Saturday, June 22, 2013

Irish Politician: Obama Is A War Criminal

Imagine if one of our American elected representatives stood up in the corporate-pandering 10%-approval-rating Congress and spoke truth to power like Irish T.D. (Teachta Dala) member Clare Daly did before her colleagues and her country.

She'd probably be shouted down and arrested by the Capitol Police as a heckler before she even got the first paragraph out.

This is what the real Left looks like, people. This is also how "transparent" political debate is supposed to work. In public, uncensored. Democracy is alive and well somewhere in the West.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph captured the reaction* of J. Edgar Obama's family:

*To a swarm of wonderful Irish midges and a boring tour guide. Lunch with Bono couldn't come soon enough. Now they're all safe and sound back in the Homeland, keeping us all safe as they listen to our sounds.


Jim - South Florida said...

Can we clone her?!

Pearl said...

I think this thought was brought up here before, that the reason Obama
refused to investigate the transgressions of the last president and his sidekicks, was to protect himself knowing he wanted the freedom to pursue the same policies without interruption or condemnation. They're all cut from the same cloth regardless of their complexion.

Denis Neville said...

One of the best smack-downs of our Janus-faced President.

How many of our own politicians have stood up to his hypocrisy and lies and destructive actions?

I’d share a pint with Clare Daly.

“It’s really hard to know which is worst, whether it’s the outpourings of the Obamas themselves or the sycophantic falling over them by sections of the media and the political establishment.”

She wasn’t impressed by Michelle Obama, who had lunch with “Mr. Tax Exile himself,” U2’s Bono.

More on Bono by The Guardian’s George Monbiot:

“It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq. African activists accused them of drowning out a campaign for global justice with a campaign for charity.

“But this is worse. As the UK chairs the G8 summit again, a campaign that Bono founded, with which Geldof works closely, appears to be whitewashing the G8's policies in Africa.

“Because Bono is seen by world leaders as the representative of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak. This works very well for everyone – except them…This collaboration of multimillionaires and technocrats looks to me more like a projection of US and corporate power.”

Zee said...

I suppose that it's just plain small and mean of me to enjoy the fact that Obama is being denounced as a "war criminal" in the land of (some of) his ancestors, of which he purports to be so proud.

But enjoy it I will.


Pearl said...

Denis: your quotation from the autobiography of William O.Douglas (in Karen's previous column) was certainly a harbinger of what has come to pass. I looked up his history on Wikipedia and it certainly was an interesting one - especially on the Supreme Court. He certainly did not suffer fools gladly. I would like to read his autobiography if the library still carries it. Yes, Roosevelt knew how to pick people for the court so that he could get his agenda accomplished. Nothing has been quite right since.

And Jay, I had wondered what topic you were referring to in the following

'The same arrangement exists with (ahem) another country close to the U.S.'

I thought it referred to the signing of the loyalty oath in Canada but see
it referred to the exchange of private information between countries for each other. What more can you add about this 'arrangement" you referred to? I was not aware that Canada had the kind of oaths required as in
the U.S. regarding overthrowing of governments, etc. and see no reference to that possibility, thank goodness, I hope. We were never required to sign such oaths that I recall either as incoming immigrants or my husband for his position at McMaster. I certainly would have remembered such an occurrence
if so.

I have learned in recent years that the RCMP was involved with the U.S.
intelligence agents in the political accusation business of the McCarthy era in the l950's although we were never questioned here. Vietnam war veterans who fled to Canada were eventually given asylum here. However, thanks to Prime Minister Harper, a large group of Iraq war protesters fleeing to Canada still live in limbo with several forced back to the U.S. with
consequences involved.

annenigma said...

I think Jay was referring to the Five Eyes multilateral agreement regarding signals intelligence. The Five Eyes are: USA, GB, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, and he was referring to Canada.

Ironic that Guantanamo might be the very evidence used to help any whistleblower prove in foreign courts that the USA does not respect the rule of law and they are in grave danger of spending the rest of their lives similarly mistreated, if not tortured, by the USA.

>ALERT< This is a very disturbing MUST READ from McClatchy News. Sickening, actually.

Karen Garcia said...

Thanks for the alert... I was posting on the same article as you were writing your comment.

Anonymous said...

"...THAT woman."

Judging by the expressions and statement of the men in that video, that woman, Clare Daly, clearly does not know her place. As one of my supervisors once said in dismissing another male colleague, "Ignore him. He doesn't know what's going on." To which I didn't dare respond, "I don't know... since he's our colleague, why don't we TELL him?"

That Daly woman. Clearly, she is not "in" on the joke. Not one of the cool kids. Disinvited herself from the game. Self-destructive. Narcissistic like Snowden. Really, an inconvenient woman.

I got a laugh out of the expressionless hippie sitting next to her hurricane-like tirade. Wonder what was going through his head... but glad someone stood by her. Or sat, as she railed. She seemed to be utterly alone, otherwise.

Anonymous said...

My other thought was: Clare Daly, related to Maud Gonne?