We honor our Veterans, both those remembered and those
According to Martin Bashir on MSNBC, 22 veterans commit suicide each
satire alert ---
Rightwing Republican response -- Helps keep the costs down.
1) ABC News' Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis
2) Gay marriage spreads to more states. Will the trend continue?
3) UK spy bosses: Al-Qaida is loving Snowden leaks
4) The Stealthy Killer That Is Capitalism
5) Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF
) was once the quintessential trendy teen brand
6) The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon Bad for America
7) '60 Minutes' apologizes again for Benghazi story as questions linger
8) Vive La France on Iran
I am now interested in breast cancer, prostate cancer, and
alcoholism. Three separate, unrelated, medical/physical conditions.
Three individuals close to me have each been diagnosed with one of these
three problems. It's like a trinity of medical emergencies coming all at
the same time. One each in each individual. To me it's like one in
three. Three in one. All at the same time.
Here's a report on one of the three --->
Breast cancer live today -- Good Morning America --
By ABC News' Amy Robach
I remember exactly where I was when I got the call from a "Good Morning
America" producer. I was about to interview Marie Monville, the wife of the
Amish school shooter, in the bucolic setting of Lancaster, Pa. She was speaking
out about the senseless horror that happened in the most unlikely of places.
I was focused on what was about to be an emotional interview regarding life
after tragedy, when our producer asked me if she could make a sensitive request:
"Amy, next week we'd like you to do the first ever live television mammogram for
'GMA' Goes Pink day. You're 40, the age women should start getting mammograms.
Would you even consider it?"
It felt like a strange thing to consider given where I was and what I was
about to do, but oddly now, it all feels connected.
For the past 20 years, sadly, a large part of my job deals in tragedy - other
peoples' tragedies - but never my own.
That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn't want to do,
something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was
in a life-or-death situation.
Sitting in that kitchen with Marie Monville, I had cancer and didn't know it.
In fact, I would have considered it virtually impossible that I would have
cancer. I work out, I eat right, I take care of myself and I have very little
family history; in fact, all of my grandparents are still alive.
So in the days to follow, if several producers and even Robin Roberts herself
hadn't convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would
never have been able to save my own.
So on Oct. 1, I had my first mammogram, in front of millions of people.
After breathing a big sigh of relief once it was done, my breath was taken
away only a few weeks later.
I thought I was going back in for a few follow-up images, only to find out in
a matter of hours that I had breast cancer.
I was alone that afternoon, never thinking to bring anyone with me, never
thinking that day would be life-altering. My husband was on a business trip and
my parents live across the country, but that night everyone flew into New York
City and we started gearing up for a fight.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, I will go into surgery where my doctors will perform a
bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. Only then will I know
more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically
as prepared as anyone can be in this situation.
And while everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by
catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did.
Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory.
The doctors told me bluntly: "That mammogram just saved your life."
I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are
saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they
I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears
it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses. It is the difference
between life and death.
Christian Science Monitor
spreads to more states. Will the trend continue?
With Hawaii and Illinois soon to join the
list, that makes 16 states legalizing same-sex marriage. Proposed ballot
measures in several more states, plus another federal court case, could
accelerate the movement.
, Staff writer
November 10, 2013
One by one, states are legalizing gay
marriage. Delaware, Minnesota, and Rhode Island joined the list this year.
Hawaii and Illinois soon will bring the number to 16 states, plus the
District of Columbia.
US Supreme Court decisions this year voiding
part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and
effectively doing the same to Californias Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage no doubt
have accelerated movement in that direction.
Oregon is likely to have the subject on a ballot measure
next year; Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona may as well.
Until now, ballot measures on the subject have tended to affirm marriages
under state law as limited to one man and one woman. But polls in many states
as they do nationally now show majority approval of gay marriage, or at least
opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. That includes
Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, and Oregon,
according to this Monitor survey of 11 gay marriage
The more people are winning, the more people are stepping up and wanting to
become involved and move forward after, Evan Wolfson, founder and president of
Freedom to Marry, told Time. The more we make it real the more places gay
people share in the freedom to marry the more people see with their own eyes
families helped and no one hurt.
They used to say you could only win in the coast, not in the heartland, Mr.
Wolfson said. But weve won in Minnesota and Iowa. With Illinois, we have 37
percent of American people living in a freedom-to-marry state, including states
in the heartland with more to come.
The next federal court case could come in deeply conservative Idaho, where four couples (all women) are suing the state
in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and
denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states.
Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and
Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson filed the lawsuit in Boise's US District Court on Friday.
"Idaho's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and refusal to
respect existing marriages undermines the plaintiff couples' ability
to achieve their life goals and dreams, disadvantages them financially, and
denies them 'dignity and status of immense import,'" the women wrote in their
lawsuit. "Further, they and their children are stigmatized and relegated to a
second-class status by being barred from marriage."
In the Idaho lawsuit, the women note that they are allowed to file joint
federal tax returns just as any married couple may, but that they are prohibited
from joint tax filing status in Idaho, forcing them to file separately here.
They also note that they lack the right in Idaho to make decisions for an ill or
incapacitated spouse, the right to recognition as a legal parent, and a host of
other rights and responsibilities otherwise afforded to married couples in the
The Hawaii House of Representatives
passed a special session bill on Friday night legalizing gay marriage,
setting up a final approval by the state Senate before it's sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature. The
Senate passed an earlier version last week.
"I commend the House of Representatives for
taking this historic vote to move justice and equality forward," Gov.
Abercrombie said in a statement after the House vote. "After more than 50 hours
of public testimony from thousands of testifiers on both sides of the issue,
evaluating dozens of amendments, and deliberating procedures through hours of
floor debates, the House passed this significant bill, which directly creates a
balance between marriage equity for same-sex couples and protects our First Amendment freedoms for religious
This report includes material from the Associated Press.
My comment ---
The Southern Baptist Tea Party is not happy with daily screeds like these
There/Here is hope ---
That's right, blame the messenger and ignore your own faults --->
UK spy bosses: Al-Qaida is
loving Snowden leaks
RAPHAEL SATTER and CASSANDRA VINOGRAD Thursday 07
LONDON (AP) Al-Qaida and other terror groups are having a field day with
the leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, U.K.
spy chiefs told lawmakers Thursday in a strong condemnation of the American's
Iain Lobban, chief of the eavesdropping agency GCHQ, said his spies have
picked up "near-daily discussion" of the unauthorized disclosures among his
agency's targets. His colleague John Sawers, the chief of the British foreign
spy agency MI6, was even more explicit.
"It's clear that our adversaries are rubbing their hands in glee," he told
lawmakers. "Al-Qaida is lapping it up."
U.S. officials have repeatedly warned, without providing much evidence, that
the leaks were educating America's enemies about how to avoid detection.
Lobban came closest to giving a concrete example, saying that GCHQ had caught
terror groups in the Middle East and elsewhere discussing how to switch to more
secure means of communication after the Snowden leaks broke.
"I am not going to compound the damage by being specific in public," he said,
promising lawmakers a private briefing on the details.
He, Sawers and Andrew Parker, head of MI5, Britain's domestic spying agency,
were at Parliament for their first public and televised testimony before the
House of Commons' Intelligence and Security Committee. Their appearance
broadcast with a brief time delay in case anything classified unexpectedly came
out during testimony comes amid an international debate over British and
American intelligence tactics triggered by Snowden's revelations.
All three spy chiefs insisted their agencies operate within the law,
guaranteeing parliamentarians that their work was both legal and
"We do not spend our time listening to the telephone calls or reading the
emails of the majority," said Lobban.
He defended GCHQ's work scanning the Web, taking the needle-in-a-haystack
metaphor often used by defenders of the NSA to a new level when he compared the
Internet to an "enormous hayfield" which GCHQ analysts had to scan for
"fragments of needles."
Syria got a particular amount of attention, with Parker warning that the
civil war there was drawing in a large number of British residents to fight in
the service of Islamic extremism. He said his intelligence service had "seen low
hundreds of people from this country go to Syria," noting that some of them had
since returned to the U.K.
The figure was a significant increase from the estimate of "some 100" Parker
had given previously.
Western intelligence officials have long warned that the war between rebels
and Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was attracting foreign fighters
from European countries, many of whom have joined hard-line Islamic militant
groups. In September, British officials charged two brothers with attending a
terror training camp in Syria.
The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament: http://isc.independent.gov.uk/
Follow Raphael Satter at http://twitter.com/Razhael and
Cassandra Vinograd at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd
My comment ---
Is this sort of like evolving to extinction, or delivery to
I'm not talking about the government, I'm talking about the human
By the way, this message from England was sent after consultation
The Stealthy Killer That Is Capitalism
The facts show that we were a relatively healthy people until unregulated
free-market capitalism began to disrupt our lives.
The process is gradual, insidious, lethal. It starts with financial stress in
various forms, and then, according to growing evidence, leads to health problems
and shorter lives.
Financial stress is brought upon us by the profit motive of capitalism, which
offers little incentive to feed hungry children, to treat the sick, to secure us
in retirement, to provide job opportunities for middle-class Americans. Some of
the steps in the process are becoming more and more familiar to us.
1. Giving Half of Your 401(k) to the Banks
The Frontline documentary The Retirement
Gamble reported that a 401(k) fund earning 7 percent a year with 2
percent in fees would lose up to 60
percent of the value of an equivalent non-fee fund.
A 2 percent fee doesn't seem like much, but the documentary's claim was close
to the truth. Based on the 6 percent historical stock
market return, an employee investing $1,000 a
year for 30 years in a non-fee fund and then holding the accumulated
sum for another 20 years would end up with $269,000. Imposing a 2
percent annual fee would reduce the final total to $127,000,
a 53 percent loss. Imposing a 1.3 percent fee,
which according to the documentary is the industry average, would reduce the
final total to $165,000, a 39 percent loss.
The financial industry is taking this money from more of us every year. The
number of private sector workers depending on a 401(k) instead of a company
pension has increased from
12 percent to 68 percent since 1983.
2. Watching 24,000,000 Children Go Hungry to Avoid Inconveniencing 20
It's an unthinkable trade-off, but it's
happening. Although the 2013 SNAP
stamp) budget of $78
is less than the 2012 investment
of 20 wealthy
, SNAP is being cut
not a penny extra is taken from the multi-billionaires.
The children, who make up nearly half of
million recipients, will now get $1.40 for a meal
instead of $1.50.
3. Listening to the "Job Creators" Mock the Truth
: "Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bulls-eye
painted on our back."
Bank CEO John
A. Allison IV: "Instead of an attack on the 1 percent, let's call it an
attack on the very productive."
The reality is that corporate profits have doubled in ten years,
and the corporate tax percent has been cut in half,
while millions of jobs have been lost.
Some of the job-cutting data comes from The
Watch, and Business
How did "job creators" Steve Wynn and John A. Allison IV do? The following
numbers are taken from their annual 10-K reports, submitted to the SEC:
Resorts: A doubling or more of profits, a reduction in
---- 2012 Income $728,699,000 Employees 16,000
---- 2011 Income $825,113,000 Employees 16,400
---- 2010 Income $316,596,000 Employees 16,405
---- 2009 Income $ 39,107,000 Employees 18,900
From Allison's bank, BB&T: A
doubling or more of profits, little difference in employees
---- 2012 Income $2,028,000,000 Employees 34,000
---- 2011 Income $1,332,000,000 Employees 31,800
---- 2010 Income $ 854,000,000 Employees 31,400
---- 2009 Income $ 877,000,000 Employees 32,400
4. Feeling the Debilitating Stress
Over 200 recent studies have
confirmed a link between financial stress and
sickness. In just 20 years America's ranking among developed
countries dropped on
nearly every major health measure.
Lack of proper health care is one source of that stress. A Harvard
study estimated that nearly 45,000 Americans lost
their lives in 2005 due to lack of health insurance.
In addition to its effects on our physical health, financial stress threatens
our mental well-being. Stunningly, one out of every five American adults
illness in 2011, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration. Another recent study found
that unemployment, whether voluntary or involuntary, can significantly impact a
person's mental health. But only one of two Americans needing mental health care
Grimmer still is the growing suicide
rate, also linked to unemployment and declining
wealth. The rate has accelerated since
the 2008 recession.
The facts show that we were a relatively healthy people
until unregulated free-market capitalism began to disrupt our lives. Now,
because of its winner-take-all profit motive, we're literally fighting for our
Buchheit is a college teacher with formal training in language development and
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Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) was once the quintessential trendy teen brand. The
chain bucked conventional wisdom by willfully rejecting the masses in favor of
exclusivity. In a world of retail window displays designed to lure people in,
Abercrombie told customers they weren't welcome unless they fit a certain mold.
Like a hot club it blocked off the windows, turned the lights down low, and put
up velvet ropes outside.
This attitude was no accident. "We go after cool kids," CEO Mike Jeffries told Salon.com in a 2006 interview. "A
lot of people don't belong and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary?
Absolutely." One part of being cool in Jeffries mind was being thin. Abercrombie
& Fitch didn't carry sizes above 'large' or pants bigger than size 10 for
Related: Abercrombie Outrage! Is Being Obnoxious a
Unfortunately for Jeffires and Abercrombie, 2006 is a lifetime ago to the
company's core customer base of teenagers. The back to school season was such a
disaster for the retailer that it's been forced to consider the once unthinkable
by offering larger sizes for women in a test run next Spring.
In the attached clip, Brian Sozzi of Belus
Capital Advisors says it's too little too late. "They are fundamentally
flawed company," Sozzi says in the attached clip. "The teen customer has moved
away from the company in a big way, and that's a big problem." Jeffries'
halfhearted effort to broaden the product offerings shows just how out of touch
In the age of social networking, aloof isn't cool.
It's just boring. Selfies and social networking are all about sharing and being
inclusive and being part of a bigger community. There's nothing welcoming about
a stores that's roped off and seemingly guarded by a buff wall of "ab-tastic"
teenagers. Abercrombie's sepia-toned ad campaigns with scantily clad teens
romping around on beaches or in locker rooms aren't hip and inviting. They're
just... creepy. "It's uncomfortable to shop (there)" as Sozzi puts it, "You
don't want to go in there and talk to a (clerk) with your mom or your dad." Rest
assured dads don't want their daughters talking to those guys either.
Forced to grovel to its customers with
slightly expanded sizes and lower prices only makes Abercrombie look worse. It's
long past time for the 69-year old Jeffries to be sent out to pasture in favor
of someone with slightly more familairity with millennials.
Jeffries' contract runs out next year but Sozzi says there's no time to
waste, and Wall Street seems to agree. Abercrombie & Fitch shares are off
more than 30% in 2013.
Lots of comments at the URL. Especially the one from KS, and the
responses to KS.
Hillary Bandwagon Bad for America
By Ralph Nader
November 10, 2013 Information
The Hillary Clinton for
President in 2016 bandwagon has started very early and with a purpose. The idea
is to get large numbers of endorsers, so that no Democratic Primary competitors
dare make a move. These supporters include Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY),
financier George Soros and Ready for Hillary, a super PAC mobilizing with great
specificity (already in Iowa).
Given this early bird launch,
it is important to raise the pressing question:
Does the future of our country
benefit from Hillary, another Clinton, another politician almost
indistinguishable from Barack Obamas militaristic, corporatist policies
garnished by big money donors from Wall Street and other plutocratic
There is no doubt the Clintons
are syrupy political charmers, beguiling many naïve Democrats who have long been
vulnerable to a practiced set of comforting words or phrases camouflaging
Everybody knows that Hillary
is for women, children and education. She says so every day. But Democrats and
others cant get the Clintons even to support a $10.50 federal minimum wage that
would almost equal the 1968 minimum wage, inflation-adjusted, and would raise
the wages of 30 million workers mired in the gap between the present minimum
wage of $7.25 and $10.50 an hour. It just so happens that almost two-thirds of
these Americans are women, many of them single moms struggling to support their
impoverished children. Nearly a million of these workers labor for Walmart, on
whose Board of Directors Hillary Clinton once sat. Words hide the
As a Senator on the Senate
Armed Services Committee, Hillary had to start proving that women, just like the
macho men, can be belligerent and never see a weapons system and its use that
they didnt like. Never did she demonstrate any ongoing interest in debloating
the massive, wasteful, duplicative military budget so as to free up big monies
for domestic public works programs or other necessities.
As Senator she also admitted
that she didnt have time to read a critical National Intelligence Estimate
Report, which had caveats that might have dissuaded her from voting with George
W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003. War-mongering and wars of Empire never bothered
her then or now. Just a few weeks ago, she was photographed giving the
recidivist war criminal, Republican Henry Kissinger, a big, smiling hug at a
public event. Its all part of the bi-partisan image she is cultivating under
the opportunistic banner of cooperation. (For more information, read the
New York Times Collateral
Damage and Nixon
and Kissingers Forgotten Shame, or Seymour Hershs The
Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House.)
As Secretary of State, Hillary
Clinton accelerated the Departments militarization, belting far more war-like,
threatening assertions toward governments of developing countries than did the
Secretaries of Defense. She loved to give speeches on force projection, the
latest synonym for the Empire, and the pivot toward East Asia and against
the asserted looming threat of China. Taking due note, the Chinese generals
demanded larger budgets.
The Secretary of States
highest duty is diplomacy. Not for her. Despite her heavy travelling, she made
little or no effort to get the government to sign onto the numerous
international treaties which already had over a hundred nations as signatories.
These include stronger climate change agreements and, as Human Rights Watch
reports, unratified treaties relating to children, women, persons with
disabilities, torture, enforced disappearance and the use of anti-personal
landmines and cluster munitions. These tasks bore her.
Much more exciting was
military action. Against the wishes of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, she
pulled Barack Obama into the Libyan war. There were consequences. Libya is now
in militia chaos, having spilled over into Mali, but without Gaddafi, its
overthrown dictator who had disarmed and was making peace with western nations
and oil companies.
As a Yale Law School graduate,
she was not in the least bothered that the attack on Libya occurred without any
Congressional declaration, authorization or appropriation of funds a classic
Madisonian definition of impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors.
Like Bill Clinton, she is an
unabashed cheerleader for corporate globalization under NAFTA, the World Trade
Organization and the proposed sovereignty-stripping, anti-worker Trans-Pacific
Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Secretary of State Clinton, in the words of
trade expert Jamie Love, put the hammer to India when the government took steps
to grant compulsory licenses on cancer drug patents by not requiring
life-saving compulsory license of expensive drugs so that low-income people and
their children could have access to more affordable medication.
Even regarding the easy
clampdown on waste and fraud, Hillary Clinton fired Peter Van Buren, a
24-year-Foreign Service Officer, who exposed such waste and mismanagement by
corporate contractors in Iraq. (For more information, see http://wemeantwell.com/).
Foreshadowing this seasons
headlines, former Secretary of State Clinton ordered U.S. officials to spy on
top UN diplomats including Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, and those
from the United Kingdom. She ordered her emissaries around the world to obtain
DNA data, iris scans and fingerprints along with credit card and frequent flier
numbers. Not only was this a clear violation of the 1946 UN convention, but
after admitting what happened she didnt even make a public apology to the
Under her watch, the advice
and status of the Departments foreign service officers and aid workers were
marginalized in favor of the militarists and not only in Iraq.
Many Wall Streeters like
Hillary Clinton. Expecting their ample contributions, and socializing with their
business barons, it is not surprising that Hillary Clinton avoids going after
the crooked casino capitalism that collapsed the economy, drained investors,
pensions, jobs and taxpayer bailouts. Hillary Clinton is a far cry from the
stalwart Senator Elizabeth Warren on this towering pattern of unaccountable
The surreal world of Hillary
Clinton is giving $200,000 speeches, collecting prestigious awards she does not
deserve, including one from the American Bar Association, and basking in the
glory of her admirers while appropriately blasting the Republicans for their
War on Women the safe refrain of her forthcoming campaign.
It is true that the Republican
madheads make it easy for any Democratic candidate to judge themselves by the
cruel, rabid, ravaging Republicans. But, is that the kind of choice our country
A Clinton Coronation two years
or more before the 2016 elections will stifle any broader choice of competitive
primary candidates and more important a more progressive agenda supported by a
majority of the American people.
Full Medicare for all,
cracking down on corporate abuses, a fairer tax system, a broad public works
program, a living wage, access to justice and citizen empowerment, clean
election practices, and pulling back on the expensive, boomeranging Empire to
come home to Americas necessities and legitimate hopes are some examples of
what the people want.
Maybe the sugarcoating is
starting to wear. Columnist Frank Bruni, writing in the New York Times
in 2016? Not so Fast), reports her polls are starting to slump. Apparently,
as Bruni suggests, shes being seen as part of the old Washington crowd that
voters are souring on.
As I wrote to Hillary Clinton
in early summer 2008, when calls were made by Obama partisans for her to drop
out, no one should be told not to run. Thats everyones First Amendment right.
However, not voting for her is the prudent decision.
My comment ---
I recently went through the Clinton Presidential Library in Little
Rock. It is beautiful and worth a visit.
However, I will not be supporting Hillary. We need a real
progressive. Not pseudo ones like Obama and Clinton.
There are so many dangers facing America now -- terrorists of all
sorts. Religious (Christian and Islamic), 1% capitalist pigs, and N-/E-/A
spies. If you think your bank is working for you, just try opening a new
account without a $15,000 minimum deposit. How much do you charge for this
checking account per month?
How come there are so many unemployed veterans? Because many of them
are lower class less educated slaves (black and white) recruited to do the dirty
work of capitalist pigs. Then when they are used up, they are turned out
to fend for themselves. Many of those young men (some bigots by early
childhood osmosis) don't know that they are about to get "taken to the
In the much larger picture of America, it's like the sins of the
fathers being visited on the children. America's disgraceful
intervention, takeover, and robbery of other countries, is being worked
out. All the while acting like we are the savior.
Happy Veterans Day.
On another front, locally, in San Francisco Saturday night, at the National
Association of Realtors annual convention, Hillary Clinton was the guest
speaker. Some folks from Mississippi with whom I am familiar attended
this convention. They did not attend Hillary's talk; they are all of the
white "educated" Tea Party class. They are tuned in to Fox News.
Hillary's speech was not covered by the Press. The Press was not
allowed inside -- Clinton's people have learned from Republicans.
'60 Minutes' apologizes again for Benghazi
story as questions linger
November 11, 2013, 7:18 a.m.
Minutes" briefly apologized Sunday night for its discredited Oct. 27 report
on the attack on the American Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, but did not go
into detail about the reporting errors that led to it.
At the end of Sunday's episode, correspondent Lara
Logan issued an apology and correction for the politically charged story,
which was quickly seized upon by conservative leaders critical of the Obama
administration's response to the attack.
The primary source for the piece was State
Department security officer Dylan Davies, who
claimed to have rushed to the mission compound twice during the attack, and to
have seen the body of U.S. Ambasassador Chris
Stevens in a hospital.
"After our report
aired, questions arose about whether his account was true when an incident
report surfaced. It told a different story about what he did the night of the
attack," Logan explained, referring to a report obtained by the Washington
and given to his employer, the Blue
, in which Davies said he did not enter the mission compound
until the morning following the seige.
claimed he was the victim of a smear campaign, but on Thursday the New York
Times confirmed that his report
to the FBI was consistent with the Blue Mountain account.
"On Thursday night when we discovered the account he gave the FBI was
different than what he told us, we realized we had been misled and it was a
mistake to include him in the report," Logan said. "For that we are very sorry.
The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' is the truth and the
truth is, we made a mistake."
It was the second mea culpa in recent days
for Logan, who appeared
Friday on "CBS This Morning" to say the esteemed news magazine was "wrong"
to trust Davies' version of events. In that initial interview, Logan claimed
that she and her team had thoroughly vetted Davies, who appeared on "60 Minutes"
using the pseudonym "Morgan Jones," checking his account against congressional
testimony and U.S. government reports. She also said that "60 Minutes" had
always been aware that Davies initially gave a contradictory account of the
attack to his employer.
But to the disappointment of some media observers, on Sunday Logan did not go
into detail about the reporting errors that led to the faulty story, which CBS
News chairman Jeff Fager has called "as
big a mistake as there has been" in the news program's 45-year history.
Nor did she address allegations that "60 Minutes" was
under corporate pressure to include Davies in the report. Last month
Threshold Editions, an imprint of the CBS-owned Simon & Schuster, published
"The Embassy House," a book written by Davies under the Morgan Jones pseudonym.
(The book has since been recalled.)
On Sunday night, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America called
the apology "inadequate"
and questioned why Logan's report did not acknowledge Davies' contradictory
The Benghazi fiasco has invited comparisons to a 2004 story critical of
W. Bush's National Guard record which aired on the spinoff program "60
Minutes II." The authenticity of documents used in the report was called into
question within hours of the broadcast. CBS later issued a retraction and
convened an independent
review panel to investigate the matter. The incident led to the firing of
four producers, and to the eventual ouster of CBS News anchor Dan Rather.
So far CBS News has not announced plans for a similar investigation into the
My comment --
The Embassy House -- This book of lies has been used as a bible by the Tea
Party clamoring for investigations into the Benghazi fiasco.
The Tea Party Lindsey Graham (R - South Carolina) remains an asshole.
man made global problems continue --- nuclear b-o-m-b-s --->
The Wall Street Journal (Rupert Murdock)
Vive La France on Iran
The French save the West from a very bad nuclear deal
Updated Nov. 10, 2013 5:23 p.m.
We never thought we'd say this, but thank heaven for
French foreign-policy exceptionalism. At least for the time being, François
Hollande's Socialist government has saved the West from a deal that would all
but guarantee that Iran becomes a nuclear power.
While the negotiating details still aren't fully
known, the French made clear Saturday that they objected to a nuclear agreement
that British Prime Minister David
Cameron and President Barack Obama were all too eager to sign. These two
leaders remind no one, least of all the Iranians, of Tony Blair, Margaret
Thatcher, Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. That left the French to protect
against a historic security blunder, with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
declaring in an interview with French radio that while France still hopes for an
agreement with Tehran, it won't accept a "sucker's deal."
In return the West would get Iranian promises. There
is a promise not to activate the Arak reactor, a promise not to use its most
advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium or to install new ones, a promise to stop
enriching uranium to 20%, which is near-weapons' grade, and to convert its
existing stockpile into uranium oxide (a process that is reversible).
What Iran has not promised to do is abide by the
Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which imposes
additional reporting requirements on Iran and allows U.N. inspectors to conduct
short-notice inspections of nuclear facilities. The International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) has complained for years that Iran has refused to answer its
questions fully or provide inspectors with access to all of its facilities. IAEA
inspectors have been barred from visiting Arak since August 2011.
In other words, the deal gives Iran immediate, if
incomplete, sanctions relief and allows it to keep its nuclear infrastructure
intact and keep expanding it at a slightly slower pace. And the deal contains no
meaningful mechanisms for verifying compliance. "What we have to do is to make
sure that there is a good deal in place from the perspective of us verifying
what they're doing," President Obama told NBC's Chuck Todd in an interview
Wednesday. What we have is the opposite.
The President also told Mr. Todd that if Iran fails
to honor the deal the U.S. can re-apply existing sanctions: "We can crank that
dial back up."
That's also misleading. Once sanctions are eased, the
argument will always be made (no doubt by Mr. Obama) that dialing them back up
will give Iran the excuse to restart enrichment. Any "interim" agreement gives
more negotiating leverage to Iran. If Iran really intends to cease its nuclear
program, it should be willing to do so immediately and unconditionally.
All of this echoes the strategy Iran pursued after
its illicit nuclear facilities were discovered in 2002. Current Iranian
President Hasan Rouhani was his country's nuclear negotiator from 2003 to 2005,
when Iran briefly suspended its civilian and military nuclear work in the teeth
of intense international pressure (and American armies on its borders with Iraq
and Afghanistan). That previous suspension is treated by U.S. negotiators as a
model of what they might achieve now.
It's really a model of what they should beware.
"Tehran showed that it was possible to exploit the gap between Europe and the
United States to achieve Iranian objectives," Hossein Mousavian, Mr. Rouhani's
deputy at the time, acknowledged in his memoir. "The world's understanding of
'suspension' was changed from a legally binding obligation" to "a voluntary and
short-term undertaking aimed at confidence building."
Now the U.S. seems to be falling for the same ruse
again. This time, however, Iran is much closer to achieving its nuclear
objectives. No wonder Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu felt compelled to warn the
Administration and Europe that they risked signing "a very, very bad deal," a
blunt public rebuke from a Prime Minister who has been notably cautious about
criticizing the White House. The Saudis, who gave up on this Administration long
ago, are no doubt thinking along similar lines. The BBC reported last week that
the Kingdom has nuclear weapons "on order" from Pakistan.
The negotiators plan to resume talks on November 20,
and France will be under enormous pressure to go along with
a deal. We hope Messrs. Hollande and Fabius hold firm, and the U.S.
Congress could help by strengthening sanctions and passing a resolution
insisting that any agreement with Iran must include no uranium enrichment, the
dismantling of the Arak plutonium project and all cen
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