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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE DEATH OF FORMER AMERICAN AMBASSADOR PAUL CELLUCCI – NO TEARS IN CANADA   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

 

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Paul Cellucci likely qualifies as the most ignorant and rude American ambassador ever appointed to Canada.

He criss-crossed the country saying things ambassadors are never supposed to say, negative things about our national policies, as for instance berating us about our military expenditures and internal affairs.

And he had no grace in the way he barked out his inappropriate comments.

He should have been declared persona non grata as an ambassador – and he would have been thus treated by many countries.

But our governments were timorous and afraid of the dangerously vindictive police state emerging south of the border in the wake of 9/11., and they just let this unpleasant man spread his diplomatic poison.

You are not supposed to say unpleasant things about a person who has died, but this man never did much in Canada that was not unpleasant.

His loss will go un-mourned in this country, except by the likes of John Baird and the other uninformed loudmouths of Harper’s American-wannabe government.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HILLARY CLINTON’S LONG RUN TO BE PRESIDENT – OBSERVATIONS ON HER SUITABLE QUALITIES AND THE STATE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Hillary once commanded considerable sympathy for the grief her spouse subjected her to and admiration for her intelligence.

But her time as Secretary of State has in my mind obliterated all of that.

Her tenure has been marked by the most intensely ugly behavior towards the world and towards all interests outside of the narrow ones of the United States and its nasty sidekick Israel.

It has been almost painful to see and hear her as eager chief spokesperson for unnecessary wars, drone murders, torture, threats, and abuse of every description.

In that sense she’s all set to run for president now because American presidents for decades pretty much follow the line laid out by America’s military-intelligence establishment in its role of supporting powerful special interests.

It’s not a pretty picture in America. Its foreign policy consists of pushing people around who do not agree with America’s narrow interests, often killing great masses of them and destroying their economies.

America is not, in any real sense, a democracy. It never claimed to be one in the past, always terming itself a republic, that vaguest in meaning of all words for political organization. But now it is an outright plutocracy. Yes, elections are held, but they are based entirely on money as nowhere else in the world, and only candidates deemed worthy by the establishment have any chance of receiving their share of campaign funds.

As we know from economics, firms in less-than-competitive industries – industries organized under what is called imperfect competition – spend great sums on advertising and minor product differentiation. What they are doing with their efforts is building insurmountable barriers against the effective entry of new competitors to their industry. The same principles exactly apply to national politics.

Only candidates who can fit comfortably into this special-interest, money-drenched, undemocratic political system can possibly get one of the two nominations which exist in a carefully controlled political duopoly.

Hillary has demonstrated how well she qualifies.

And just as is the case of the current election – Obama or Romney, who cares? – it makes virtually no real difference who wins. Not one candidate has any leeway to be genuinely different or original.

America has become the world’s ugly bully, having killed several millions in the last few decades and having made tens of millions miserable and homeless, all while mouthing meaningless phrases about freedom and rights and democracy. And only proven bullies or sociopaths need apply for the job.

Hillary has all that down pat, the required qualities fitting her like a custom-made glove, so I’m sure she’ll run.