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Crazy Right Wing Crazy Motherfucker Charles Krauthammer twists Gen. Dempsey's Words

The White House’s top military officer can tell you his objective in Syria just fine

"My colleague Charles Krauthammer believes it’s not worth intervening in Syria unless we actually intend to weaken Assad’s regime and help the rebels win. That’s a reasonable argument, though it does raise the question, “What if the rebels actually win?” No one who’s read C.J. Chivers’s horrifying report from the front lines can feel very comfortable with that prospect, either."

I, Arely Staircase, agree. I am not advocating US intervention for that reason (though I thin k the administration is making a much better case now and should they decide to hit Assad with some cruise missiles, I hope they get the bastard himself. But here is the interesting point on the Krauthammer bullshit..

"For better or worse, the administration does have an articulated goal in Syria: Punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons with strikes that will deter future tyrants from following his example. At times, the administration also argues that those strikes — which will focus on Assad’s military infrastructure — will degrade Assad’s capabilities just enough to push him toward the negotiating table. That might be too little, or too muddled, of a mission for Krauthammer. I think the kind of calibration that requires merits quite a bit of skepticism. But being skeptical of the articulated mission is different than there being no articulated mission. Dempsey is perfectly clear on what’s been asked of him."

So, good bullshit call on the bullshitter Krauthammer and his bullshit.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 06:28 PM (0 replies)

Holy Crap, I step away from DU for a week and

wow. The people who never liked Obama have cranked it up to a full blown shit fit of hate. He and Kerry are liars and the only debate is how early it should have been obvious to everyone. Calls for impeachment and just fucking outright insanity. I will say the "he has lost my trust" postings from people who have been dumping on him since 08 are kind of amusing.

But my God. What a fucking loony bin.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 03:33 PM (25 replies)

Like President Clinton, Obama will strike without UN or Congressional approval IMHO

I believe President Obama has already made up his mind. He would like to have UN or congressional backing but, as Clinton did in the Balkans, he will do it regardless. Clinton was, and Obama seems to be, convinced that US force was/is the only way to stop an intentional killing of civilians. In the case of the Balkans I supported president Clinton's efforts and I will give President Obama the benefit of the doubt on Syria. I hope he is right. Regardless, mark my words, Obama will hit Assad (and in a very hard and sustained manner) within 90 days.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Sep 7, 2013, 09:47 AM (88 replies)

Anonymous hacks Syrian Electronic Army: Operation Syria engaged

September 2, 2013

Anonymous hacks the pro-Assad hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army, compromising servers and obtaining members’ names along with user IDs and passwords, as part of Operation Syria (#OpSyria).

According to a report issued Sept. 2 by The Register, an “entity or person associated with Anonymous” confirmed the successful attack against the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The report claims Anonymous “d0xed – that is, de-anonymised – ‘five core members’ of the SEA.”

The SEA emerged during the rise of anti-regime protests in Syria in the spring of 2011, and has been hacking social media accounts associated with major news organizations and human rights organizations ever since.

Anonymous issued a press release announcing Operation Syria (#OpSyria) earlier this week. The following is an excerpt from that announcement:

Silence is a war crime.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria.

For far too long, we have witnessed the barbaric, unjust and brutal treatment of the Syrian people.

Dictator Assad and elements within the Syrian Opposition, you now have the undivided attention of Anonymous.

To the people of Syria, know that Anonymous stands with you in this war against terror.

We vow to do everything we can to hinder war crimes played against you. We will raise awareness in every manner we can. We will assist you in putting an end to this carnage.

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not Forgive.

We do not Forget.

Dictator Assad, oppressors of the Syrian people, Expect US!

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:39 PM (2 replies)

the horror

I don't want to be duped or misled into a war but those pictures and that video, they look like the kids I teach every day. my God how do people do this to one another (whatever the truth is)? Those children wearing the same cloths my students wear, probably playing, thinking, fearing, laughing about the same childlike things. Sometimes they cry when I mildly scold them for goofing around during bathroom breaks while others are waiting. And there they are, their little bodies laid out because of someone's political agenda.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 08:38 PM (0 replies)

I put myself on ignore and then clicked "my posts"

it created anti-matter.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 11:49 AM (2 replies)

Putin: Chemical Attack ‘Utter Nonsense,’ Obama Should Present His Evidence

Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists Saturday it would be "utter nonsense" for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to use a chemical weapons against the Syrian rebels, and that if President Obama had evidence of the attack, he should present it to the U.N., Reuters reported.

"I am convinced that it (the chemical attack) is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States," Putin said.


Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 10:43 AM (4 replies)

Why do you oppose US intervention in Syria? (for those who do)

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 10:38 AM (0 replies)


Authorities responding to report of man with bomb discover runner with weight vest and iPhone

What began as a report of a man walking down FM 706 in Hudson with a bomb strapped to his chest Tuesday morning ended in the discovery of a man jogging with a weight vest and his iPhone.

According to Hudson Police Chief Jimmy Casper and Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Sergio Luna, around 7:30 a.m. law enforcement received a report of man dressed in all black walking down FM 706 with a bomb strapped to himself. "The woman was very descriptive in the information she gave us - white wires going down to a white box.", Hudson Police Chief Jimmy Casper said following the incident.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Shanches said that although the incident ended up not being a safety concern, he applauds the public for paying attention."We're just glad that people are aware of their surroundings," the Sherriff said.


Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 09:13 AM (7 replies)

So Its Now Pretty Obvious Snowden Gave the Names of US and British Agents to China and Russia

Whether knowingly or through gross negligence, the fact that his spokesman has his boyfriend travelling through international airports with that info (and its encryption password written on a piece of paper ) paints a pretty clear picture of the level of security Snowden and company have maintained on their world wide espionage tour. It is also now clear that Greenwald lied about the quantity and nature of the data he possesses. This isn't about any so-called domestic spying. This is about the identity of US and UK forward deployed intelligence operatives and puts Mr. Snowden and Mr. Greenwald and his partner in a completely category. The whistleblower bullshit just went out the window. They are probably about to be in some deep shit.

UK government says Greenwald partner practiced terrible security

In a written statement to a British court Friday, Oliver Robbins, deputy national security adviser in the Cabinet Office, said that the the UK government had managed to access some of the documents Miranda had been carrying in encrypted form.

While most of the files remained encrypted, it was possible to access a portion of files on the hard drive because a piece of paper containing basic instructions for accessing some of the data that included a password for decrypting one of the files was among Miranda’s things.

Robbins said assessments by GCHQ had shown that the number of documents on the hard drive seized from Miranda was consistent with the number that Snowden would have had access to when working at the NSA and that he “indiscriminately appropriated material in bulk”, and that at least some of that was being couriered by Miranda.

Robbins “believes the data may have already been obtained by one or more of the countries through which Snowden has passed since he fled the US,” including China and Russia.


Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 08:34 AM (248 replies)
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