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The Spoiler Myth

…The term ‘spoiler’ is now being applied to Jill Stein by Democrats to emotionally blackmail any Bernie Sanderssupporters entertaining supporting Stein over Clinton. What these criticisms conveniently omit is Libertarian CandidateGary Johnson is polling on average around 7 points with Stein averaging around 2.8 points, yet polling averages that include only TrumpClinton, and Johnson are averaging with Trump winning at 0.2 points and averaging at a tie with four way polls including Stein. If a third party candidate is truly a spoiler, polls should be indicating a greater inverse correlation benefiting Hillary Clinton when Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson is included in polls, but it doesn’t.

Instead of scapegoating Bernie Sanders supporters refusing to fall in line behind Hillary Clinton as the reason for the current polls of this election showing a close general election, the Democratic Party needs to enact reforms which would alleviate the factors that make Hillary Clinton such an unappealing presidential candidate…

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/05/the-spoiler-myth-clinton-has-more-problems-than-jill-stein-and-the-bernie-or-busters/

Obama At Pentagon: Syria Mess Is All Assad’s Fault

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Some presidents grow in office and some presidents grow once out of office (Jimmy Carter comes to mind). But some presidents seem to learn very little during their four or eight year term. Unfortunately, especially when it comes to foreign policy, it seems President Obama falls into that latter category.

The president gave a press conference at the Pentagon today to update us on how the fight against ISIS is going. Remember: it is two years since Obama expanded what he promised would be a very limited military operation to save a religious minority — the Yazidis — from a hilltop in Iraq, into a full-fledged war in Iraq, Syria, and as of last week, Libya. 

Two years ago this very week, in fact, President Obama informed the American people that he was launching “targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water…”

There was no chance of this very limited rescue operation expanding, he assured us:

As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.  And so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.

Two years later, the lies are laid bare. US troops are indeed fighting another war in Iraq, with the addition of wars in Syria and Libya to boot.

Today the president wanted to give us good news about his anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq and Syria. His efforts have made us more safe, he claimed: “I do think that because of our extraordinary efforts, a homeland is significantly safer than it otherwise would be.”

But the president wanted us to know that things are not perfect. There are some bad actors who are hindering our efforts.

Singled out for condemnation in the president’s address was not ISIS, or al-Qaeda, or even the US-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki, which recently filmed itself beheading a young child. No, the real villain for President Obama is the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a five year battle with ISIS, al-Qaeda, and US-backed “moderates” who do things like cut off young boys’ heads.

To Obama, the disaster in Syria is not the fault of the outside powers, who imported jihadis and even weapons from Libya (Hillary!) to overthow Syrian president Assad. It is all the fault of Assad for resisting the foreign-backed overthrow of his government! Indeed, even the act of fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda in his country earns Assad the condemnation of Obama:

In Syria, defeating ISIL and al-Qaeda requires an end to the civil war and brutality against the people, pushing them to extremes. The regime and its allies continue to violate the cessation of hostilities.

So the Syrian government is guilty of violating the “cessation of hostilities” by fighting al-Qaeda and US-backed groups that fight alongside al-Qaeda

Indeed, to Obama the whole Syria disaster is the fault of Assad, who apparently woke up one morning and decided that the best way to keep power in Syria was to destroy his own country…

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2016/august/04/obama-at-pentagon-syria-mess-is-all-assads-fault/

A Glimpse At American Democracy In One Gif – GO ‘MERIKA!

A Glimpse At American Democracy in One Gif – GO ‘MERIKA!

Nation And Soldier-Worship Are Always Bipartisan

My intention was to tell anyone who gave me trouble that I was a Jehovah’s Witness, or maybe a Quaker. Turns out, the only problem I suffered from sitting each time I was present for the presentation of colors, the National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican Nation Convention was the general stress that comes with sitting in a room full of people who are standing tall, awash in happy patriotism.

I’ve sat in the presence of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I will stand for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” but not my country’s anthem at a ball game. Not because I don’t love people, places, and large chunks of culture related to the location known as the United States of America. I won’t stand for a president, period. They’ve all got blood legacies. And I don’t stand for a 19th century loyalty oath that was written by a socialist, which kids are urged to recite in classrooms without having the slightest understanding as to why …

Nationalism and Soldier-Worship Are Always Bipartisan