Category Archives: 9/11

Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 4: Parallel Lines

by matttbastard Chapter 3: States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the  Counter-revolution (Previous posts here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the … Continue reading

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The Damage Done

by matttbastard Apparently The Dark Side was only the iceberg’s tip: “President Obama’s plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back last … Continue reading

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Post-partisan Ass-covering

by matttbastard Paul Krugman wades into the ongoing debate over whether Obama should look back or move forward with regards to extra-legal activities on the part of the outgoing administration: Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would … Continue reading

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Woodward Speak, Village Listen

by matttbastard TIME’s Michael Scherer illustrates the wide gap between what the Bush administration said it did with so-called “unlawful combatants” and what it did: “We do not torture,” President Bush said, in November of 2005. “This government does not … Continue reading

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Even in the Age of Obama, Flying While Brown is Still Hazardous

by matttbastard The more things Change™, the more they stay the same: Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what … Continue reading

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Beltway Inertia and the Rule of Law

by matttbastard In a must-read post today, Glenn Greenwald challenges Ruth Marcus and the establishment Washington consensus, in which the pursuit of war crimes charges against soon-to-be-former Bush officials is arbitrarily dismissed as either too polarizing, too partisan, or just … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Gap

by matttbastard If you were watching television you may not have heard that ordinary people too died in Mumbai. They were mowed down in a busy railway station and a public hospital. The terrorists did not distinguish between poor and … Continue reading

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Noun, verb…

by matttbastard Looks like the McCain campaign has finally stumbled upon someone in the national news media who is willing to show due deference to the GOP’s not-ready-for-prime-time VP candidate: Republican vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin is offering her … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Literalizing a Metaphor

by matttbastard To me, one of the problems of the paradigm of global war is that it has not signified war in the metaphorical sense, like war on AIDS, war on drugs, and war on poverty. It has signified war … Continue reading

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