A Little Lumpen Novelita (2014)



September 16th, to be exact, from New Directions. More good news for Fall.

Beautiful words, beautiful cover, beautiful title. Where can I get my hands on this? I might have to walk into a bookstore or something. Translator Natasha Wimmer is a saint. 

"As The Intercept was finalizing this article, former terrorism federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that the group was a scam: “You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan … had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.”

What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.

So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.””

As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets — eager, as always, to justify American wars — spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. government was trying not to talk about all of this — too secret! — but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerges only when it’s impotent.”

U.S.-led airstrikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding insurgents, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.

The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an ISIL base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Bombing Syria Will Not Defeat The Islamic State


Its in vogue this year for the media to scrutinize police, but the military actions of the U.S government continue to be given a free pass.

CNN, Fox News and other right-wing outlets have been busy parroting the USG claim that that "a 9/11 style plot" had been disrupted by the airstrikes on Syria that began two days ago. More likely than a disrupted terror plot, however, is that government mouthpieces are willing to say anything to drum up support for the continued bombings and killings of brown people in the Middle East. 

Meanwhile, the bumbling idiots of the left-wing have suddenly adopted an interest in military tactics, each with their own handwringing prescription for how Obama can best “destroy and degrade” the Islamic State. But where is the logic? Not only is a bombing campaign incapable of destroying the Islamic State, but US engagement is actually desirable to the IS leadership. It provides endless fodder for their propaganda (already well noted as being of the highest quality), and will undoubtedly bring them more recruits and cash. 

With no endgame, the true beneficiaries of this bombing are the US political class and the war profiteers who support them.