Jimmie Durham. Ghost in the Machine, 2005.
I’ve found a new way to enjoy Game of Thrones on the Kindle. #stretching #yoga #yah
Of the 41 percent of Republicans who consider Benghazi to be the worst political scandal in American history, 39 percent are unaware that Benghazi is located in Libya. 10 percent said it’s in Egypt, 9 percent in Iran, 6 percent in Cuba, 5 percent in Syria, 4 percent in Iraq, and 1 percent each in North Korea and Liberia, with 4 percent unwilling to venture a guess.
May 13, 2013
Congressional hearings, White House damage control, endless op-eds, accusations, and defensive denials. Controversy over the events in Benghazi last September took center stage in Washington and elsewhere last week. However, the whole discussion is again more of a sideshow. Each side seeks to score political points instead of asking the real questions about the attack on the US facility, which resulted in the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Republicans smell a political opportunity over evidence that the Administration heavily edited initial intelligence community talking points about the attack to remove or soften anything that might reflect badly on the president or the State Department.
Are we are supposed to be shocked by such behavior? Are we supposed to forget that this kind of whitewashing of facts is standard operating procedure when it comes to the US government?
Democrats in Congress have offered the even less convincing explanation for Benghazi, that somehow the attack occurred due to Republican sponsored cuts in the security budget at facilities overseas. With a one trillion dollar military budget, it is hard to take this seriously.
It appears that the Administration scrubbed initial intelligence reports of references to extremist Islamist involvement in the attacks, preferring to craft a lie that the demonstrations were a spontaneous response to an anti-Islamic video that developed into a full-out attack on the US outpost.
Who can blame the administration for wanting to shift the focus? The Islamic radicals who attacked Benghazi were the same people let loose by the US-led attack on Libya. They were the rebels on whose behalf the US overthrew the Libyan government. Ambassador Stevens was slain by the same Islamic radicals he personally assisted just over one year earlier.
But the Republicans in Congress also want to shift the blame. They supported the Obama Administration’s policy of bombing Libya and overthrowing its government. They also repeated the same manufactured claims that Gaddafi was “killing his own people” and was about to commit mass genocide if he were not stopped. Republicans want to draw attention to the President’s editing talking points in hopes no one will notice that if the attack on Libya they supported had not taken place, Ambassador Stevens would be alive today.
Neither side wants to talk about the real lesson of Benghazi: interventionism always carries with it unintended consequences. The US attack on Libya led to the unleashing of Islamist radicals in Libya. These radicals have destroyed the country, murdered thousands, and killed the US ambassador. Some of these then turned their attention to Mali which required another intervention by the US and France.
Previously secure weapons in Libya flooded the region after the US attack, with many of them going to Islamist radicals who make up the majority of those fighting to overthrow the government in Syria. The US government has intervened in the Syrian conflict on behalf of the same rebels it assisted in the Libya conflict, likely helping with the weapons transfers. With word out that these rebels are mostly affiliated with al Qaeda, the US is now intervening to persuade some factions of the Syrian rebels to kill other factions before completing the task of ousting the Syrian government. It is the dizzying cycle of interventionism.
The real lesson of Benghazi will not be learned because neither Republicans nor Democrats want to hear it. But it is our interventionist foreign policy and its unintended consequences that have created these problems, including the attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens. The disputed talking points and White House whitewashing are just a sideshow.
Former Congressman Ron Paul’s article first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running.
Oh, come the HELL ON Time Magazine.
When I look at this cover I don’t see a hero. I see a celebrity God with the time and tons of money to be able to afford the testing, surgery, and reconstruction.
Good for her for being able to do what the hell she wants. Why not just make that your cover story? “Angelina Jolie does whatever the hell she wants.”
Guess what? Cancer scares the shit out of me and chances are my check-ups and healthy lifestyle are all I am going to have in the future just like I do now to prevent such a horrible event from destroying my life. I, like many other “normal” women are NEVER going to get this attention but hey - she adopts kids and she’s with Brad Pitt. I forgot. That means I need to keep my mouth shut.
What’s that? She did what any “normal” woman in her position would do? Fine. Still, “normal woman” having a double mastectomy is not what’s on your cover. I see a furgin’ celebrity with replacement boobs that is going to get more attention than Benghazi and the cobra kings within the IRS.
My best friend was there to support me as I walked across the stage today for a B.A. in English with minor in Writing. English. Which means the probability is high that I may be making TONS of money, like, immediately. No hand outs here buddy we English majors be makin’ dolla dolla bills ya’ll. All over the place.
I know that…
Starting the Masters program in just a few months.
Yes, I am going to teach.
The Legend of Zelda, starring Princess Zelda
Shin Zelda Densetsu is an old homebrew project, released back in 2004 by Aesirraven and Lord Steak, but the ROM hack suffered a game-breaking bug in one of its dungeons. Chris Miller has just released a patch that should finally fix the issue and allow people to complete the game now!
It’s a complete overhaul of the original Zelda game, and from what I hear it’s quite good. Miller summarizes the changes:
“In a novel twist, the player must guide Princess Zelda on a quest to rescue Link from the forces of evil. The overworld is completely revamped, with few if any recognizable landmarks or routes from the original game. It is superbly designed, and won’t bore the player. The same goes for the dungeons. Instead of numbered levels, the dungeons are identified by symbols of the zodiac.”
I love that the list of classic games hacked to offer playable female protagonists is growing.PREORDER The Legend of Zelda: LTTP2, upcoming releases