Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Still Waiting On Harvey Weinstein Moment For America's Wars

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion ... In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list ... In our post-Harvey world, men charged with sexual misconduct are guilty until proven innocent, all crimes are capital offenses, and there exists no statute of limitations ... Once a largely empty corporate slogan, "zero tolerance" has become a battle cry ...


All of this serves as a reminder that, on some matters at least, the American people retain an admirable capacity for outrage. We can distinguish between the tolerable and the intolerable. And we can demand accountability of powerful individuals and institutions.

What's puzzling is why that capacity for outrage and demand for accountability doesn't extend to our now well-established penchant for waging war across much of the planet.

In no way would I wish to minimize the pain, suffering, and humiliation of the women preyed upon by the various reprobates now getting their belated comeuppance ... None of the perpetrators are charged with having committed murder. No one died.

Compare their culpability to that of the high-ranking officials who have presided over or promoted this country's various military misadventures of the present century.

Those wars have, of course, resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and will ultimately cost American taxpayers many trillions of dollars ... war has become a habit to which the United States is addicted.

By way of example, consider a recent article in U.S. News and World Report. The headline: "Victory or Failure in Afghanistan: 2018 Will Be the Deciding Year."

Now if you buy this, you'll believe that Harvey Weinstein has learned his lesson and can be trusted to interview young actresses while wearing his bathrobe.


Andrew Bacevich wrote the above article that appeared in the liberal Huffpo ... the above video hour long video is about his book "America's War for the Greater Middle East" -- it's a really good briefing imo, well worth the time.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-23 07:05 AM

I totally agree, where is our outrage about unnecessary, cruel and expensive wars?

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-23 08:26 AM


It gets suppressed. The right thinks that anti-war = anti-military so it is a difficult political stance to take.

In reality pro-war is anti-solider.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-23 01:04 PM

@3 Americans should stop being war enablers

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-23 01:13 PM

Does't surprise me that this thread doesn't get much attention -- it's only War.

Maybe if War went to babe.net with a story about a bad date, or knelt in protest during the national anthem?

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-24 08:50 AM

"I think -- and I say this with due respect -- that I worry too much that Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be." -Bernie

"With all due respect, senator, you voted for regime change with respect to Libya. You joined the Senate in voting to get rid of Gaddafi, and you asked that there be a Security Council validation of that with a resolution." -Hillary

Politifact rates Hillary's statement as Mostly True.

Democrats can't vote for an anti-war candidate because they don't exist.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-24 10:03 AM

Democrats can't vote for an anti-war candidate because they don't exist.


Why are you only looking at liberals (Bernie) and Democrats(Hillary) as the solution?

Per former senior Republican operative Mike Lofgren in 'The Party is Over' ...

"While the me-too Democrats have set a horrible example of late of keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to waging war, they cannot hope to match the GOP in their libidinous enthusiasm for invading other countries."

And the video at the top of the thread has Andrew Bacevich, who's a West Pointer, Vietnam Vet, retired Army Colonel, a practicing Catholic, and self-described conservative ... and whose own son was KIA in Iraq in 2007.

Being anti-war should be a non-partisan issue -- especially considering 9/11 was 17 years ago, along with the thousands of lives destroyed and the trillions of dollars wasted.

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-24 04:19 PM

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