• CrossTalk: I School Some ex-State Department Ambassador on Reality

    January 11, 2014

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State, Iraq

    Jeez, they should at least make it sporting for me.


    Here’s some video from a show called “Cross Talk,” with the subject the sad state of affairs in Iraq, and the sad state of affairs in Afghanistan. I guess the show’s producers felt they had to dig up someone to take the “pro” side, suggesting maybe not everything all the time the U.S. did and has done to those two countries was a tragic waste. But about the best they could find is some living corpse of a former U.S. ambassador. Because he is a former ambassador his “job” is to walk around with a title like “Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Realm” connected to a “think tank” while I live in my parents’ basement writing these blog posts in my own blood and saliva on the walls (my intern then transcribes them into this “electronic” format.)


    Anyway, it ain’t much of an argument, but do entertain yourselves watching one of the people once in charge of America’s foreign policy try and justify his own actions.




    And after the video is over, would you please ask my mom to send some meatloaf and a couple of beers down to the basement?

    BONUS: Even as Iraq slides ever-deeper into overt civil war, the State Department gave the University of Cincinnati a grant of $300,000 of your tax money to “to build partnerships in Iraq.”

    What will the university spend your tax dollars on? They say “professional development workshops for leaders in higher education and the community – workshops that emphasize civic and cultural leadership.”

    Hah! Bring that spokesperson on for the next debate!



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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      01/11/14 3:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...

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      I thought that old ambassador was going to start moving about in a herky jerky fashion and try to eat someone.

      01/11/14 5:53 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…
      (link)

      O M G!!! (staring in utter disbelief)

      Living proof the DCOTP(tm) is dumber than I could ever comprehend. That dude on the right is straight out of the Twilight Zone. If I hadn’t seen that with my own eyes …..

      now I understand the analogy Rich. perfect. gawd, I need a drink now…er..make that two.

      01/11/14 7:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Surprised this show hasn’t been picked up by the mental midgets on the nutworks.

      01/11/14 7:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This event reminded me how blasted Peter got when we used to go drinking after a hard day of dealing with the mental midgets at State.

      01/11/14 7:52 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”Jeez, they should at least make it sporting for me.”unquote

      And this years, “How to make ex Dos Ambassadors Look Like Complete Bozo’s without trying” award goes to…

      Indeed Peter..I have to hand it to you. At least your diplomacy ethic didn’t allow you break down in uncontrollable side splitting laughter. Meanwhile, I did. The Onion couldn’t have done better.

      01/11/14 8:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      For all you fans of WMW, here’s a trailer for our new movie, “Judgment Day.” In the opening scene Peter and I are on the run from the DS Flying Monkeys:

      http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/home-to-judgment/17wwrotxu

      01/11/14 8:05 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      quote:”This event reminded me how blasted Peter got when we used to go drinking after a hard day of dealing with the mental midgets at State.”unquote

      Really? So you worked at State together? I bet you couldn’t wait to slam down a couple. I mean, I could hardly stand the tedium of the video..let alone working in a place that redefines the word. I would have drank myself to death.

      01/11/14 8:09 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      omg, Robert Culp/Bill Cosby…in..ISpy. Hahahahahahaha! Look, you know me by now Rich. At the time I thought Ispy was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen on Teh Veh…notwithstanding the Monkeys. God, their controllers had it down…. rubes.
      At the height of Vietnam no less. gall. That’s all I can attribute it to.
      ————————————-

      Peter, if and when the time comes that you no longer can travel to personally put your message in the mediaspace….ya still got us to deal with. :)

      01/11/14 10:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      CC – Culp and Crosby together again. I play Scottie.

      Chris Christie plays himself.

      01/11/14 10:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      I tried watching the video from a relative’s house and i kid not, the stream was interrupted and when I looked at my cable connection networks — “NSA/CIA Echelon Monitoring” is listed now among my neighbors’ locations. I have never seen that one before.

      Wish I could watch the rest of the video. Maybe if “NSA/CIA Echelon Monitoring” are reading this now they can get off the network and go monitor some real criminals. Maybe I can find US AMbassador Murphy’s remarks on the web unless that is under monitoring too

      01/12/14 4:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

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      I enjoyed the discussion very much, Peter. All due thanks to you and the other participants — even the old cadaver who kept regurgitating long-debunked Vietnam-era rationales for U.S. imperialism — you somehow failed to mention the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room: namely, the Apartheid Zionist Entity and its beggar-the-neighborhood policy that the United States funds, arms, and supports in every way imaginable. As former South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings put it: “The United States invaded Iraq to secure the state of Israel — and everybody knows it.” Or, as Daniel Ellsberg said long ago: “The United States invaded Iraq for three reasons: Oil, Israel, and domestic political advantage.” I kept waiting for at least one of the participants to mention this awful truth, but no one did.

      Why?

      01/12/14 7:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

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      For you, Peter. Something in verse to go along with the discussion moderator’s introductory remarks about Who Lost Iraq.

      01/12/14 7:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

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      Oh, yes. I almost forgot. In addition to doing the Apartheid Zionist Entity’s dirty work, did anyone mention the U.S. doing Saudi Arabia’s as well. I’ve heard about the tail that wags the dog, but two tails wagging the same dog really takes the cake. Does some sort of inside-the-elite conspiracy of silence obtain here?

      01/12/14 9:26 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Kyzl Orda said…

      Maybe if “NSA/CIA Echelon Monitoring” are reading this now they can get off the network and go monitor some real criminals.”unquote

      Yeah, well read this and then tell me it’s not living proof Panetta and Hayden lied through their teeth to Congress….

      http://cryptome.org/echelon-cinsa.htm

      That was 2000. Same shit. Different year.

      01/12/14 12:38 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      oops..that should have read Tenet and Hayden.

      01/12/14 12:42 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Just forgot really. Blind support for Israel has not benefitted the US in any way.

      01/12/14 1:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Speaking of CrossTalk, the two highest trending items on the Web and cable news today are the massive invasion of American citizens’ privacy by the NSA and massive Lord Humongous Chris Christie pushing his weight around to punish his political enemies. God forbid if CC got his hands on the NSA’s Absolute Power.

      What the hell is wrong with US? Power hungry dicks like J. Edgar Hoover and Supreme Dick Cheney should be a warning to US to the abuse of power by sociopaths who want it all. And the mediocre media is still salivating at the prospect of Christie as our next presidense.

      Here’s a thought: let US put both the NSA and that fat, pompous jerk on a diet. You want it all? No soup for you.

      01/12/14 1:25 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”God forbid if CC got his hands on the NSA’s Absolute Power.”unquote

      Well, if Cisco’s CEO has his way, it won’t matter who has their hands on it. His vision of “The Internet of EVERYTHING” is living proof we’re falling down the “abyss” at free fall speed. Imagine EVERY conceivable way to spy on every human on the planet..including your “trashcan”. Fuck.

      http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/executive-insights-and-innovation/ces-2014-ciscos-internet-of-everything-vision/d/d-id/1113407?#msgs

      Read the comments. I’m not the only one thinking this.

      Senator Church must be hanging his head in despair.

      Meanwhile, in regards to the idiotic opinion of that halfwitted ex-Ambassador in the video, I couldn’t help remember WHY the notion of re-entering Iraq in support of “we owe it to the soldiers who were wounded and died in Fallujah” is absurd..

      http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2073-mondo-inferno-the-endless-echoes-of-americas-wmd-atrocity.html

      http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/

      Of course, the DCOTP(tm)still doesn’t have a clue.
      Except the ones who committed those horrors. THEY knew.

      01/12/14 3:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Over 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.

      Peter Van Buren – 2016

      01/12/14 4:40 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Peter Van Buren – 2016– WOW!

      I second the nomination! But..in what Party??

      01/12/14 6:27 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      One thing I meant to ask earlier but forgot is in relationship to this…

      Peter said..
      quote:” Because he is a former ambassador his “job” is to walk around with a title like “Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Realm” connected to a “think tank” while I live in my parents’ basement writing these blog posts in my own blood and saliva on the walls (my intern then transcribes them into this “electronic” format.)

      And after the video is over, would you please ask my mom to send some meatloaf and a couple of beers down to the basement?”unquote

      Were you serious Peter? Your parents basement???

      WTF? This post was written by you wasn’t it?

      Maybe I just didn’t understand your meaning here.

      01/13/14 12:40 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I’m fine, and live in a nice place. My folks don’t have a basement. I was trying to be funny, showing how if you play the game at State you get rewarded with fake titles and make-work jobs that basically are a pay off for your years of mouthing the public line. Sorry Pitch for not being cleaer, all is well.

      01/13/14 1:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      I live in a tent in the back of Peter’s house.

      01/13/14 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter Van Buren – 2106

      Of course, the average voter of the Dumbest Country on the Planet has the attention span of George W. Bush and would have the patience to watch a debate on the important issues like this:

      http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/01/12/we-have-to-destroy-our-constitution-to-save-it/

      01/13/14 2:20 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      OMG. Gawd I needed that..from both of you. nuff said. Let’s move on.

      01/13/14 11:36 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps..Rich..yer killen me.

      01/13/14 11:38 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      btw Peter..now I understand what years of exposure to tedious, daily, lying sacks of shit does to a person. Next time you want to be funny..call Rich.

      :)

      01/13/14 11:42 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Rich is always late with the rent and thinks we don’t know what he does out there.

      01/14/14 12:44 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”Rich is always late with the rent and thinks we don’t know what he does out there.”unquote

      Hahahahahaha! He’s not worried about you knowing. Just the NSA. Hahahahahahaha!

      Btw Peter, I had so many blog posts to follow up on yesterday, I didn’t get around to reading your article Rich posted a link to. HOLY MOTHER OF AMENDMENTS.

      You nailed it, lock stock and barrel. I sent the link to my family and friends. They think I’m a nutcase for following Snowden and the NSA bullshit. I hope they choke on it.

      And Rich..thanks for the link. I guess Peter is too humble to put links here to his other work out in the interwebs. I think he should.

      01/14/14 10:28 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps..your article should be required reading in every classroom in America.

      01/14/14 10:29 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Rich is always late with the rent and thinks we don’t know what he does out there.”

      The world woul be interested to know, like most Foreign Service “dips,” Peter keeps an Indian maid/sex slave in his basement and pays her three bucks an hour.

      Why are Foreign Service “dips” allowed to bring their maids back to the US anyway?

      01/14/14 2:50 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”The world woul be interested to know, like most Foreign Service “dips,” Peter keeps an Indian maid/sex slave in his basement and pays her three bucks an hour.”unquote

      Oh oh. I have $5 that says this comment isn’t funny to Peter. ummm, oh my, it’s 10:30..I gotta beat it outta here.

      01/14/14 3:32 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Five bucks…. that’s an hour and a half. You’re on.

      01/14/14 4:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      And it’s cheaper for the American taxpayer than this:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/penis-pumps-medicare_n_4591918.html

      01/14/14 6:24 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      quote”Five bucks…. that’s an hour and a half. You’re on.”unquote

      Where’s the timeclock? I wash windows too.

      01/15/14 12:38 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      wait..goddammit..fuck… wait..

      Rich..that link..

      Oh my gawd…(staring at the monitor in utter disbelief)

      quote”The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare, the government health insurance system for seniors, paid nearly 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems, or VES, totaling about $172.4 million from 2006 to 2011. Yearly claims for the devices nearly doubled from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.”unquote

      bartender..call me a cab.

      fuck. I must be in a parallel universe.
      Vacuum erection systems. $$38.6 million in 2011.

      01/15/14 1:42 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ok ok ok ok …shit..now I get it. That was an Onion piece redirected by the NSA at the behest of Senator Chamblin to confuse voters. yes. thts it.

      god it’s been a long day.

      01/15/14 1:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Cut money for food stamps but there’s money for penis puffers?

      “I got your food stamps right here.

      01/15/14 1:28 PM | Comment Link

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