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January 05, 2008

Future Trooferism porn

In the aftermath of Obama's Iowa derailing of Hillary!s "inevitability", the columns of fawning, giddy, puff pieces on Obama rival similar so-called "news" pieces when BJ Clinton was working the primary circuit. "Stunning", "magic", "magnetism", words found more often in review blurbs on film ads, pepper reporters' stories along with allusions to JFK and MLK. Obama's Iowa victory has turned into an extended New Year's celebration.

However, never let it be said that the Left can just enjoy the celebratory moments without finding an opportunity to turn it into a salacious hatefest. Look no further than HuffPo's frontpage and J. Palermo's unctuous fantasy Barak Obama, RFK and Blackwater

It took forty years but perhaps today with Barack Obama we are seeing the continuation of the project that Robert Kennedy started in 1968.
In 1968, when Kennedy was gaining momentum and piling up primary victories it looked as though he would win the presidential nomination. But before he could be safely ensconced inside "the bubble" of 24-hour federal protection he was assassinated. And his progressive challenge to the war in Vietnam and to poverty at home was stopped in its tracks.

In 2008, Obama is gaining momentum, and hopefully people inside his organization are cognizant of the fact that he constitutes a very real threat to the likes of Blackwater, Dyncorps, Halliburton, and the hundreds of other private companies currently profiteering from the Iraq occupation.

Blackwater, that reactionary private mercenary outfit headed by the right-wing Christian nationalist Erik Prince stands to lose big time with an Obama presidency. [...]

Under an Obama Administration Blackwater would no doubt be cut down to size along with Bush's other crony capitalist entities. The Blackwater Boys no doubt have close friends and ideological soul mates deep inside the federal security services. [...]

Let's hope that the Blackwater elements can be thoroughly flushed out of the federal security services. Let's also hope that the Secret Service does a better job protecting Obama in the coming election year than Pakistan's ISI did in protecting Benazir Bhutto who didn't live to see election day. [...]

What must be done with Blackwater is what President John F. Kennedy said he wanted to do with the CIA following the Bay of Pigs disaster: Tear it up into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind. [...]

Bush gave Blackwater and companies like it a free ride on the government's dime and they no doubt want the gravy train to continue. Obama promises to apply the brakes. He therefore has some well-armed and lethally trained enemies that stand to lose their livelihoods if he follows through on his promise to end the Iraq occupation.

Palermo plays out this Eeeevil Xtianist Rightist assassination porn fantasy hoping that readers have little grasp of history. For instance, RFK was not assassinated because he was against the Vietnam war. Or that JFK actually said made the statement about the CIA as Palermo asserts when in reality the post-Bay-of-Pigs years found JFK improving the CIA, expanding their covert actions in places like Latin America and Laos while publicly expressing his gratitude and admiration of the agency.

The personal is the political, and no event -- primary win or funeral -- should escape a chance to demonize the non-Left.

(h/t Marc Sheppard)

Posted by Darleen at January 5, 2008 10:56 AM