Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The wrong side of history

Then and there:
President Obama calls Iranian martyr Neda's death 'heartbreaking'
Obama said he had watched the graphic Internet video of the death of Neda Soltan, which has turned the 26-year-old student into a global symbol of the pro-democracy protests.
"While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history," Obama said. 
Here and now:
White House Declines Comment on Troy Davis Case
“Dating back to his time in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system – especially in capital punishment cases,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “However, it is not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution."
Update: And let's not forget this:
Obama says Bradley Manning "broke the law"
Though Manning has yet to stand trial, Mr. Obama asserted yesterday that he is guilty.
"If you're in the military, and -- I have to abide by certain classified information," Mr. Obama explained to a supporter. "If I was to release stuff, information that I'm not authorized to release, I'm breaking the law. We're a nation of laws. We don't individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate... He broke the law."


  1. Nice juxtaposition, Mr. Davis.


    It's doubly terrible that he lives or dies, now, on the whim of the Roberts court.

  2. Dies, on the whim of the Roberts Court.

  3. jcapan8:43 PM

    No, he can't possibly step in here. What I find amusing, in between explosions of bile, is that his presidency could be construed as one vast pardon, of the entire Bush-Cheney administration as well as the parasitic banksters who brought down the economy. Injustice, fuck, it seems the central tenet of the oath of office.

  4. Intervene? You don't realize the man is running for re-election and people will forget he did nothing soon enough, but had he butted in and actually done something to stop an act of injustice, that would be controversial and the Republicans would have thrown the soft on crime smear at him and . . . . .

    He's killed thousands of innocent people in unjust wars in the Mid East and nobody brings it up since this considered a good and necessary thing; he rattles a saber at Iran just as good as the old Dickster ever did, he and his advisors obviously wanta piece of Libya and Pakistan if they can get those 2 states to cooperate, but it would take courage to have stepped in here (it probably is unseemly for the president to butt into a state criminal matter, but if this didn't warrant it. what ever could?)
    Evidently the base will accept whatever he does no matter how craven and spit epithets at those of us who are the asshole left who want Perry or Bachman to be president -- Baal knows thats always been my goal -- get a real RW loony in there, not just a DINO who hasn't fought for a single thing he once told us we needed to do to turn that ship of state around; and they must figure the independents would take any excuse to vote for the republicans and soft on crime is as good an excuse as any, So the prudent thing was to make a political decision, like everything else will be for the next year. Nothing could be gained by interfering here.

    Other than Troy Davis still being alive of course. I wonder if that ever came up in their discussion?

  5. Come back to us, Charles...we miss you.