“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Taliban video of the release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl release in Afghanistan

This is Hollywood: Check out the frisk down for bombs and weapons before Bergdahl gets into the chopper. While your at it, look at the goodbye waves from the troops to the Taliban.



  1. No man knows how he will handle combat, before, during or after it is over. It is the ultimate of life’s shit sandwiches. These guys were all volunteers. Not a one of them was drafted and they did this for an idiotic war, not of their making, fighting young men not that different from themselves who were fighting a foreign invasion.

    Llfe for 99% of all Americans went on as normal while these guys participated in a real time war video. It was and is un-nuanced terror and bullshit for the very few.

    The political clamor and fighting between our rulers and masters in Mordor and the Neocon chattering class is the only combat those assholes will ever see.

    Put away the flags and ribbons and let the man be.

  2. Why is the military wasting money and time with an investigation. What is it with those deranged neocon assholes, the same people who attacked Iraq after Saudi Arabia hit us on 911.

    They have not reason or sense of honor.? Nobody needs the facts here. They already have their opinions and swords drawn based on which right wing propaganda machine is active in their local area.

    This is like proving there is climate disruption or the efficacy of vaccines: nobody is interested in any truth but those emerging from their beliefs, or better yet, which link appears first on a google search.

    And as we all know, belief is not evidence based and google can be manipulated.

  3. Nice opinions after the fact, boys.

    I recall a day of another Deuce.

    That's OK, we can all change our minds.

    But Afghanistan is where the attack came from.

    1. We could still 'win' in Afghanistan. We won't, but we could. It would take some Leadership, not all that much money, and a long term commitment.

      It's sad.

      'They' have won.

      The war that our Kenyan President Debacle said 'we must win'.

      It is sad to me to see USA become such a farce, even if I've "never served".

      Can you not think up some other criticism of me?

      One with a little more imagination to it?


    2. Clarifications please:

      1. I wanted to demand $500B in reparations from Saudi.
      2. A double nuke tap on every AQ camp in Afghanistan.

      End of engagement

    3. I stated at the time that my take was the problem was in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan was a hide-out because of the destabilization caused by Reagan’s support for the men of god over the atheist soviets. WE helped make the Mujahideen.

    4. Yes, that was a mistake.

      On the other hand, do you see the relationship between our support of the 'freedom fighters' and the fall of the Soviet Union?

      National Security Adviser under Carter claims to see that.
      Brezinski or how do you spell it.

  4. Our Kenyan born President Debacle is the worst thing to have happened to our country in my lfietime.

    I go back to Eisenhower.

    Obama is the worst.

    I am sad.


    1. No one can compete with George Bush for reckless use of power and squandering of resources.

    2. Wrong.

      What Bush did was fully approved by Congress.

      Even you approved of it at the time.

      The sad tragedy is we never stick with it.

      All of Congress, and you too, we for it at the time.

      Don't bullshit your contributors.


    3. And Obama, Name/URL Bob, is operating under the SAME authorizations.

      You can't fix stupid

  5. Obama is the worst President we have ever had. It's sad.

    We have become an idiot nation.

  6. We have that slim bucket Harry Reid leading our US Senate.

    Believe me, I know a lot from my old Vegas girl friend that even you do not know.

    It is sad what is becoming of our once great nation.


  7. To the point at hand. The military has no choice but rescue or get release of captured soldiers, not for them but for every other soldier that has the possibility of being taken captive for any reason.

    I thought there was a timeless comment about the contact between the crew sent in on the blackhawks to pick up Bergdahl and the
    Taliban in their pickup truck and white flag on a stick, standing tall, enemies face to face and waving goodbye to each other.

    Think about it.

    1. I have, and it looked like a propaganda win for the Taliban to me, and the rest of the world.

      Bye bye Americans.

      This is the war our President Debacle said was the real war, "the war we must win".

      What a farce

      I am retreating to my Hindu Niece, my books, my wife, and my old girl friend in Vegas.

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    3. But Name/URL Bob, you were glad when the exchange was announced, and confirmed you were glad, just yesterday.
      Why were you glad the Taliban got that 'win'?

      Why are you now so conflicted?
      Did you not realize that US victories are often portrayed a 'wins' for the enemy.

      You say you date back to Ike, but have forgotten the lessons of the Tet Offensive, in Vietnam.
      The US won on the ground, but lost the propaganda battle, in the US. The fifth columnists worked their riles.
      Just as you are trying to erode the success the US has had, in Afghanistan.

      Using propaganda in pursuit of defaming the success of the democratic elections, there and here.

  8. Jack HawkinsWed Jun 04, 11:20:00 PM EDT
    Lester Crown wrote in the JPost ...

    All that and allen is still unhappy ...

    Listen, clown, allen is not going there with you. If the proprietor were not so deep into you, he would have called you on that Israel crap and advised that you go talk to WiO (wherever he is these days).

    1. You sick piece of camel dung, you nearly destroyed what passes for this blog, once. I will not talk to you or anyone else here about things about which you know nothing other than neo-NAZI sound bites. Anything I need to say with reference to Israel I say at the Jerusalem Post. Just yesterday, I had the chance to take a shot at the Israeli Ambassador to the US. Sweet.

    2. Exactly.

      i AGREE with Allen.

      It is so so sad to see Deuce break bad.

    3. allen had a chance, to take a sho ...
      But he did not.

      Poor allen, his own buddies have left him behind.

      He and his butt buddy, Name/URL Bob are left with nothing but ad hominem arguments against the other contributors and the United States of America.
      All is ruined, all is lost, they claim, not because of poor decisions made in 1949, nor in 2001, but because of the results of the influences of the leading Zionist financier in the US. The man who manufactured Barack Obama. When this is pointed out, they wail.

      The Bush family and the Osama's were PARTNERS in the Carlisle Group on 11SEP01
      Carlyle's 2001 investor conference took place on September 11, 2001. In the weeks following the meeting, it was reported that Shafiq bin Laden, a member of the Bin Laden family, had been the "guest of honor", and that they were investors in Carlyle managed funds. Later reports confirmed that the Bin Laden family had invested $2 million into Carlyle ...

      So, the Bush family and the Osama clan were PARTNERS, and Obama was brought to the fore by the Zionist element in the US, was promoted as being the "First Jewish President".

      But it is Obama that now offends the Chickenhawks, Name/URL Bob and the easily offended allen.

      Gotta love it.

    4. allen had a chance, to take a SHOT ...


  9. 6 April 2003

    The URL of this article is:

    Directors of one of the world’s largest armament companies are planning on meeting in Lisbon in three weeks time. The American based Carlyle Group is heavily involved in supplying arms to the Coalition forces fighting in the Iraqi war.

    It also holds a majority of shares in the Seven Up company and Federal Data Corporation, supplier of air traffic control surveillance systems to the US Federal Aviation Authority. The 12 billion dollar company has recently signed contracts with United Defence Industries to equip the Turkish and Saudi Arabian armies with aviation defence systems.

    Top of the meeting’s agenda is expected to be the company’s involvement in the rebuilding of Baghdad’s infrastructure after the cessation of current hostilities. Along with several other US companies, the Carlyle Group is expected to be awarded a billion dollar contract by the US Government to help in the redevelopment of airfields and urban areas destroyed by Coalition aerial bombardments.

    The Group is managed by a team of former US Government personnel including its president Frank Carlucci, former deputy director of the CIA before becoming Defence Secretary. His deputy is James Baker II, who was Secretary of State under George Bush senior. Several high profile former politicians are employed to represent the company overseas, among them John Major, former British Prime Minister, along with George Bush senior, one time CIA director before becoming US President.

    The financial assets of the Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC) are also managed by the Carlyle Group. The SBC is headed up by members of Osama bin Laden’s family, who played a principle role in helping George W. Bush win petroleum concessions from Bahrain when he was head of the Texan oil company, Harken Energy Corporation - a deal that was to make the Bush family millions of dollars. Salem, Osama bin Laden’s brother, was represented on Harken’s board of directors by his American agent, James R. Bath.

    The connection between the Bush and bin Laden families can also be traced to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in the 1990s. Members of the Anglo Pakistani bank’s board of directors included Richard Helms and William Casey, business partners of George Bush senior and former CIA agents. During their time at BCCI both Helms and Casey worked alongside fellow director, Adnan Khasshoggi, who also represented the bin Laden family’s interests in the US.

    The Portugal News has been told by a reliable source that the Carlyle Group meeting in Lisbon will discuss the relationship between the Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC) and Osama bin Laden. Many US officials claim that the SBC continues to finance his political activities, and has done so for many years. If true, this would place George Bush senior and his colleagues at the Carlyle Group in an embarrassing position. As managers of SBC’s financial investments they might well be accused of indirectly aiding and abetting the United States’ number one enemy.

    1. Prescott Bush aided and abetted the NAZI ...

      Fruit does not fall far from the tree

  10. Replies
    1. That's why the Chickhawks are running around like their heads are cut off.

      Name/URL Bob was pining for a 'Bimbo Eruption' as the last, best hope to take down the Democrats.
      What the Tea Baggers would need to "Finish Off" Obama and the Democrats, because on policy, the Democrats had the voters, and were strengthening their bulwarks against the worn out "scandals" the Republicans have beat like a drum...

      Name/URL Bob and allen have abandoned policy arguments, now, as easily seen above, they have been reduced to ...

      Ad hominem arguments.

    2. There's a lot of fear out there in "white dumbfuck" land.

    3. :):)

      I could never ever get angry at you. O Rufus, you wonderful half breed.

      I actually love you, man.

    4. Selling heroin at the pharmacy......great idea........only a stick wizard could come up with that....

  11. It takes a remarkably ignorant person to refer to another human being as a "half-breed."

  12. Question:

    How do we rid ourselves of the drug addiction problem?

    Answer (Rufus):

    By selling heroin at the pharmacy.


    And that, folks, is what we are dealing with here on these sacred pages...............half breed wisdom from Mississippi............but let us say up front, ol Ruf has a wonderful good heart, just no brains..........

    1. Your niece kick you out of her bed?

  13. She's in Germany with the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.

    I could ask her if she would take you on as a client, but she would say "no, I'm too busy with more important things".

    1. She's in Dresden now. Was in Hamburg.

      "It's cold here, Uncle Bob"

      Spring comes late in Dresden.

    2. You can try to lie about the weather, but will be found out.

      Dresden, Germany Weather
      Sunday - 90
      Monday - 84
      Tuesday - 86
      Wednesday - 81

      You really do not understand the depth of the world wide web, do you?

      You can't fix stupid

  14. It takes a remarkably ignorant person to refer to another citizen as a "white dumbfuck"

    By the way, Rufus, my Aunt always wanted to be half Swede, half injun.

    Rufus, there is zero racism in my outlook.

    I am with MLK on that.

    1. Name/URL Bob is not a citizen, there is no proof of that.
      It is just another human, at a keyboard, but a human that lies, even about the weather in Dresden, Germany.

      Your ingrained ignorance and racism is very evident in your word hoices.

      But to lie about something as insignificant as your fictional niece and then to be caught in that lie by your referencing the weather in Germany, without confirming it, first, that is just astounding.

      You can' fix stupid


    2. Your (Name/URL Bob) ingrained ignorance and racism is very evident in your word CHOICES.

    3. It's Summertime in Dresden, and the livin' is easy.

      Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime

  15. "BobThu Jun 05, 06:09:00 AM EDT

    We have become an idiot nation."

    Yeah, agreed!! There are way too many folk just like you Bob.

  16. Ash, my good man, may I say you could use a diet. My dear friend, your body is weighing down your brain.


  17. Perhaps if you laid off the sour cream and butter with the spuds?

    Just sayin', my friend.

    A lithe body makes for a lithe mind.

  18. Some of those posts by Bob on the last thread were not by Bob.

    Lighten up, Quirk.

    1. Every post by Name/URL Bob was by Name/URL Bob.
      There is no getting away from that.

      You can't fix stupid

    2. .

      Not an issue of lightening up, Bob. If you were serious in your comment, you are an idiot. If you were trying to be funny, you failed.

      With regard to the two following comments, you state the obvious, rat doing what rat does.


  19. desert rat under all his different names is still a nasty moron.

  20. #Bring Back
    ratfree Blogging

  21. I am proud of my neophyte rat.

  22. Even Hillary Clinton is running away from this exchange of 5 terrorists for one of ours.

    This is a real tell.

  23. For one of our soldiers.....

    Bigger than the VA scandal..........