Friday, January 2, 2015

America still world's moral arbiter in Krauthammer's parallel universe

What Senate Torture Report?

CIA spokesman Charles Krauthammer rips into Obama for his imaginary "deal" with the communist regime in Cuba in today's Washington Post.

The Post has long been considered the semi-official house organ of the CIA. It's good to see this tradition is not threatened by the new ownership. Frankly, it's a little unsettling to see how these "new economy" billionaires like Bezos can so seamlessly slide into their supporting roles in the old power structure.

Krauthammer is pissy that Obama didn't come away with more concessions on this deal with the Castro brothers.

Come on, Charles... how "free" are elections in the USA?

America's political parties are independent? Really? Independent from the needs and wants and wishes of most Americans perhaps, but in this era of Citizens United and unlimited private finance in political campaigns, who are you kidding?

Yes, as long as you're speaking for big business and big money, America does remain a bastion for free speech. Otherwise, not so much.

Now, Cuba is obviously not a utopia. At the same time, they've managed to survive 50 years of punitive sanctions from their most logical trading partner. As far as I know, they've not been busy with serial invasions of other countries.

Nor do they operate an international network of torture centres.

Nor do they funnel billions of dollars to government run non-governmental organizations around the world to affect regime change of regimes they don't like.

Like Cuba's.

What Obama is doing is trying something different after fifty plus years of a failed policy.

Sometimes, Charles, you just have to accept reality and turn the page.

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