Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

Ten Issues Nobody Really Cares About

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

1) Torture: Manning gets 35 years for leaking documents, while torture continues in Guantanamo and around the world.

2) Syria: Chemical weapons or not, nobody’s going to war for Syria.

3) Egypt: a failed state and a successful military dictatorship.

4) Middle East peace: a sham and a fraud, as it’s been most of the last 65 years.

5) The deficit and/or the debt: Both are falling, while those who claim to be worried are only worried about their taxes being raised.

6) Gun Control: puhleeze…

7) Immigration Reform: has never been a realistic possibility in this Congress.

8) Afghanistan and Pakistan: two failed states in a race to the Islamist bottom.

9) North Korea: Maybe the Chinese are slightly worried about massive refugee flows when the regime implodes, but otherwise there’s nothing there.

10) The “rebranding” of the Know Nothing Party: see Middle East peace.

Gorilla says: “All of these things distract us from the economy, which no one in DC cares about!”

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Catching Up On Some News

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Manning verdict: not a surprise. The aiding the enemy charge was ridiculous (is the enemy a reader of the Times and the Guardian?). 10-15 years seems like the right sentence, but they’ll probably give him 50 years plus to show they can.

Fed Chair search: Larry Summers has been so wrong so many times about so many things, not to mention a thriving sexist on the Wall Street dole, so he shouldn’t be nominated. Janet Yellen seems like just the sort of competent professional Fednik you’d want, particularly after the disasters that were Greenspan and Bernanke.

Wall Street commodities manipulation: Quelle surprise!!! Until bankers have a well-founded fear that they will lose both all their personal assets and their freedom, we’ll continue to have this sort of crime disguised as arbitrage.

Pope can handle gays: So what? The criminal enterprise he runs remains deeply homophobic and misogynistic. Nice to care more about the poor, but not when you surround yourself with amoral pygmies whose anti-contraception campaigns have done as much as any government to keep people poor.

Failed state tour d’horizon: Egypt should be holding elections right away, and the US should be cutting off military aid until the military ceases to be the real power in the country. Iraq and Afghanistan look headed for civil war once we finally get out. Pakistan continues to disintegrate, and there’s not a lot we can do about it. A caliphate in Central Asia isn’t in our interests, but when has Central Asia ever been in our interests?

Middle East peace: Another sham round of talking about talking, to be followed by more illegal settlements and Hamas trying to get control of the West Bank. 65 years of this nonsense demonstrates clearly that the US has zero interest in whatever outcome the two sides don’t believe in.

Another summer and fall of watching the Know Nothing loons strut their stuff to the detriment of the country and the world.

Gorilla says: “At the moment, the snoozeometer is set on stun!”

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A Rough Week For Democracy And Failed States

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In the US, where our government has been spying on us for a decade and nobody in power wants to hear, much less do anything about it…

In Turkey, where a phony democracy now plans to use the army, which actually still runs the country, on its own people…

In Iran, a non-democracy where for the umpteenth time in the last 35 years, a moderate has been chosen to keep people in line…

In Syria, a dictatorship that received a strong endorsement from KGBeast Vlad, apparently because Assad slaughters his people more humanely…

In Burma, an emerging non-democracy where people are killed because of their religious beliefs…

In the Congo, a cesspool of misery for 50 years, where people are killed by the millions and no American or European leaders care to intervene…

In Pakistan, where religious belief kills and enslaves women in their millions…

Gorilla says: “We could do more, or we could do less, but we need to think more about what we’re doing!”

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Extrajudicial Execution Is Murder, Unless The CIA Says It Isn’t

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The current nominee for CIA Director is a man who was involved in torture, extraordinary rendition, and extrajudicial executions.

But because he is King Of Drones, a wholly unelected position with zero accountability, his agency will allow him to continue being the murderer he is.

This is the terrible stain that dogs the otherwise remarkably accomplished Obama Administration: a continuation of repugnant policies that flout both domestic and international law, followed by ham-fisted attempts to avoid accountability by writing in legal exemptions without any sort of judicial review.

Gorilla says: “When you decide you’re above the law, you’re no better than a tinpot tyrant for whom the law no longer matters at all!”

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The Great Attraction Distraction Of War

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Say you’re India, what’s been the bad news lately?

A completely corrupt government and a society whose views of women and rape are somewhere in the stone age.

Say you’re Pakistan, what’s been the bad news lately?

A non-functioning government and a society whose views of religion are more or less barbarous.

So what do you do?

Launch the umpteenth border incident over Kashmir, a beautiful, unimportant region that always does the nationalist stoking business for every Indian and Pakistani leader since 1947.

Two dead soldiers apiece, ambassadors summoned, nuclear war averted, and any rational discussion of rape, or religion, or corruption, or failed state is now firmly pushed aside.

Gorilla says: “In America, our attraction/distraction is guns, which we’ll do as much about as we do about unemployment!”

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Early Issues Of 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The crystal ball is always hazy when Gorilla has a look, but here are some important issues that will have more than a little impact in 2012:

Euroland Meltdown: They may be able to muddle through for another year, but the fundamental imbalances between Germany and the rest of Euroland remain unaddressed, while borrowing costs for all continue to rise. Greece will exit the Euro, with the Portuguese, Irish, and Spanish not far behind. All bets are on if both Sarkozy and Merkel lose their elections.

Arab Springing: The real question is whether or not the nascent Arab Spring movements will come to countries where the West has real (read: oil) interests: Bahrain and the other Gulf States plus Saudi Arabia. So far, these nondemocratic countries have been able to buy off their populations, but the combination of aging leadership and vast youth unemployment could well become toxic.

Environmental Change: A major catalyst on the downside for the global economy. It’s tempting to put global warming in the same non-issue category as unemployment, since very little of substance is being done by anyone to address the problem. On the other hand, more violent weather is, like protofascist movements in Euroland, not something that can be ignored without cost.

The Winding Down Of Pointless Wars: It’s clear that there’ll be both negotiations and a swift exit from Afghanistan, on or before 2014. It’s also clear that the US military isn’t ready to overthrow any more tiresome regimes anytime soon. The international community’s policy is evolving from “protecting civilians” to “stand by and deal with whoever’s left”; civil wars will continue but the appetite for involvement in them will decrease.

Wild Cards: The failing states of Pakistan and Mexico. What happens there will intrude, possibly in a more direct and violent way, on the West’s hit, hope, and ignore strategy.

Gorilla says: “Two words that may sum up 2012: Northwest Passage!”

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Yet Another Episode

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

In the long running psychodrama: Pakistan Cannot Be Trusted

Gorilla says: “Our generals are always the last to know!!!”

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Shorter Hillary In Pakistan

Friday, May 27th, 2011

“Our relationship is characterized by complete distrust and these are our allies”.

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Ella Sings Pakistani Terrorism Policy

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari: “(bin Laden) was not anywhere we had anticipated he would be”.

Gorilla translates: “(bin Laden) was exactly where I said he couldn’t be”.

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