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There was no trouble until we decided to move Nato into the Ukraine

despite treaties with Gorbechev specifically agreeing not to do such a thing. Not to mention making an issue out of a base they held for hundreds of years in a part of the country that was traditionally russian and majority ethnic Russian. We changed policy, ,broke the treaties and that provoked it. We are the warmongers. The facebook/twitter stuff is probably a response to the conflict, quit frankly. We organized the coup through those media.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu May 21, 2015, 11:12 AM (0 replies)

The good news is, much of this stuff is still buried under the desert, and Isis can't touch it.

The bad news is. the neocons dominate American foreign policy, so America will continue arming Isis. They will arm Isis in order to undermine the influence of Iran, on behalf of the Likudniks in Israel, and the Saudis. Doesn't matter if it is a mainstream republican or democrat,the neocon PNAC dominates foreign policy. The only two political affiliations that change this dynamic are the libertarian leaning republicans like the Pauls, and some progressive Democrats like Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson, and Sherrod Brown. The neocon dominated Press is completely against them.

So there isn't much you can do to stop Isis, if you are committed to mainstream candidates, other than beg in vein. Mainstream politicians are all committed to the foreign policy objectives of the Saudis and the Israelis. More so than they are to America. The neocon Press dictates everything and they want Isis to win. Unless you defy, this dynamic, you should just take up gardening or some other hobby, because nothing will ever change or get better in your lifetime.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu May 21, 2015, 10:44 AM (0 replies)

It isn't either or. Bush contributed too, but he hasn't been in office for 6 and half years

Obama didn't completely reverse Bush's policy. He just pursued PNAC goals through funding insurgents rather than committing troupes. It didn't matter whether the insurgents were far worse than the regime the PNAC wanted gone. It is like you are saying that because Johnson escalated Viet Nam, Nixon bears no responsibility for keeping it going 7 years after promising to end the war. It is bipartisan stupidity like Wallstreet bailouts. Everything DC polls have a consensus on is a bad idea.

BTW, Bush didn't do it alone. Many mainstream dems gave him a blank check by voting for the IWR, including Hillary. Why oh why did Obama give her a foreign policy job when she is sucks so much at it, and that was the reason we voted for Obama over Hillary Clinton?
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu May 21, 2015, 08:57 AM (0 replies)

Planned parenthood has lost most of its challenges. It is time for boycotts

and its time to encourage businesses to leave the state. The courts won't save abortion rights.. Roe isn't stopping this stuff at all. There needs to be a backlash that costs them if they do this shit. Passing laws against abortion after the first trimester and against insurance for abortions for fetal abnormality are within the purview of Roe. We need to get beyond Roe. Roe just gives women down there false confidence, when they have to take the political system into their hands. The courts make prochoice conservatives lazy.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Wed May 6, 2015, 08:20 AM (0 replies)

Obama buys into neocon regime change in Syria. Now they are blaming him for the Isis victory.


WPost Blames Obama for Syrian Mess
May 3, 2015

Exclusive: As Al-Qaeda forces advance in Syria – with the help of the Saudi-Israeli alliance – American neocons are shielding themselves from the blame if Damascus falls to the jihadists by preemptively faulting President Obama for not intervening for “regime change” earlier, Robert Parry reports.

By Robert Parry

For the past two decades, American neocons and Israeli hard-liners have targeted Syria for “regime change,” a dream that may be finally coming true, albeit with the nightmarish ending of Al-Qaeda or maybe the Islamic State emerging as the likely winners.

Such an outcome would be disastrous for the millions of Syrian Shiites, Alawites, secular Sunnis and Christians, including descendants of survivors of Turkey’s Armenian genocide a century ago. They would all face harsh repression or, possibly, mass decapitations. An Al-Qaeda/Islamic State victory also would be a major problem for the United States and the West, which would have to choose between a terror central in the center of the Middle East or a military invasion...........

Neocons are always wrong about things. Obama and Hillary shouldn't have given and inch to them. McCain lost! I hope the next democratic administration is smart enough to purge every last one from the state department. Their psycophants in the media, should have been reminded of their loss daily and should be encouraged to retire.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Sun May 3, 2015, 01:37 PM (8 replies)

Don't automatically believe headlines. Hillary did not criticize the TPP

The post I am responding to argued Hillary was critical of TPP in her recent book. Unfortunately the quote that was used in the post directly contradicted the headline. HRC was critical of TPP before it was cool http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6602913

Read the quote from the book over again.

"Currently the United States is negotiating comprehensive agreements with eleven countries in Asia and in North and South America, and with the European Union. We should be focused on ending currency manipulation, environmental destruction, and miserable working conditions in developing countries, as well as harmonizing regulations with the EU. And we should avoid some of the provisions sought by business interests, including our own, like giving them or their investors the power to sue foreign governments to weaken their environmental and public health rules, as Philip Morris is already trying to do in Australia. The United States should be advocating a level and fair playing field, not special favors."

*the idea is that the TPP would create more enforceable rules around currency manipulation that is currently occurring in Asian markets. Currency manipulation
distorts trade flows by artificially lowering the cost of U.S. imports and raising the cost of U.S. exports, and that causes trade deficits and lost jobs in the country or countries that do not manipulate the currency.

This is not a criticism of TPP. This is a criticism of Currency Manipulation. Then Hillary explains TPP regulates "Currency Manipulation." This claim would indicate support. The headline of that post was misleading, either deliberately or because the poster was grasping a straws to distance Hillary from TPP, and didn't understand what was written. For some reason everyone refused to read the actual quote then they fell for claim in the headline.

Furthermore Obama has argued the TPP regulates "Currency Manipulation" for days. So far as I know Obama supports TPP.

Posted by betterdemsonly | Fri May 1, 2015, 09:07 PM (20 replies)
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