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Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective. Also publishing on Counterpunch, The Greanville Post, Medium, Dandelion Salad, and other sites around the net. Frequent guest on the radio shows Loud & Clear, The Critical Hour, and By Any Means Necessary.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2014 Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy
The "human shields" argument is what allows Israeli officials, to deliberately and systematically bomb the family homes of suspected militants, killing whole families. It suggests an ethic that supposedly justifies an Israeli offensive which produces 75-80% civilian causalities, 33% of which are children, among the Palestinian population. Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (3 Articles, 10706 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 22, 2014 Charge of the Right Brigade: Ukraine and the Dynamics of Capitalist Insurrection
It’s quite amusing, until it gets sickening, to watch American leaders--who cling to the notion that a thin, corrupt, disempowering electoral process legitimizes them--embrace the forceful overthrow of a democratically elected leader in a functioning parliamentary democracy while insisting they are doing no such thing. Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 4294 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back
Iran considers that it is already at war, and has struck back. And it will do so again-with whatever instruments of force it can muster, in a manner of its choosing, at whatever deadly level of escalation the US uses to try to force Iran to accept its own strangulation.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Flight Club: The No-Fly List and the Authoritarian Theater of the Absurd
[I]t is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance.
"- Franz Kafka, The Trial
The no-fly list does not include -- it deliberately excludes -- the very people for whom the no-fly list was designed.
(25 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Democrats Promote Lies and War To Attack Trump
There is nothing more dangerous that people can do than spend the next few months promoting justifications for a war by the next president--almost certainly Hillary--just to get more kicks in against Trump, on her behalf. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 8, 2015 "Good al-Qaeda's" Air Force: The United States Is At War With Syria
The United States just went to war with Syria. With the confirmation today that American planes will shoot down Syrian planes attacking USDA-approved "rebels," the United States is now overtly engaged in another criminal attack on a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, December 2, 2019 Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment
First, we had Prime Directive A: The Absolute Most Important Thing Ever In The History Of The Universe (or at least The American Republic) Is To Defeat Trump in 2020.
Now, there's Prime Directive B: We Must Impeach Trump, even if doing so helps to re-elect him!
There's an absolute contradiction in these positions that has to be recognized. There cannot be two "most important" things. Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 22, 2017 Resist This: The United States Is At War With Syria
With the U.S. Air Force--under Trump, following Obama's declared policy--shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, the United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
As Michael Tracey says: "being 'progressive' is now equated in the public mind with advocating that the president be impeached."
Let me count the ways this is a supremely bad idea.
The Democrats will continue to dangle the shiny possibility of impeachment before their enraged and transfixed constituents--so that they will not turn their attention away from Trump to the structural problems. Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 9, 2014 Good for the Gander: Ukraine's Demise Accelerates
The US-Obama story of them being "appendages of Russia" is a crock.
The rebellion in eastern Ukraine is the result of deep divisions in Ukrainian society that were dramatically exacerbated by the Maidan coup, which was itself supported--and, to a great extent, politically managed--by the US. Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 4294 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Who’s the Boss? The Obamacare Deception
Obamacare is not a public program, but a government-assisted private boondoggle. Its main purpose is not to ensure public health, but to insure the profitability of private health insurance companies and the private pharmaceutical and hospital industries.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2018 Fighting Fake Stories: The New Yorker, Israel and Obama
In any possible reading of this article, it's a damning indictment of the liberal ideology embodied by Obama Democrats and/or by an iconic media outlet of highbrow culture. In any possible reading, someone's a political fool
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 Mali Jihadis: The Spawn of Hillary's (And America's) War On Libya
The jihadi gangs in Mali are a direct result of American/French/NATO regime change in Libya, executed by the Obama administration, spearheaded by "We came, we saw, he died" Hillary Clinton. No force in the world is more responsible for the rampaging jihadi armies of the world than the United States of America.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Sticks and Stones: Free Speech And Punching Politics
The question is: In our country today, is it acceptable, even necessary, to deny right-wing, characterizable-as-"fascist," political opponents the right to express their views in public, with whatever means necessary, whether that be legal censorship or preemptive physical force?
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2016 Taking Liberty: Killing Americans To Protect Israel
Remembering the Liberty is not just an exercise to boil your blood about what happened forty-nine years ago (and reading the links below will do that). Remembering the Liberty is necessary to understand what's happening to us now, and what will happen in the future, if we obey the orders of President Trump or Clinton--either of whom will go all the way with Israel, and to protect it, will sink our ship. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 23, 2017 Fool Me Twice: Trojan Horse Democrats Pile Into the House of Single-Payer
It's great the so many senators co-sponsored Bernie's single-payer bill. But it does not mean that most, or any, of those Democratic senators actually support single-payer. Most of those Democrats have signed on because they felt politically forced to. But many of them do not support single-payer, have no intention of actually working to make it happen, and will, in fact, do their best to undermine and prevent it Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3508 views)
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, January 27, 2017 Game Change: Syria, Interrupted
The recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies marks a turning point not only in the conflict in Syria, but also in the dynamic of international conflict. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 20, 2016 The Obamacare Death Spiral
The insurance companies focus on the real measure of Obamacare's success: whether it can provide sufficient profitability. The main objective of this program is to allow the private health insurance companies to make more profits. If they don't, it fails, in its own real capitalistic (as opposed to its ostensible humanitarian) terms. That day has come.
SHARE Sunday, July 7, 2013 Egypt's Groundhog Day Revolution
I watch the unfolding events in Egypt with a sense of unease, even dread. In the accounts I've read so far from the Egyptian street, I get the sense that, where two years ago there was an elation married with great hope, now there is something more like muted glee accompanied by a sinking feeling.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 9, 2013 Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism
Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 17, 2016 Prime Directive: Trust the System, Blame the Russians
The NYT article on electronic election concerns gives us a perfect example of the job the establishment media does: ignore the work, and trivialize the well-founded fears, of concerned Americans, and divert attention to the government's villain of the day. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
SHARE Saturday, September 17, 2016 Strike the Vote
The American voting system lacks the most fundamental condition of electoral democracy--that every citizen has a reasonable certainty his or her vote will be counted as it was cast. At this point, even voting for a third party is no longer a politically relevant gesture. The only effective way to use one's own vote is by withholding it. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Waiting To Exhale: Hillary, In Sickness And In Health
What's wrong with Hillary? Since her collapse on 9/11, that question has become inescapable. The state of Hillary's health will have the greatest personal and political impact on the people who support her, and who have been insisting that all progressives must vote for her--because she's the only hope for defeating Trump. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2020 Impeachment: What Lies Beneath?
The obvious weakness of the Dems' Articles of Impeachment makes me wonder why the most politically-seasoned Democrats seem determined to play it out. What lies beneath the thin ice of these Articles? If the apparent agenda makes no sense, look for the hidden. Something that better explains why Pelosi et al find it so urgent to replace Trump before the election and why they think they can succeed in doing that. Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8923 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 13, 2016 Ship of Fools: What Trump Teaches
Trump showed that all the formidable establishment powers are not as omnipotent as they seemed. If you have a movement and a leadership that fights for the things that will improve the lives of the bottom 90%, things suddenly become possible. But if we spend the next four years in an "opposition" movement managed by the Democrats to elect their neo-liberal in 2020, we will have learned nothing. Series: Trump (8 Articles, 11818 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 13, 2014 Gaza Calling: It's the Colonialism, Stupid!
The carnage in Gaza this summer reveals the continuity of the crimes of Israeli colonialism. The fundamental problem is not how many civilians were killed, but the ongoing colonialism-in-progress that necessarily produces these casualties. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Election Choices: Obama or Not?
We're up against it now. Less than two weeks left. Those on the left confront their quadrennial quandary, and the inescapable debate: to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee or not.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 17, 2016 Hillary's Hide-and-Seek
The New York Times provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton's problems, even when they claim to be reporting on them. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(36 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 30, 2016 What Does Bernie Sanders Want?
If Bernie Sanders wins both of these primaries it will be a big thing -- a big media thing, and therefore a big political thing.. Even if he comes in a close second in Iowa, if he wins New Hampshire by double digits, it will be a big thing.
No matter what happens in the primary, there are going to be a lot of erstwhile Democratic voters who will just not pull a lever for Hillary. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 1, 2018 Honoring Robert Parry
Robert Parry's death is a profound loss to our country as a political and intellectual community. It's a shame that most Americans don't know that--and, indeed, don't even know who Robert Parry is. That ignorance is a sign of how impoverished our political and intellectual community has already become. Series: Media (1 Articles, 1124 views)
(18 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Syriza's Final Charade
Syriza has capitulated. The referendum is just another element of that. This is a result that augurs ill for Greece, for Europe, and for any socialist left there might be. Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1961 views)
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 5, 2017 No Apology: Syria, Interrupted (Part 2)
In a previous essay, I stated that I found Russian military help to the Syrian State to be an interruption of imperialist state destruction and a net positive. I also said that I recognized there are leftists who disagree with my position as a matter of political judgement, but that--as I would explain in a later post--I disagree vigorously with some of the spurious rhetorical tactics they use. Here's that explanation.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Joe or No?
I won't be voting for Joe Biden. Here's why, and here's what I make of the arguments why I should vote Biden no matter what, a corollary of Vote Blue No Matter Who (VBNMW). Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
SHARE Monday, March 18, 2013 "I feel a lot of horror": Remember Rachel Corrie
Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Rachel was a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, and a student at Evergreen State College, who was crushed to death by an Israeli/American (Caterpillar) bulldozer while trying to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
SHARE Monday, December 29, 2014 Goosebumps: A Scary Sony Story
"Somebody hacked into the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network in Hollywood, and released to the public a treasure trove of confidential information. This is an embarrassment.... It may be a violation of intellectual property rights, and personal privacy rights, and common courtesy. It may be condemnable on any of those grounds. But it is not 'terrorism' or 'cyberwar.' It's a hack."
(21 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 28, 2017 California Scheming: Single-Payer Betrayed By The Democrats Again
Nothing better illustrates the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party--for all progressive intents and purposes--than California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's announcement on Friday afternoon that he was going to put a "hold" on the single-payer health care bill (SB 562) for the state, effectively killing its passage for at least the year. Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3508 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2016 Tom Hayden's Haunting
In 2006, Tom Hayden apologized for being "Israel's Dupe" for selling out to the Israeli lobby in order to run for CA State Assembly in 1982 He called it his "descent into moral ambiguity." He also showed how that lobby gets veto power over candidates down to the level of state and local elections. Said: "Americans must not be timid in speaking up, as I was 25 years ago."
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2021 The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th
The storming of the Capitol on January 6th was an acceleration in the unraveling of the American political regime and the fantastic ideology that sustains it. Unfortunately, the likeliest result, in the short term at least, is that the regime will knit itself a tighter coat of control, with the help, sadly, of a large number of professed "progressives" who are rushing to bolster an imperial center that cannot hold.
SHARE Thursday, September 1, 2016 Turkey Invades Syria. America Spins The Bottle.
The US-Turkey invasion of Kurdish Syria is an unambiguous act of war and doublethink aggression. Within a week, the US has supported and attacked the same Kurdish groups - one day goading them to attack Syria the next helping Turkey attack them. The frenemy of my frenemy is my frenemy, seems to be the US operating principle in Syria. And it has nothing to do with any "War on ISIS." Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
SHARE Friday, November 7, 2014 A Joke In November
On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter. Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2016 The Democrats' Theater of Discipline
He was effectively telling Bernie, in a publicly brutal way, who's the boss: "You've had your fun. Now get with the program. Oh, and, by the way, as you leave, make sure that those little 'uns you got all riled up vote for Hillary," Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 6, 2013 As Syria Devolves, Israel Rampages
The Israeli attack on Syria last week confirms that the US has assured Israel in advance that, whatever transpires from the US-backed rebellion, Israel will get the net benefit of a weakened Syrian state, open to at-will Israeli incursion. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 22, 2016 Vexed by Vaxxed
The treatment of the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is an astounding example of ideological discipline performed by the American cultural elite. Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3508 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 16, 2016 Plan B Is Not Bernie
If Hillary Clinton gets derailed from the nomination, by a wild card like the FBI's email investigation, you can bet that the Democratic Party will have a Plan B, and it won't be Bernie Sanders. It will be another attempt to stop Bernie Sanders. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 15, 2017 Zionism In The Light of Jerusalem
Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. It's a clumsy, all-too-obvious unmasking of decades of bipartisan U.S. policy whose contempt for Palestinians has been cloaked with a smile and a handshake. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 7, 2014 America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them
ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. American military intervention will not solve the jihad problem. It will make it worse. American and its major allies in the region know this, and are OK with it. They prefer ISIS and jihadism to stable, coherent states that can resist their hegemony. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 2, 2013 The Road to Syria: "It all depends on what America says"
It's really quite depressing to watch the utter destruction of another Arab state unfold, framed once again as some kind of project for humanitarianism and/or democracy. It's depressing to know that it will engender chaos and violence throughout the region, that it is only the prelude to an even more epic criminal adventure in Iran, and that there is probably nothing that is going to stop it. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 30, 2014 Dipsy Doodle: What "Globalization" Has Wrought
Globalization's big losers are the sectors of the world's population that had decent incomes, a few notches above average -- the kind of income that allowed for homes and vacations, but not limousines and villas. It's not hard to figure who they are; they're the people on the streets in Athens, Madrid, and Paris, in the state capitol in Wisconsin, and those losing their pensions in Detroit.
SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2013 Syria: No Better Angels
Things have changed, in a good direction. But Let's not get carried away with optimism, however.If we have to recognize that there has been real political movement, we must also recognize the enormous political, ideological, and financial forces still committed to this war, and how far we are from winning this fight against them. The balance of power is still very much against the antiwar camp. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
SHARE Saturday, November 8, 2014 Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle
Looking at some of that evidence, teasing out the issues of scientific knowledge and ethico-political authority that are raised by the Ebola crisis, and which are confused by the impulse to read them through the lens of American liberal/conservative categories, with which they have nothing to do. Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1781 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Long Con: Social Security and Medicare in the "Grand Bargain"
"Social Security and Medicare have absolutely nothing to do with the short-term U.S. fiscal problem." And, no, not "long-term," either, in any way that requires what's being proposed. Please, read the article by William Lind, which contains the chart and quote linked above.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 19, 2015 The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument
The victory of Syriza in Greece is likely to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Is Syriza capable of being the energizing alternative movement that the left wants it to be? Or will it defang left-populism, and leave a vacuum that will be filled by the radical right? Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1961 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2013 The Heart of the Matter: US Media Replace Rachel Corrie with Israeli Spy
When a young man interrupted President Obama's speech, shouting in Hebrew, American media outlets reported that the man was protesting about Jonathan Pollard, the imprisoned Israeli spy. The heckler was actually an Arab-Israeli student who was questioning Obama's arming of the apartheid state and the American government's complicity in the killing of Rachel Corrie. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2013 It's Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics
The leadership of both parties, along with the corporate and media elite, is trying desperately to maintain for the public a coherent story, with all the characters fixed in their proper roles, and the conflict structured in terms that they control. In fact, it's becoming harder to ignore that there are deep and enduring alliances between both parties, and serious and growing fractures within each of them.
SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2019 Avoiding Assange
Assange will be prosecuted by US for one reason: to punish him for publishing true, embarrassing information about US crimes and intimidate every journalist in the world from doing so again. This piece deconstructs the twin pillars of diversion for liberals--"the indictment is for hacking not publishing" (favorite of NYT & WaPo) and "the important thing is to extradite him to Sweden for sex charges" (current favorite in UK).
SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2013 At the Syrian Threshold: "al-Qaeda's Air Force" Prepares for Battle
The political and strategic purpose of American military intervention -- previously clandestine and now overt -- on behalf of the "rebellion" is to destroy the Syrian nation as a coherent political and military entity in the region. As the US already has done to Iraq and Libya. It's the same war. Series: Syria (11 Articles, 12420 views)
SHARE Tuesday, April 9, 2013 "Carry On Margaret": Still Playing in Theaters Near You
let's not use Margaret Thatcher's death to further extend her legacy, but to insist that it's long past time to pull the plug on its run.
.Thatcher was absolutely right that her greatest achievement was Tony Blair and New Labor, and -- as Obama's encomium makes quite explicit -- there's a fine parallel in that her partner, Reagan's, greatest achievement was setting an agenda that Clinton, Obama and the ....
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security
For whatever opportunistic reasons and however fragmentarily, they have opened the door for questioning the "payroll tax/trust fund" structure, which is actually a weak and failing line of defense for SS&M that must be abandoned. The better response of the left is not to reflexively reject what they are saying, but to say "You're right. The tax isn't necessary," and take the discussion in a much more productive direction.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Bernie's End
Sure, Bernie should fight through the convention, but only if that means mounting floor protests, coordinated with protests in the street, demanding public promises from the nominee and the full convention on a number of key issues. That threat--Affirm the party's progressive stance on x, y, and z, publicly and irrevocably, or we walk out!--is the only power Bernie and his supporters have in the Democratic convention. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 25, 2013 Apology Excepted: Obama's Turkish Twist
Furkan Dorgan, along with Rachel Corrie and the sailors of the USS Liberty, officially joins the ranks of Americans with whom, when it comes to Israel's "freedom of action," the President of the United States and the American media cannot be bothered. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24628 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 10, 2013 Obama's Cliff DIve
Obama made a deal to give new, permanent tax cuts to the wealthy, and paved the way for Social Security and Medicare to be put on the chopping block.
SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2013 Reminder: It Has Happened Here
Every social advance, every social benefit that was won from the American ruling class, was only ceded because organized labor fought for it.
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Bernie Wriggles On The Obama Hook
If FDR's grand historical project was to save capitalism from itself, I fear that Bernie's more modest mission is to save the Democratic Party from itself. If Bernie unequivocally wants the nomination, he should immediately--and certainly if he gets good results in Nevada and South Carolina --join his supporters in demanding that the superdelegates be eliminated or required to follow the popular vote. Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5871 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13563 views)
SHARE Thursday, August 22, 2013 Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning's Meaning
Thoughts after Manning's sentencing statement. In this statement, he's certainly not the Bradley Manning that we want him to be. He's not, in other words, the Bradley Manning that we have been producing in our political discourse -- and that we must continue, with all due attention to his utterances, but grounded in our own understanding of his all-important actions, to produce.