Tuesday Truthdiggers


Editor’s note: In this column published on Truthdig in early 2013, Chris Hedges refers to New Yorker contributor George Packer as one of many intellectual “war boosters” and “liberal hawks” who “did what they always have done: engage in self preservation” in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Truthdig republishes Hedges’ column days after Packer’s negative review of Hedges’ new book, “The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt,” in the Sunday Book Review in The New York Times.

The rewriting of history by the power elite was painfully evident as the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Some claimed they had opposed the war when they had not. Others among “Bush’s useful idiots” argued that they had merely acted in good faith on the information available; if they had known then what they know now, they assured us, they would have acted differently. This, of course, is false. The war boosters, especially the “liberal hawks”—who included Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken and John Kerry, along with academics, writers and journalists such as Bill Keller, Michael Ignatieff, Nicholas Kristof, David Remnick, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Walzer, Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, George Packer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Kanan Makiya and the late Christopher Hitchens—did what they always have done: engage in acts of self-preservation. To oppose the war would have been a career killer. And they knew it.



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24 Responses to Tuesday Truthdiggers

  1. Den says:

    Crazy war mongering lunatics all with a financial stake in the wars they create.
    We have been taken over by an alien race disguised as people, bloodthirsty aliens.
    There is nothing in our arsenal with which to fight back due to their disguise.
    This will not end well.


    • º¿carol says:

      That’s how I’ve been feeling for decades now. Since nothing makes any sense, and everything accomplished is a step backwards, aliens must have taken over our country, and most of the world. DOOMED.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Lotsa wars, most of the time.


  3. Den says:

    Humid, ack!


    • º¿carol says:

      You haven’t LIVED unless you’ve been at my house for the past several weeks. TALK ABOUT HUMID! It’s shocking. I am so happy Pete talked us into installing the A/C. The fact the thing sucks a lot of water out of the air is its appeal. Heck, I wasn’t up this morning a half hour before I kicked it on. BUT IT’S NOT REALLY ME! It’s REALLY humid! It’s unnatural, and we are a humid state. This is almost beyond description.

      But I’ll describe it. 🙂 For instance, after I got home from the grocery store I had to cook three things. Cool in the house from the A/C yet I still broke into a sweat. When I was done, my blouse was wet, my hair and my feet when I finally took my shoes and socks off, lol. Sweaty feet? THAT was weird.

      It rained this morning, just what we didn’t need. Bugs LOVE the rain forest. The mosquitoes are at ‘plague state’ now. Oh, my god….I know if they’re bad at dusk, they go to bed and I can go back out in full dark. NOT NOW! During the day today the temp dropped, overcast all day, when I was finally done with cooking, around 3:00, I shut down the A/C because it was cool outside. We settled down to watch a movie and not long into it I was shutting windows.

      I went out after 10:00. Thankfully, there was a brisk breeze popping up. Cleared out any of them that didn’t go to bed at dark.


      Jill is hiring people to spray her place for mosquitoes. Bob wants to do it, too. Jill is a big time environmental liberal but she can’t take it. She can’t work in her garden, she can’t let Quincy run around, she can’t get in and out of her car, or house without constant swatting. The word is this is the worst summer ever for mosquitoes, that we’ll have them until the first frost. OCTOBER!!! OMG, a year w/o a summer. Jill doesn’t want that. I told Bob we’ll wait, see what good it does at Jill’s place before we bite. It’s hundreds of dollars for these people. I’m not going to jump until I see Jill’s results.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ Banyans after sticking for 37 minutes. Nice breeze helps.

    Even so, an early and poor harvest this year. Much of the barley has been ruined by the heat.


  5. Den says:

    Hey, how about one of these?


  6. David B. Benson says:

    “Don Juan” Brandon seems to have a new woman friend.


  7. º¿carol says:

    Just read an article in the Lansing State Journal about the plague:


    LANSING – If you’ve been slapping your arms and scratching your legs a lot lately you’re not alone. The mosquitoes are bad this summer.

    “This is one of our higher years for mosquitoes,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County’s health officer. “We’ve had a lot of wet weather.”

    There’s really not much to be done with the pests except endure them — and avoid them as much as possible.

    The Health Department’s website urges residents to apply repellents during peak mosquito biting periods, such as dusk and dawn, and to drain standing water around their homes to remove mosquito breeding sites.

    Mosquito repellent products containing federally approved active ingredients, such as DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are recommended, the department says.

    Howard Russell, an entomologist for Michigan State University’s Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences Department, says people also should wear loose fitting clothing, jeans and long-sleeve shirts when mosquitoes get busy. He also suggests tight-fitting doors and screens that are in good repair.

    And then there’s the use of a trusty fly-swatter for pests that get inside the house, Russell said.

    Things weren’t so bad a few weeks ago, he said. A dry March and April virtually eliminated the spring mosquitoes, which produce only one generation a year from eggs that lie dormant throughout the fall and winter.

    However, the summer mosquitoes, which yield multiple generations, benefited from recent heavy rains.

    “That brought on a whole new batch of mosquitoes that have been pretty awful,” Russell said.

    How long will they hang around? Russell says they’ll be with us as long as there’s plenty of standing water.

    “My guess is there;s still larvae developing in that standing water,” he said. “We’re probably going to enjoy these mosquitoes for another 10 days or so, if not two weeks.

    And if there’s rain this week, it’ll be longer.

    About 60 species of mosquitoes call Michigan home, he said.

    “There are a few species that we have that produce a generation every seven days or so if it stays above 80 (degrees),” Russell said. “So they’re really bad now.”

    That’s not unusual: “In general mosquitoes are horrible in Michigan,” he said.

    Last month, three nestling crows from Ingham County tested positive for the West Nile virus, which can cause serious illness such as meningitis and encephalitis, according to the state Department of Health & Human Services. Last year, 2,205 human cases of West Nile were reported nationwide and 97 people died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    Contact Curt Smith at (517) 377-1226 or csmith@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter


  8. Den says:

    I remember in Mineesoter skeeters so bad they blocked out the sun and turned the sky orangish.
    The noise was almost deafening like real bad tinitis, inside the house we remained for days, only venturing out for important stuff like groceries and beer.


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