Jon Stewart talks to Robert Reich on The Daily Show, September 16, 2013.
Jon Stewart talks to Robert Reich on The Daily Show, September 16, 2013.
She was awarded a Purple Heart but had to prove to the Army that she deserved it.
Even back home in Ohio, she doesn’t feel much like a soldier.
“What did you do over there?” some gray-haired male veterans in Akron at the Department of Veterans Affairs asked as they sized up her petite frame. “Did you sell Girl Scout cookies?” one asked.
When Sandor’s husband goes to the VA, he gets handshakes and “Thank you for your service” accolades in the waiting room.
(Photos by Caitlin Cruz)
This needs more posts. This is bullshit.
wow. an article worth reading
Whereas, on August 21, 2013, the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, killing more than 1,000 innocent Syrians;
Whereas these flagrant actions were in violation of international norms and the laws of war;
Whereas the United States and 188 other countries comprising 98 percent of the world’s population are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons;
Whereas, in the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Congress found that Syria’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States;
Whereas the United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1540 (2004), affirmed that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitutes a threat to international peace and security;
Whereas, the objective of the United States’ use of military force in connection with this authorization should be to deter, disrupt, prevent, and degrade the potential for, future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction;
Whereas, the conflict in Syria will only be resolved through a negotiated political settlement, and Congress calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to participate urgently and constructively in the Geneva process; and
Whereas, unified action by the legislative and executive branches will send a clear signal of American resolve.
SEC. ___ AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
(a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to —
(1) prevent or deter the use or proliferation (including the transfer to terrorist groups or other state or non-state actors), within, to or from Syria, of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical or biological weapons or components of or materials used in such weapons; or
(2) protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons.
(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements. —
(1) Specific Statutory Authorization. — Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
(2) Applicability of other requirements. — Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.
So here’s actually what Obama is proposing. This is not necessarily just airstrikes and not limited to Syria in particular. Rather, this resolution looks quite a bit more like the post-9/11 authorization in terms of open-endedness.
The bit about the War Powers Resolution is intended to address previous legislation that says the President can’t do indefinite military actions without Congressional approval. (Short military actions are allowed, which is what most people thought Obama was planning before he started talking about Congressional approval.) So basically that part says that this is a formal authorization to carry out military actions and the time limit and related restrictions don’t apply.
Legislators are all talking about amending the resolution but it’s not clear how much support they’ll have. Expect the legislative process to begin next week, because (not even kidding) Congress members haven’t deigned to return from summer vacation to start talking about authorizing a war just yet.
Okay, this is pretty goddamn frightening.
Also, the conflict in Syria is SUCH A THREAT OMG DO SOMETHING NOW… but not until we get back from vacation. Because vacation, you guys.
I can’t even….
Secretary of State John Kerry referenced this photograph when making his speech today, trying to drive home how awful the Syrian chemical attack was as he tried to convince us why we should go to war. One problem. The picture isn’t even from Syria. It’s from Iraq in 2003. The photographer, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw it was being used to promote a war in Syria. It’s getting pretty disturbing to see how far our politicians, both Republican and Democrat, are willing to go to drum up support for a war nobody wants.
(Not my original content. The image is set to click through to the original post this was taken from.)
In fact, that’s not the only time THIS photo in particular has been used as propaganda to fuel war with Syria. In May, 2012, di Lauro said he was “astonished” at the failure of the BBC to check their sources. The BBC had “accidentally” used this picture taken in to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.
The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.
But John Kerry doesn’t care. He said during the same speech that “some of what we know will only be released to members of Congress, the representatives of the American people. That means that some things we do know we can’t talk about publicly.”
That’s right folks. They know WHY they want to go to war in Syria. They just can’t tell you. They’re gonna tell Congress, though, who presumably will have to pinky-swear not to tell what they know until the war is over.
If you aren’t hoarse in the throat after reading this, you should reconsider your priorities in life.
- 59% of Americans oppose the idea of U.S. military strikes in Syria, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, while roughly 70 percent of respondents said they would not support putting U.S. troops on the ground inside the country, Opposition to airstrikes is high on both sides of the aisle too; 54 percent of the Democrats and 55 percent of the Republicans polled opposed military strikes of any kind. source
I’ve returned from a news blackout assignment… Has the world ended yet?
Only 9 percent of Americans say they support intervention. Almost twice as many like Congress.
When our representative government does what it does, I want you to remember this poll.
Important for y’all to understand.
Yeah. I was the one who had to give my brother the talk on the right.
My stepdad couldn’t do it, my mom ain’t have the right words in English to explain it, so she said “Ask Aisha. Your sister knows everything.
And I had to tell him…when he was 12.
And now I’m gonna have to give my sister the same talk when she starts getting hit in the face with the bullshit that comes with being a dark-skinned Black girl in the world.