Larry Jones

Obama Continues Bush “Faith Based” Programs

By Larry Jones 

Barack Obama, both while campaigning and as president, had promised to keep the so-call Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative consistent with the First Amendment’s insistence on the separation of church and state. But this has not been the case. 

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New U.S. Naval Base on Jeju Island Meets Strong Opposition

By Larry Jones  

 
The U.S. military, in league with South Korea, is planning to use a new naval base to be built on the beautiful Jeju Island just south of the Korean peninsula. Jeju is known as the peace island. My friend, Kyle Kajahiro, with American Friends Service Committee in Honolulu, writes that “Jeju … has beautiful volcanic peaks and semi-tropical weather, pristine waters abundant with sea food and a deeply spiritual and independent people who resisted the Japanese occupation as well as repression by the military government of South Korea. The famous women pearl divers have historically been the leaders of their struggles and embodiments of their tough, fighting spirit.”
 
Now, according to the plan, all that will be either destroyed or seriously endangered by a missile defense system with Aegis destroyer warships docked there. Although this is advertised as Korean and “eco-friendly”, the common wisdom is that it will be mainly used as the basis for the U.S. to contain China. (More on this below.) The base port will accommodate 20 warships and two 15,000 ton cruise liners. It will bring in submarines and nuclear powered ships, further destroying what the U.N. has called an environmentally pristine location.

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Immigrant Roundup Program Expanded by Obama Administration

 By Larry Jones

 During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s website president never mentioned anything about immigrants, much less immigrant rights. The only related promise read like this: “Improve border security. Americans know that our national border security program is broken, leaving our country vulnerable. Barack Obama will support the virtual and physical infrastructure and manpower necessary to secure our borders and keep our nation safe.” 
 
So it appeared that he would do nothing to ameliorate the horrible treatment immigrants received during the Bush regime.
 
STREET POLICE, TRAFFIC COPS, PRISON GUARDS, AND SHERIFFS ARE DEPUTIZED

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U.S. Aims for Eurasian Energy Control

By Larry Jones

Despite President Obama’s West Point war speech and Oslo “peace” speech, the glaring truth is that the U.S. is engaged in Afghanistan for less than the honorable reasons he tried to sell us. In addition to the overarching push for increased U.S. hegemony in southern Asia, there is an underlying and demanding need for energy control throughout all of Eurasia. 

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The “C Street House”: A Republican (and Democrat) Can of Worms

 

by Larry Jones
 
When one looks at the recent Republican sex scandals and their links to the C Street house run by the fundamentalist group called The Family, it’s like looking into a can of worms and trying to explain what is going on in there. Most of the worms, though certainly not all, have to do with Republicans. If we were to give those worms names, surely some would be named “secrecy,” cover-up,”deceit,” and “hypocrisy.”

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Obama Bares His Fangs

By Larry Jones

This week, Barack Obama announced at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point tonight that he is escalating the war in Afghanistan by ordering 30,000 more troops to that beleaguered country. He says this is a plan for getting the U.S. out of Afghanistan. 
 

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Hillary Clinton to Iran: “Crippling Action” Will be Taken

 By Larry Jones

 The United States, its western allies, and its puppet state Israel have continually complained about threats from Iran. Israel has called for military actions against Iran, which would violate the United Nations Charter. In May the U.S. Navy sent two aircraft carriers and landing ships with 17,000 U.S. Marines and sailors to carry out threatening exercises in the Persian Gulf.
 
From July 12 to 16 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discussed the possibility of increased sanctions against Iran with officials in Europe and the Middle East. Current sanctions are already crippling Iran’s people.
 
This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to how the US could seek to “contain” Iran by building what she called a “defense umbrella” around Iran. In a speech in Thailand, Clinton said: “"We will still hold the door open [for negotiations], but we also have made it clear that we will take actions. As I have said time and time again -  crippling action -  (including) working to upgrade the defenses of our partners in the region," Clinton told Thai television.
 

 
           Stars display US military bases encircling Iran
 
"We want Iran to calculate what I think is a fair assessment: that if the United States extends a defense umbrella over the region, if we do even more to develop the military capacity of those [allies] in the Gulf, it is unlikely that Iran will be any stronger or safer because they won't be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon."
 
Sir Richard Dalton, a former British ambassador to Tehran, said: "She's implying that, if Iran became a nuclear weapon state, then the US would develop their existing defense commitments and that the US would contemplate nuclear deterrence to protect Persian Gulf states."

 The map above, courtesy of Ryan Kowalchik, shows the immense threat to Iran by the U.S. military bases which surround it.

U.S. White Phosphorus Weapons Approved for Use Against Gaza by War Criminal

 By Larry Jones 

Lt. Col. David Benjamin was born in South Africa but for the past 17 years he has been in Israel serving as a military advisor to their military. As such he was in violation of South Africa's Foreign Military Assistance Act. Perhaps even worse, he was one of the main people who planned Israel attack on Gaza and approved the use of the deadly white phosphorus.
 
On January 22, in a Bloomberg news interview, Benjamin stated that "The Gaza campaign was a long time in the works, and we were intimately involved in the planning. Approval of targets which can be attacked, methods of warfare ... it has all gone through us."

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Things Are Seldom What they Seem: Obama’s Trip to Ghana

 By Larry Jones

 I once heard a talk by Larry Everest in which he said, “Never believe what the government tells you.” I believe him even more now than I did then. President Bush hid the truth with outright lies. President Obama hides the truth with nuance and high sounding phrases.
 
Obama recently went to Ghana and talked about the progress in their government and their development. He called Ghana “a trusted partner,” and had his picture taken beside the Cape Coast Castle where tens of thousands of Africans were long ago boarded onto slave ships. He said, "It is reminiscent of the trip that I took to Buchenwald. It reminds us of the capacity of human beings to commit great evil. Sometimes we can tolerate and stand by great evil even as we think we are doing good," he said, and called for an end to war and corruption.
 
This was said, even as he is intensifying the war in Afghanistan and continues to have some 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq who are armed but now are called trainers. In both countries U.S. forces and innocent civilians continue to be killed. As the imperial Commander in Chief, Obama continues to head the drive for U.S. expansionism. Without doubt, the facts show that Obama continues to “stand by great evil” even as he thinks he is doing good.

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Obama Promotes Abortion Opponents

 By Larry Jones 

 “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court ruling granting women a constitutional right to abortion and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion.”
 
From the 2008 Platform of the Democratic Party
 
President Barack Obama was highlighted during his campaign last year in a way that made him appear to be almost separate from the Democratic Party. Nevertheless, he supported the party’s Platform, including the words above on abortion.
 
Obama has repeatedly stated that he is pro-choice, but that he would like to seek common ground with evangelical and Catholic anti-choice/anti-abortion groups by working together to reduce the number of abortions. But the truth is that such a compromise is morally impossible. If you cling to the "faith based" deception that abortion is murder, as religious conservatives do, how can you compromise with those who understand that a fetus is not human until it’s born?
 

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