Obama’s Right: The Insurance Companies and the New Dems Will Never Have an Opportunity Like This Again

by Scott Creighton

Our “progressive” voices are quickly growing silent as one site after the other, as one hold-out after the other, jumps ship and leaves the American working class to fend for themselves.

When Barak Obama said that we have to pass this bill (this perversion of our election day mandate to reform healthcare in America) because we will not see an opportunity like this again for a very long time, he was absolutely correct.  After almost a year of backroom deals and secret negotiations, the insurance/pharmaceutical industries will never again be this close to a deal this good and the neoliberal New Dems will never be so close to gaining absolute control of the Democratic Party.  Never.

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Gaza, Afghanistan and International Law

Interview with Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and author of “Crimes of War: Iraq” and “The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq” recorded October 17, 2009 in Seattle.

Falk discusses Israel’s attack on Gaza in detail and he also mentions something that I have written about several times; the fact that as good as the Goldstone report is, it fails to address the underlying cause for the war and that is that even after Hamas had practically reduced rocket attacks against Israel to ZERO in the months that led up to the conflict, Israel deliberately provoked them by attacking Gaza for no reason while Americans were busy with the elections of Nov. 4th.  The Goldstone report chooses not to address the very important “cause’ of the attacks, saying only that “Israel has a right to defend itself”.  Well, of course Israel has a right to defend itself, but it doesn’t have a right to deliberately provoke another nation under the cover of Obama’s election, then stand back and play the victim when that nation DEFENDS ITSELF.