No Change

Bogged down over the release of detainee abuse photos, a bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was on track Friday for passage in Congress after a late-night intervention by President Barack Obama.

Negotiations between the Senate and the House of Representatives had been at a deadlock Thursday after the Senate introduced a measure banning public release of the controversial images allegedly showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hands of US military personnel.

But in a letter to the negotiators, Obama made a last-minute guarantee that he “will continue to take every legal and administrative remedy available to me to ensure the DoD (Department of Defense) detainee photographs are not released.”

Covering up torture- Check.

Continual funding of wars of aggression- Check.

Awareness that imperialism negates democracy- um…

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4 Responses to “No Change”

  1. Jay Vos Says:

    Well, I phoned my Rep and his office said he’s still “considering” his vote. FDL has…White House browbeating frosh Dem reps

    http://campaignsilo.firedoglake.com/2009/06/12/leadership-threatens-freshmen-who-wont-vote-for-supplemental/

  2. RickB Says:

    Thanks Jay, must be hard for antiwar dems now the party has the power to stop pretending they were against the wars. And the picture issue, the Whitehouse could of told Lieberman etc where to get off if they were minded to, a bad fucking joke. Endless war devolves into this accelerating brutality. Like they say about Israel the US too is a military with a country attached!

  3. libhomo Says:

    RickB: We are corporations with a country attached.

    • RickB Says:

      It’s weird you should say that as I was surfing some wingnut rubbish which amounted to making nationalism synonymous with corporatism ie patriotism is to do whatever corporations want of you. And in a highly privatised war that includes dying for their profits all smothered in nationalistic propaganda, and that really is just imperialism with a shiny focus group tested face. The British drive was also govt and private companies (with handy aristocratic networks of power) telling people it was some great cause to commit mass armed robbery on other nations. Smedley Butler twigged it in the 30’s from first hand knowledge, as the US empire rose as Britain’s fell. This Monbiot piece is interesting
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/08/british-empire-colonies-banks-reform
      and maybe shows the way for the US too especially as environmental factors and peak oil/water bite, our nations’ crime sprees are up.


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