I don’t do Memorial Day. I suppose Memorial Day does me, days and weeks before the annual barrage of flag-waving platitudes. Recollections of ageless high school friends flood my senses during the flag-waving buildup, some alive as if they actually came home from Vietnam in one piece.
My best friend actually showed up at my front door in the dead of night, smiling as if he punked me…like old times. Imagine, for decades I thought those bone fragments, ceremoniously interred in real life, were his. We exchanged words, but ended up laughing, just before precious REM homeostasis splintered, again, in the dark.
Daytime reveries and distractions are also heightened, triggered easily by misplaced guilt and moral injury or even a Stones track, but always entangled with a surge of aggressive commercialism, building to a crescendo with the laying of the last wreath on the last Monday in May. More affront than tribute, our country’s hypocritical remembrance is now on global display, and unavoidably an open wound to survivors and victims everywhere.
Eleven days of another asymmetrical Palestine/Israel confrontation. America’s most sophisticated technology left behind a trail of devastation, including the life of more than 60 children, and a generation born under years of Israeli blockade with little hope for a future.
In Gaza, mothers perished under rubbles with their children, are called the lucky ones. They don’t live to grieve the loss of their progeny.
Israel’s open range "chock and awe" aimed to inflect maximum pain, targeted residential towers in the City of Gaza, hovels in refugee camps, COVID testing clinics, cut power and halted water treatment plants. To hide the extent of its atrocities, Israeli jets flattened the tower for the only independent media center connecting the besieged Strip to outside world.
On the Israeli side, and according to official statements, Palestinian resistance fired approximately 4,300 rockets. The Iron Dome, financed by American taxpayers, intercepted 90% of the rockets and Israeli military allowed some to fall in open space.
Patrick MacFarlane, host of Liberty Weekly and a featured writer at the Libertarian Institute, joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the new cold war with Russia and China. Pat describes the role of foreign policy thinkers in pushing for a return to ‘great power competition.’ While the central planners believe they are developing strategies to protect America, more often they push fabricated ‘adversaries’ into closer cooperation. Pat and Kyle discuss the repeated failures of hawks who think they can manage the affairs of the entire planet from Washington, DC.
If Joe Biden fully meant what he said after meeting with George Floyd’s family in the Oval Office on Tuesday, he won’t nominate Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. But recent news reports tell us that’s exactly what the president intends to do.
After the meeting, Biden declared that the murder of Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer "launched a summer of protest we hadn’t seen since the Civil Rights era in the ’60s – protests that peacefully unified people of every race and generation to collectively say enough of the senseless killings." The words were valuable, and so was the symbolism of the president hosting loved ones of Floyd on the first anniversary of his death.
But the value of the White House event will be weakened if Biden names Emanuel to one of this country’s top diplomatic posts – despite his well-earned notoriety for the cover-up of a video showing the police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
What should the U.S. government do in response the outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians. FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger addresses that question on this week’s episode of The Libertarian Angle.