The U.S. Assassination of a U.S. Citizen and the Nobility of Asking Tough Questions

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ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is a hero as far as I’m concerned. Tapper bothered to ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a few critically important questions about the U.S. government’s assassination of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, after Awlaki was decimated in Yemen late last week by a missile fired from a U.S. predator drone. When given the political run around, Tapper didn’t shrink into his chair. Thankfully, he persisted.

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Osama Bin Laden is Dead, But This is No Time to Celebrate

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For some, the news brought an understandable sense of relief, or a bit of overdue closure. Others are viewing the event through a purely strategic lens, believing the kill shot to be an accomplishment only because it will likely avert greater violence in the future. The merits of such reactions are debatable. But those who boldly celebrate the death of Osama Bin Laden have fallen for a devilish trick. In an effort to assert moral superiority and to separate from the legacy of the infamous terrorist, they have unwittingly participated in the same hatred that gave birth to his kind of extremism.

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Narcissistic Stockholm Syndrome: War Machine

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A couple of friends are filling in for me while I’m away on break. This post is written by Jason M. Dye of the blog Left Cheek.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” -Mahatma Gandhi

Someone out there is planning a counter-demonstration to a peace march. Oddly enough, it’s not Boeing, Haliburton, Blackwater, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, nor any of the other war profiteers taking out the banners and megaphones to stymie the influence of the peace activists.

It is a Marine who served in Vietnam.

Please don’t miss the irony of this. Someone who suffered under the direction of war-mongers and profiteers believes that those who oppose the war-mongers and profiteers need to be opposed.

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The Current State of Race Relations in America

Editor’s note: it is our policy to place appropriate and relevant photos with every article. For this post, the task proved to be too difficult. The choices available were simplistic and potentially offensive.  For that reason I am running Brian’s article without photos. -ian

by Guest Contributor Brian Robinson

When I told a good friend of mine that I was going to write a little about the state of  American race relations in 2009 she replied, “Can’t you write about something light?” Now, it wasn’t a slam on me, race or racism and whether or not it exists in our country. It’s just something that most Americans just don’t want to talk about very much.

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What’s Worse: More War or More Healthcare?

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I was a kid when Desert Storm began. My older brother was in the Army and stationed in Germany at the time. There was a possibility that he was going to be deployed to the theater (Iraq, not Regal Cinemas). So we were concerned, but at the same time, I really liked watching CNN’s reports from Baghdad and so I was a bit hopeful that he’d go and bring back some good stories. The TV, as you remember, aired those iconic laser-like bursts of green shooting at different angles into the night sky, and it all became a genuine thrill for me.  I had begun not only to smile at war, but to quietly like it more than any Christian was supposed to admit. The fact that people were dying on both sides was of little concern; what was far more important to me was the fact that I was entertained.

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The Communists Are Here!

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by Guest Contributor Brian Robinson

I don’t know if you noticed, but ‘The Russkies’ are back! Not the ones who have been trying their hands at a capitalistic society for the past twenty years, but those old fashioned hammer and sickle Communists! Didn’t you know that they have finally done what Lenin and Marx tasked them to do…take over the American government?! EEEKK!! They have wormed their way into every facet of our government and are here to eat your children. At least that’s what the loudest mouths on TV and radio are telling me. Isn’t it true that the louder they are the more right they are? Or at least, more ‘truthy‘?

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When Every President is a War President

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Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional law and civil rights litigator, and now writes for Salon. If you are a regular to this site, you’re familiar with my praises of Greenwald. He has become a more and more substantial and reasoned voice fighting for the constitution, accountability and transparency in this great nation, no matter which party has a man in the White House. He has just written a piece that rises to the level of perception-altering. It’s a cold splash of water in the face, at a time when this country really needs one.

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Cheney Wrong About Torture, Obama Wrong About Consequence

by Guest Contributor Brian Robinson

At the risk of seeming like a ‘Me-Too,’ given President Obama’s decision on holding torture photos today, I want to echo what Ian wrote about torture on April 29th. What Ian wrote about the unethical and disgusting nature of torture is one of the most reasoned and passionate essays I have read online or anyplace else.  My piece will not be nearly as in-depth or footnoted with other articles, but I do feel the need to speak up on what has happened today, as well as address the current media actions of former VP Dick Cheney.

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Can We Exhale Now?

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by Guest Contributor Brian Robinson

As I write these thoughts, the first full day of the existence of a “President-Elect Obama” comes to a close. Less than 24 hours ago, we all witnessed something that I truly had considered to be next to impossible in these here United States: a President of color. Its been a high wire act that has made me stare in a near hypnotized state of amazement and has also made me cover my eyes in fearful anticipation of a fatal fall. And, yeah, I even cried a little. But, when I did uncover the eyes something supremely fantastic appeared before me. I saw my country, our country, come together in a spectacular way with a forceful voice and shout “We approve!” (Or, maybe even a more Trump-like “You’re hired!”)

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