All The Best
THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.
My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.
At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.
An elephant never forgets.
Deuce, 21 June 2018
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Obama Commits US to War and Goes to Rio for Weekend
Where is the Outrage?
Obama, the affirmed cream of the American crop, commits the US to war and goes to Brazil, a country that just said it wants no part of this war. Why is Obama taking the family for a weekend in Rio? Does that self-proclaimed mutt, Obama, stand for anything?
The incoherence of US policy is stunning, the media reaction incomprehensible and yet the potential consequences disastrous. Did you ever think the term "US Interests" would make you sick?
How about US interests in housing, jobs, bailing out big banks, democracy in Wisconsin and trillion plus federal deficits? What are the US interests of our legions of 19 year old IED-fodder scattered across the shitholes of Islamadom?
Where is the cry of "We don't need your fucking wars" to be fought by the US underclass for whom and for what? Why do we care about another Arab tribal war in Libya? Armed men opened fire on crowds of antigovernment protesters Friday in Yemen's capital, killing an estimated 45 people and injuring hundreds—prompting yesterday, is that in "US Interests"?
What are current "US Interests" in Egypt or Saudi Arabia? Are we bored with Egypt this week? Need a weekend break in Rio?
WASHINGTON — In a Paris hotel room on Monday night, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy in a turbulent Middle East. She criticized the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates for sending troops to quash protests in Bahrain even as she pressed him to send planes to intervene in Libya.
Only the day before, Mrs. Clinton — along with her boss, President Obama — was a skeptic on whether the United States should take military action in Libya. But that night, with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces turning back the rebellion that threatened his rule, Mrs. Clinton changed course, forming an unlikely alliance with a handful of top administration aides who had been arguing for intervention.
Within hours, Mrs. Clinton and the aides had convinced Mr. Obama that the United States had to act, and the president ordered up military plans, which Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hand-delivered to the White House the next day. On Thursday, during an hour-and-a -half meeting, Mr. Obama signed off on allowing American pilots to join Europeans and Arabs in military strikes against the Libyan government.
The president had a caveat, though. The American involvement in military action in Libya should be limited — no ground troops — and finite. “Days, not weeks,” a senior White House official recalled him saying. NY Times