Mockery avoidance

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

via Lord Black:

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.

Apparently, the former Constitutional Law Prof His Most Cynical Majesty is still floating trial balloons on Syria, yet Chief Prostitute Jay Carney has no qualms.  I personally would not use Ari Fleischer or Jay Carney to feed my plants, based on their inherent toxicity, BYMMV.

“Mockery Avoidance.”  It’s too beautiful to fuck with.


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  1. tahoebasha3

    is with military intervention!

    Here’s a couple of articles worth reading on the subject:

    Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making

    By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

    Global Research, August 27, 2013



    another, I recently bumped into:

    The Neocons’ Project for the New American Century: “American World Leadership” – Syria next to Pay the Price?

    By Felicity Arbuthnot

    Global Research, September 20, 2012


    In the many petitions I’ve signed against any military intervention in Syria, I’ve posed the question:  Why can’t we help the Syrian people with their urgent needs, food, water, medical supplies and whatever else they may need?  Military intervention can only do one thing and that is to add to the Syrians’ deaths, grief and misery!  Of course, it would serve the Military Industrial Complex’s purposes just fine!  “Collateral damage” is NOTHING to it!

  2. Edger

    Wait’ll kerry gets his mojo workin’

  3. pfiore8

    great line, btw: it’s too beautiful to fuck with

    kinda says it all

  4. tahoebasha3

    More about Assad NOT using gasses on his own citizens.

    Intercepts caught Assad rejecting requests to use chemical weapons, German paper says.

    Monday, September 9, 2013, By By Matthew Schofield | McClatchy Foreign Staff

  5. Compound F

    good seein’ ya.

  6. banger

    …. were the ultimate visionaries. We now live in a Monty Python/Orwellian world. Silly and vary nasty at the same time. Great post Edger–best comment I’ve read for some time.  

  7. Compound F

    referred to Obama’s “hope & change” campaign as among the most cynical he’s seen.  He’s right.


    Not the future we ordered
    , is an instant classic in my world.  I’ve been meaning to write a book review of that and Orlov’s Five Stages of Collapse, but I’m totally hammered for time.  Both are exceptional books on the topic from differing views.  

  8. banger

    The whole thing was spelled out in Henry Luce’s article in Life Magazine in 1941. That is the source of PNAC’s ideology. It is an ideology that was turned into policy in the 1950s by the Dulles brothers and many others. When Kennedy started saying “no” that doomed him and later his brother.

    Policy makers today are following that tradition and, indeed, there is no other possibility dissent is not allowed in the mainstream media that beats the drums of war as soon as the last war is forgotten.

    Recreating the Roman Empire has been a “dream” for Western Civilization since Charlemagne. That’s why our public buildings are modeled on Roman buildings.  

  9. Edger
  10. tahoebasha3

    Compound F.  I will bookmark your comment, in the hopes that I might read those books.  

    I am engaged in multiple activists’ agendas, almost too much so, and I, like you, have very little time.  Try to keep up with e-mails because of activity and rallies, etc.

    As to Obama’s Hope and Change campaign . . . . I was there and I believed, too.  Seriously, though, and not to lessen “guilt” as to position on so many issues, I, seriously believe that Obama has been held by the “shoulder straps” just about from day one.  Yes, you can say he is the President and he should make the decisions, but, honestly speaking, can you see him or his beautiful wife, or his daughters living one day past a rebuke of the corporatists’ wishes or the MIC’s wishes?  Don’t misunderstand me . . . for me, there is absolutely NOTHING TO CONDONE in the many actions Obama has, supposedly, chosen.  But I always question whether those actions are those of his own wishes, or those that keep him alive.  We won’t know until 50 hence, as with JFK, etc.

    There has to be something dreadfully array when a “would be” President, would so completely reverse himself when he actually became President.  

  11. Compound F

    I have no reason to disagree with you.  A real Gordian clusterfuck, it is.  That I believe.  And we’re all in deep, and I have no answers.  Except to change.  Everything.  Which I’ve been working on for years.  And I realize it’s a life-long ambition from here-on-out.  Lemme know if you find any good recipes.

  12. Compound F

    I hope things are well with you.  It’s always good to see some of the old players walking ’round the block.  “Old” in blog-time, I mean.  Although, dang, blog-time keeps slipping, slipping, slipping into the future, donit?  

  13. tahoebasha3

    The gridlock on this system of ours is so powerful . . . all about the money, you know . . . it’s hard to know what exactly would constitute a “good recipe.”

    Many feel that we must commence at the local level, essentially, the kinds of things I’m involved in, although they are national in scope, such as the Move to Amend effort, holding WalMart accountable for the plight of its workers, environmental concerns . . . fracking, the pipelines, etc., immigration issues, fighting ALEC and on and on.  Are these “good recipes?” We can only hope, but it’s much better to try and do something vis-a-vis doing nothing, n’est que c’est pas?

  14. Compound F

    ethology: that human behavior which must be, and that which merely may be.  Focus all concentration on that, the obligatory behavior over which you have no control, and the arbitrary behavior over which control can exist, preferably mutually.  “Theoretically,” all other concerns would take second place.  It’s laughable idea, but a far cry above “capitalism.”  That is, all human motives = profit, which is so beyond laughable that we all cry piteously.

  15. Compound F

    whereas the ethologists, such as Lorenz and Tinbergen, might have called it a “fixed action pattern.”

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