“Seriously? Bush? You mean the guy who said he wasn't into "nation building?" That guy? And only a die-hard, Tea Party/Republican would consider Bush "acceptable." You're sure that's the word you meant to use? Besides, it looks as if President Obama is held "accountable" for everything the previous POTUS did from where I sit.”
Huffpo user71 on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:24:18
“did I say W's actions were acceptable? I didn't go along with everything he did, I was angry at him for many things. But if you really think ignoring what his happening now to excuse the past you need to seek professional help. W never pretended to be something he wasn't. Obama clearly has done so.”
“I had no idea President Obama went into the auto-manufacturing business and "built 5 new pants overseas." I've tried the Google to find out where these plants are located, in case I want to move there and get a job, but I just can't seem to find them? Could you help me out with a link, please?”
“WaPo and the New Yorker were smart to pass on the "piece." HP, not so smart. It doesn't actually "prove" anything, makes a lot of unsubstantiated innuendos with "gossip" from unnamed sources, and attempts to clear Assad of his role in the serin attacks, even though in the long run, it's Assad who IS responsible for the civil war that's raging in Syria. It's a titillating read, but nothing else. Seymour always has an agenda and that always bothers me.”
Phil Ken Sebbin on Dec 9, 2013 at 14:06:27
Mr Universe on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:04:07
“My thoughts exactly. But my comments critical of this website often get jettisoned (as was the case this time). I get a little irritated when they throw red meat pieces out there.”
Following President Obama’s “chastising” of Assad, not only have there been no more chemical attacks on the Syrian people, UN inspectors has been invited into Syria to inspect. That, after much posturing by the US and others (France, as I recall.) In itself, this is a coup. Obama has always been a master bluffer. Sometimes it works, as in Syria, sometimes it fails, an in the debacle know as “the Sequester.” Nevertheless, bluffing is an important tool in the art of diplomacy. And more often than not,Obama has used the tool splendidly! Someday it may go down as one of President Obama’s greatest “bluffs.” Much like Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis is viewed now.
But, this is a tough article to read and swallow, due mostly to the fact that Seymour Hersh has, as always, a pretty clear agenda.
So, let’s look Hersh contends.
Hersh: “Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, told reporters – without providing any specific information – that any suggestions that the Syrian government was not responsible ‘are as preposterous as suggestions that the attack itself didn’t occur’.”
Well, in point of fact, Assad IS responsible. It's his civil war, waged against his own people. He could reform his regime, give the “revolutionaries” some of what they want - like bargaining - or simply abdicated his throne and stepped down. To say Assad is NOT responsible ultimately for the situation in Syria is, as Carney rightly points out, “preposterous.””
Hersh: “A chemical warhead, once loaded with sarin, has a shelf life of a few days or less – the nerve agent begins eroding the rocket almost immediately: it’s a use-it-or-lose-it mass killer.”
Not so. Sarin degrades after a period of several weeks to several months. There are stockpiles of sarin that are decades old, even here in the US, that are in the process of being “de-activated” as we speak. This process has been years in the making and is still going strong.
Hersh: “December was so important that the president had to call and say, “Knock it off,” why didn’t the president issue the same warning three days before the gas attack in August?’”
Gee, I don’t know Seymour. Maybe President Obama’s crystal ball was on the blink, or so cloudy that it couldn’t be read accurately as to what was happening three days away.
Hersh: NRO sensors have been implanted near all known chemical warfare sites in Syria. They are designed to provide constant monitoring of the movement of chemical warheads stored by the military. But far more important, in terms of early warning, is the sensors’ ability to alert US and Israeli intelligence when warheads are being loaded with sarin... The sensors detected no movement in the months and days before 21 August...”
Evidently it didn’t occur to Hersh that the Syrian’s had simply found a way to “fool” the sensors (not a difficult thing to do) and move the stuff without being detected.
And in the paragraph that follows, Hersh writes: “The sensors had worked in the past, as the Syrian leadership knew all too well. Last December the sensor system picked up signs of what seemed to be sarin production at a chemical weapons depot. It was not immediately clear whether the Syrian army was simulating sarin production as part of an exercise... The event was later determined to be part of a series of exercises, according to the former senior intelligence official...”
Who exactly is this “former senior intelligence official” and what are his motives for coming forward now with this information that, on its surface, clears Assad and the military of wrong doing? What’s his motive anyway? And like I asked, who the heck is he to begin with?
For me, there are always too many “unnamed sources” in Hersh’s pieces. As I stated previously, Seymour Hersh, like Glen Greenwald, has an agenda. I always take what they both write with a grain or two of salt, kosher salt at that.”
“Partially true. His name on the terrorist list was sort of like still getting junk mail from someone you told to stop sending it years ago. Otherwise, Mandela was in the US lots of times, even after 9/11. Read on:
Mandela's visit to New York following the terrorist attacks and his visit to Ground Zero "helped give our city strength and hope, for which we will be forever grateful," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.”
“Unless there's a waiting period, the coverage will begin Jan. 1st, the day the policy takes effect, not the day the "paperwork" gets straightened out and processed. Funny you didn't mention that this hypothetical heart attack victim even purchased insurance in the first place. That would have been step one.”
“One in ten! Call out the Marines! This is probably about what it is with AT&T. When I signed up to do on-line payments with them, it took three tries before they finally got my correct information in their website. The overwrought narrative that "Obamacare sucks" live on another day!”
ToastMan on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:52:25
“If you have a heart attack on Jan 1st and need a bypass with no insurance you will wish you just keeled over when the bill shows up in your mail.”
“Who said anything about making a person a misogynist? If abortion is a constitutional right in the first trimester, then why should there be anything that, as you originally stated, "curtain the number of abortions"? That makes no sense. But about as much sense as my first comment. After rereading it, I realize I didn't exactly state what I mean to write. I think it was done in haste, just before I left the house. So, let me try once more. It should have read (and this is what makes the bill misogynistic):
"Then why do you suppose MEN are not being told they must buy "abortion insurance" for their wives, girlfriends, sisters, etc?"
The bill is aimed ONLY at women. That is what makes it misogynistic. It has nothing to do with the morality or immorality of abortion.”
“They why do you suppose MEN are being told they must "abortion insurance" for their wives, girlfriends, sisters, etc.? And least you forget, the choice of an abortion is a Constitutional right, by the way.”
watches on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:12:06
“It's an absolute constitutional right only in the first trimester according to Roe v Wade, and it's limited in the 2nd trimester, and practically banned in the 3rd trimester. The whole framework of Roe v. Wade is to balance the interest of the fetus with the interest of the mother. Just because someone believes by reasons of conscience or religion that terminating the life of a fetus is morally wrong does not make that person a misogynist.”
“Again, women are responsible for rape-pregnancies, unwanted-pregnancies, pregnancies that may result in a threat to either the life of the yet-to-be-born or the woman who finds herself pregnant. When are people going to finally realize that MEN have nothing whatsoever to do with women getting pregnant?”
2borknot2b on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:37:35
“Their sperm does.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:16:22
“There is NO comparison between rape and car accidents. This is a false equivalency. Thank you for playing.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:59:41
“Ummm, as soon as a woman can get pregnant by herself, we'll give you poor boys a break.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:57:59
“Since the insurance companies lost their right to charge more during a woman's child bearing years, I wondered who got the dander up on these right to lifers?”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:51:21
“Sadly people are not viewing this issue the same way as you. Instead they are truly (unbelievably) following the flood ins, car ins analogy. Scary, huh?!”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:44:44
“Well it certainly isn't a hatred of rape!”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:40:18
“I know I wasn't supposed to chuckle, but, did you really mean to write racist? Not rapist?”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:37:55
“Thank you Seewanee! Very well stated!”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:35:51
“To compare a violent act such as rape is, how dare you compare it to car insurance.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:34:44
“Know party, ok, so what happens to the woman, who does not believe in abortion, in her 16th week of a much longed for pregnancy has life threatening complications, or illness? Who pays for the long hospitalization and procedures to save the mother and child, if one or both can be saved? Sorry, try again. Group plans should not be able to be manipulated to an individuals religious beliefs.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:25:37
“Hehehe...sometimes I appreciate the ED coverage!! OMG! I have to grow up!!!”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:21:10
“Well I suppose if that testicular cancer was caused by a women whacking a guys balls with a baseball bat until they almost fall off - because that act is no less violent than rape - then, we can talk about women funding mens' health issues. Until then everyone chips in for everyone.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:17:19
“Until the ACA, insurance companies routinely up-charged women during their child bearing years. How is that different then what you are suggesting (tongue in cheek I hope!)?”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:14:26
“No_body, while I completely agree with your post, many women do use birth control responsibly and do still get pregnant by rape or incest, and let's not forget all those long hoped for pregnancies that will somehow endanger a women's life if not agonizingly ended early. I am so very tired of all these holier than thou right to lifers that think they have all the answers. I suppose they do until tragedy effects their loved ones, then and only then will they wish they weren't so sacrosanct and bought insurance for themselves.”
CyndyLouWho on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:03:45
“WHAT?!! Really? MEN have nothing to do with it? Do we need to have THE talk?”
“To me, one of the most despicable phrases in the English language is “political correctness” in whatever form it may take. It’s used primarily to put an end to conversation rather than start or continue one. Now, along comes “emotionally correct.” This is an improvement? Barely. And I’ll tell you why.
There are two requirements for “emotional correctness.” The first is honesty and the second is the recognition that, aside from our political differences, we are all in this together. (I believe I hear this echoed somewhat in Ms Kohn’s presentation.)
It’s most unfortunate that neither of these qualities have I ever seen displayed on FOX in any meaningful manner whatsoever. I’m afraid that only for so long one can beat their head against a brick wall before their brain spills out. Good luck with that one, Sall”
JonahGalt on Dec 4, 2013 at 16:45:13
“Let's be fair and balanced here..
All sides of our political debate hate each other. It is not only FNC that shocks, MSNBC is not better..”
“You do realize people need to qualify for both food stamps and unemployment insurance, right? As the article states, 91% of the people receiving food stamps live at or below the poverty line. And one other thing. Have you ever noticed that the word "Liberty" in your mini-bio begins with the same four letters as the word "Liberals?" I think there might be a connection there.”
chevy706 on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:33:53
“Actually, the first 5 letters match, but no matter. Libertarian has the same first 6 letters as liberty. Libertarian also shares the first 5 letters with Liberal, but I think we can both agree they're nothing alike.
Just because you name yourself after something, doesn't mean you embody that characteristic. It just means you're attempting some PR.”