Obama Style Fascism

By Margaret Kimberley Obama nationalism

George W. Bush recently reared his ugly head while promoting his obligatory presidential memoirs. The sight of the man who stole the 2000 presidential election brings back many sad memories. Bush occupied both Afghanistan and Iraq, destroyed Haitian democracy, and raided the treasury on behalf of his friends, the “have mores.”
During the eight years of his presidency Bush appeared to be the cause of all the country’s problems, a clear villain in the prolonged drama.


Dangerous Fictions, and Sharply Identifying Truth

By Debra Sweet

W. is circling the country, and Barack Obama circling the globe over the last two weeks, each selling some dangerous fiction.  I see that W's book is selling well, and that he's being met by small but news-worthy protests each place he goes.  That's important both for history and because, here and now, people should see that we know Bush's ghost-written book is designed to delude and deflect future war crimes prosecution.

Obama, so far, is holding a frayed NATO coalition together after the word has come down that the 2011 pull out from Afghanistan was always fiction.  It will be at least 2014 before US troops begin to withdraw, if then.  Ron Jacobs wrote this weekend in Counterpunch:


Obama Erects Impenetrable Wall to Accountability

By Andy Worthington 

On national security issues, there are now two Americas. In the first, which existed from January to May 2009, the rule of law flickered briefly back to life after eight years of the Bush administration.

In this first America, President Obama swept into office issuing executive orders promising to close Guantánamo and to uphold the absolute ban on torture, and also suspended the much-criticized system of trials by Military Commission used by the Bush administration to secure just three contentious convictions in seven years.


The Obama Administration: Covering up Old Crimes While Committing New Ones

By Kenneth J. Theisen 

Justice and accountability for the crimes of the Bush regime and the Obama administration have been denied once again this week by Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ). On November 09, 2010 Special Federal Prosecutor John Durham made it clear that he will not bring criminal charges against any of the CIA personnel involved in the destruction of videotapes depicting the torture of alleged “terrorists.”  

The Obama administration is now covering up the cover up of torture crimes.


Obama's Peace Dividend: War Profiteering in the Land of Gandhi

 By Chris Floyd 

The Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama, who in his prize-claiming speech boldly claimed the mantle of Mahatma Gandhi, has been visiting India. And why has he made this pilgrimage to the homeland of his spiritual mentor? Has he come to drink more deeply of the wellsprings of satyagraha, to steep himself more thoroughly in the Gandhian principles of courageous, active, non-violent resistance to evil, to the Mahatma's ceaseless dedication to the poor and the outcast?

No: he has come to seal the deal on the sixth largest sale of war weapons in the history of the United States: $5 billion for the bristling, burgeoning Indian military, currently waging war on millions of its own people in Kashmir and the poverty-devastated state of central India, where the despair is so deep that suicide among the poor is epidemic.


Elections, Pundits, and Changing Course: It is Time to Take to the Streets

Obama's AccomplishmentsBy Kenneth J. Theisen

The recent elections were a resounding defeat for the Democrats and President Obama. Mainstream political pundits are now engaged in post-mortem analysis with many claiming that Obama and the Democrats went too far to the left after their victories in 2008.

But this is pure B.S. Instead of veering to the left politically, in many ways Obama’s first two years have been a continuance of the Bush regime policies - despite millions of people’s hope that Obama’s victory in 2008 would mean real change from the fascistic policies implemented during the eight years of the Bush regime.


Government Accusations: No Evidence Needed

How can evidence of the culprits simultaneously be "mounting" and "elusive"?

By Glenn Greenwald

The New York Times, October 31:

As investigators on three continents conducted forensic analyses of two bombs shipped from Yemen and intercepted Friday in Britain and Dubai, American officials said evidence was mounting that the top leadership of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, including the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was behind the attempted attacks. . . .

Reviewing the evidence, American intelligence officials say they believe that the plot may have been blessed by the highest levels of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, including Mr. Awlaki. . . . This year, the C.I.A. designated Mr. Awlaki -- an American citizen -- as a high priority for the agency’s campaign of targeted killing.

The administration:  Hey:  you know that American citizen whom the President has controversially ordered assassinated with no due process?  Here's the proof that we were right to do that:  he tried to send these bombs from Yemen to the U.S.!!  How could anyone possibly object to our killing a murderous monster like this?  That accusation -- as intended -- produced worldwide headlines identifying Awlaki as the likely Terrorist behind this plot.


Time for Real Change

Listening to most Democrats is akin to a form of auditory torture.

By Margaret Kimberley

Increasingly, the Democratic Party is a near-empty vessel. Democrats “look down their noses at Tea Partiers with misspelled words on their signs but exalt Clinton era drug enforcement policies which filled the jails and the enactment of NAFTA and welfare ‘reform.’” Motivated more by prejudice than political substance, Democrats “rarely express opposition to any action, no matter how awful, if Democrats are behind it."


Obama's Finest Hour: Killing Innocent People for "Made-Up Crap"

By Chris Floyd  

If ever I am tempted by the siren songs of my tribal past as a deep-fried, yellow-dawg Democrat, and begin to feel any faint, atavistic stirrings of sympathy for the old gang, I simply think of things like the scenario below, sketched last week by Johann Hari, and those wispy ghosts of partisanship past go howling back to the depths:

“Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbors until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Why? They refuse to comment. They don't even admit the robot-planes belong to them. But they tell the Pakistani newspapers back home it is because one of you was planning to attack Pakistan.
How do they know? Somebody told them. Who? You don't know, and there are no appeals against the robot."


Murder, Inc.

The Law is an Ass ... Armed with Rockets

By Chris Floyd 

Here's what they are saying about America's Terror Warriors in the UK's arch-conservative Daily Telegraph:

Since the beginning of September alone, President Obama has authorised at least 25 targeted killings. The total since he came to office is more than 100. These have certainly killed some of the senior operatives of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. They have also killed dozens of people, including a large number of women and children, who were not involved in terrorism.
And yet there has been very little protest, certainly compared to the storm of international criticism that greeted the decision to hold suspected terrorists at Guantanamo – a policy that didn't kill anyone, let alone any innocent women and children. The silence from human rights groups over the drone attacks is deafening. What has persuaded them that it is acceptable to kill people, including people who are not terrorists, but that it is inhumane to deprive them of a good night's sleep?



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