Rachel Maddow Interviews John Brennan

Rachel interviewed John Brennan, for Director of the CIA under President Obama, on Friday’s show.  Brennan lost his security clearance this week, when the current occupant of the White House revoked his clearance for being a big ol’ meanie.

Like Rachel, I have not been a great supporter of Brennan in the past (remember rendition?), however, I do support his current actions of speaking truth to power to this GOP/Russia-owned administration.

Anyhoo, if you have about 35 minutes, give this interview a listen.  I love it when, around the 25 minute mark, Brennan hesitates a moment, and then says the unstable orange chucklehead is “drunk with power.”  Don’t get me wrong, that statement is scary as shit, but seeing a man, who is normally so careful with his speech, produce those words on national teevee does my heart good.

Open thread, y’all. What’s on your mind?

Jon Stewart interviews Elizabeth Warren

Last night on The Daily Show, as his guest, TARP overseer Elizabeth Warren details the need for transparency, and makes the case for a smart regulatory system. They had a bit of fun with acronyms… Warren ends up “giving Jon some financial chicken soup”.
This really was an interesting interview..

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Former CIA agent: Panetta ‘a good pick’ for CIA

Raw Story

President-elect Obama is defending his choice of former Clinton official Leon Panetta for CIA Director. Incoming Intelligence Committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein wasn’t consulted prior to the nomination. Rachel Maddow is joined by former CIA agent Bob Baer approves of the choice of Panetta for CIA Director.

Bob Baer was a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC last night. This was a really good interview. Baer’s books See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil were the basis for the 2005 Academy Award winning Warner Brothers motion picture Syriana.

On Baer (from Wikipedia):

During his twenty-year CIA career, Baer has publicly acknowledged field assignments in Madras and New Delhi, India; in Beirut, Lebanon; in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and in Salah al-Din in Kurdish northern Iraq. During the mid-1980s Baer was sent to Iraq with the mission of organizing opposition to Saddam Hussein but was recalled, and investigated by the FBI, for allegedly conspiring to assassinate the Iraqi leader.[1][2] While in Salah al-Din, Baer unsuccessfully urged the Clinton Administration to back an internal Iraqi attempt to overthrow Hussein (organized by a group of Sunni military officers, the Iraqi National CongressAhmad Chalabi, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan‘s Jalal Talabani) in March 1995 with covert CIA assistance. Baer quit the Agency in 1997 and received the CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal on March 11, 1998. Baer wrote the book See No Evil documenting his experiences while working for the Agency.

According to Seymour Hersh, Baer “was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East.”

In this interview, he basically said “the information was cooked” referring to the WH in order to get us into this war (not that we didn’t already know that..) He speaks to Leon Panetta’s qualifications for the job he is being asked to do.

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Michael Moore sees ‘the end of capitalism’

Raw Replay

Michael Moore is in favor of a bailout for the auto industry but only with a lot of conditions. In a Wednesday interview, Moore told Larry King that the Big 3 car companies should face mandates to build mass transportation and automobiles that use little or no gas. Also, Moore wants to see “a whole new management team.”

Moore thinks that the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) has taken enough cuts in their pay and benefits. “The UAW has — has given back so much to General Motors and the other companies. I’m stunned, actually, at how much they’ve given back. I think they’ve given too much back, frankly,” he said.

The future looks bleak for the current financial system, according to Moore. “I think, really, what we’re seeing here right now with them, with the banks, we’re seeing the end of capitalism — the end of capitalism as we know it.”

For the transcript, go here.

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Better Know a District – Lynn Westmoreland Update

The Colbert Report

This was simply mind-boggling… And this person is actually a member of our US Congress..

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It seems that Rep. Westmoreland isn’t the only political figure who is comfortable with using the term “uppity”..

From ThinkProgress: Georgia GOP candidate calls black MSNBC reporter ‘uppity.’:

Speaking to a Georgia morning news show last Thursday, GOP congressional candidate Rick Goddard criticized an MSNBC reporter’s sharp questioning of former House speaker Newt Gingrich at the Republican National Convention. Goddard called the African-American reporter, Ron Allen, “uppity“:

I’ll tell you one thing, I think we’re going to have a very, very strong, capable president in John McCain. Last night, Newt Gingrich disarmed a very uppity newscaster who tried to question him on the capabilities and leadership of Governor Palin. There’s simply no comparison between a governor and a community organizer.

The racists seem to be crawling out of the woodwork.. I feel like I have floated back in time..

Obama stays cool during O’Reilly inquisition

Raw Story:

It’s been almost nine months to the day since Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly tried to shove his way to an interview with Barack Obama during a New Hampshire campaign stop. The setting was a little more peaceful when the two finally sat down together Thursday, but O’Reilly was his good old fashioned bullying self.

In an interview in which the O’Reilly Factor host seemed as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues.

O’Reilly kicked off the interview with a question no one could imagine anyone on the Fox News network posing to Republican candidate John McCain: “Do you believe we’re in the middle of a war on terror?” (That O’Reilly apparently believed — or wanted his viewers to believe — there was a possibility that Obama would say no perhaps says as much about the brush with which Fox has tried to paint the Democratic candidate as anything else on the network.)

A day after Rudy Giuliani viciously — and inaccurately — mocked Democrats for failing to fetishize “Islamic terrorism,” as the former New York Mayor himself is so fond of doing, Obama delivered a reasoned, concise answer about the need to “go after” terrorists while warning against the danger of lumping everyone together, as the Republicans are so fond of doing.

“Iran is a major threat, now … they are not part of the same network [as al Qaeda]. You’ve got Shia and you’ve got Sunni,” Obama said. “We’ve got to have the ability to distinguish between these groups.

“The war in Iraq is a good example, where I believe the administration lumped together, Saddam Hussein — a terrible guy — with al Qaeda, which had nothing to do with Saddam Hussein,” Obama continued. “And as a consequence, we ended up, I think, misdirecting our resources.”

O’Reilly continued to harp on Iran and its quest for a nuclear weapon. Obama said it would be “unacceptable” for Iran to get a nuclear weapon and he repeated his vow that military action would always remain an option at his disposal.

No answer he could give on the issue though — aside, perhaps, from “the bombs start falling on Inauguration Day” — seemed like it would have satisfied O’Reilly, who continued to press Obama on precisely what military action the candidate was planning for.

“Answer the question, senator,” O’Reilly demanded, despite Obama’s assurances that it would be irresponsible to tip his hand on military planning.

Exasperated, O’Reilly moved on to the war in Iraq, praising the Illinois senator’s foresight in opposing the war but taking a particularly tough line towards his vote against the “troop surge” that began last Spring.

“I think you were desperately wrong on the surge, and I think you should admit it to the nation,” O’Reilly scolded.

Obama acknowledged that the surge “succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated — including President Bush,” but he maintained that the political progress the surge was meant to foster has still failed to materialize. Furthermore, he said, a part of the reduction in violence needs to be credited to the Anbar Awakening, where Sunni tribal leaders in the province turned against the insurgency and began cooperating with Americans.

“We have reduced the violence, but the Iraqis still haven’t taken responsibility,” Obama said, accusing Iraq’s government of failing to invest the country’s massive oil wealth in its rebuilding.

Read the rest of this article, and if you can stomach O’Reilly, watch the video.

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Colbert Report: Jane Mayer and “The Dark Side”

Stephen Colbert asks Jane Mayer why she has to see enhanced interrogation as the glass being half empty, instead of half full with a guy’s face in it.

It’s only ‘sort of’ satire…

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BMJ: Fritz Hollings on Making Government Work

Bill Moyers Journal (PBS) from July 25, 2008:

Former Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings talks about what’s right and wrong with Washington, and his book MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK.

This was really an excellent interview with a lot of insight into just how badly our Congress is broken, and why, and suggestions on what can be done about it. I tried to put up the video, but couldn’t. So, click on the graphic and it will take you to the source video.

While you are there, you might want to also watch Moyers interview with Jane Mayer on Torture, and his segment on The Torture Hearings. All exceptionally good.


Jon Stewart interviews Jonah Goldberg..

Jonah Goldberg wrote the [terribly outrageous] book “Liberal Fascism”.
This interview was heavily edited because, as Stewart says, the two spoke for 18 minutes but only had six minutes to air the segment.

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“Two Who Got It Right”

Scott Ritter in Conversation With Robert Scheer
via Truthdig.com

This is a video (in 5 parts) of Scott Ritter in an interview with Robert Sheer. It is absolutely packed full of very good information from someone who knows. It addresses the looming confrontation with Iran that our administration is pushing so hard for.

The former U.N. weapons inspector, who was scorned for saying there were no WMD in Iraq, speaks with Robert Scheer about American ignorance, the lies that led us to war, Iran’s nuclear program and more.

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