metta8 saidObama Points Out One Thing That Isn't Controversial About The Torture Report
"I recognize that there’s controversies in terms of some of the details, but what’s not controversial is the fact that we did some things that violated who we are as a people"
Not to justify the human rights excesses of the Bush years, but just to put some things in perspective:
The Toll Of 5 Years Of Drone Strikes: 2,400 Dead
The U.S. drone program under President Barack Obama reached its fifth anniversary on Thursday having tallied up an estimated death toll of at least 2,400 people.
As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a U.K.-based non-profit, details on its website, five years ago the CIA conducted the first drone strikes of the Obama presidency. Although there were reports of suspected "militants" killed, at least 14 civilians also died that day.
After those initial mistakes, TBIJ notes, Obama rapidly ramped up the drone program in Pakistan and increased its use in Yemen and Somalia, two countries where al Qaeda affiliates expanded their presence during Obama's presidency.
Yes, they're all as bad as each other, and the more partisan we make this, the more "they" will love us for it. I'm as "leftie" as they come, but I, too, know that that two-faced cow Feinstein couldn't give a fuck, and didn't... until she found out that the NSA had her husband and his multimillion dollar deals with the Federal Government tabbed as well; then she "woke up". But it's those "details" they want us to concentrate on, instead of the bigger picture.
So Snowden and the NSA business was one thing; now here we go again: We have a government that is knowingly and willfully breaking domestic and international law routinely while, at the same time, demanding that you and I obey those laws under penalty. We have a name for "governments" like that.
So what DOES actually have to happen before we acknowledge we've become a post-democratic farce masquerading as a representative government?
And not just us. Basically the only part of the Senate report redacted is... the names of the 50 other countries who played ball with us. So what do we do now? As I said, they're all at it.
So, it really does seem to have "happened overnight": A president resigns because he knew about a "third-rate burglary"; another is impeached because he had his cock sucked; and all of a sudden our Country is being run by unelected nobodies with a complete disregard for the.... Rule of Law that you and I are supposed to obey?
And this is why I love RJ: Not because it is so different from the Country as a whole... but because it's a perfect representation of it: Look at the number of people who have read - let alone posted to - this thread; then look at the number of responses to "Would You Fuck the Left Nostril of the Guy Above You?"
If this isn't a "constitutional crisis", I don't know what is. The problem, of course, is that we, here, have to decide it's a "crisis".