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An accurate prediction
Oct 28th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Five years ago, I wrote this:

Expe­ri­ence sug­gests that if Obama does indeed win the elec­tion, the Obames­siah cult will praise him to the heav­ens for con­tin­u­ing to do exactly the same things that Bush has been doing for the past eight years, while the Bushe­viks will con­demn him as the Antichrist for doing exactly the same things that Bush has been doing. And of course none of them will ever acknowl­edge that their “beliefs” have reversed overnight, any more than they did when Bush replaced Clinton.

Unsurprisingly, I was right.

Quote of the Day
Apr 16th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.

An evil man who has used bombs to target thousands of innocent civilians

Quote of the Day
Nov 19th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

“No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Says Man Who Regularly Bombs Pakistan and Yemen

reason.com

A perfect fit
Jun 19th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Apparently it’s big news on tech websites that the President is going to start using Twitter. My take on it is, “Why did it take him so long?” With its 140 character limit, Twitter is the perfect sound-bite delivery system. It gives politicians a way to deliver meaningless platitudes about hope and change directly to the suckers voters without having to deal with the inefficiencies of going through mainstream media stenographers reporters.

Government Efficiency
Mar 31st, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Maybe the guy just enjoys getting awards for things he didn't do.. Okay, first he gets the Nobel peace prize forty seconds after the election, before he even had a chance to break all his campaign promises about ending the wars – and certainly before he got us all into a new one for no very good reason.

Now he gets a prize for transparency in government. Oh, wait – you didn’t hear about that? No reason you should have, I suppose…

President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.

[The Ultimate Answer to Kings]

At least government has become more efficient in one way: they’re so good at mocking themselves that there’s hardly even any need for anyone else to do it. This is right up there with Bush comparing the “liberation” of Iraq with the Phillipine War of Independence.

Nothing really changes in Washington
Apr 17th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Abuse of Power Gets a Pass, Reporting It Gets Jail Time.

Here’s Glenn Greenwald on the Obama administration’s prosecution of NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, and it’s outrageous triumphalism after winning an indictment.

As Greenwald writes, it’s now clear that Obama’s “Look Forward, Not Backward” philosophy applies only to high-ranking Bush administration officials who abused their power and position. The people who risked their careers and freedom to come forward to report on those abuses won’t be getting the same consideration. Or put another way: If you break the law to expand the power of government at the expense of the people, you get a pass. But if you break the law to make government more transparent and accountable, expect them to throw the book at you.

[The Agitator]

Another example of how nothing has changed, regardless of who occupies the White House.

Not a change for the better
Feb 13th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

No, It Isn’t.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), posting on Twitter:

“11 hours to review a 1000+ page spending bill that spends nearly a trillion dollars? This is not Congress’ finest hour.”

Looks like Obama will also again be breaking his pledge to post every bill on the web for the public to review for five days before signing it. And this on the biggest and (by his measure) most important bill he’s likely to sign in his presidency.

[The Agitator]

Here we see the difference between a president who’s stupid and evil and one who’s smart and evil. It took Bush until September of his first year in office to get away with the “Patriot” Act, while Obama has pulled off his own version in February.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Feb 3rd, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The More Things Change… Part IV.

Posting from: Philipsburg, MT

Number of civilians killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 41
Reference: Iraq Body Count database

Number of coalition forces killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 8
Reference: DoD Confirmation list hosted by icasualties.org

The above numbers aren’t even necessarily up to date due to the lag in gathering and verifying data before reporting it, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not doing very well at leaving. Imagine what 16 months worth of this is going to look like. And that’s assuming the highly unlikely best-case scenario that Obama has been trying to weasel out of since he threw down that deadline.

And that’s just Iraq. What about Afghanistan? Pakistan?

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

Yesterday in Iraq, Barack Obama’s responsibly leaving army blockaded a village, invaded a family home at 2:00 in the morning, and gunned down a mother and father in the bed they shared with their 9 year old daughter. (The girl, besides being orphaned, was also wounded by the gunfire.)

On Friday, in Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by trooping into Laghman province, surrounding houses in a village, and then launching a raid where they killed 16 civilians — 2 women, 3 children, and 11 men — with gunfire and precision bombs dropped from planes.

On Friday, in Pakistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by firing missiles repeatedly into houses in several villages in the Waziristan region. Barack Obama’s missiles killed twenty-two people, about 15 of them civilians and at least 3 of them children. The idea was to help create the conditions for a lasting peace.

Every one of these deaths is blood on Barack Obama’s hands. Every one of these people who were killed, were killed on Barack Obama’s orders and in the name of his war policy. Because Obama wants to wash his hands of the United States government’s war on Iraq and its war on Afghanistan, every day that he delays getting out, completely — delays getting out in the name of exit strategies and central fronts and responsibility — which is to say, delays that happen because he is still convinced that, with the right sort of gradualist policy, he can somehow try to win wars that should never have been fought — is another person who is killed so that Barack Obama, after being elected as a peace candidate, can adopt and prolong the collossal, catastrophic mistakes of a disastrous failure of a predecessor, so that he won’t come off as being soft on national defense.

I am impressed. Obama seems to be expanding the United States’ mess beyond where Bush left it. And yet this man was elected in large part on the support of those who want these wars to end.

Please. Please. Please. Think about how this happened. Enough with the feel-good dramatics. It is well past time to THINK.

[Enjoy Every Sandwich]

A bit of reality for those fools who believed that the canonization inauguration of Saint Barack the Obamessiah was going to change anything about the realities of the Evil Empire.

Gaza analysis
Jan 6th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The War Nerd: Hamas Ain’t No Hezbollah. What’s going on in Gaza now is pretty easy to understand if you think a little bit about the way military trends have been going in the past century-but you also have to be willing to take a cold look at how wars work these days, when there’s no such thing as those “purely military” […] [EXILED ONLINE – MANKIND’S ONLY ALTERNATIVE]

An interesting view on what’s going on in Gaza. One thing’s certain: the Israelis are acting just like Americans these days.

Also, the sun will rise in the east
Nov 6th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

New at Reason: Nick Gillespie Makes Three Predictions About Barack Obama’s America.

Will Barack Obama be a game-changer in American life when he takes office in January? Or will he be more of the same that we’ve seen over the past eight years? And will we stop using the term game-changer?

Nick Gillespie prognosticates. Read all about it here.

[Hit and Run]

Here are the predictions from the article, which goes into considerably more detail and is worth reading:

  1. America’s political and pundit class will go through a clinical bout of ideological amnesia that will be dizzying and appalling for those of us with memories of life before January 2009.
  2. The Culture Wars will be reignited and, as always, the main casualties will be children, the truth, gays, and that evilest excresence of capitalism since novels, nickelodeons, comic books, and video games. And Obama, like Bill Clinton, will be far more conservative on this sort of thing than anybody on either side wants to admit.
  3. Liberals and conservatives will continue to try and define everything in terms of right and left when the proper lens, now more than ever, is choice versus control.

My own prediction is somewhat simpler: Democrats and Republicans will reverse all their positions (again), and nothing will actually change.

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