On first glance, it is a simple question to be laughed at or outright dismissed because someone with a lack of knowledge on the Global War on Terrorism would think it could never happen. That is how a number of people who consider themselves to be “serious” individuals reacted to the question of whether the president could authorize a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil, which Senator Rand Paul forced Attorney General Eric Holder to answer without equivocation. However, when considering all the powers both President George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama have claimed and embraced in the Global War on Terrorism to target, isolate and sometimes even neutralize individuals without probable cause and only on mere suspicion, it seems much less looney to ask with a straight face.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 8, 2013 1:42 pm|
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday March 3, 2013 8:01 pm|
We all know there isn’t much you can do to get exiled from the Village Media circuit. If being wrong about war, weapons of mass destruction, the Clinton impeachment, the Catholic church’s child rape scandals, and Team Obama’s drone-assassination policy were bannable offenses, all we’d have for cable channels would be test-patterns (remember them?)
But it used to be, back in the days of standards that mattered.
|By: Scarecrow Saturday July 23, 2011 4:00 pm|
On several occasions after the Great Depression began, President Hoover admonished the public and those demanding the government provide economic relief that the nation had run out of money and that it would be irresponsible to borrow and engage in profligate spending. Over 80 years later, we are hearing virtually the same economic gibberish from President Obama.
|By: Blue Texan Friday May 6, 2011 10:30 am|
Right-wingers are gleefully passing this video around this morning, thinking that Rice got the better of O’Donnell. But since roughly two-thirds of the country disagrees with Rice and thinks the Iraq war was a mistake, few outside the wingosphere will agree
|By: Jim White Wednesday May 4, 2011 12:35 pm|
Much of the aftermath of the killing of Osama Bin Laden Sunday night in Pakistan has consisted of sophomoric chest-thumping proclaiming a twisted version of “justice” that Peterr very eloquently exposed here. There is another trend in the response, however, that is even more disgusting. A number of people involved in the torture program created and implemented during the George W. Bush administration are now trying to claim that Bin Laden would not have been found and killed without torture. Marcy Wheeler was out in front of those claims, debunking them before they came out and has stayed on the task with more details as the torturers continue their spin. The torturers are getting more desperate, and today we have none other than Jose Rodriguez, who ordered much of the torture as head of the CounterTerrorism Center (and then was the one who destroyed videotaped evidence of torture, only to be given a “get out of jail free” card by Barack Obama and Eric Holder), appearing in the press to justify his actions.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 9, 2010 7:45 am|
I was on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show Tuesday, talking about the McConnell-Obama tax cut deal with Ezra Klein, Adam Green and Roger Hodge.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday December 2, 2010 6:04 am|
Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher was on MSNBC’s/Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word show Wednesday night to push the President and Democratic Congressional leaders to show real leadership in the tax cut fight and not simply pretend to fight with meaningless votes they know they will lose.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday November 12, 2010 6:03 am|
I have no idea why there hasn’t been a shakeup in the White House, but the fact that Axelrod is still out there flubbing the messaging seems to indicate that they aren’t aware of the scope of the problem.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 10, 2010 4:00 pm|
The bottom line is, either you believe in your theory of change or you don’t. If you believe that progressive policies such as a bigger stimulus package, or more banking regulation will have a greater impact on restoring the economy and creating jobs, then the people who won’t let you do that are hobbling your ability to succeed. Because the public doesn’t really care whether the change is happening because of liberal or conservative policies, they just care that it’s happening. And they make their choices at the ballot box based on what is happening in their lives.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 9, 2010 9:31 am|
- The number one priority of Americans, Democrats and Independents is passing a new stimulus bill to create new jobs. The number one priority of Republicans is repealing health care.
- The number two priority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents is cutting federal spending.
- The number three priority of Americans, Democrats and Independents is repealing the health care bill.
- The number four priority of Americans, Republicans, Democrats and Independents is extending all of the Bush tax cuts.
- Americans and Independents do not track on one single issue with Republicans over Democrats.
- More Republicans want to pass a new stimulus bill to create jobs than extend all the Bush tax cuts.