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State Dept is now one clown short of a circus

Posted by Charles II on March 13, 2011

PJ Crowley, possibly the official most thoroughly roasted by Mercury Rising for his often outlandish comments on the Honduran coup, has resigned from the State Department. And now I have to say, he was forced to resign because he spoke truth to power, and so he is no longer in my eyes a complete clown. Grudgingly, I have to give him some respect:

WASHINGTON — State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley quit on Sunday after causing a stir by describing the military’s treatment of the suspected WikiLeaks leaker as “ridiculous” and “stupid,” pointed words that forced President Barack Obama to defend the detention as appropriate.

Crowley’s comments about the conditions for Pfc. Bradley Manning [held in isolation, denied anything to stimulate his mind, stripped naked, and constantly under surveillance] at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, reverberated quickly, from the small audience in Massachusetts where Crowley spoke to a White House news conference Friday where Obama weighed in about the 23-year-old soldier believed responsible for the largest leak of classified American documents ever.

Crowley was quoted as saying in Massachusetts that he didn’t understand why the military was handling Manning’s detention that way, and calling it “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.”

Considering that the treatment of Bradley Manning could very well end up placing the Obama Administration in the dock for human rights abuses, I think PJ’s statement was pretty intelligent, and Obama’s defense of torture was pretty dumb.

4 Responses to “State Dept is now one clown short of a circus”

  1. jo6pac said

    o was the president that wanted people that had different thoughts on matters, just don’t say them out loud. o will be another president that’s wanted for war crimes and can’t travel the world after 2012 lose but the view from the penthouse/office in NY is awesome, oh look at all those little people dear.

  2. What’s bizarre about this is that the act of axing Crowley has given the Manning story — which the US press, always subservient to the military-industrial complex, was ready to suppress after having given the FDL-spurred revelations some perfunctory coverage — fresh life. So it’s caused the exact opposite of what they wanted to see happen. All because CoS Daley had a hissy fit.

  3. Stormcrow said

    In the unlikely circumstance that the Republicans manage to nominate someone not obviously barking mad in 2012, they’re liable to make Obama a 1-term President. He could not be helping them any more if he tried.

    Hell, if they had the collective intelligence to nominate Robert Gates, I might vote for him. At least he has some idea of what a grand strategy looks like, from the standpoint of a civilian CiC. Obama obviously has no clue. That failing, just by itself, might be enough to sink us.

    The empire is gone already, but it could get very much worse than that. If we don’t start playing it smart, the endgame could be played out in American cities, as we start killing each other off in a second civil war.

    Of course, with the lunatics in complete and unchallenged charge of the insane asylum the Republican party has become, a rational nomination result is very unlikely. Just look at the idjit they forced down John McCain’s throat in 2008.

    • Oh, I doubt very much they’ll pick anyone rational. McCain was literally the only guy they had that had a chance with both the crazy base and the general population, and the crazy-basers had to hold their noses to vote for him. Now it’s between a Mormon who the base hates for creating the forerunner of Obamacare, a Fundie who the base hates because he dared to raise taxes while governor, and a bunch of dingbats who the base adores but would get creamed by a ham sandwich in the general. Oh, and Tim Pawlenty, who the Villagers like but nobody else does and who will get stiffed once again even as a running mate because he has no built-in constituency to bring to the table.

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