Monday, June 3, 2013

This & That

The drumbeat for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation is growing.  Add New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson to the list of influential people expressing their concern over the actions of Holder’s Justice Department.  Appearing on “Face the Nation” Abramson told Bob Schieffer “…we are concerned that the process of news gathering is being criminalized.”  Any time the editorial departments of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are in agreement is not a good time for the administration.  Rumor is that West Wing insiders have jumped on the “Holder Must Resign” bandwagon. But President Obama has a history of resisting this type of political pressure.  Holder is a close personal friend of the president.  Holder’s wife and the First Lady are very close.  Still, it is hard to square how the Attorney General could testify before congress that he knew nothing of the seizure of AP and FOXNEWS phone records when he signed the warrant that authorized the seizure.
Darrel Issa is the Republican Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.  Darrel Issa is heading up the congressional investigation of the Benghazi, IRS and AP “scandals.”  Darrel Issa has accused the Attorney General of committing perjury and called White House press Secretary Jay Carney “a paid liar.”  Darrel Issa is full of himself.  Both of these characterizations may very well be true.  But Issa undermines his position, his character and his party by engaging in this type of inflammatory rhetoric.  Keep quiet Darrel…let the story sell itself.
Do you remember how the Bush administration sold us on the benefits of going to war in Iraq?  Not only would we rid the world of a brutal dictator who sponsored terrorism and threatened our security with weapons of mass destruction, but the war would prove to be an economic boondoggle for the good old US of A.  They said the rebuilding of Iraq would result in hundreds of thousands of American jobs.  They said that Iraq’s mammoth oil supply would flow freely into US ports, gas prices would plummet and the US economy would thrive.  According to the “Economic Times,” Iraq HAS become one of the world’s top oil producers.  However the biggest beneficiary of the Iraqi post war oil boom is not the US…it is China.  “We lost out,” said Michael Makovsky, a former Bush administration Defense Department official who worked on Iraq oil policy.  “The Chinese had nothing to do with the war, but from an economic standpoint they are benefitting from it, and our 5th Fleet and air forces are assuring their supply.”
Violent protests in Turkey have escalated after police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.  In a scene reminiscent Egypt’s Tahrir Square, thousands of protestors flooded Istanbul’s main square, voicing their outrage over government crackdowns, political repression and religious interventions.  Turkey is a key US ally in the region.  It is only a matter of time before John McCain calls for American military intervention.  See comment above re: Iraq war.
Michael Douglas announced that his throat cancer was caused by performing oral sex on women.  We have nothing to add. 
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