Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Learning from Wikileaks

O bama's reaction, at least his public reaction, to the Wikileaks situation is not enviable.  He seems perfectly content to let CIA torturers slide on by with nary a tap on the wrists; and has been firm on the "no impeachment" for George W. Bush who is a bona fide war criminal and if this were a nation which lived with the rule of law,  he would have been tried in a court of law, and been serving a life sentence.  If not a firing squad.  Not only did Bush lie about the Iraqi governments possession, or rather, lack of possession, of weapons of mass destruction, and suppress the recommendations of the best CIA analytical intelligence in order to coax Congress to approve his invasion of Iraq.  But now there are whole segments of conservatives who deny he ever did anything out of the way.

"He never ever lied," one chanted.

"Carpet bombed Iraq? Never.  You must be thinking of Clinton."  This was a response from a yet another troll on YouTube.

So I Googled it.  I typed in George W. Bush and the carpet bombing of Iraq.  Google brought back 88,000 articles and mentions of Bush carpet bombing Iraq.  I posted the results on the YouTube page in answer to my 2 trolls.  Never heard from them again.  

Add to this, the fact that George W. Bush and Cheney consistently abused executive privilege, on any number of counts.  for one thing, and this is really enough to bring Bush to a court of law: by classifying the fact that they bypassed the FISA court to spy on Americans.

Now we find verification in the Wikileaks documents, that the US has been lying in its diplomatic relations with the world. It has been working with Israel to commit genocide in the Gaza Strip. No wonder Hillary Clinton is so pissed off about Wikileaks.  And Obama, and the State Department.  And the CIA.  And on and on down the line of Federal agencies.  As well as the military.

If they prefer secrecy to truth, let them burn.

As Noam Chomsky says in the video, in this great interview with Amy Goodman, "What the official response to the Wikileaks exposure really does tell us is that the upper level government officials, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, really hate democracy and with a bitter hatred."



It is so very interesting that Chomsky is quite enthusiastic, for Chomsky, about the leaks.  Of course it is important to remember that Chomsky was one of the two or three people who worked with Daniel Ellsberg to index the Pentagon Papers, which caused such an uproar so many decades ago.  And which led directly to the ceasefire on the part of American soldiers and their departure of Viet Nam.  Ellsberg had the crooked leadership of America by the short hairs. Now all of America knew they had been lied to all along.  And the Hippies, the peace niks, were right!

The uglier the the secrets the more the governing leadership screams about being exposed.  I love Chomsky's comment about Sarah Palin.  "I don't know how much she understands..."  Thing is, he isn't trying to be funny.  Nor does he intend his comment to put her down.  That isn't the way Chomsky operates.  From her comment on the Wikileaks documents, it seems she doesn't really understand anything.  Face it Sarah, dear, you're at your best as the usual beauty pageant queen.

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