Douthat on Ryan’s Poverty Proposal: a comment by Political Cynic

Let’s file this Ryan poverty proposal with his infamous Budget Proposals, that Mr. Douthat dubbed ‘policy entrepreneurship’, a grotesque euphemism for propaganda! The White Male Ethos, a la Mitt Romney, that currently rules the Modern Republican Party, asks in the person of Rep. Ryan, that the ‘poor’ write a business plan/proposal to receive their pittance. Predicated,proposed as a block grant to the states. The question arises: how will the states evaluate these business plans/proposals, except by means of a bureaucracy who will read and evaluate each of these documents? The block grant is the way that Free Marketeers shift the burden of evaluation to the states: this is utterly transparent manipulation, as described by Mr. Douthat.

The desperation of the Republican Party, to somehow appear as if they cared about the ‘poor’ is amply demonstrated, in another failed attempt to demonstrate a non-existent concern for the ‘poor’. What happened to all those savvy propaganda specialist from the Reagan era? Or even the master manipulator Karl Rove, who could produce at the least a plausible alternative to this very weak sauce. It’s very hard to think of Rep. Ryan as the new Jack Kemp, he lacks that glad handing bonhomie.

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Mr. Rogin, General Dempsey and The New Cold War: a comment by Almost Marx

Neo-Con scribbler Mr. Rogin reports on General Dempsey utterly hypocritical, mendacious assertion:

It does change the situation. You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It’s the first time since 1939 or so that that’s been the case,” Dempsey said. “They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States.

Inside this paragraph you have this tawdry, self-exculpatory fiction , call it what it is a lie:

‘You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives.’

This, the purest expression of self-serving political myopia. An American, of any kind, making this assertion is utterly grotesque! What about just our immediate history of Afghanistan and Iraq, or all the countries that America subjects to drone attack. Or the collection of NGO’s used to undermine/subvert governments we don’t like i.e. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Nor the inconvenient fact that Americans Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt acted as midwives to the Ukrainian Coup, the leaders of which have resigned. See these web sites for further information:
The New Cold War is in full swing, if you doubt this assertion, see this essay from the usually staid Economist for confirmation of that reality:
Mr. Rogin can’t resist, in fact he nearly salivates over the quotable General Dempsey, especially when it confirms his propaganda needs:

This is very clearly Putin, the man himself, with a vision for Europe as he sees it, what he considers to be an effort to redress grievances that we burdened upon Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and also to appeal to ethnic Russian enclaves across Eastern Europe,” he said. “He’s very aggressive about it, he’s got a playbook he’s been successful with two or three times, and he will continue.

Putin is The New Stalin!
The next quote is from State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf:

‘State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Thursday that U.S. intelligence showed that the Russian military had now fired artillery from Russia into Ukraine, but she declined to provide any details about the source of the intelligence.’

Here is the exchange between Ms. Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee on the ‘settled question’ of Russian guilt:

‘In a testy exchange between AP reporter Matt Lee and U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, Lee virtually corners Harf into admitting that the “evidence” presented by the U.S. to blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 amounts to nothing more than YouTube videos and social media posts.
Lee begins by asking Harf how the U.S. plans to produce “forensic evidence” proving Russian-backed rebels were behind the attack, to which Hard responds by reeling off talking points before stating, “we know, we saw in social media afterwards….of the pro-Russian separatists bragging about shooting down an aircraft.” ‘

See the video of the exchange here:
My apologies for the length of my comment but Mr. Rogin’s propagandizing needs an empirically based reply.
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Where have you been? A comment by Political Realist

One needs to ask the only real pertinent question of Mr Rumer: where have you been? This essay is the captive of the propaganda frame of the American National Security State i.e. that the Ukrainian Coup was ‘spontaneous uprising’. The co-conspirators/financial enablers of the Ukrainian Coup, Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt are completely missing, indeed absent from Mr Rumer’s laudable plea for diplomatic engagement with Putin and Russia, on the pressing question of Ukraine.

Mr. Rumer, in pursuit of political respectability, leaves the American propaganda narrative alone: to question it is to set himself apart from the other respectable conformist opinionators.

Ms. Nuland’s notorious leaked phone call:

On Ms. Nuland this from The American Conservative, hardly a publication with any unseemly radical associations:

An informative quote from this essay seems appropriate:

‘Ms. Nuland’s testimony was notable for her prediction that Russian citizens will one day ask with regard to their country’s incursion into Ukraine:

What have we really achieved? Instead of funding schools, hospitals, science, and prosperity at home in Russia, we have squandered our national wealth on adventurism, interventionism, and the ambitions of a leader who cares more about empire then his own citizens.

Well, whatever the Russian people think of Putin’s adventurism—and if recent poll numbers are anything to go by, they think pretty well of it—it’s the American people who are sorely tired of American adventures abroad.’

This from Global Research titled, The Neoliberal Neo-Nazi Coup in Ukraine. The World is at a Dangerous Crossroads:

From Global Research on MH-17:

This from Paul Craig Roberts:

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Mr. Walt’s No Contest redux: as background to the current Ukranian Crisis, a comment by Political Observer

Mr. Walt, in his essay of March 3,2014 titled No Contest wants to reassure his readers of his bourgeois political respectability, although at some points in his essay, the truth will out over that reassurance:

‘Mind you: I’m not defending Putin’s action or relishing Obama’s discomfiture. No one should take pleasure from this unilateral violation of international law or the likelihood that Ukraine faces more years of political instability and economic hardship.’

That is not the most pressing issue here, besides demonstrating Mr. Walt’s tough guy ‘political realism’ bs! Victoria Nuland wasn’t just passing out ‘pastries’ to protesters, she funneled six billion dollars of American money to the Ukrainian opposition, with political ally The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies a Neo-Con front group , that spent an estimated 100 million of it’s own. All this very inconsistent with the narrative supplied by the bourgeois politically respectable policy intellectual, of the hard headed realist variety. See this little meditation on the difference between ‘power’ and ‘interests': Continue reading

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The Culture War’s Sore Winners: further comments by American Litterateur

I posted this on July 1, 2014 via TwitLonger, yet I feel that I missed an important point about this propaganda and its framing. Mr. Douthat does not so much as praise the Hobby Lobby decision, as much as he criticizes ‘Liberals’ for poor sportsmanship, among other aspersions: he starts with a long quotation from an essay of March 19,2012 by Kevin Drum:
Mr. Drum is unapologetic, even a bit bellicose, about the ‘Culture Wars’ as being the property of an ‘Aggressive Cultural Liberalism’ to use Mr. Douthat’s term. It makes an excellent rhetorical frame for the hectoring, scolding tone of the essay, laced with one of the most unattractive and disingenuous facets of Modern Conservatism, it’s closely held masochism.
The body of Mr. Drum’s essay is devoted to a history of Supreme Court appointments using an essay by Ed Kilgore in the Washington Monthly of March 19, 2012 titled This Day in RINO Betrayal! as his starting point.
Can it get more convoluted? Or is the intent of this framing toward the political end of a propaganda, that seems to be based upon a rational something, but is in fact about the political anger of Mr. Douthat: in a desperate search for a usable/viable argumentative matrix? I republish my original essay unedited

The Myth of the Religious Victim is the twin of the Myth of the White Male Victim trotted out at various political occasions: to demonstrate the virtue of the persecuted, in the face of the hegemony of the Godless Secularists and the Evils of Affirmative Action. Should it surprise anyone that the quartet of Neo-Confederate/Originalists on the Supreme Court have a propensity to view the prerogatives of male power as sacred? And to view the sexual emancipation of women: the availability of birth control, as a threat to that already eroded, indeed breached battle line? The Conservative Argument is to repeal the last 54 years of our history! As they live not in the 21st Century, but reside in the intellectual/moral/political pre-bellum 19th Century, circa 1850? American Conservatism of the present can be succinctly described as a self-created radicalized political nostalgia! Perhaps Mr. Douthat is too steeped in the manufactured melodrama of American Movies, (he even lapses at one point into to cliche ridden script-chatter), and his own religious obsessions, to see that how and what his fellow citizens do, and how they conduct themselves sexually is not the business of Hobby Lobby or anyone else. Which leads Mr. Douthat and his political allies to the manufacture a myth of convenience: that the Secularists are forcing them to do something against their deeply held religious beliefs, and it is therefore wrong. Mr. Douthat’s Conservatives fight against a pernicious, politically poisonous Liberal ‘Culture-War Aggressions ‘. Mr. Douthat doesn’t so much extemporize on the themes from Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther as he maladroitly riffs on themes from Matthew Prior, Charles Montagu and Tom Brown.

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On Robert Kagan Part 3

On the dangers of ‘Escapism’ and ‘Futility’

This is also escapism, however, for there is a myth embedded in this plea of futility. It is that wielding power effectively was ever any easier than it is today. With rose-colored glasses we look back at the cold war and imagine that the United States used to get others to do what it wanted, used to know what it was doing, and used to wield such overwhelming power that the world simply bent to its will or succumbed to its charms. But American policy during the cold war, despite its ultimate success, was filled with errors, folly, many near-disasters, and some disasters. From the beginning, allies proved rebellious, resentful, and unmanageable. American domestic politics made sensible policies difficult and sometimes impossible to sustain. The world economy, and the American economy, lurched from crisis to crisis. American military power was at its best a most uncertain instrument. In Vietnam, whether inevitably or because of bad policymaking in Washington, it failed miserably. In Korea, it almost suffered a complete catastrophe. The most successful presidents of the era, from Truman to Reagan, did not always seem successful to their contemporaries and suffered significant setbacks in their foreign policies. Can the architects of today’s foreign policies really believe that Acheson and his colleagues, or the policymakers in the Johnson or Nixon or Carter administrations, had an easier time of it?

When a nation uses its power to shape a world order, rather than merely for self-defense or conquest, the tenuousnes of solutions is even more pronounced. Military actions for world order preservation are almost by definition limited both in scope and objectives. World order maintenance requires operating in the gray areas between victory and defeat. The measure of success is often not how wonderful the end result is, but whether the unsatisfying end result is better or worse than the outcome if there had been no action. To insist on outcomes that always achieve maximum ends at minimal cost is yet another form of escapism.

A telling reference to American Political Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr: Continue reading

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Kagan on the resolute courage of American Imperialists Part 2 by Political Cynic

In part four of his essay Mr. Kagan begins his self-congratulatory rationale for the American Empire, larded with the cliches of past empires, and the shopworn arguments of the present coterie of apologists for American Exceptionalism. Here is an example of this rhetoric, it is utterly embarrassing to read this third rate self-effacing chatter!  And I have added additional examples from Mr. K.’s seemingly endless cornucopia of public moralizing. Continue reading

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