This is unfortunate.
Now let's go to Andre Damon (WSWS) on the same topic, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
Like Barack Obama, whom she acknowledges as an inspiration, Ocasio-Cortez revels in seemingly profound motivational statements that are, upon the slightest examination, shown to be devoid of content. Her speeches are a variant of Obama’s slogan: “Yes we can.” She makes no effort to explain why Obama’s “Yes we can” was turned into eight years of “No we can’t.”
She continued, “The future of this nation and the future of this party is working class, the future of this party is working people, the future of this party is the marginalized, it is women, it is gender-extended people, it is people of color, it is the affirmation of justice, that is the future of this party.”
This invocation of the working class, mixed with appeals to other “identities,” is in bad faith, because the entire purpose of her campaign, and of the existence of the DSA, is to promote the Democratic Party, which, along with the Republicans, is a party of the corporate and financial oligarchy.
The Democrats are currently in the midst of a ferociously right-wing campaign centered on denunciations of Trump for “betraying” the country to Russia. In the midterm elections, the Democrats are fielding an unprecedented number of former members of the CIA and the military, which reflects their position as the preferred party of dominant sections of the military-intelligence apparatus.
Ocasio-Cortez’s inability to say anything genuinely oppositional, let alone radical, is bound up with her political role. She has quickly been absorbed into the Democratic Party establishment, and her rhetoric conforms to its politics. In promoting a right-wing party, her “left-wing” gloss is reduced to empty slogans.
I'm not asking anyone to not vote for her but I am asking that we move away from the cult of Ocasio-Cortez.
Let her do something to earn the next round of applause.
Platitudes isn't going to cut it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Despite four years of failure and the Iraqi people rejecting him at the voting booth, the US government is attempting to install Hayder al-Abadi for a second term as prime minister.
A new month begins and yet Iraq still has not formed a government.
A new month begins and yet Iraq still has not formed a government.
Where are the adults? You hold an election, you form a government. In 2010, it took eight months for Iraq to form a government and this only happened by overturning the votes with the US negotiated Erbil Agreement. Brett McGruk was the lead on that. And now he's back in Iraq.
What's he doing? What we've said he was doing.
Hayder al-Abadi came in third. Third. This is just like when the Iraqi voters said no, in March, 2010, to a second term for thug Nouri al-Maliki and Brett and The Erbil Agreement gave Nouri a second term -- which created the rise of ISIS among other things.
Despite blood being already on their hands, the US government is eager to trash the election results again.
Grasp that and grasp that the incessant caterwauling never ends in the US over claims that the Russians must have interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As usual, it's narcissism on display. Me-me-me, only I matter!
So it's outrage over the belief that Russia might have interfered but it's silence over the fact that we interfered in Iraq's election in 2010. The after effects of that 2010 action led to the rise of ISIS, led to the deaths of many. And yet the Alyssa Milanos, Patty Arquettes and Debra Messings never express any outrage over that. By their actions, they make clear that it's okay for the US to interfere in the elections of other countries.
Hayder al-Abadi is a failure.
The Iraqi people said so.
To yet again overturn their will?
Let's stop pretending we want democracy in Iraq. In fact, let's let the country save millions by not even carrying out a vote if the US government is not going to respect the results or the will of the people. Just come out and publicly appoint the puppet. It would be a lot more honest.
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: It is the duty of the government to deliver good services to all Iraqis, maintain security and safeguard Iraq’s stability
Yes, Hayder, those are the duties of the government and you've had four years already to carry those duties out but you have failed repeatedly. As your term winds down, you have no success to point to. You failed the Iraqi people. Daily and repeatedly, you failed the Iraqi people.
Barack Obama picked you and put you in place and you were weak and useless for the Iraqi people.
You didn't protect the families in Falluja. Nouri al-Maliki had started shelling their homes in his second term. You continued the practice -- you continued the practice despite declaring it wrong and stating in September of 2014 that it would cease. You continued to bomb the homes of civilians. That's actually not just wrong, it's also a War Crime.
Hayder is a failure.
Protests are taking place in Iraq.
"Despite Basra's oil wealth, people lack basic amenities such as clean water, electricity and waste management."
Clean water and electricity? Those are not outrageous demands. Those are basic needs. Hayder had four years and he has failed to deliver.
And he's done nothing to combat corruption which was a major issue before he was put in place by Barack and what was the leading issue in the May 12th elections.
Iraq brings in billions from oil and yet the people live in poverty and jobs are in short supply.
WORLD BULLETIN notes today:
Iraq has raised more than $700 billion from oil since 2005, but almost the entire amount has been spent, the central bank announced Tuesday.
"A total of $703.11 billion, or 99.5 percent of the amount, has been spent," it said.
Since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group last December, marking an end to decades of conflict in Iraq, social grievances have boiled over in a series of protests.
Where did that $703 billion go? It didn't go into rebuilding the infrastructure. It went into the pockets of corrupt politicians (and, in Nouri's case, the son of a corrupt politician).
And there's no victory over the Islamic State. It's carrying out attacks pretty much daily in Iraq today. Just this week, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) penned, "Fresh Anti-ISIS Operations in Kirkuk, Diyala; 34 Killed in Iraq."
Protests continue in Iraq. Patrick Cockburn (INDEPENDENT) summed them up, "Part of the wave of demonstrations sweeping across central and southern Iraq, they demanded jobs, electricity, water and an end to the mass theft of Iraq’s oil wealth by the political parties."
Iraq struggles to contain Basra oil protests goo.gl/fFsDKE
There are no jobs, clean electricity and water are in short supply, ISIS remains operating in Iraq, what has Hayder accomplished in four years?
Not a damn thing.
Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:
At least 675 people were killed in Iraq during the month of July. Another 807 were wounded. The number of injured exploded in July due to protests over jobs and services in the southern provinces. About half of the fatalities belonged to Islamic State militants being killed in fresh operations. In June, 772 were killed or found dead, and 294 were wounded.
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