Monday, November 23, 2020

Blinken, and Nod, sadly

 I don't know if the senility helps, but Biden is the World Champion of denying things in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary:  "Joe Biden won't tell the truth about his Iraq war record — and he hasn't for years" (Husseini) (from January).

"Say It Ain’t So, Joe: CBS Reporter Draws Ire Of Biden For Asking Substantive Question" (Turley).

"Grading Biden’s Foreign Policy Team: Tony Blinken" (Wright/Echols):

"In a recent Washington Post op-ed that Blinken co-authored with Robert Kagan, one of the chief architects of neoconservative foreign policy doctrine, he implied that the problem with the Iraq War was poor execution (“bad intelligence, misguided strategy and inadequate planning for the day after”) rather than the very idea of invading a country in violation of international law even after it had admitted weapons inspectors to assess the claims motivating the invasion. 

Nor does Blinken have second thoughts about the US and its allies having flooded Syria with weapons that turned a doomed insurrection into a raging but futile civil war, leading to countless deaths and creating countless refugees (a policy that, as an Obama administration staffer, he played an important role in shaping). Blinken says, along with Kagan, that the problem with our Syria policy was that we didn’t deploy even more force (in what, remember, was an explicit attempt to depose the government of a sovereign nation). Blinken and Kagan also express opposition to withdrawing US troops from Syria."

"Biden Cabinet Hopefuls’ Unusual Lease: Break in Case of Appointment" (Guyer).  Ready for duty!

From February 2019:  "Jake Sullivan, Ben Rhodes and the Problem of ‘American Exceptionalism’" (Dreyfuss).  The fuckery is baked in, and Ol' Kil probably has a lot to do with it..
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