Outrage About Trump Exposes “Librul” Hypocrisy
Moon of Alabama, Jan 29 2017
The current “librul” outrage about Trump’s announced policies is somewhat amusing. Yes, these policies are bad. Very bad. But wherever you look, those Trump policies are building directly on or simply repeat Obama policies. The now outraged people swallowed those without a word of protest. A Trump order yesterday introduced a temporary ban on visa holders and visa issuing to citizens of seven Middle East countries. These countries are: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Outcries on social media and in various papers ensued. People went to airports to protest. TV was there to spread the news. But it is nothing new that the citizens of these countries are targeted with Pindo visa restrictions. It was Obama who had introduced such in 2015 and 2016. The Trump order links directly to them. It does not name any country but refers to them as “countries designated in Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated appropriations act.” Pindo animosity against these countries is even older. According to Pindo General Wesley Clark, plans were made to wage war against six of the now named seven countries back in 2001. Yemen was later added and Lebanon was subtracted. Otherwise, the administrations change but the selected “enemies” stay the same. In 2011, Obama stopped processing Iraqi visa requests for six month. That move was quite similar to Trump’s current one. Where was the outcry in 2001? In 2011, 2015 and 2016? Is it only bad when Trump restricts visits for certain people from certain countries?
This morning, CNN headlines White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts. HOW OUTRAGEOUS! How can Trump even think of such an invasion of privacy! Fake outrage. Obama had already signed off on this. The plans to collect social media accounts of traveling visitors and citizens were officially introduced in Oct 2016 and implementation started in Dec 2016. The Trump White House is late in discussing the issue. Yesterday, Trump also issued a memorandum to structure his National Security Council. It says that the DNI and the chairman of the CJCoS “shall attend” when it is pertinent to the issue in question. “Librul” outrage ensues. Trump excludesthem from the NSC! Obama’s first Sec Def calls it a “huge mistake”! But a comparison of the text Trump issued with the text Obama issued when he came into office shows that these are mostly similar. Nothing really relevant has changed. The “shall attend” clause is exactly the same.
Yesterday, people were protesting at airports against Trump’s new immigration restriction. Lots of outrage against Trump ensued on social media over this and the other issues. The hypocrisy here stinks to high heaven. Where were the protest when Obama did similar? Where are the protests demanding the repeal of the Patriot Act? Where are the anti-war protests? These died as soon as Obama came into office. They never came back even as Obama pursued polices that were, at best, Republican light and far from any progressive ideal. Only fake liberals, aka “libruls”, could agree with these. Many of the people coming out now against Trump would likely have jubilated had Hilliary Clinton won the election and introduced the exactly same policies. How can they expect to be taken serious? There was no outrage today from any of the Pindo “libruls” and their media outlets about last nights failed Pindo military raid in Yemen. The rural home of a tribal leader’s family, friendly with some Yemeni AQAP members, was raided by a Pindosu SOF commando. A Pindosi tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft was shot down during the raid. One soldier was killed and several were wounded. The Pindos responded with their usual panic, killing everyone in sight and bombing the shit out of any nearby structure. According to Yemeni sources, between 30 and 57 Yemenis were killed, including eight women and eight children:
CENTCOM claimed, as it always does, that no civilians were hurt in the raid. One of the killed kids was the 8-year–old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki. The targeted family is related to al-Awlaki’s wife. The girl was a Pindosi citizen:
Under Obama, the CIA had already assassinated her father and her 16-year-old brother. With Obama’s active help, the Gulf countries have been bombing and destroying Ýemen for nearly two years. No Pindo demonstrations were held against this war. Yemeni sources say that at least two men were abducted by the commandos. The CENTCOM press release only said that the raid had helped to acquire intelligence about possible future terror acts. That probably means that the prisoners will be tortured to reveal such “intelligence” even as they may not have any. The Obama administration had introduced new rules for the military on how to handle detainees. The UN judged that the application of some of these rules is torture. The “libruls” will of course be outraged should any of those rules, which Obama introduced, be used under a Trump administration. The hypocritical outrage against Trump for things Obama already did is exactly what Trump wants and needs. He keeps chasing the media and the Clintonistas around the block. The impression he leaves, not only with his followers, is that of a man who works a lot. 25 outrages out of 25 headlines in just one week? Impressive! That is way more than Obama achieved. Trump already filed for reelection. Anyone who really wants to beat him will have to attack him on fundamental issues. That is a problem for the “libruls”. Obama and Clinton stand for the same terrible policies Trump is pushing for. They are not as loud as Trump, and they paint their aims in softer colors, but the difference is only one of degree. Pindostan, like many other “western” countries, needs fundamentally different policies and politicians to become a more just and social society. The “librul” outcries take energy away from achieving such.
SEAL Team 6 Kills an 8-Year-Old Girl, Scores More in Yemen Attack
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, Jan 29 2017
Pentagon officials confirmed that Navy SEAL Team 6 attacked what they described as an AQ HQ in Yemen’s central Bayda Province, bragging of killing “about 14” AQAP fighters and taking a cache of information. They reported a single soldier killed. Absent from the Pentagon’s account of what happened over the course of the raid, which supposedly lasted less than an hour, and left a large number of women and children riddled with bullets, including at least one eight-year-old girl named Nora, the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki. The Cairo AP office reported receiving photographs showing the bodies of several young children who were shot multiple times during the raid. Roughly 57 people were killed overall, according to Yemeni officials, though they claimed a lot more AQAP fighters slain than the Pindo reckoning of 14. Either way, a substantial number of civilians were among the slain. Awlaki’s 2011 assassination was hugely controversial, both because he was a Pindosi citizen killed on the orders of the Obama administration, and because the administration declined to charge him with any crimes beforehand, simply presenting his sermons as proof of terrorism. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son was assassinated, again on Obama’s order, two weeks later. Officials say this raid had initially been proposed to Obama but wasn’t approved until after Trump took office and signed off on the plan. Even with the Pentagon ignoring all the slain children, the narrative isn’t exactly one of a super-successful first ground raid into Yemen going off without a hitch. Pentagon officials did not only confirmed the death of at least one Pindo soldier in the fighting, but also other casualties. Three other soldiers were wounded during the raid, and a fourth was wounded in the initial evacuation attempt, in which the V-22 Osprey crashed into the ground during a failed landing. The V-22 didn’t make it out either, as it was apparently so damaged from the crash that the troops had to intentionally destroy it and wait for another evacuation.