Biden, Obama & The Blood-Dimmed Tide + Tongue of Flame by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Thursday, 28 August 2008

I’ve been away for seven days, without access to email or the internet, in a country where I couldn’t speak the language, in a place with no newspapers in English anywhere to be found. It was a blissful detoxification from the media echo chamber — and from the even more deadly poisons of politics and power that the chamber so confusingly and cacophonously presents.

Only once, briefly, did I find myself in a room where CNN was blaring on a tiny television set. As it happened, it was the exact moment when Joe Biden was being anointed as Barack Obama’s running mate. It was a live feed: Biden was at the podium, giving a strangely stilted speech in a fake Southern accent. (Perhaps he was trying to channel Bill Clinton — or maybe Sam Nunn.) Although wearing a tie, he was coatless, with shirtsleeves rolled up, in that classic pose of political hackery: a man ready to “go to work for the American people.” (Obama, looking on rather distractedly from the side, was dressed in the same way).

Chris Floyd Online – Biden, Obama and The Blood-Dimmed Tide.


Tongue of Flame: A Speech Presaging Endless War

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque

Thursday, 28 August 2008

As we noted here yesterday, Arthur Silber has written a powerful and profound series of articles on the Joe Biden VP nomination, and its deeper implications. He has now followed these up with a piece on Biden’s disturbing — not to say blood-curdling — acceptance speech on Wednesday night. You should read Silber’s latest piece in full, but I wanted to add a few comments of my own.

Joe Biden’s acceptance speech was indeed a remarkable performance — bellicose and delusional and deceitful by turns. If you closed your eyes, there were moments when you would have thought that you were back in the Cow Palace in 1964, listening to Barry Goldwater belching fire and threatening doom for all those who challenge America’s uniquely exceptional special unquestionable morally superior dominance of the world.

Chris Floyd Online – Tongue of Flame: A Speech Presaging Endless War.

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