The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free

Liberal Media? Sure there is and the tooth fairy is real, MSNBC’s Hall falsely suggested that Obama did not visit wounded American troops on overseas trip

Summary: MSNBC’s Tamron Hall noted that Sen. John McCain was “ripping” Sen. Barack Obama “for not visiting wounded American troops” on his “global tour,” then aired a clip from an ad released by McCain’s campaign which asserts that Obama “made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops.” Hall did not note that, as NBC’s Andrea Mitchell previously reported, Obama did in fact visit wounded troops on his trip while in Iraq, going to “a casualty unit in the Green Zone without photographers as part of the congressional delegation.”

Andrea Mitchell isn’t exactly known for doing her homework or fair reporting. The one time Mitchell gets it right a surrogate steps in to muddy a very clear sequence of events.

Can Obama Run the Offense?

A recent survey found that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the social contract of the 20th century — in which the government, employers and the society as a whole pulled together to see that those who worked hard and played by the rules were afforded the basic necessities of daily life and a shot at the American dream — “appears to be unraveling.”

Nearly 80 percent of those who responded to the survey, conducted for the Rockefeller Foundation and Time magazine, said they are facing greater financial risks now than in the past.

This anxiety is pervasive, and it was clearly evident a little more than two weeks ago when Phil Gramm, then John McCain’s key economic adviser, callously remarked that we were suffering from a “mental recession” and that the U.S. had become “a nation of whiners.”

Been down this road several times. McCain plans to continue Bush’s economic policies. As president he will push the economy into further decline. That will not stop some people from voting for him. Its the What’s the Matter with Kansas phenomenon. Many voters have voted against their own best interests and those of the country as a whole because their perceptions get the better of reality. It wasn’t just that McCain’s buddy and economic adviser accused America of being a nation of whiners, the real issue is how much Gramm and his ilk have contributed to breaking the social contract that Bob Herbert refers to.

From a study done by the Rand Corporation, How Terrorist Groups End – Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how do they end? The evidence since 1968 indicates that most groups have ended because (1) they joined the political process (43 percent) or (2) local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members (40 percent). Military force has rarely been the primary reason for the end of terrorist groups, and few groups within this time frame have achieved victory. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa’ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy: Policymakers need to understand where to prioritize their efforts with limited resources and attention. (full pdf at link)

Here again McCain wants to continue Bush’s policies. The centerpiece of which is that Iraq of all places is the front that will end all terrorism in our time. That notion is both silly and dangerous. The McCain/Bush Doctrine is an experiment based on shrill declarations about threats, winning, losing and even patriotism. There are still amazingly enough a good number of Americans that still see Iraq as WW IV and victory, however they’re defining victory this week, determining the very survival of western civilization. While the Bushies have run our troops ragged we still have enough missiles and bombs to tun the entire Middle-East into a sandbox. Yet the Right is trembling in their bunny slippers that the olive skinned headscarf wearing foreigners willing be rowing their dinghies to our beach fronts and forcing us all to face east four times a day. All of this while the guy that master minded 9-11 sips tea in his newest hideout on the Pakistan border.

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“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free” – Spinoza

McCain Adviser’s Horrifying Iraq Track Record: Will the Press Notice?

* Like other war supporters, Scheunemann threw caution to the wind in declaring, wrongly, that Saddam had WMD. “There is no doubt Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction,” he assured Americans a month before the invasion.

Its is not so much remarkable that Scheunemann is a Cheney/Rove clone or even that McCain embraces this record of failure, poor judgement and campaign of disinformation. The remarkable thng is that McBush’s supporters could care less about the lost lives and squandered opportunities to actually do something about terrorism.