A counterpoint on Preet Bharara, whose vigor in targeting political corruption didn't quite extend to Wall Street:
THESE REPORTERS TRACKED DOWN PREET BAHRARA FOR HIS RESPONSE AND DISCOVERED HIM AT THE BODY BALANCE IN HOBOKEN WHERE HE WAS PREPARING TO HIT THE STEAM ROOM.
"SURE THERE ARE PLENTY IN MANHATTAN, BUT WHEN YOU NEED A GOOD RUB-N-TUG, NEW JERSEY ALWAYS HITS THE SPOT," PREET DECLARED PULLING OFF HIS PANTS AND BOXERS EXPOSING A LARGE TATTOO OF CITIBANK ON HIS LEFT FLANK AND "ENRON FOREVER" SCRAWLED JUST ABOVE HIS WELCOME MAT.
DESPITE THESE AND OTHER TATTOOS, PREET DENIES THAT HE WENT EASY ON CORPORATIONS.
"When the heartache is over, you know I won't be missing you," sings Tina Turner. Amen.
When the Iraq War is over -- surely that day has to come -- there's so much I won't miss.
Chief among them self-deception.
Danny Sjursen has a post that's all over the internet. Sometimes it includes the lie that the January march against Donald Trump was larger than the protests against the Iraq War. No. DC and LA had strong turnout in January. But the Iraq protests spread out across all of the US -- not just media centers -- and they were huge.
It's typical of 'the resistance' to have spread that lie (not calling Sjursen part of 'the resistance'). They didn't take part in the protests against the Iraq War. And now they try to build their lies on the foundation of real work.
We'll link to Sjursen's article at THE NATION because at least it ditches the intro that includes that lie about the January protests being greater than the 2003 protests against the Iraq War.
Sjursen declares the Bully Boy Bush "surge" of Iraq a failure.
There are facts and there are interpretations of facts.
I think Sjursen's failing in both.
Bully Boy Bush's surge (which we opposed, check the archives) was about (a) increasing the number of US troops in Iraq to address the violence and (b) this providing space for the Iraqi politicians to work on reconciliation.
Sjursen seems completely unaware of the second part.
He judges the first part to be a failure.
I disagree, it did what it was supposed to do.
He's not honest about what that was.
I'm tired of the self-deceptions people tell themselves to feel good.
(I'm also tired of pieces on Iraq that focus on Bush and Trump while ignoring Barack Obama.)
Sjursen talks about "civil war" (we used the term long before the surge) and how Baghdad became a Shi'ite city.
By the time Sjursen was part of the surge, we were already calling it what it was: Ethnic cleansing.
I'm really sorry that he can't deal with the reality of what went down in Iraq.
It was ethnic cleansing.
He can denounce Nouri (while never calling Barack out for giving Nouri a second term when the Iraqi people voted him out in the 2010 election).
He can talk about what Nouri did and the attacks on the Sunnis.
He just can't connect the dots -- we were doing so in real time, a decade later he still wants to self-deceive.
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