The New York Times and the Afghan documents

I guess they think they should decide what we need to know.

The overriding significance of the tens of thousands of documents posted by WikiLeaks is their detailed exposure of the atrocities carried out by the US occupation against the people of Afghanistan. The cumulative impact of one report after another is a portrait of a ferocious war against the civilian population, the aim of which is neither combating terrorism nor promoting democracy, but annihilating an entirely legitimate popular resistance to foreign occupation.

A lie exposed

Is this what you would call progressive social reform?

In fact, Obama’s plan to gut health care was part of the unfinished business of the corporate-government offensive against the working class launched in the 1980s. This was also signaled by the Democratic president’s attack on health benefits for auto workers during last year’s forced bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Obama’s “jobs program”: Poverty wages and mass unemployment

If this is “the right direction,” I’d hate to see the wrong one.

The administration is impervious to the needs and wishes of millions of workers who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and their families fed. But Obama jumps to attention when Wall Street speaks.

Supreme Court nominee Kagan placates Republican right at confirmation hearing

It amazes me that liberals will always say we need to vote for the lesser of two evils in Presidential elections because they might get to choose a Supreme Court Justice. But look at the people they pick.

In choosing Kagan to replace Stevens, for years the most liberal member on the court, especially in regard to civil liberties and democratic rights, Obama selected the most conservative of the nominal liberals considered to be likely candidates for the high court position. Even if Kagan votes more often than not with the liberal bloc on the court, her presence will likely shift the general political orientation of the court further to the right.

US commander recalled from Afghanistan after mocking Obama

This is how coups start.

The remarks of McChrystal and his aides are indicative of the open contempt with which large sections of the US military command regard the civilian government and the bedrock constitutional principle of civilian control over the military.

Supreme Court backs use of terrorism law against free speech

Goodbye First Amendment.

The case represents further proof that the assault on democratic rights initiated by the Bush administration in the name of a “global war on terror” is being continued and deepened under the Obama White House.

Obama’s Oval Office speech: A cowardly cover-up of BP’s crimes

Do you want a short summary of Obama’s speech? It’s business as usual. No one will be held accountable, nothing will be done to prevent something like this from happening again, and those impacted by the spill will get little help.

Obama’s performance was the speech of an individual and a government that are under the thumb of BP and the corporate-financial elite as a whole. It reeked of servility and cowardice before big business and contempt for the public.

Even Robert Reich agrees.

New evidence undermines latest BP-White House estimate of spill size

A few facts concerning the Deepwater Horizon spill:

  • The rate of the oil spill as of early last week was between 30,000 and 50,000 barrels (1.2 million to 2.1 million gallons) per day, and possibly higher.
  • Fifty-three days after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers, somewhere between 63 million and 107 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the latest estimates.
  • Between every five and nine days the spill equals the Exxon Valdez, which dumped about 11 million gallons into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.
  • If those 63 million gallons of oil were put in gallon milk jugs, they would line up side by side for nearly 5,500 miles.
  • It appears the spill will continue at least until mid-August.
  • The BP spill by then will have easily eclipsed the worst oil spill on record.

This is why capitalism, especially as it is current practiced, is unsustainable.

Frank Rich on Obama: Liberal fears and illusions

His inability to articulate in any way the anger of millions of Americans has raised serious doubts about his leadership.

The column is significant, not for any insights it provides into the crisis of the Obama administration, but rather as an indication of the sense within the left-liberal constituency of the Democratic Party that the public mood is shifting against the White House.