Friday, May 13, 2005

Around the News Horn

I’ll have Piece the second up later today but first a wrap up, with commnentary, of course on my mad morning dash through the sites that will soon be posted in the nascent links section. I am always finding currents that transcend a single news event by weaving several together. Let us commence with taking up the Franklin/AIPAC case. Upon being asked about the case against Franklin:

“… special agent Catherine Hanna said, "The information Franklin disclosed relating to potential attacks upon U.S. forces in Iraq could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign country."

The damage, she said, could arise from "jeopardizing the viability of the sources and methods." The information was from a document classified as "top secret," Hanna said.”

Now go back and read Xymphora’s take on the investigation and I think Agent Hanna gave enormous credence to what even I had a hard time digesting at first. War by deception, indeed.

Then from the prolific fingers of our man at antiwar.com, Senor Raimondo, we find this today:

“The neocons' comeuppance is imminent, or so we hope. How many investigations are even now tracing their treason? The battering of Bolton is just a warm-up for the main event. As the new Pope put it in an address on the meaning of the Book of Revelation in the Bible:

"'History, in fact, is not in the hands of dark forces, left to chance or just human choices,' he told thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. 'Above the unleashing of evil energy, above the vehement interruptions of Satan, above the so many scourges of evil, rises the Lord, supreme arbiter of history.'"

Against the everyday horrors unfolding in Iraq – and on the floor of the U.S. Congress – we have some hope that the power of evil is limited. Lately, we can bring ourselves to imagine that it can be pushed back and eventually defeated – even as we remember that evil isn't the norm, and that before Sept. 11, 2001, it was in retreat.”

Evil in retreat before nine-eleven? Obviously Justin is a devout Papist, as he eulogized the reactionary Paul II even as he prepared to lay down before the former Nazi Youther, Benedict the one too many. But I don’t mean to bash either Justin or Catholics, merely to point out the discrepancy between what they claim, and what they do.

The most glaring problem with this is that he is buying right into the bushbrain’s black or white, good versus evil dichotomy. The folly of this line is that they presume some vile fellow that lives in the fiery below is needed to explain the venality of humans, who have left a sufficient track record of dastardly deeds without any help whatsoever from a horned one.

As Irony would have it, the ones who claim the greatest fealty to all that is good are far too often using the charade to mask the darker reality beneath. For the proof in this pudding, check in with the great Chris Floyd in his expose of the bushbrain’s bro’, and heir apparent to the throne, old Jebbie. Be forewarned, have a barf bag handy because witnessing a collision of self-proclaimed godliness while using all the forces of the state to wreak havoc and misery on those without six-figure incomes.

Now for a quick horn toot. Consider this astonishing news from Gareth Porter:

“Even as the Bush administration was hailing the heroism of the Iraqi Shi'ite majority for going to the polls last Jan. 30, it was secretly preventing the new Shi'ite government from having full control over its own intelligence services. The reason, it has now been revealed, is that the administration fears that the Shi'ites will be too friendly with Iran.”

On January 30, 2003, I posted this commentary. Then, a month or so ago I updated it, and was not forced to alter either the theme or the details of the predictive part of the piece, and thus emboldened, leapt out to new realms of augury posted by the kind editors at Axis of Logic. I won’t waste any time paraphrasing these pieces, but they are intimately related to the above revelation.

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