One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan

Saturday,  Oct 3, 2015

Armed conflicts and attacks

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This strike on a hospital in Afghanistan comes days after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in Yemen that killed more than 130 people. After days of silence from the U.S. government — which has actively participated from the start in the heinous bombing of Yemen — Ambassador Power finally acknowledged the wedding massacre, but treated it like some natural disaster that has nothing to do with the U.S.: “Terrible news from Yemen of killing of innocent civilians & aid workers. Urgently need pol solution to crisis,” she tweeted.

Her accompanying statement claimed that “the United States has no role in the targeting decisions made by the Coalition in Yemen,” but yesterday, the Saudi Foreign Minister told CBS News that “We work with our allies including the United States on these targets.” There’s no dispute that the U.S. has lavished Saudi Arabia with all sorts of weapons and intelligence as it carries out its civilian-massacring attacks on Yemen.

24 Replies to “Hypocrisy”

  1. I hung out with Samantha Power, last year. Well, actually, I was at a wedding celebration where she was present. She didn’t seem too interested in mingling with the little people. An old college room mate had started his second marriage (divorced – he cheated on his first wife). The party was at a bar/restaurant in the Long Island City neighborhood in queens, just north of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and across the East River from the UN building. We were right on the docks, and enjoyed the setting sun streaming through East 45th Street in Manhattan. Roosevelt Island and the Queensboro bridge were to the north. There were a couple of black SUVs parked at the only entrance to the place, and a half dozen fit looking young men in suits just standing around, observing the party from the other side of the chain-link fence. My friend had married a woman, who now is a lawyer for a NGO human rights organization, with offices in the Empire State building. She was a reporter during the war in Bosnia where she wrote for Time Magazine and Reuters News Agency, and subsequently worked there and in Afghanistan for the UN. She met Samantha Power in Bosnia, back in 1992. The story goes that Power had no contacts, and no idea how to be a reporter, but my friend’s new wife mentored her, showing her the ropes. So those two go back awhile. I have known my remarried friend since 1978.

    So my posse of three old college friends arrive at the party, and there were about 100 people hanging out. Samantha Power was wearing a Sunkist® orange dress. She stood out in the crowd, being 5’9″, and long red hair. Usually, one might expect a guest to defer to the bride in terms of looking for attention, but in this case, no.
    I had no idea who she was. VIP, for sure. A Kennedy, perhaps? Definitely Irish. After a while, I was informed why there were Secret Service present, and what position she held. Inquiring minds wanted to know. The Ambassador to the UN? Of America? Wow, I am traveling in truly rarefied circles tonight, I thought.

    After the meal, there were toasts and speeches. After several friends of the bride spoke, it was Samantha’s turn. She went on quite a while, longer than the others combined, maybe thirty minutes, which is at least twenty minutes too long. But speechifying is her job, no?

    I wanted to talk to her about serious matters, like the state of, and future of, humanity; but realized that a party wouldn’t be the place for such a conversation. Also, I doubted that a peon, such as myself, could grab her ear for more than ten seconds, at that. But hey, I got me some credentials: I passed the Civil Service exam for “Foreign Service Junior Officer ” back in the Clinton years, plus, I listen to the BBC news nightly. I am still curious if such people as herself have any idea of reality.

    So I did meet several interesting people, (film makers, various professors, authors, NGO people) and had some fun that night.

    Secret Service back there

  2. au, that looks like fun. maybe you can angle me invite to your next soiree? as long as it’s open bar. fucking cash bar, i’ll pass.

  3. Open bar? Oh, yeah. And a dozen or two choice of entrees. They closed the restaurant to the public, and everything was free. No printed invites, so very crash-able. Next time my friend gets married, I let you know. Not my soiree, though. I seem to go to such parties every twenty years; the last time was a Beacon Hill garden party where I was introduced to steak tartar. That was around 1980, I was young then, and instead of “plastics, young man”, it was “Real Estate”.

  4. “Hello AU, where the fuck have you been?”

    I had the cardiac blues after a near myocardial infarction and three heart stents.
    I got off the anti-depressants, I think the interregnum was due to those drugs. Been lurking, tho.

  5. “The increasing desolation of nature, the exhaustion of resources, the uneasiness and disintegration of the human spirit, all have been brought about by humanity’s trying to accomplish something.” Masanobu Fukuoka

  6. Gail Tverberg says:
    October 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I think a collapse is at this point “baked into the cake.” On a finite world, all economies are necessarily finite, as are the lives of all people and animals. The issue is not anything that we did or did not do. If we had not discovered the use of fossil fuels, the world economy would likely have collapsed sooner. If our current downfall comes in waves or steps down, a person can perhaps avoid the first waves, but having at least a little stored up food and water, so that a temporary outage is not a huge problem. Some people think that they and their farming techniques can continue, close to indefinitely. This seems more likely for hunter-gatherers than people starting out now, trying to set up shop for feeding themselves. I don’t object to people trying this approach, but it is not the approach for everyone. Some people may choose simply to focus on enjoying what we have now, rather than finding ways to give themselves a better chance of surviving.

    I would not rule out the possibility of a higher power being involved in everything from the big bang, to evolution, to what seems to be happening now.

  7. Per Jarred Diamond, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, where hunter-gathers still exist, when two people accidentially meet in the jungle, they spend a lot of time tracing thier family ties, becuase if they cannot find a common relative, it evolves into a fight to the death. Those are their rules of the jungle. There is only so much to go around, so unless you are part of the extended family/tribe, you are an intruder that must be dealt with so as to discourage others from encrochment. Works the same for most other top predators.

  8. From a biological perspective, Dr. D., that killing of apparently non-related persons accidentally encountered seems like a recipe for genetic bottleneck. Not disputing your account, but it would make more sense and perhaps happens that one stranger at the accidental encounter asks the other to come to the village and marry his daughter or other village female in order to increase the gene pool and improve the health of the population. This is what I learned in Bio 101, anyway.

  9. good point gb, but the clan behavior seems to go against that genetic diversity idea. maybe it has moron to do with population pressure–a few strangers are welcome, a whole hord not so much.

  10. I know if it was me, I would prefer to be invited back to the village to meet the daughter. Fighting to the death is overrated.

  11. again per Diamond, the PNG warriors work real hard to find a remote common relation, because they also seem to know fighting to the death is overrated.

  12. right now, i’m in the land of the Kims, Parks, Lees, Hans and Chuns. it is an amazingly uniform society. for all i know, they could indeed be all related.

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