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Bill Kristol Loses His War-Mongering Conservative Mind on Morning Joe



Best Tuesday a.m. thing in the world: Bill Kristol and Nick Kristof at the same table with Scarborough shouting about boots on the ground in Iraq, and Richard Engel swooping in live from Baghdad to shut them the eff up.

Again, I know I need a Morning Joe et al Twelve Step program, but you won't believe what that Roundtable of Fools was up to this morning. Bill Kristol denies that there is war fatigue in the country. At a near shout.

It was BushCo meets Joe Schmoe with all sorts of pundits in the mix, and the recently ballsy John Heilemann once again saved their media bacon in terms of asking the hard questions. Like a reporter. Or a journalist. Perhaps a keen blogger. Or even a curious citizen with a conscience.

Bill Kristol loves to be in the spotlight. Today he was needled right into what serves as a full-on Hissy Fit for the uber-manicured urbane face of conservative war-mongering intellect.

And thank dog John Heilemann had to take the wheel. (I think when Joe Schmoe runs for office MSNBC is going to drop the ubiquitous Game Change boys into his Throne.)

Heilemann: "This is American blood you are talking about!!" Enjoy.

How great was that??! Isn't that what you'd say to that idiot Bill Kristol if you had a turn? "If we are going to put American blood on the line, there ought to be support in the country for it ... there is war weariness in this country whether you believe there is or not!" - Mr. Heilemann

Who knew Heilemann had it in him? I didn't see it coming. He's just got to be a progressive at heart, that cat. Or has had to work with that twit RWNJ Halperin far too long.


Mika sat meekly and let it swirl. Schmoe, once again, looked bewildered at the actual interviewing taking place around and above him, then told Kristol to bring more spice the next time he swung by in that annoying Southern country lawyer drawl.

Joe's foreign policy is as well thought out as Mittens. A few egoist-filled congressional committees and being skewered Live by Zbig aka Mika's Dad do not a an expert make.


VIDEO-- Welcome home Richard Engel. He was held hostage in Syria: "There were mock shootings."


richard engel hostage in syria, home again

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Welcome home (NBC News correspondent) Richard Engel, from the bottom of my heart. You are a treasure, we worry about you constantly, and value you like crazy.

Nobody, but nobody, reports on wars, revolutions and political transitions the way you do, with such heart and soul, with such a deep and sympathetic understanding of the people you cover.

Now don't scare us like that again. Ever.

More here.


Video- AJA reporter holding up a phone broadcasting Qaddafi's security force commands


Wow, that takes some serious cojones to do without covering your face. Huge h/t to @caradox and @abuaardvark

Explosions and gunfire rock besieged Tripoli

Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli on Saturday night, after days of battlefield defeats left Muammar Gaddafi's government and troops penned ever more tightly in the besieged capital.

The scale of the unrest was unclear, but speculation was rife that Gaddafi's 41-year rule was close to collapse.

Tripoli residents told Reuters they could hear shooting from several locations and there were anti-Gaddafi protesters in the streets. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told state television however: "All of Tripoli is safe and stable."

Earlier, opposition fighters expelled government forces from the strategic western city of Az Zawiyah, a major victory in their march on Tripoli.

Lots of unsubstantiated rumours out there (including from @richardengelnbc) that Gaddafi and his sons have fled the country.


Streaming Al Jazeera "was the work-around required by the censorship practiced by America’s corporate gatekeepers."


Frank Rich does it again:

...The Egyptian government pulled the plug on its four main Internet providers and yet the revolution only got stronger. ... [A]  knowledgeable on-the-scene journalist, Richard Engel... set the record straight on MSNBC in a satellite hook-up with Rachel Maddow. “This didn’t have anything to do with Twitter and Facebook,” he said. “This had to do with people’s dignity, people’s pride. People are not able to feed their families.” [...]

What’s important is “why they were driven to do it in the first place” — starting with the issues of human dignity and crushing poverty [...]

More damning, Morozov also demonstrates how the digital tools so useful to citizens in a free society can be co-opted by tech-savvy dictators, police states and garden-variety autocrats to spread propaganda and to track (and arrest) conveniently networked dissidents, from Iran to Venezuela.  [...]  [E]ven in the case of the young and relatively wired populace of Egypt, only some 20 percent of those masses have Internet access. [...]

Unable to watch Al Jazeera English, and ravenous for comprehensive and sophisticated 24/7 television coverage of the Middle East otherwise unavailable on television, millions of Americans last week tracked down the network’s Internet stream on their computers. Such was the work-around required by the censorship practiced by America’s corporate gatekeepers. [...]

We’ve been inculcated to assume that whoever comes out on top is ipso facto a jihadist.

He covers so much more, so please go read the whole thing here.