British Financial Times (content only available to registered users):

International assistance, probably including an international force, is likely to be needed for some time to help restore and maintain order. The size and composition of the force will depend on what is requested and welcomed by the Libyan National Transitional Council and what is required by the situation on the ground.

President Barack Obama may need to reconsider his assertion that there would not be any American boots on the ground; leadership is hard to assert without a presence.

Why stop the mission creep at regime change? Libya needs stability to produce its sweet crude, and if ground troops are required to impose stability, so be it.

This story is getting boring. It’s just the same old imperial bullshit dressed up in slightly different packaging, repeated over and over and over again.


Tea Party takes it as a sign from god to cut spending!

Nevermind. (But read the comments–they’re hilarious!)

The Free Republic claims that Obama said the earthquake happened somewhere along “Bush’s Fault”.

“This is a question of whether American democracy itself can beat back a corporate takeover”
— Rep. Ellie Hill, D-Missoula


I’ll let the voices of a few of Missoula’s leaders in support of amending the U.S. Constitution to restrict corporate “personhood” tell the story (from behind the paywall at a local chapter of a national corporate newspaper chain):

University of Montana professor Vicki Watson thanked the council for bringing the referendum forward and said she wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an official message it erred. She said extending civil rights to corporations “makes a mockery of our sacred human rights.”

“Corporations do not bleed or feel pain. They can’t die in an unsafe workplace,” Watson said.

Rep. Ellie Hill, D-Missoula, said she pitched a similar piece of legislation in Helena, and she heard support from Democrats and Republicans all across the state. Hill noted Montana history is laced with stories of big money, such as the Copper Kings, buying influence.

“This is a question of whether American democracy itself can beat back a corporate takeover,” Hill said.

Mary Stranahan… said putting power back into the hands of the people is a huge matter. She encouraged people to seek more information about the national movement from The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund,

“I think this is one of the most important issues we as a country face in trying to preserve what democracy we have,” Stranahan said.

And to those of you who complained in the comments of my last post on this issue, that the City Council should attend to more important matters, you got your wish: they also approved spending $188,829 on a machine to fill pot holes.

I’m just back from several days of vacation on a (mostly) deserted lake somewhere in NW Montana (and aching legs to prove it), and I’ll have much more to say about this issue in the future. One point I’d like to focus on is the stance that Missoula’s other newspaper publisher (and I presume many other newspapers) has taken in opposition to the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to reserve 1st Amendment rights to the flesh and blooded. That somehow that would affect the 1st Amendment’s bedrock protection of freedom of the press.

I think that debate is a very worthy one to have. What is at stake is not just the fallout from Citizen’s United, but future fallout from a concerted effort by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his activist wife Virginia to reconstruct the Constitution to adhere to an originalist’s (and Tea Party) view that is more in concert with the will of the “Founders.”

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