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Almost President – Lunacy at it’s Best

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John McCain: Mainstream Republican and Chuck Schumer: Mainstream Democrat — Put them in a bag, shake them up and they come out looking exactly the same.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t write about this quite like Glenn Greenwald does. So, here it is. Make’s you wonder when President Obama is going to bomb Iran.

John McCain on the Evil, Barbaric Iranians

by Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com

John McCain has a new article in The New Republic — which is exactly where it should be — calling for regime change in Iran.  The whole article contains one paragraph after the next of the favorite pastime of America’s political and media class:  self-righteously condemning other nations for what we ourselves do (at least) as much.  Of all McCain’s paragraphs, this is probably my favorite (h/t sandbun): 

Is it any wonder that this is the same regime that spends its people’s precious resources not on roads, or schools, or hospitals, or jobs that benefit all Iranians — but on funding violent groups of foreign extremists who murder the innocent? 

 
As the American war in Afghanistan enters its ninth full year and our occupation of Iraq its seventh, and as we continue to find all new ways to kill innocent civilians in various countries around the world, and as we continue to transfer billions of dollars every year to Israel and the Egyptian dictatorship — all while thinking about how to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and thus erode the weak safety net even further, while confronting collapsing domestic infrastructure, rampant unemployment, and massive teacher lay-offs and even grade elimination for American children — is there any other country you can think of, besides Iran, which “spends its people’s precious resources not on roads, or schools, or hospitals, or jobs that benefit all [citizens]” but rather on wars and support for foreign groups which kill “the innocent”?  And over the last decade, what was the position of John McCain and his party on whether the “people’s precious resources” should be spent (a) on “roads, or schools, or hospitals, or jobs that benefit all” (see here) or (b) wars that kill the innocent

And then there’s this: 

We — the government and the people of the United States — need to stand up for the Iranian people. We need to make their goals our goals, their interests our interests, their work our work. 

 
Oh, yes — John McCain is so deeply concerned about the welfare of The Iranian People.  He just adores them.  That’s why his Siamese twin, Joe Lieberman, advocates that we bomb their country, while McCain merrilly sings songs about doing so.  The best way to show how noble and profoundly caring you are about other people is to bomb their country; they love that and it’s really, really good for them.  One other thing about the Iranians that McCain wants to note: 

And is it any wonder that this Iranian regime has been, and will always be, uncompromising in its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability . . . . 

 
Those murderous monsters!  What kind of evil fanatics would want a nuclear weapons capability?  In the interview I just did with The Atlantic, I was asked:  “If you could correct one mis-impression among Americans that is exacerbated by media, what would it be?”  I replied:  “our media’s refusal to report that we ourselves frequently do exactly that which we like to believe only the Bad, Tyrannical countries do.”  Thank you to John McCain — and his like-minded friends at The New Republic — for providing such a classic illustration. 


Is that the face of insanity? Mighty scary, if you ask me. These arrogant, simple-minded, Dark Age Barbarians are finally putting the truth out. What do they have to worry about? They think their in control. Ever since President Obama hupped to their little snare drum cadence, why would they worry about letting out the truth? Classic example of another corrupt would-be elite: Chuck Schumer: Mainstream Democrat – by Glenn Greenwald.

The hypocrisy of these corrupt elites is mind-boggling. The Jews whine about the Palestinians rejection of their right to take their land so as to become a legitimate nation-state in this world, but refuse to recognize that they took the Palestinians land to do so. The Jews that survived Hitler learned well.

 –Joe

HOPE – An Immoral Dead-End

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In my lifetime I was often told: “Talk is cheap.” It’s what you do that tells the truth. For whatever reasons, American’s bought into that cheap suit, “Hope.” Tariq Ali lays out a rather stark assessment of President Obama’s agenda.

If there was ever something to put on this blog worth reading, it is this:

PRESIDENT OF CANT by tariq ali

A year since the White House changed hands, how has the American empire altered? Under the Bush Administration it was widely believed, in both mainstream opinion and much of the amnesiac section of the left, that the United States had fallen under an aberrant regime, the product of a virtual coup d’état by a coterie of right-wing fanatics—alternatively, ultra-reactionary corporations—who had hijacked American democracy for policies of unprecedented aggression in the Middle East. In reaction, the election to the Presidency of a mixed-race Democrat, vowing to heal America’s wounds at home and restore its reputation abroad, was greeted with a wave of ideological euphoria not seen since the days of Kennedy. Once again, America could show its true face—purposeful but peaceful, firm but generous; humane, respectful, multi-cultural—to the world. Naturally, with the makings of a Lincoln or a Roosevelt for our time in him, the country’s new young ruler would have to make compromises, as any statesman must. But at least the shameful interlude of Republican swagger and criminality was over. Bush and Cheney had broken the continuity of a multilateral American leadership that had served the country well throughout the Cold War and after. Obama would now restore it.

Rarely has self-interested mythology—or well-meaning gullibility—been more quickly exposed. There was no fundamental break in foreign policy, as opposed to diplomatic mood music, between the Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 Administrations; there has been none between the Bush and Obama regimes. The strategic goals and imperatives of the us imperium remain the same, as do its principal theatres and means of operation. Since the collapse of the ussr, the Carter Doctrine—the construction of another democratic pillar of human rights—has defined the greater Middle East as the central battlefield for the imposition of American power around the world. It is enough to look at each of its sectors to see that Obama is the offspring of Bush, as Bush was of Clinton and Clinton of Bush the father, as so many appropriately biblical begettings. Read the rest of this entry »

Is This THE Obama You Voted For?

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barackobama_changeIf so, then you’ll want to read Glenn Greenwald’s article on Salon for SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2009 08:41 EDT:

Obama and habeas corpus — then and now

Greenwald’s concluding comments: “So that Barack Obama — the one trying to convince Democrats to make him their nominee and then their President — said that abducting people and imprisoning them without charges was (a) un-American; (b) tyrannical; (c) unnecessary to fight Terrorism; (d) a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fueling Terrorism; (e) a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans traveling abroad and Americans generally; and (f) a violent betrayal of core, centuries-old Western principles of justice. But today’s Barack Obama, safely ensconced in the White House, fights tooth and nail to preserve his power to do exactly that.”

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Who Is the Real Barack Obama?

“I’m not searching for ways to criticize Obama. I wish I could be writing paeans celebrating the restoration of the Constitution and the rule of law. But these actions — these contradictions between what he said and what he is doing, the embrace of the very powers that caused so much anger towards Bush/Cheney — are so blatant, so transparent, so extreme, that the only way to avoid noticing them is to purposely shut your eyes as tightly as possible and resolve that you don’t want to see it, or that you’re so convinced of his intrinsic Goodness that you’ll just believe that even when it seems like he’s doing bad things, he must really be doing them for the Good. If there was any unanimous progressive consensus over the last eight years, it was that the President does not have the power to kidnap people, ship them far away, and then imprison them indefinitely in a cage without due process. Has that progressive consensus changed as of January 20, 2009? I think we’re going to find out.”

Read the complete article on Salon. Or continue,

It was once the case under the Bush administration that the U.S. would abduct people from around the world, accuse them of being Terrorists, ship them to Guantanamo, and then keep them there for as long as we wanted without offering them any real due process to contest the accusations against them.  That due-process-denying framework was legalized by the Military Commissions Act of 2006.  Many Democrats — including Barack Obama — claimed they were vehemently opposed to this denial of due process for detainees, and on June 12, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Boumediene v. Bush, ruled that the denial of habeas corpus rights to Guantanamo detainees was unconstitutional and that all Guantanamo detainees have the right to a full hearing in which they can contest the accusations against them. Read the rest of this entry »

Bush + Obama = War Crimes?

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Predator Drone

Predator Drone

For some paranoid reason the United States believes it has the right to wage war on innocent civilian people in any sovereign nation anywhere and at anytime. President Obama bought into this paranoia and is now as guilty as George W. Bush and William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. President Obama will never prosecute Bush or any of his subordinates now. Not that he ever intended to, anyway.

Obama Continues Bush Policy of Deadly Air Strikes in Pakistan

In Pakistan, outrage continues to mount over a US military attack approved by President Obama. Last Friday, unmanned US Predator drones fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, killing as many as twenty-two people, including at least three children.

LA Times :: Suspected U.S. missile attacks kill 18 in Pakistan

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Reaper Drone

Pakistan air strikes underscore continuation of Bush policy

President Barack Obama launched his first air strikes into Pakistan indicating that he will continue the Bush policy of unilateral military action against the spoken will of the Pakistani government.This is the first action since Obama took office on Tuesday that is likely to attract some opposition from progressive groups that supported him strongly during the campaign. Vanity Fair has this to say:

Obama can’t be expected to pander to liberals for the next four years. But the decision to double down in Afghanistan carries considerable risk. Like the economy, it is a huge problem. But even the economy can be expected to bounce back sometime in the next few years. If Afghanistan turns into Obama’s Iraq, he may miss the support of the anti-war left, which, it’s worth remembering, helped propel him past Hillary Clinton not so very long ago

This is not defending Democratic Freedom and Justice. This is enforcing Terror and Anarchy.

Barack Obama could become George W. Bush on steroids.

–Joe

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