The Pentagon: “WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Have Blood On Hands”

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by Davis Fleetwood

The 400, 000 documents released several days ago will take years for historians to go through, but the Pentagon wasted no time framing WikiLEaks as public enemy number 1.

As Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it:

“The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world. Intelligence sources and methods, as well as military tactics, techniques and procedures, will become known to our adversaries. This department is conducting a thorough, aggressive investigation to determine how this leak occurred, to identify the person or persons responsible, and to assess the content of the information compromised.”

No Bobby, I think it might be the trail of death and destruction in the wake of the United States exporting, correction: violently shoving democracy down the throat of the world that is damaging our reputation.

Admiral Mike Mullen went even further:

“Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is, they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family. Disagree with the war all you want, take issue with the policy, challenge me or our ground commanders on the decisions we make to accomplish the mission we’ve been given, but don’t put those who willingly go into harm’s way even further in harm’s way just to satisfy your need to make a point.”

Sorry Mike, but the blood is on the hands of those who would implement our insanely homicidal foreign policy. Mike, the blood is on your hands. The blood is on the hands of the Bush administration. The blood is on the hands of President Obama, and truth be told, the blood is on the hands of the American taxpayer, many of whom, though they may have never been to an anti war rally, will make a pilgrimage to DC this weekend to attend a rally held by a comedian asking us all to just take a deep breathe, get along and restore some sanity.

Suggesting that WikiLeaks and their source has blood on their hands is akin to saying that a TV station reporting on a fire is guilty of arson, or a reporter filing a story about a rape is accessory to future rape. At the end of a horror movie, when a light is cast in a dark basement revealing the cave of  the mass murderer, one does not prosecute the light.

Do we need any more metaphors, or are you with me here?

Your logic, Admiral, like the foreign policy you implement in your starched and pressed boy scout outfit all pimped out with pins, stars and the skulls of murdered children is about as warped as the corpses of the innocent civilians lying in the streets of Iraq that now number – in the low estimates of the US military ( I know this courtesy of wikileaks) to number over 66 thousand civilians.

What I also know, courtesy of WikiLeaks, is that in this hellfire attack (pictured in video above)-the civilian walking by is not listed in the report of this incident.

So what is the real number of innocent civilians dead, admiral? Furthermore, in the cost to benefit ratio, how many Iraqi civilian deaths is to high a price to pay for us to continue pursuing our Manifest Destiny?

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Alan Cumming: “Obama Has Done Squat For Gay Rights”

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by Davis Fleetwood

Actor and Obama supporter Alan Cumming sharply criticized the president this week for seeking to stay a judge’s decision to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“We keep hearing that Obama is an ally, that DADT will end under his watch,” Cumming wrote on his blog, “but what do we actually get? Diddly squat thus far on a federal level and in addition to that some very offensive statements that would have made the Republicans look bad.”

Wait a second. Alan Cumming is gay? Stop the presses. If you have been reading the news these past few years, you would have generated a picture of the stereotypical gay male was a minster who just happened to travel Europe with young men from RentBoy.com or any Republican Congressmen who speaks out against gays, it seems, these  are the men that everyone knows to be GAY. But Alan Cumming? Just goes to show you- you can’t rely on stereotypes anymore.

Anyway, Cumming, who is apparently now out of the closet, went on:

“In a time when America is full of hatred of all kinds, but especially hatred towards young gay people, what message is the president sending when he repeatedly goes out of his way to spread the message that the gay population is not worthy of the respect that everyone else is?!”

Join the club Alan. Shut down Gitmo and end torture. Real Health care reform. An end to our illegal and immoral wars. Now we can ad support for gay rights to the long list of progressive issues that the Democrats build careers campaigning on only to toss aside like some heterosexual über macho athlete abandons his cancer stricken wife to send picture of his pee pee in hopes of sticking it into some coed with a boob job.

That’s right, the Democrats are the Brett Favre of politics: Old, flaccid narcissists full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. Sure, the Republicans have pandered so much to the Palin’s and the Beck’s whipping everyone up into a nationalist white randian regressive religious frenzy that should the Republicans win in 2010 and carry that momentum far enough to evict Obama from the White House in 2012,  we are just that much closer to fascism, but the Democrats will take your vote for granted and continue on the same path that the USA has been on since the unnecessary mass murders of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

 Both parties will sell out the middle class quicker than Jim Kramer can yell “booya!” and both parties do not question the Bush doctrine of kill first, build a base second, and ask questions never.

So what is a progressive stuck in the two-party “choose between the lesser of two evils to do” at the ballot booth on November 2nd?

 It is time for progressives, just like Alan Cumming, to come out of the closet and demand that Democrats no longer take our vote or granted.

We don’t need a fucking rally to restore sanity, if sanity is, as David Swanson recently put it “seeking out “middle ground” on the propositions that lie between advocacy for peace and justice and advocacy for glorifies racist ignorance and corporatism?

 We need a left-wing with bigger balls than Brett Favre to hijack the Democratic Party.