Iran blah blah blah,

Haven’t we been here before?

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi nails it again regarding the march to war against Iraq Iran.

As a journalist, there’s a buzz you can detect once the normal restraints in your business have been loosened, a smell of fresh chum in the waters, urging us down the road to war. Many years removed from the Iraq disaster, that smell is back, this time with Iran.

You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers and TV stations we saw leading the charge in the Bush years have gone back to the attic and are dusting off their war pom-poms. CNN’s house blockhead, the Goldman-trained ex-finance professional Erin Burnett, came out with a doozie of a broadcast yesterday, a Rumsfeldian jeremiad against the Iranian threat would have fit beautifully in the Saddam’s-sending-drones-at-New-York halcyon days of late 2002. Here’s how the excellent Glenn Greenwald described Burnett’s rant:

It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S. controlled by Tehran! Iran’s long-range nuclear missiles reaching our homeland!!!! She almost made the anti-Muslim war-mongering fanatic she brought on to interview, Rep. Peter King, appear sober and reasonable by comparison.

Read the full piece at Rolling Stone

Obama $ell-Out

Aspirations have gone up in smoke.

I’ve caught this Matt Taibbi journalist fellow a few times on bits on Bill Maher’s program, Real Time.  He seems to get his knees and hands dirty when reporting.  In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, he’s written a very long article, as is required, about Obama’s connections to those running the big US  financial institutions that recently damn near crippled the economic world.

‘member when Obama appeared on the scene? He was like some badly needed fresh blood on the political scene, and man it didn’t take long for him to switch it on us.  Taibbi’s article explains how The Ohhh Man ditched the progressive thinkers, those that during his election campaign, focused on issues regarding the working class.  Once the election was sealed, he brought in Wall $treet people to run his economic program.

The article is deep, thick, very long, and very fucking depressing when you take into account how millions felt with his election win, not just in the US, but yeah, worldwide.

Noam Chomsky did say that Obama should have got the prize for best marketing campaign of 2008.