Democracy? National Security? No, You Fools, for Hillary, the Iraq War Was All About the Money

“It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity.” – Hillary Clinton, 2011

There are apparently some interesting items coming out of Hillary Clinton’s released cache of e-mails.

And they seem to strengthen the notion that, after all, the Iraq War was not primarily fought for noble reasons such as ‘protecting national security’ or ‘promoting democracy.’ While boiling this down to the anti-war slogan ‘No Blood for Oil’ might simplify things a tad bid, this article by David Sirota points out in detail how Corporate America saw it as a way to get richer.

And guess who positioned  herself as a champion of those large corporations in Iraq, even a year before publicly declaring the Iraq War as “a mistake?” — Hillary Rodham Clinton.

American voters might want to take note in the upcoming election.


Obama Quote Of The Week: Whistleblowing

“If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.” – Barack Obama, 2014/08/07

Note that Obama is not referring to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden here, but whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.

The “most transparent administration ever” (Obama) remains a myth.

If You Care About Privacy, You’ll Be Outraged By What President Obama Just Said.” Matt Connolly, (2014/08/09).

German Interior Minister Buries NSA Scandal

“Ich will gerne nochmal unterstreichen, dass unsere [deutsch-amerikanischen] Beziehungen wichtiger sind als das schwierige Thema NSA.” – Thomas deMaizière, deutscher Innenminister


“I would like to underscore, once again, that our German-American relations are more important than the difficult issue of the NSA.” – Thomas deMaizière, German Interior Minister

Mike Huckabee Thinks the U.S. Are (Almost) As Unfree As North Korea

“[I am beginning to believe that there is] more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.” – Mike Huckabee at the ‘Freedom Summit’ in New Hampshire, complaining about security pat-downs by the TSA

Even if this is meant as hyperbole, it is one of the dumbest statements possible, given the human rights record of North Korea.

Horrible Politician QuotesIt is quite scary that this man ran for President of the United States and possibly plans to do so again.

Bernie Madoff Says He Is Not A Fan Of Redistributing Wealth

“[I am] not a great fan of redistribution of wealth.” – Convicted criminal Bernie Madoff, who redistributed wealth to himself via a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, on progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on solving the poverty problem.

Madoff is is currently serving a 150-year sentence in North Carolina.

Turkish Government Blocks Twitter

“This entity called Twitter, this YouTube, this Facebook, they have shaken families to their roots … I don’t understand how people of good sense could defend this Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. There are all kinds of lies there.” – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reacting to international protests against his government blocking Twitter


Putin Aide Mocks U.S. Sanctions

“The only things that interest me in the US are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.” – Vladislav Surkov, top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, mocking U.S. sanctions against him after Russia announces plans to annex Crimea

Vladimir Putin’s top aide Vladislav Surkov mocks US sanctions.” (The Independent, 2014/03/18)

The NSA Disguises Itself As Facebook To Spread Malware

“In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer.” – The Intercept

Read more:

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware.” – (Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 2013/03/12)

Conservative columnist urges GOP to abandon any outreach to non-white Americans

“[T]he future of the conservative movement is as a home for white ethnocentrism.” – Conservative columnist John Derbyshire urging the GOP to abandon any outreach to non-white Americans


Derbyshire: “Future Of The Conservative Movement Is As A Home For White Ethnocentrism.“(Right Wing Watch, 2014/02/28)

Right-wing columnist urges GOP to abandon outreach: ‘Colorblind conservatism’ is futile.” (Travis Gettys, The Raw Story, 2014/03/03)

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Covering Science

“You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers. [. . .] Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick.” – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the false balance in American media when covering science


Neil deGrasse Tyson tells CNN: Stop giving ‘equal time to the flat Earthers.’” (David Edwards, The Raw Story, 2014/03/09)

“Republicans Are Addicted to Koch [Brothers]” – Harry Reid

“Republicans Are Addicted to Koch [Brothers]” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)