“A sell to AOL is a surrender to dial up media. They bought Bebo for $850 million and then sold it for $10 million less than two years later. Huffington Post and TechCrunch will now slowly descend into irrelevance.”
Ann Thurlow on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:03:27
“Ms. Huffington will be in charge of ALL content in the new corporation. She's never struck me as somebody the "suits" can intimidate easily. AOL obviously wants to shed it's doddering image, and attract younger, better-educated customers. HuffPo draws a highly desirable base of customers. I hope it all works out; if not, it's really not the end of the world - more akin to a TV show I enjoyed "jumping the shark," and eventually being canceled.”
ImpeachBushCheney on Feb 7, 2011 at 00:32:01
“Corporate takeover, another progressive voice is silenced.”
“The Progressive economic mantra seems to be "raise taxes" or as you say "50 percent windfall profits tax on all financial firms until unemployment falls to 5 percent". You probably never took an econonmics course, but the ironic thing about your proposal is that a 50% "windfall profits tax" (whatever that means) would most likely take unemployment from 9.5% to 11%. You started the note so well, asking "what we can do to create 650 new Apple Computers?" The answer is pretty simple - allow innovators to create and build companies free of government interference. The public just rejected Liberal economic policies, God Bless America.”
mommadona on Jan 7, 2011 at 15:16:28
“#fact I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANY FLAT STATEMENT TO RAISE TAXES FROM ANY PROGRESSIVES. I am SICK of that ridiculous meme.
#fact YOU CAN'T HAVE A FIRETRUCK WITHOUT WHEELS. U PAY FOR THE TIRES WHEN THEY WEAR OUT. THAT is a 'tax' that is collected, used for that purpose ~ IT'S HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR YOU.
#fact MEN HAVE RUN OUR COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND. THEY RUN OUR GOVERNMENT LIKE A BUSINESS. IT IS NOT A BUSINESS. IT IS OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR LIVES.”
Dennisrf on Jan 7, 2011 at 15:11:50
“The 50% windfall profits tax Les is suggesting applies, not to all business but to the big banks who have robbed us and who have plunged our economy into depression, ruining countless live in the process.
Les is being charitable. 50% is generous. We should take everthything they have and then tar and feather them.”
cayuse on Jan 7, 2011 at 14:54:45
“Well some people are not smart and others are slow learners.
Government Spending in down time is not spending in high times. Debt cuts will make the recession worse and the last 10 year of Tax Cuts did not work. So what 2 more years of Tax Cuts is the magical number. EEEEEEEEEWowwwwwwwww”
“God Bless the Tea Party for speaking out correctly on this. Why on earth would we want to government to create a set of rules and regulations for the internet? We need more competition in access arena, not less. Anytime the government comes in with its 2,000 page rule book the end result is less competition. All internet users should want the government out of this area. Let the innovators duke it out!”
WOODSTOCKER51 on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:04:09
“.WHY DONT YOU JUST SAY."YOU HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT THIS IS ABOUT"........AND THATS A FACT!”
Msquad99 on Jan 5, 2011 at 23:12:43
“The Tea Party has it completely backwards. The Tea Party needs to shut up about this.”
Indon on Jan 5, 2011 at 22:31:53
“Net neutrality is a set of protocols originally designed by the first developers of the internet (btw, government employees).
The internet isn't a single physical network. It's a series of smaller networks that all agree to share information with each other. Net Neutrality is the agreement that every network should share all traffic equally.
Without it, owners of smaller networks in the internet can abuse their slice of the pie, by saying, "Pay me more, or I won't share information with you." This causes other network owners within the internet to retaliate with similar demands.
Before long, the agreement to share information breaks down - the internet ceases to be an association of smaller networks that share information freely - in fact, it ceases to be at all.
And your 'more competition' argument is a phenomenally bad idea because the internet is an _infrastructure_ - most of the world isn't wealthy enough to support infrastructural competition for the internet, which means that for most of the world, the internet could, easily, die without the enshrinement of net neutrality into law.”
Articulator on Jan 5, 2011 at 21:08:14
“You obviously have no understanding of the situation. Keeping the internet lines open for all companies allows competition based on quality of product which is what net neutrality is designed to do and is the only way that capitalism works. Allowing one company to have a choke hold on a shared line of communication eliminates competition an replaces it with extortion or cronyism. The innovators you speak of will not be allowed in the game unless they can ante up to the one with the choke hold. Competition will not be based on quality of product. Anyone who does not see that is seriously blinded by ideology. It's pretty simple.
By the way the internet came out of DARPA.”
Citizen54 on Jan 5, 2011 at 19:48:38
“God bless the government for giving us the Internet.
Historical fact: It was government researchers, funded by the government, who invented the Internet.
These corporations you adore did NOT invent the Internet. Comcast did not invent the Internet. Nor did Verizon, or GE, or Murdoch. It was people working for the government.
And any time I hear someone say "we need more competition," I roll my eyes.”
“Nick, do you feel like your Left tribe has abandoned you? I feel for you. You seem like just an average ardent lefty trying to do good work for his cause. Keep up the good work and don't like Bianca get you down.”
“It's obviously Scenario 2 that is happening right now, Deepak, as painful as it is for you to admit. Obama is feckless and lost. He needs to announce that he is not running for re-election (as 2 prominent Democrats have said) and do his best to get the economy going by removing the obstacles he has placed in front of business. Once businesses feel confident and starting hiring and building, our economy will start roaring again. Obama can't do this unless he says he's only around for 2 more years.”
“The hoax is over. All of the environmentalists should focus on US energy independence and actual worthwhile causes as opposed to AGW. Give it up already. Its over. We have plenty that will be required to help the environment and rely less on brutal dictators for energy supplies. Drop your religion and back away.”
Tony Dickey on Nov 25, 2009 at 03:17:15
“Yeah, send BILLIONS of TONS of carbon into the atmosphere every year for hundreds of years. What could possibly happen?”
VirginiaJeff on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:47:11
“Well, Faldo, if you've got plenty to help the environment, quit stalling and put it in place!
“Wow that guy Ed got pretty worked up. Maybe because he feels his monopoly on the subject matter slipping away. Global warming may still be true, but people are now going to want to see unequivocal evidence before they really believe it. Hiding data will not work anymore for the warmists.”
mtracy9 on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:24:26
“The Guardian, Friday 2 February 2007
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.”
“PTSD???? Wake up! He had never been deployed! You are barking up the wrong tree. PTSD is a big problem for returning soldiers but tragedy this is a problem of Islamic Extremism. Your post does a disservice to those who lost their lives and those who are ACTUALLY dealing with PTSD.”
hp blogger Christine Pelosi on Nov 6, 2009 at 14:06:47
“No, Faldo, I am asking who screens the screeners. Please see my comment to Cherie. Thanks.”
“Yes indeed, it's over. Obama talked a big game; he talked about changing the game. Alas, he is playing the same game, just playing it very poorly. Why did he stake so much on healthcare, and then outsource it to the House? It must be an awful feeling to see, only 7 months in, his presidency starting to come apart at the seams.”
“Wow, I can't believe I read this sentence in an article on the HuffPost. "what is needed most is moral clarity and the unbending will to right what is wrong, even if it isn't the most politically pragmatic thing to do" . Bravo Peter, for standing up for what's right. I am sure you will get ridiculed by most of the posters on this site, but its nice to see someone on the left grow a spine at least for a moment in time. The protestors in Iran deserve our support. Obama needs to speak out more forcefully or the regime will think the crackdown is going to work.”
dianhow on Jun 22, 2009 at 16:42:49
“Obama has spine alright - AND lets us remember - this Pres has ' loads more intel and inside info ' on which to base his decisions. How arrogant FOR folks to assume they know what is going on BEHIND THE SCENES ! Damn Let's allow Obama do the job he was duly elected to do - LEAD !
If we do not like the results- vote in 2012 .
Folks can't just blah blah on and on - with nothing to base their opinions on.
Its above our pay grade !!”
“Its a good plan. Just think about what your comepitors think- the Republicans would be concerned if you went to Hillary. They believe they have a huge advantage and Hillary would wipe that out. It would be a good move if you want to win the election.”
“Sorry Michael but you are wrong. She did well and she is very smart. Clearly she is not a foreign affairs expert, but we hired her to think about internal issues (energy), the economy and whip up the base and get folks excited about reducing the size of government as she has already done in Alaska. McCain has foreign affairs covered and she can learn more along the way. She seems like a quick study. In the meantime, she has done more than anyone blogging on or commenting on this site has ever done.”
nickolazas on Sep 12, 2008 at 16:07:25
“She is NOT smart. She is WORSE than the terrorist fundamentalists she claims hate. God help us all if there are more of you and those of your ilk voting than there are of us, who actually read and study the issues before voting. There really should be a test for anyone who wants to vote.”
Minnehaha on Sep 12, 2008 at 16:06:59
“If something happens to McCain she will not have time to learn on the job. She isn't very smart. Anyone who believes there were dinosaurs on earth 4000 years ago ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer. The truely frightening thing is, she thinks she is ready to be the Vice-President of this country. And so do intelligent people like you!”
Godweiser on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:59:26
“Yes, because oil-drilling is such a great option, when faced with the reality that the amount of oil we can drill for in the US is a drop in the hat. Meanwhile, we delay development and implementation of renewable energy technologies and allow Europe and Asia to get the jump on us and probably sell it in other markets. And when the oil dries up, we go broke crash-developing and crash-implementing the technologies.
Somehow, I don't consider it a Republican imperative to reduce the government. At best, in between reducing social services in favor of bargain-basement giveaways to buddies of the administration and creating government branches devoted to the intrusion of privacy, I'll be charitable and say that the Republicans have very interesting ideas about what elements of government to reduce and which to expand.
McCain's own foreign policy judgement is suspect when the current president is surrendering on the points McCain still touts and is implementing the suggestions as Obama has made in the Middle East. McCain's hawkishness is a constant in foreign policy, which is to say that he lacks the ability to adapt to a situation that is evolving. Obama's solutions are being implemented already, by the current Republican president, after McCain's solutions, the same as Bush's earlier solutions, have shown themselves to be ineffective.
The McCain and Palin solutions to tomorrow's problems are rooted in yesterday's failed policies.”
one4obama on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:51:38
“"we hired her to think about internal issues "
Are you really that stoopid?? The VP may have just be a "token" President until something happens to the President, but the VP should have all the qualifications to be President. First off, WE do not hire the VP. They are selected by the Presidential candidate. And who the Presidential candidate selects is extremely telling about what his Presidency would be like.
And (especially in McCain's case) the VP needs to be qualified to fill the President's shoes if, gawd forbid, he should die on his first day in office.
Sorry, Mz. Palin. There will be no on the job education for the VP position.”
ordinaryguy on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:44:57
“hired her? we? mccain has foreign policy covered? wow, you're a sad, lost person.”
MsMagnolia on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:37:58
“Come on , now Faldo! Surely you jest! Surely you're just being "true to your school" in the extreme! How about putting the truth above your party for once? Didn't you already put party first for these past almost eight excruiating years - and haven't you learned what a tragic fiasco that has been? Have you learned absolutely nothing? Wake up and think for yourself for a change! No, Sarah Barracuda has done NOTHING - at least nothing well or honest or commendable. No, we're not "hiring her" - and if Mr. McCain should not live out his term (if he were elected, God forbid), then she will have to "cover" foreign affairs and all other affairs. "Learn more along the way"? Are you serious? She won't be merely playing secretary as VP, you know. Get real!!!”
dmac on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:32:08
“Quick study? What happened to 'ready on Day One'?
Quick study? Wanna bet your house on the study skills of the Journalism Major from the Uni of Idaho or the Editor of the Law Review from Harvard?
Foreign and internal affairs, as apparently has escaped you, are interwoven. Energy --- alternative sources or the ME? Education --- fix it or let the IT jobs (for example) continue to go off shore? Economy --- you're aware China holds a serious amount of our paper, aren't you?
Reducing the size of government, as in finding a town in the black and leaving it in the red? Taking advantage of as many earmarks (ooops, from the federal government bureaucracy!) for her state as possible? You know you helped pay for that rebate to the Alaskan tax payers, don't you?
Perhaps you should re-read the article; it would seem you haven't overburdened yourself with a significant amount of research.”
jldksjj on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:28:30
“Thank you Faldo,”
OBXartist on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:27:35
“"McCain has foreign affairs covered "
I would debate you on that point, sir, and I think I would win. McCain hardly knows what country he's referring to half the time, makes frequent geographical errors, misidentifies world leaders, is confused about who's who in Islam, and has a world viewed mired somewhere around 1985. McCain's foreign policy chops seem to be regressing and all we can say about Palin is that she knows even less than McCain. I mean, c'mon...I understand Russia because you can see part of Russia's frozen wasteland from a tiny island of Alaska's frozen wasteland. Give me a break!”
Brillig on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:12:51
People in TRINIDAD knew what the BUSH doctrine was!!!!!!!!!!!Smart? Not hardly!!”
Mysticalsister on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:12:23
“I have a theory that Charlie Gibson backed off on grilling her because she had that deer in headlights crazed look in her eye that said "please don't hurt me. I don't know what I'm talking about."
but he still should have done his job. SOMEBODY better start doing their job because this is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American people -- EVER.
The oil companies and rich pig lobbyists are smacking their lips at another 4 years of destroying our economy, while the inbred morons who still vote republican are living in the past. This is not your grampa's republican party.”
Sharischul on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:08:48
“Tell me Faldo...what exactly has she done???????????????????
She lied about the Bridge to Nowhere, she lied about putting the jet and selling it on eBay, she billed her state for sleeping in her own bed----WHAT HAS SHE DONE?????”
Blaaksky on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:02:41
Even the reform they claim she's done in Alaska is a lie!
Every Vice President in history has been QUALIFIED to be in the position! Foreign Affairs and Domestic Affairs! She is soooooooooo unqualified!
What in the world are you people smoking? You really are brainwashing yourselves right before our eyes. You know absolutely nothing about this woman. This is the biggest smoke and mirrors game I have ever seen in my life. My God!
Let me tell you something. We are gonna fight this crap on the ground. We are going to make sure our turn out is the highest in history. We will not let you crazy people continue to destroy this country.
Man! This nonsense is gonna stop NOW!”
takenawalk on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:00:42
“how much more reduction of government will work..?
and please explain how her experience in energy will be advantageous..?
and she has sworn that she will reform the parties I ask you how does she intend to do that..?”
Beranek on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:59:07
Rumor has it that Ms. ApPALIN''s next prime time interview will be with Bill O'Reilly on Faux News. Faux has already released a number of potential questions to be asked by the sage of Republicanism:
1) Tell me, Sarah, what is your favorite recipe for polar bear stew? What's that? You don't eat polar bear? OK. How about a recipe for State Troopers?
2) Tell me, Sarah, where did you purchase those hot glasses of yours? You know, several thousand folks have e-mailed us with the opinion that they would vote for you because of this fashion statement. OH. You don't want them to endorse you simply because of your hot looks? What's that? Oh. You want them to vote for you on the basis of your foreign policy experience. I see . . .
3) Tell me, Sarah, do you have any regrets about your 17-year-old daughter becoming pregnant? Huh? Oh. I see. You would have preferred that she waited a least a year so that she could face the world on her own. Spoken like a true Republican!
4) Tell me, Sarah, what do you see as your main job responsibilities as Vice President? Flying a two-seater Piper Cub over Russia to spy on Putin? Great! Who will be your passenger? George Bush because of his knowledge of Putin's character? And you would like to be an ambassador to the National Rifle Association? 'Cause you want one of those flintlock rifles like Ben Hur got?
HPotamus on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:53:00
b1rd67 on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:50:55
“My Rottweiler is smarter than she is...”
wdw101 on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:50:07
FogBelter on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:43:27
“"Clearly she is not a foreign affairs expert, but we hired her to think about internal issues (energy), the economy."
Wrong ... we are hiring her to replace the President should the need arise, and she is in no way suited for that task.”
“Fooled? The reason Obama might lose is that he does not understand that the majority of America wants less government, not more. A McCain/Palin administration will be accountable and smaller than an Obama/Biden administration. Let Americans do their thing and get the government out of our way.
Or you can just blame the loss on some "manipulation". That probably helps you sleep better at night.”
luckyrico1 on Sep 10, 2008 at 20:01:19
“Yes, fooled again because McCain embraces the exact same policies as Dubya. People are sick of policies that has gotten our economy in a deep hole, enriches the wealthiest 2% of Americans and wants to keep us dependent on fossil fuels. McCain has no vision of the future for our country. The largest expansion of our government has been in the last 8 years in which five of those years the republicans had control of the house, senate, and the executive branches. Ask yourself where that has gotten us? The republicans like to spout that they are for smaller government, but every time they get in there it balloons astronomically.
No, Faldo, nothing makes me sleep better knowing that my kids and grandkids will be paying off the debts that the republicans had racked up.”
“Obama has completely lost his lead and now better change his strategy quick. He got killed at Saddleback with those professor answers. "That question is above my pay grade" could have been the worst response I have ever heard from Presidential contender. He better do something quick.”
“Well the NY Times has already been out there for a while, so its about time we got some balance. These folks are true Americans who helped achieve victory for us in Iraq. If everyone in this country could step back and see what we have accomplished, we would all be in a better place. A secure, stable Iraq that does not have a genocidal madman as a leader is a good thing for the world.”
“Good work Katie! I never though of you as a tough interviewer. it is so disgusting that Obama can't admit to the reality in front of him. Saying that you would still not support the surge now is like saying you don't support the D Day invasion aftter we won World War II.
"Had D Day not happened, we just would not have known what the result of the war would be. We needed to put more diplomatic pressure on Hitler"”
VSamuels on Jul 24, 2008 at 19:50:23
“Your comparsion of the Iraq War with W.W. II is simply stupid. This made-up issue of attempting to get Obama to acknowledge that the surge worked is nothing more than a republic tact of throwing schweiss on the wall and hoping some sticks. The point in which most Americans are concerned with is the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, and if the surge has contributed to possibly getting out--fine, but Maliki himself noted his own reasons for why the situation has changed, and not one of his reasons included the surge.
The republicans are desperate and this latest silly nonsense just shows how stupid they continue to be in revising a terrible war where they have wasted so much resources because of arrogance.”
“Obama has certainly moved quite dramatically to the center in the foreign policy debate. The bad news for far left liberals is that Obama is a very smart guy - he is doing this to win the election and give himself flexibility to protect this country if he is elected.
Sorry kids, he placated you to win the nomimation - now he is going back to rational thought.”
vippy on Jul 23, 2008 at 13:28:49
“I said long ago if we wanted real change we would have voted for Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul,
but people vote for looks, charisma, nonsense!”
martinchill on Jul 23, 2008 at 13:22:21
“so you're saying he's really a conservative and he's got your vote, too - hey?”
“The NY Times has done the unthinkable. There is nothing gained from the publishing of the guy's name - other than to make him a target. The story would have been just as effective without the name. Its the combination of hypocrisy and the blatant disregard for the safety of an American that is so depressing .”
syllepsis on Jun 22, 2008 at 14:52:12
“It was done to lend credence to the story.
Nothing helps a work of fiction like a sympathetic protagonist.”
“The explanation that he stayed in the church "because Reverend was on the verge of retirement" shows that he did not disagree with him too strongly. I think for Obama to listen to someone like that's sermons for 20 years shows very poor judgment on his part. Why does he only denounce him now when he has had the chance for the last 20 years?”
CamiloPost on Mar 16, 2008 at 12:28:16
“Faldo, you clearly have not been paying attention to this news story. Rev. Wright does not have a long list of consistent polarizing sermons. He made some comments in 2001, 2003, and in 2007. Records indicate Obama was not at church on those days. Yet you throw out this "20 years" and use the term judgment. As Obama has said, this is not the summation of his experience with Rev. Wright, and not the rhetoric he received from Wright. Obama didn't see these few sermons. Everyone doesn't always agree with everything their Pastor says. What is your point?
What should have Obama done that he is not doing? Do you think He should have left the church in 2007 when he first heard about this??? Either way, the people out to find something on Obama would still have found these tapes and tried to associate him with the comments as they are doing now. Instead of running and hiding, Obama confronts and explains. Just as you would want an intelligent leader to do.
Read the text of Obama's statement to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday night about this. It eally does put this into perspective in terms of where he stands in contrast with Rev. Wright.
This whole thing is nothing but the Clinton Camp's (or Team McCain that is dying to run against the Enemy they Know vs. the One they dont)efforts to continue to marginalize Obama as a fringe black candidate, speaking to the darkest fears of a White America.”
“Mr Prince seems like an intelligent, thoughtful, and honest person. Perhaps some of his guys have gone too far, but these are navy seals in a war zone protecting our guys over a period of multiple years. They are not going to be perfect.
His group could have prevented 1 million deaths in Rwanda. The world failed those people. How can anyone on this site be "liberal" and "looking out for the little guy" and not agree with his logic and at least entertain that train of thought?”
Meah on Oct 15, 2007 at 16:01:12
“faldo "His group could have prevented 1 million deaths in Rwanda."
And who praytell would have ever sent them to Rwanda?
That is like saying they could have been sent to Darfur to protect people there. You have got to be kidding!!
They have demonstrated that they are not interested in protecting innocent citizens. They are thugs who are dangerous and must be disbanded to protect people everywhere.”
imadf on Oct 15, 2007 at 15:03:31
“Where do we start when you talk like this? (with all due respect) First and foremost I hope you're not (Faldo) set in your ways thinking this way, cause man oh man. If we adopt your logic, get ready buddy for:
- A gun for hire doing the doings of the richest bosses, that INCLUDES BIN LADEN before 9/11. You gotta love your logic.
- Today's sorry reality with our bosses (Cheney-Rove-Bush's corporate club) ducking our international responsibilities of CONTRIBUTING to the UN, instead of enabling it to do what it needs do (our country is the only impediment to the UN taking charge in conflicts, BECAUSE our leaders want our current military seeming supremacy to remain unchecked. In other words, wanting to keep acting like Caesar's Rome. I guess you're advocating pre-historical jungle laws that *you* cannot live under. This logic makes Hitler look legit. I hope you're not a nazi.
- Once you can go so far, the sky is the limit. On and on you can drift... Our country becomes a Saddam dictatorship, a demagogue (what we're drifting towards). Where do you calculate your logic at? You're baffling the hell outta me!
elion10 on Oct 15, 2007 at 13:45:51
“Correction. These are NOT Navy Seals. If they were, they's be in US NAVY.
These are soldiers for hire. Mr. Prince, however honest and intelligent, creates a grey area between the soldiers who SERVE our country and his Blackwater employees.
Since when does America have a vested interest in hired guns? I want to know if our soldiers get the same pay and benefits as Blackwater employees.
If Blackwater gets paid better than our soldiers, the American people are outsourcing the constitutional duties of our military and paying more for it. If Blackwater soldiers get less than our soldiers, than America is outsourcing the constitiutional duty of our military to cheap out.
Either way- it is and unconstitutional act of raising a private militia. Either way, it insults the constitutional SERVICE to one's country.”
cuddletuffy on Oct 15, 2007 at 12:47:14
“any person who supports a for profit military is not a liberal in the classic sense of the term. a liberal is opposed to monarchy and feudalism. that includes opposition to key pillars of that system like private mercenary armies.
america, and every other imperial state for that matter, has disguised its global military capers as humanitarian missions. think about the psychological profile of someone whose career choice is to fight in violent war zones for a living as opposed to joining the peace core, or becoming a diplomat... contemplate this as profoundly as you can.
america has, at least had, the power to help solve crisis like those in darfur using diplomatic and economic means. however, operating this way means ceding control of that nation's resources to someone who represents the will of the people more than our imperial/neo-colonial government would like. they prefer it come down to guns. the reasons why should be obvious. as a spokesperson for Clinton once told a Rwandan diplomat pleading for help, "America has no friends, only interests". think about that very carefully before we send the public military anywhere much less an army of mercenaries.
i hope you reconsider your opinion on blackwater and more importantly the use of mercenary armies in any capacity. i'm sure at one time or another dick cheney seemed like an intelligent, thoughtful and honest person. psychopaths are very good liars. mr. prince ought to appear gregarious. he just made a vast fortune on an illegal war doing what he loves - sending in commandos with guns blazing.
a citizen who abandons the critical notions that are the basis of our democratic republic: no standing armies; only conscription armies; ... abandons the democratic republic itself. one might as well shout, "hail caesar!"”
LindaSmart50 on Oct 15, 2007 at 12:22:04
“Erik Prince is an evil piece of crap hiding behind Jayzus.
Navy seals aren't anything special and the Brit SAS could kick their ass any time of the day or night.
Americans are 'Legends in their own Minds' and haven't done anything to actually protect the USA in 50 years.”
joja on Oct 15, 2007 at 12:16:37
You've got to be kidding, right?
Prince is just like all the other defense contractors who wrap themselves in the flag while picking our pockets.
He knows exactly what he's doing -- bilking the American taxpayer for all he can get -- and laughing his ass off all the way to the bank.
Cheney & Bush are pulling the old shell game on people like you -- professing to be frugal with the military budget by outsourcing (to save money) -- while they're shoveling wheelbarrows full of $$$ to political cronies (of which Prince & his family are big Republican contributors).
Why are mercenaries needed to do a job that the military has traditionally done?
There are several answers. Here's one. Because the military can't meet its recruitment goals, despite lowering the standards. No one wants to fight in this fuckin' obscene joke of a war anymore.
But that's not going to deter Cheney & Bush -- no way! Just privatize the damn thing, throw some no-bid contracts out there and, bingo, you've got yourself a nice, continuous war, with continuous defense contracts.
And please, spare me the regime talking points about how Blackwater guys could do better, but blah, blah, blah. There's NO oversight for a reason: it's not cost-effective.
To people like Eric Prince, Dick Cheney, and George Bush, peoples' lives are expendable -- profits are not.”
TheHandyman on Oct 15, 2007 at 12:13:58
“Ah, the caveat though is that he would only do it for an exorbitant fee and given the way he has conducted business a large number of people on both sides would have died and he wouldn't have given a rats red patootie for any of them.
That liberals, if they truly cared for humans, is that what you're saying, who disagree with your pov must then be hypocrites. What cons like you don't seem to be able to get through your narrow little minds is that we want a neutral UN Peace keeping force with the power itt needs to go in and stop these acts of genocide. We don't need a corporation of mercenaries who are not accountable to anyone for the carnage they wreck on the population.
Cons think that if the intent is good then what ever the outcome is must be good. Look at Iraq. Has that turned out for the better? Oh, I forgot, the shrub told yo we are winning so it is alright.”
tbone99 on Oct 15, 2007 at 11:51:27
“Maybe if we hadn't decided to waste our military on an unjustifed war we'd have forces to send....Bush failed those people becaused he was busy serving the interest of Isreal and the neocons”
“JoeyP - The sectarian violence has gone down by a third since Jan, so clearly there is progress on the violence. The car bombings will continue because they are aimed specifically at YOU - the terrorists know that you will get louder for each new car bombing and they are quite easy to pull off. For us to win the wider war the people of the middle east need to have a larger voice in their governments and hopefully someday Iraq can be one of the few stable democratic governments in the region.”
“As the Op-Ed states, clearly we have made some great progress in Ramadi and Anbar Province over the last few months. The locals are relying on American troops to root out Al-Queda. This is a significant proof point and sets the table for potentially a stable country. As an American, I am happy to hear tangible progress at a local level and hope to hear about more as the months to come.”