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Oct 05, 2008

McCain's Pal Liddy


Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in "if necessary"; plotting to murder journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a "gangland figure" to murder Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap "leftist guerillas" at the 1972 Republican National Convention -- a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis.  --- from "Why is the NY Times continuing to ignore McCain's "own Bill Ayers"?"  (Media Matters)

With the McCain campaign going 100% negative and Palin -- with an assist from the NYT -- playing the racist Obama-as-terrorist card yesterday, a counteroffensive by Obama surrogates and the larger left is picking up steam in the "two can play the guilt-by-association" game.

(Of course, The BAG is expecting all kinds of new visual material to come out of the woodwork.)

The nets are already targeting, and demanding for equal time, regarding McCain's connections to Charles Keating and The Keating Five, John Singlaub, Richard Quinn and John Hagee.  As Media Matters elaborates, though, the best comparison to the flimsy ties between Obama and Ayers is the much more tangible connection between McCain and G. Gordon Liddy.  Besides his own domestic terrorist credential above, Liddy has consistently raised money for McCain who he had on his radio show in May.  McCain, in fact, has publicly endorsed Liddy's character.

If one understands anything from reading this site, it's that character is revealed in all kinds of ways.  For example, check out this undated shot taken of and for Liddy on a visit to Iraq.  In it, Liddy and an unidentified American officer are posing -- mouths stuffed -- with various Iraqi soldiers.  The title of the shot says it all:

"G-man noshes on the head of a sheep."

... And then, I'm also wondering if, 100 years from now, the most popular 43rd U.S. President trivia question might turn out to be:  Who introduced ketchup to Iraq?

(image: Gordon Liddy)


G. Gor looks so terribly out of place - he's the only one in street clothes, it spots him as a hanger-on, someone desperate to get along with the big boys, but not really in their league.

and the mouth full of food looks so un-soldierly - these men are not army strong. It looks like the snack table of an Iraq War reenactment convention.


What a waste of a good lamb. Is that diet pepsi on the table? Ycchhh.

Doggone shame. LIddy had good intentions. really/

I wonder if this picture was taken during an Eid Al-Fitr dinner. It's the celebrates the end of Ramadan, where Muslims break the fast of Ramadan by sacrificing something in honor of the holy month (a.k.a. goat). OR I could be completely wrong. Either way, I think it's a great post.

Can't forget McCain's affiliation with a member of a political party that advocates the secession of Alaska from the United States, a guy by the name of Todd Palin.

Someone should also examine more closely McCain's relationship with one Jim Hensley, convicted felon and father to McCain's wife. Hensley's fortune is what keeps McCain kept. Hensley partnered with Keating on a lot of deals.

Most interesting to me is that Hensley ensured that Johnny Mac never got his hands on the family fortune, thanks to a pre-nup and thanks, too, to his never hiring JohnnyMac to do anything more responsible than being the corporate gladhander for the beer distributorship.

The thing I noticed is that Gordo seems to be shorter than all the other men in the room. Maybe his preference for violent solutions is part of a compensation syndrome.

I suspect Liddy is the only one there eating with his left hand. The US officer looks a bit startled... you'd think they would know cameras are everywhere now. But yes, with very little work, the "pals around with terrorists" will backfire on McCain/Palin.

fwiw, for me the image 'message' reveals/suggests that the "spoils of war" for these participants = war profiteers/consumers, apparently huddled in some bomb-proof bunker (unable, even to sit down and dine) are nothing more than American Junk.

...the bloody irony, then, being the hideous rhetorical : "How many American men and women died / were horribly maimed to convoy all this meaningless shit through living Hell so that you could stand there and eat it without shame?"

Hmmm.... wish I had read rel="nofollow">this before repeating the "pals around" distortion. Just when you think you've gotten a bit aware of these tricks, you fall for another one. I'll be more careful for the mistake.

The thing I noticed first was that the table is a big, huge mess. It's a good metaphor for the larger scene in Iraq.

There are no smiles in that room, either. Feeding off the carrion is serious business.

They've been caught red handed. That's the message I get from the image. They're looking at the photographer/viewer in anger and surprise --- how dare you take an unscripted photo! Powerful military men crowded into a cramped windowless space stuffing their mouths in a feeding frenzy while the world outside (Iraq) fights for scraps. I like how it's just Liddy and his military counterpart (but not the Iraqis) who are seen in the actual act of chomping.


Took me time to read all the comments, but I enjoyed the article.

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