John Oliver Delivers One of His Best Segments Yet – And Nobody Seems to Care (Video)

john-oliver-translatorsI’ve watched every episode of John Oliver’s new HBO show Last Week Tonight since it debuted a few months ago. Besides the quality of the information presented on the show, I think what’s drawn me in the most is that Oliver seems to go out of his way to cover stories people need to care more about. As opposed to the drivel often reported by the major cable news networks 24/7.


He spent the majority of Sunday’s show blasting our government for how they’re treating translators in Afghanistan and Iraq who are risking their own lives to save the lives of our brave men and women in uniform. A topic that’s rarely been covered anywhere.

And even though Oliver is often very colorful in his commentary (it’s HBO after all), I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen him as emotional or angry as I did during this segment.

He started out by bringing attention to the ridiculous process that translators who’ve been helping our military in Iraq and Afghanistan are having to endure just to get approved for a visa. They need these visas because most of them face almost certain death at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists due to their involvement in helping our military.

Perhaps the most impactful part came when he pulled out the massive stacks of paper these individuals are required to fill out, showcasing just how absurd this process is. He also went into detail on how few of these translators are actually getting approved due to the bureaucratic nonsense they have to endure just to obtain a visa. But it’s not just the hoops they’re having to jump through just to get approved for one of these things. Even if they happen to get approved, they’re required to pay completely out of pocket for things like their passport, medical exams and plane tickets.

Again, these are people who have risked their lives to save thousands of American troops deployed overseas. People who didn’t have to – but did anyway. These people should be honored by this country. They shouldn’t be subjected to near impossible odds just to obtain a visa so that they can avoid almost certain death because they chose to help our military combat terrorism.

It’s insane that we’re allowing these people to put their lives on the line to help us, then we’re treating them this way. It’s an absolute embarrassment and a disgrace.

Oliver ended the segment by bringing out one of the few translators, a man (and in my opinion a hero) named Mohammad, who actually managed to make it to the United States. And it “only” took him three years and four months to make it to America. During that wait he saw his father murdered and his 3-year-old brother kidnapped by the Taliban because of his actions helping U.S. troops. Currently the rest of his family is in hiding out of fear that they too will be targeted by Islamic radicals for his decision to help American troops in Afghanistan.

And to top it all off, when he finally did get here, they couldn’t even get his first name right so he’s “officially” known as FNU. Which stands for First Name Unknown. And as Oliver pointed out, “that’s not a f*cking name.”

If we want to consider ourselves the “greatest nation on Earth,” we sure as hell need to start acting like it.


But most people aren’t outraged. In fact, following Sunday’s show, I’ve hardly seen anything written about this segment. Instead, I’ve seen plenty of articles about his funny Supreme Court dog skit that really did nothing more than mock the fact that Supreme Court cases aren’t allowed to be recorded. Granted, he made some valid points during this segment, but it was ultimately just a lighthearted follow-up to the story that this week’s show was really about.

This isn’t a “sexy story” that people typically tend to care about. It involves brown people from the other side of the world. So, you know, who cares, right?

But if more people become outraged about how we’re treating these people, then we might finally be able to bring about real change to this process and save the lives of these heroes.

So, if you would, head over to John Oliver’s Twitter or the Last Week Tonight Facebook account, and thank him for taking the time this week to try to save the lives of those people who’ve risked theirs helping our military fight terrorism.

Watch the segment below via HBO:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • kayumochi

    The author needs to get clear about the difference between the words “translation” and “interpretation.”

    • Keith Davis

      If you don’t speak it, what’s the fucking difference?

  • Ann Brown

    Sorry, but I can’t handle his overly dramatic, obnoxiously emotional delivery style, it’s quite annoying to some of us. Substance great, delivery not so great.

    • Keith Davis

      I guess he should be a cold robot like yourself….

      beep bop boop…

    • Darkthunder

      Who gives a shit about the delivery? The message is what’s most important. The US is quick to send troops into combat, but they have little to no care about taking care of the troops, or the people helping the troops.

  • Brian Hard

    do you know why no one cares about this topic? these are people helping, VOLUNTARILY, a military occupation that NO ONE supports (except the politicians and businesses profiting/benefiting directly).

    • GenerallyConfused

      And do you know why people should care? These people risk their lives for our service men and women. It is not the fault of our troops that they go to these countries; they are making sure they are providing for their families, same as you. They chose the military, which in some cases is the only chance some people have of having a better life. The people who risk their own lives and, in some cases, the lives of their whole family, should be commended. It doesn’t matter if they volunteer to help, fire and ems personnel volunteer in most places too, for the risk of only their own safety. Why are these brave people different?

      • Dubiedoo

        the morons you call “our troops ” signed up to support a corrupt warmongering government KNOWING they were going to be sent to kill people for NO reason!! they are morally bankrupt pathetic tools !! im sure hit men and drug dealers are doing what they have to to support THEIR families too but because they arent hiding behind the flag THEY are condemned !!! wheres your sympathy for THOSE murderers?????? oh ya, its not sympathy… its miguided hero worship and makes you no better than them !!

      • GenerallyConfused

        Hit men and drug dealers are not legal, our military IS. If you have a problem with our government and our military, perhaps you should say that to a service member…face to face. You don’t know who or what made a person decide to enlist, but to call them tools and morons says more about you than anyone else in your little rant.

      • Dubiedoo

        lol, well to start, “statements” arent questions and dont require an “answer” ! second i did address your statements , apparently you just didnt understand that ! third, gee why should i say to a service member ” face to face” ??? let me guess, so that he could beat the right answer into me like a good neanderthal moron , right? if thats not why then answer my “question ” that question being, what could a moron war monger do in person other than ” smart man make me mad , me smash smart man, me feel like big tough guy now” , to change my mind that they cant over the internet???? its cool ill wait.

      • Steve Brains

        Ignorance is orgasmic in “them thar patriots!”

      • Dubiedoo

        fyi, i HAVE said these and similar other things to vets face to face and actually most of them agree with me !!

      • GenerallyConfused

        How many times are you going to reply to me, try to refute what I said, fail and then keep on your little rant?

        You’re, sadly, not even a fun angry person for me to consider keeping up this very sad attempt at making me angry and failing miserably.

        Have a great life. May you get all the happiness and joy you deserve.

      • Dubiedoo

        LMAO!!! ya, i knew you had NOTHING!!

      • GenerallyConfused

        Wrong. I’m not going to sit here arguing about something that you obviously feel so strongly about- even though it is wrong. I feel sorry for you to have such hatred in your life.

        My closing from before still stands. Have a great life. I truly hope you find all the joy and happiness you deserve.

      • Dubiedoo

        lmao, whos angry???? im not trying to make you angry, your ” i know our gov is bad but you have to support the troops ” BULLSHIT is whats wrong !! these people sign up to SUPPORT our corrupt warmongering government KNOWINGLY and yet we are supposed to excuse those actions because “well who cares that its wrong , they are doing what they need to do for them and their families”. thats not patriotism, THAT is blind hero worship FACT! our troops arent “spreading democracy” the arent ” protecting our freedom” they arent ” stopping terrorism” ( and in fact are only helping perpetuate it) !! they are murdering for money!! thats ALL they are doing! as far as your “point” about hit men and drug dealers not being ” legal” MY point was that it is leagal to do those things just as long as unclescam tells you to !! you can do whatever you want as long as your “doing it for MURICA” and that is bullshit !! you can FEEL im wrong all you want but that doesnt change the fact that im right whether you and the rest of the “support our troops ” SHEEP like it or not !

      • Dubiedoo

        and fyi, its not hatred, i am TRULY amused by how stupid you people sound !! i do try to correct some of you though just so my conscious is clear when im laughing 😛

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “how stupid you people sound”, Nice display of Tolerance for other’s opinions there Ace. Your mother should be proud.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “they are murdering for money!!” So murdering for a Political Ideal (i.e. America’s Abortion Genocide) is OK?

      • Dubiedoo

        nice cop out! lol

      • GenerallyConfused

        Took you the better part of a year to come up with that response?

      • Dubiedoo

        that was the first time i saw it. 😛

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Nothing? She has everything you don’t. Humility for one. Do you even know what that is? Wiki it if you’re not sure.

      • Steve Brains

        While those polled by an Army Times poll preferred Bush to Obama by a slight varying margin depending upon age, rank and time in service…

        NOT ONE WOUNDED veteran was polled and needless to say those in their graves Might have preferred neither. I am BETTING the hatred for Bush is strong among THESE vets.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        They both are PROGRESSIVES. Were you not paying attention?

      • Steve Brains

        oinkk%^&$$#*#(@)[email protected]

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Really? I’m available for a personal consult if you’d like. I enjoy being called a ‘Baby Killer’ even thought I’m not responsible for the 56 million murdered since 1973. That was a Progressive Operation.

      • Steve Brains

        Legally under FRAUDULENT CERTIFICATION. I think the war powers asct should have been VOIDED the day we all KNEW Bush FORGED the data on WMD’s. I also think he should be taking ten up the ass daily until death ofr it.

      • GenerallyConfused

        Indeed it was under fraudulent claim and I will never refute that, however that was not the fault of our soldiers.

      • Steve Brains

        Your argument was “Hit men and drug dealers are not legal, our military IS.” So you are either confused and arguing against yourself now. or you were lying and just wasting people’s time.

      • GenerallyConfused

        Okay. Let me put it to you exactly how it is meant to be read. To be a hit man or a drug dealer is illegal. To be a member of our armed forced is not. It does not mafter whether or not if we are in a time of war. Our troops are not at fault for what the commander in chief orders. The same could be said about any military member through out history, troops follow orders from higher ups.

      • Steve Brains

        I hear you more clearly, but you are forgetting the FRAUDULENT REASON these troops VOLUNTEERED To go to an ILLEGAL WAR. Bill wants to shoplift some beer, Ed drives him to the store. BOTH are NOT criminals when they are in the parking lot making a plan for a crime.

        But when Bill crosses the store threshold with stolen beer under his coat, ED is a criminal too. (because they conspired and he abetted) Black letter law, meaning it is an unarguable, unchangeable facet of legality.

        Waging war on an INNOCENT NATION is a WAR CRIME. Calley was following orders. THE TROOPER was guilty, not the Commander. Willfully engaging in a criminal enterprise is a criminal act.

        This is all Prelaw 101.

      • GenerallyConfused

        There is a major difference between driving someone to rob a store and doing the job you signed up to do and are under contract to do. A person could have, in theory, said no to going to those countries and their lives would have been effectively over. Disobeying a direct order from a commanding officer is grounds for dishonorable discharge, which is effectively the same as a felonious conviction in your background. The people who went were under a binding, legal contract to do the orders given to them.

      • Steve Brains

        THEORETICALLY…
        aliens from Planet Weirdito with gooballitis

        may possibly have infected us… AND if we listen to RED media!!!!!!!

        WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!

      • Steve Brains

        Criminal activity is criminal activity!

        WHY did Capt. Medina get a walk?

      • Steve Brains

        WHO was NOT indicted for ORDERING Capt. Medina, to ORDER Lt. CALLEY?????

      • Steve Brains

        Thanks for remembering the case, 40 years later.

      • Steve Brains

        Which is WHY I told everyone I know that A) this was was the same kind of boondoggle scam Vietnam was only even MORE ridiculous because the motive was corporate one, backed by hate and anger and revenge as subsidiary motives. all we were doing was repeating the Russian failure, at a higher cost and without benefit of gaining any territory.

        The only other person to Agree with Me @ the time was the President, and even he couldn’t stop the carnage.

        How are them plans to disarm Iran and un stablized AfPak going. They only have 9 weeks to clear 125,000 troops and their gear. is he gonna BUY clear passage for ANOTHER $100Billion like he did coming out of iraq?

      • Dubiedoo

        the morons you call “our troops” signed up to murder for a paycheck! they signed up KNOWING they were supporting corrupt warmongering government and that they would be sent to murder people for NO reason !! bank robbers, hit men, drug dealers all do what they do to support their families and have a better life too the only difference is they arent hiding behind the flag !! wheres your sympathy and understanding for them??? oh ya, its not sympathy… its misguided hero worship and makes you no better than them !!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “the morons you call “our troops” signed up to murder for a paycheck”, and you Sir encapsulate exactly what this website is all about. Good for you for being exemplary.

    • Ryan

      Regardless of the motives behind the wars, is saving lives from certain death moral? If it is moral, then John Oliver is right, and we should care about translators. Take group A and B. Does group A’s lack of morality make it okay for group B to lack morality as well? You’re logic is skewed.

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Oh, you mean the entrenched Progressive Bureaucrats who ‘feed’ that MIC, with fat contracts thanks to the steering by the John Murtha’s of Government.

  • Penny Lindlau

    If you think this is new, look up the Montagnards of Vietnam and the fact they are STILL being persecuted for their role in helping US troops.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Their Children’s CHILDREN are being abused!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And? Who left them behind again? Richard Millhouse Nixon? A Progressive’s Progressive? And who left the Doctor who helped execute Bin Laden? Barack Millhouse Obama? A Progressive’s Progressive?

  • GenerallyConfused

    “If we want to consider ourselves the “greatest nation on Earth,” we sure as hell need to start acting like it.”

    Yes! And… we really don’t. We treat our service men and women as expendable “assets”, our poor like trash, our opposing political parties like enemies and everything that happens is a some big conspiracy. Our medical coverage is abysmal, even with the ACA, also known as the gift for insurance lobbyists nation wide. (Minus the pre – existing condition clause – that was the right and good thing to legislate) and it still gives Americans the “I’ve got mine” mentality.

    • surfjac

      Just as long as the MIC is thriving, absolutely none of that matters.
      Glass half-empty kind of day.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Right, so the bombing runs continue up and down the Euphrates River Valley. So what’s your body count now?

      • JASSICAmgonzalez2014

        I’ve just received a paycheck for last month for $11k… All i did was some simple online jobs from home for several hrs/a day that I found over the internet and i got paid by them 95 bucks/hourly…
        See it yourself here C­a­re­e­r-re­p­o­r­t­­.c­o­­­m

    • Stephen Barlow

      Couldn’t have said it better!. TY

      • Jim Bean

        Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been in a Mexican jail for six months. Holder/Obama did/have done nothing. If Tahmooressi were black, he’d have been home five months ago.

      • linda

        He drove into Mexico. I dont know what his issues are, but he was not in an active war zone when his mishap occurred. He was not deployed to Tijuana. Just like people here are subject to US law; people there are subject to Mexican law. I hope he gets out but the situations are hardly comparable and Obama is the President of the US, not the world. He has no authority in Mexico. Tahmooressi is not a pow.

      • Evelyn Johnson

        The man made a wrong turn in the desert. Surely, Obama can find a few terrorists to trade for this patriots life. Afterall the precedent has been set with Bergdahl.

      • Coprolite

        Again, Bergdahl was a pow, Tahmooressi is not a pow.

      • Steve Brains

        There is a thought.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You have enough brain cells to even do that?

      • Steve Brains

        Only need one to evolve past you.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        the troll ” YOUCANTGETRIDOFMETHATEASY” is the FORMER regressive white trash crybaby troll with the 2 names of (A) ”ITISMYBALL” and (B) “ITISOBAMASFAULT”,,,,and I MUST add I really really really enjoyed thrashing his micropenile ass in the past——so lets all continue to remind him of his usefulness 2 us all as our practice target

      • Steve Brains

        AHA!!! i was thinking it was Mosquito. how do we clear the decks of it? I have written Allen personally and posted a notice on his facebook page, but he seems to be making money on this blog now. I actually thought a nuisance suit might just make a difference. It costs $15 to file in Federal court and I have Christmas shopping to do in the big city… LOL That would force him to acknowledge me at least.

        Spend all those NEWSMAX checks he has been cashing in. Nothing I hate more than a sell out.

        I encourage all who find this guy offensive and annoying to flag him and respond by holding sown the shift key and raking you fingernail along the top row of keys. Like this:
        [email protected]#$%^&*()–
        The oink is just My signature grunt for pigs.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        a wrong turn in another countries desert carrying loaded weapons and a substantial amount of munitions ( all legally his) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I agree he has been held too long but the POTUS has no authority to “make” a country do anything. Perhaps he can trade “patriots’ such as cliven bundy or ted nugent to mexico? they both seem pretty bummed out about our country going to a commie status– or maybe we can let TEXAS secede? think of all the good economic activity they can do with each other

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Wrongo Skippy, he has a ‘Pen & a Phone’ and he can subvert the Constitution at will. Doubt me? wait until he loses the Senate, and see just how vindictive he’ll be.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wrong again ” itismyball” crybaby,,,,,,,,,,, he cannot make another country do anything
        *************************************************************
        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, help me out here- what happened to the GOP piss in their pants crybaby “threat” of suing the president over exactly what U inferred??
        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, poor Benghazi…………poor ebola……….poor Kenya birther,,,,,,,poor “sue the president”
        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, DID DA’ WIDDLE PUDDY CAT FAW DOWN AN’ GO BOOM AGAIN”???

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Seriously? Did he not push the EU further over the cliff by making a $40 billion dollar Loan Guarantee? Did he not force Mexico to open a ‘Highway’ between Central America and our southern border by plastering the Guatemala countryside with ‘free passes’ to America? I got more; do you want them? Canada and the XL Pipeline?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read my below reply– the imbeciles “approving it” are holding it up because its “too long”

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “imbeciles” ?? Why you be hatin’ this web message board dedicated to your political pathology? Everything posted here is an indelible tribute to your very Progressive ideology.

      • mike46

        In the desert? Have you ever seen that border crossing at TJ? It is hardly a desert.

      • Steve Brains

        That’s not what this is about!!!! WHat Jimmy the LIAR never mentioned is that SGT Dumbass smuggled weapons into Mexico!!!!!

        From LA Times:

        “What we know about her 25-year-old son is that he acquitted himself with valor on the field of battle during two tours in Afghanistan, and made some whopping mistakes upon his return, including driving across the border on March 31 with three loaded guns in his truck, a serious violation of Mexican law, for which he is now on trial.”

        THAT’s the whole story. Would you let a Mexican bring GUNS into America? Would you let a Canadian bring guns onto America without a permit?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ooooops————— jimbo didn’t like those facts; ergo a flaccid reply

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What’s with the fascination with Male genitalia?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        mine is fabulous– as witnessed by my quotidian placement of them (it??) in my girlfriend genitalia
        ========================================
        enjoy her south florida beach photo– she is 5’8 133 and all natural
        **********************************************************
        unlike your flaccid loser “itisobamasfault” former – now defunct- profile
        VOTE GOP!! they love JEEEEESUS!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        TMI, but then again, a true Progressive flaunts their status to any and everyone. Elite much?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        boxing great cassius clay ( DBA M ALI) said………… ” it aint bragging if its fact”
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        now; who am I to argue with ” the greatest”?
        elite? naaaah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, just pretty pleased with outcomes! need more of her photos??? maybe mine ( OH I 4GOT- uve probably seen mine and hers already)
        now,,,,,,,,,,,,,, about your flaccid jejune replies—-

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Nice to see they’ve sent out their Goliath of Gath to face me. and here all I have is a rock and a sling. are you waiting for me to blink?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        why should U blink? U cannot see—
        ==========================================
        goliath? naaah– at 6’2 1/2″ 211 im decent but by playing sports all my life Ive seen and been bruised by true goliaths-
        ======================================
        but thanks for the apotheosis!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        In a room full of the blind (as on this message board) the one-eyed man is king.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        perhaps,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        but I as I effectuated in my prior post——–
        U are blind
        =====================================
        don’t worry: we still luv abuuusing you

      • regressive white trash reli

        hey white trash crybaby regressive,,,,,where did U go?
        *****************************************************************
        I want2 party w you regarding %5 GDP and November adding 321,ooo jobs-
        ….and— that silly stock market ” crashing”
        >>>>>>> UPWARDS <<<<<<<

      • Thebob

        LMAO what about all the ILLEGALS THAT OBOLA/HOLDER refuse to prosecute and just plain release back into society especially harden criminals like rapist and child molesters they let go to roam free and prey on YOUR CHILD…..Holder should be indited and Obola should be impeached… If you say that it’s true Tahmooressi is subject to Mecan’t laws then so should the stupid Mexican’ts that enter this country, and so should the #1 Law Enforcement official should be held to the Laws he is suppose to uphold….He-Holder is a criminal and should be prosecuted for not upholding the oath the same oath I took to Defend the Constitution against ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC….Holder is the biggest domestic terrorist we have ever had, just ahead of Obola….Impeach him and arrest Holder now that he isn’t immune to prosecution…

      • Steve Brains

        Most likely a lie, knowing you history. But without a synopsis of the case… maybe there is nothing that SHOULD be done for him. Did he have you kind of sex with a goat instead of a donkey? 14 year olds girls are LEGAL in mexico.

      • Jim Bean

        He got into the wrong lane at the border crossing and there was no way to get out of it without crossing the border.

      • Steve Brains

        Did he REPORT the LOADED GUNS to the immigration officer? NO!!!!!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Yep, Told them 3 times he had weapons with him. Where you once again not paying attention.
        You said you owned a few firearms didn’t you Steffy. A .358WCF Henry Repeating Rifle with a Gold Plated Action? Do you fondle it while smoking all that dope you grow?

      • Steve Brains

        Nope, keep it in it’s case , clean and zero the sights when I hunt ELk or BEar.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And the good Sgt. is back. So much for your rant of Criminality.

    • Jaina

      Did you catch Michael Savage’s rant on a veteran with PTSD on 10/14? All while waving a flag about veterans as heroes. I s**t you not…

      • regressive teaparty trash

        Michael savage is pushing out glenn beck as the newest regressive white trash look “patriot”

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You must really hate opposing viewpoints.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        naaaah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        only ones from small dicked losers such as :
        ”ITISMYBALL”
        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>or<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
        "ITISOBAMASFAULT"
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,as we all know that no money crybaby chowderheads such as he ( see:you) have such a splendid life that they vanish when true facts are presented
        ,,,,shall we look at stock and option activity??

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So mine you’re accepting? Really?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I will ” accept” your viewpoint
        ===============================
        I doubt I will agree with it- after all: CBO and US Treasury facts show that THIS administration is far far far superior to the last administration.
        ******************************************************
        welcome back!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So what, the previous one was headed by a raging Progressive too. Don’t try to deny it.
        He proved it with the Patriot Act. And your Dear Leader proved it with the ACA.
        Any denials? Both are yours, not mine.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        George bush a progressive? GEORGE BUSH George bush??
        U really are special in your stupidity!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Oh yes, a raging Progressive. And your failure to recognize him and his family as such predestines you to never accept the great contributions to Progressive Mankind that were heralded in. Just the Wealth Redistribution alone from the populous to the 1% should convince you. The Statist Assentation of the Socialist Billionaires under his watch should convince you. The continued destruction of the Black man from LBJ’s time should convince you. The War Mongering and the further enrichment of the MIC, should convince you. The very real continuation of Margaret Sanger’s work in ‘readjusting’ the flotsam and jetsam of American Society alone should convince you. Oh Yes Sir, The very Progressive Bush Family has done quite a lot of damage to both the people and Constitution. His Civil Rights record alone should convince you that he’s one of yours. You should be proud, that’s another one on your side that occupied the White House.
        ————————————————————————————————————
        If you doubt me, detail what you think are the guiding principals of Progressivism, and I’ll list the Bush examples in bullet points. Try it, you might find it enlightening at worst and fun at most. Try it.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        (a) funny,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he ran as a conservative in 2000
        (b) his father was a conservative
        (c) JEB bush is a staunch conservative
        ***********************************************************
        OK; I will ” bite”— allow me to ask: what EXACTLY are “conservatives” ( regressives) conserving?? please give me explicit details,,,,,,, not mumbo jumbo — detailed specifics
        ========================================
        also– Im voting for Bernie sanders in the upcoming election of 2016…..
        THATS a progressive-

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        (a) No
        (b) Nada,
        (c) Negatory there Rubber Duck.
        Progressive,
        Progressive
        and a big fat Progressive.
        Care to list your Progressive Principals and I’ll show you where you compare?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        as soon as You answer my PRIOR inquiry as2 what EXACTLY “conservatives” ( see: regressives) are ‘conserving’

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You don’t get to direct questions towards me and demand answers.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        awww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        “widdle puddycat: he faw down( again) an’ go BOOM”

      • Thebob

        They are not conservatives by any definition of the word…they are progressive republicans just like the libtard democrats. The only difference is the Bush’s are pro-life…dats about it… There isn’t 2 parties in this country anymore there really hasn’t been for almost 100 years…The Dems pass social reforms the Republicans just keep them in place and expand them out to their liking I think they ALL need to go start over with fresh House and Senate. We need a reset on all the career politicians in office, term limits need to be implemented and the 16th and 17th Amendments need repealed…Also our Lawyers shouldn’t be the ones who make the Laws they are suppose to uphold and defend. This president hates our country it’s really pretty obvious of his true intentions he is also one of the lazies presidents in history and by far the worst president we have ever had…He tries to compare himself to Lincoln…LMAO not even close….ACA is trash and doesn’t even compare to the what Lincoln endured and did for this country.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read lincolns debate with douglass in 1858; get back to me after U read his racism
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        OHBYTHEWAY– who do YOU view as the best presidential candidate in 2016?

      • joemamas

        Sure thebobdick, we also need to institute IQ tests for voting so morons like you aren’t allowed to have a say in how the country is run…it’s obvious you are mentally challenged and delusional

      • Thebob

        Typical hate talk from libtards like yourself. You all can’t help it I know and understand this, so I pray for you everyday….Just pathetic. You can’t come up with a coherent thought on your own is so cute, just like my 3 year old…Oh, never mind that is an insult to my 3 year old, he is defiantly smarter than you are or you will ever be.

      • joemamas

        look easydickhead why don’t you give it up, it’s obvious you’re a mental midget with Teatarded tendencies…get professional help soon, moron

      • regressive white trash reli

        hey; mental GIANT—
        ( mental giant??)
        even a lizard could see im a liberal preogerssive
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        but you- the “mental GIANT” has failed to do that
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        care to double down with another oligophrenial comment?

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Who said that? Any and everyone already agrees this country has crested the apex and gaining speed rapidly for the downward slide into oblivion. Were you not paying attention for the last 5 years?

      • GenerallyConfused

        Who said what.. the quote? That was from the article. Did you not read it? And did you not read the rest of my post?

    • Thebob

      ACA is scum….

  • Peter Gill

    I greatly admire Allen Clifton but he is way off the mark here. The US has invaded Afghanistan. Our troops are there completely illegally and without any moral justification. Our troops are there to further the interests of the US and the multi-national corporations. The Afghan people are not stupid. They know this. So when any Afghan person helps the invaders they are aiding and abetting occupiers. They become enemies of the people and traitors to their country. The only reason that any Afghan person chooses to become a translator is because of the money they are paid. These are good jobs in a country where good jobs are very hard to get and people are desperate. But of course they know that their fellow citizens will turn on them. They risk death, not from “radical Islamic terrorists”, but from their own fellow countrymen who see them rightly as traitors. And the process of becoming a translator is lengthy and difficult undoubtably because the US knows that many of the Afghans applying are in reality Afghans who will try to kill the American troops.

    • WeNeedCommonSense

      Peter you make good points. But, the desire to live a better life (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) is as strong as the need to breath. We have never been at war with the Afghan people, we went to Afghan to get bin ladin out of the caves he was hiding in. We are now stuck in a quagmire that we cannot extricate ourselves from. If we accepted help from certain citizens (translators) and made promises to them, we must make good on those promises. How can we call ourselves civilized if we can’t even keep our promises to people that have helped us, and only want a better life?

      • Ryan

        Our occupation of Afghanistan in strategic in a geopolitical sense, it is an attempt to interrupt transfers of wealth between China and the middle east. It is about maintaing the value of the petro-dollar.

      • Peter Gill

        You believe myths. You first believe the myth that the US has the right to send troops into whatever country that we want to whenever we want to. That belief permeates American thinking but is sheer arrogance. We do not have that right. Imagine any other country sending troops into America for any reason. Americans would howl. Then grab their guns. Why do we believe that we can send troops into other countries? We do not do so because we have the right. We do it because we have the might. We do it because we can and we can because we are the most powerful bully on the planet. Countries like Afghanistan cannot resist us.
        Secondly you believe the myth that we sent troops into Afghanistan to capture Bin Laden. Bin Laden is dead. So why are we still there? We are still there because our invasion was never about Bin Laden or terrorism or 9/11. It was about getting access to all of the resources in Afghanistan and establishing military bases in the middle of the region and giving corporations access to the trillions of dollars of oil and gas in the Caspian.

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        OK jack, You need serious help. NO WHERE in my comment did I say that I supported this war. NO WHERE. I belong to a Peace group that is anti-war and I do my part to support our GETTING THE F#CK OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WE DO NOT BELONG IN. So take your myths you misarable piece of garbage and choke on them. YOU NEED HELP, SERIOUS HELP. F#ck up. Just because I know the facts, doesn’t mean I support any war.

      • Peter Gill

        I am not sure why you seem to have called me jack. You have still failed to explain a few things my friend. You say that you know the facts but you can’t seem to explain why we are still in Afghanistan if we went there to capture Bin Laden, I mean, considering that he has been dead for a pretty good while now. And please explain exactly why we can’t extricate ourselves from Afghanistan. I mean can’t we just load all of our troops and shit onto planes and fly away? What exactly is stopping us from doing that?

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        Jack as in jack a$$.

        I’m not your friend. My friends are intelligent.

        I never made a claim to know why we are in Afghan. I was making a point directly to the article content. How the translators are treated.

        I remember 9/11 and the knee jerk response to go to Afghanistan to catch bin ladin. I live a couple of miles from the former twin towers and lost friends that day. It was an emotional response to the terrorist. I had nothing to do with sending the troops over seas. Contact your Congressman or Senator for that information.

        We can’t just leave ANY country that we have entered without an exit plan. Einstein. If you can’t figure out why, I’m not wasting my time on your stupid head. Check out history to figure out why just leaving a country without a plan is detrimental not only to that country, but the countries around it boob.

        Bye bye jack a$$. Buy a freakin history book.

      • Peter G

        Actually good sir you did in fact make a clear and direct claim as to why we are in Afghanistan? Are you having memory problems? I will quote you… “We went to Afghan to get bin ladin out of the caves he was hiding in.”: If you can’t remember saying that just scroll up to your post that begins “Peter you make good points”. And I believe that I laid out a perfectly good exit plan. I will quote myself… “Can’t we just load all of our troops and stuff onto planes and fly away?” Can you give me any good reason why that would not extricate us from the country?

      • Steve Brains

        We could have left the day after the announcements were made public by every news outlet EXCEPT FOx and Friends and their ilk.

    • AQ

      Wait wait wait wait–so we should not give visas to translators because they might want to come here and kill our troops?

      What?

      • Peter Gill

        If you would like to reply to what I actually said that would be great.

      • AQ

        I did read it–thus my question.

      • AQ

        I did reply to what you actually said–thus my question.

    • Cemetery Girl

      So because they helped our military they deserve to be killed by people from their country? When our government puts someone into danger for providing assistance there should be no reason to protect them from that danger? It doesn’t really matter if we personally agree or disagree with the military involvement in other countries, we should still feel an obligation that we know we are putting into danger for assisting us.

      • Peter Gill

        I did not say or imply that the translators deserve to be killed. Please do not twist my points. I am suggesting that given the realities of our occupation it is inevitable that they will become targets. The fault lies with the US.

      • Steve Brains

        It does.

      • Steve Brains

        You know how the homeowner’s were completely scapegoated for the Mortgage crisis and NOT the really guilty ones who created CDS’ and CDO’s, sold mortgages that were PLANNED to implode or failed to oversee the most complex of investments?

        The Government is being scapegoated here and even though we ‘morally’ have some obligation, these are ALL volunteers for whatever reason. I admire both the troops they helped and the helpers, I have zero pity for them. I know this was a bogus, unwinnable pure profiteering war and thus I am the President now in office share the same view. Except I am not responsible for the idiots who enlisted for revenge, racism or other reasons. He is.

    • Guest

      Our troops are there illegally? How is that when there was bipartisan support for the action?

      • Peter G

        I was of course speaking about international law.

  • Kivahut

    Self righteous sloganeering is easily dismissed. I may have cared about this issue if it wasn’t frosted with a thick layer of this shit.

  • Dubiedoo

    well, think about it, translating isnt really THAT helpful !! im pretty sure they could TEACH a few of our “best and brightest” tools to speak the damn language !! offering to bring any of them here is STUPID! you really think you can trust a guy whos betraying his own people ??? whos to say the “enemy” isnt planting ” translators” in that position just for the security free trip to america so they can recruit here among other things?!?!?!hell, you all call snowden a fucking traitor for telling HIS people the truth !! what do think we would call someone we found out was “translating” for the ENEMY !?!?!?!? rats are rats no matter who they are currently helping !!! you just cant trust them !!

    • WeNeedCommonSense

      You are speaking as if the Afghan people are one people. They are not. They are different tribes that happen to live on a continent that has borders that were arbitrarily applied. So to say a translator is working for the enemy may not, probably doesn’t apply. As far as the “free” trip to America, they have to pay their own way. How is that free?

      I have always seen Snowden as a whistle blower. So do many other people.

      These folks educated themselves, speak English well, did the job that they were hired to do, and must now be payed. You keep speaking of betrayal. Who are they betraying? Do you remember the President Hamid Karzai, and how the US was very instrumental in getting him into power?

      As far as recruitment, apparently that has not been a problem for the militant groups. I don’t think that they need these translators. They seem to be doing just fine without them.

    • Jaina

      Your ignorance is epic. Saving young American lives (they don’t MAKE POLICY) is EXTREMELY helpful. Your paranoid straw man theory does absolutely nothing to justify opposition. Congratulations, you can now sew that TROLL badge on your vest. Flair away…

    • artisanr

      You’re the kind of person that demonstrates exactly why we can’t have nice things.

  • Sandy Greer

    These are the articles you should write, Allen. The Left is at their best when making the case for ‘fair’ and The Right Thing. Please don’t give up on this issue.

  • Dubiedoo

    i wonder how much they paid him to lie about “helping” his country in order to support their warmongering agenda !!

  • Mary Wehrheim

    The United States of America is just an amalgam of multinational corporations. The only moral anchor in our national and foreign policy is corporate profit.

    • Allen C.

      That’s quite an accusation Mary. One would say it could be construed as treasonous.
      Maybe you should take a few weeks rest from your prescription meds. Conspiracy theories are for small minded twits.

      • Doguso

        Except our country, just by looking at laws and justice cases, is clearly heading towards an unofficial oligarchy.

        That means corporations are in control of politics.

        Which is undeniably true.

      • Manny S

        That’s also a stupid way to interpret life, or maybe its just lazy.

      • Doguso

        lol your comment is a stupid way to look at life.

        Please, keep your head covered in all of the media’s and political lies so you don’t have to look at reality. Please, continue believing that America is still even slightly a democratic republic and not an oligarchy republic.

        You’re the lazy one…

      • Steve Brains

        Don’t you just wanna roll up a flat screen and whack the moles on the head?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Through all that Pot Smoke, you sure you can even see?

      • Steve Brains

        The meth clears My vision and gives Me eyes like a fighter pilot.

      • Steve Brains

        Now THAT is treasonous!! I mean the circumvention of the constitution for profit.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You mean like Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, Obama? I’d agree with that.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You mean a Clinton or Bush Dynasty? Yes, there are anointed oligarchs, standing in the wings, waiting their turn to lead from behind.

      • Steve Brains

        How does that AID the enemy, or overtly work to overthrow the government.

        It’s not even Seditious.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Oh don’t go challenging the Web Master Doobie-King.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        No Allen, only you would drag out the ‘Treasonous’ tag.
        A Godless nation lead by Statists and Progressives who have made God subordinate to Government through the ever enlarging of approved Comprehensive Morality. Once ‘Personal Responsibility’ was rendered moot and ‘General Welfare’ became the clarion call, and the resultant 56 million murdered unborn babies, Ms. Wehrheim’s word is right. She is the harbinger of the end of man. and you’re at the steering wheel. “Forward Progressives” fore the precipice is fast approaching.

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Remember way back when God was that Moral center? Then Wilson came along and supplanted God with Government.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        GOD is fine
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        religion– all religion- is for losers

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Separate the two? Can you?

  • Jim Bean

    And to think he could have just flown into Mexico and simply walked across the border, no questions asked.

    • Steve Brains

      yeah, with a passport.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Seriously Steffy?

  • Afghan Translator

    Expedite visas for foreign nationals and their families who assist U.S. military fighting terrorism.

    The visa process is a nightmare for foreign nationals, especially those working in the Middle East. Both Iraqi and Afghani nationals who support or work for the U.S. military have a very difficult time applying for visas for themselves or their families.These are men and women who are on the front lines providing much needed information for our troops. These nationals place their own lives and their families’ lives at risk for helping the U.S. fight terrorism.A policy for Iraqi citizens to help expedite their visa process recently ended. The Afghani equivalent is going to be voided soon unless action is taken.We must expedite the visa process for people who are risking everything to support the U.S., before they pay the ultimate price

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      A Stalking Horse. They knew going in what the red tape was.

  • regressive teaparty trash

    I love how the cretins on this site– moderators???— hold up some stuff I write which retorts regressives crybaby rants because my reply IS 2 LONG,,,,,,,,,,

  • Thebob

    We need more parties not just the Demo Repubicans and Socialist Democraps….Also nobody cares about what this nut says cause nobody watches MSNBC or CNN anymore..There are radio stations and internet stations that bring in more ratings in just a few cities than CNN does world wide or MSNBC….NOBODY LIKES THE LIBTARDS ON THESE STATIONS…they aren’t even journalists anymore they are just mouth pieces for the Obola administration. What happened to real journalism and real journalist……The REAL news in this country is dead….

  • Thebob

    Oh, and for all you food stamp junkies out there I hope your GMO trash food tastes good. We are closing in on an unsustainable food stamp program there are almost more Americans on food stamps then not. When that line is broke then the country will break. You cannot have more people pulling out than putting back in…..doesn’t work that way….

  • Jimbobogie

    Am I the only person who thought of the word “ASS”?

  • Jimbobogie

    BTW-I saw the first episode of “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore last night. I know that there will be comments calling me “racist”-I deny the accusation. Wilmore simply wasn’t very entertaining. A first show should have lots of bells and whistles-his didn’t. This would have been a better replacement for The Colbert Report, IMHO.