Submitted by libbyliberal on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:17am
The CIA Director will be John Brennan.
Norman Pollack in “Architect of Terror” points out some of the dimensions of Brennan’s oversight (familiar territory already to him): armed drones, targeted assassinations, rendition, black holes, subsidies to domestic fascist groups for breaking up "radical" rallies, and other “cloak and dagger” sadism.
Pollack also writes: “In Obama, the Agency, along with JSOC, has its impressario, cheerleader, and now tactical adviser, rolled in one.” Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 6:49am
Rand Paul’s Message to Obama: Don’t Drone Me Bro
by Medea Benjamin
[Benjamin comments on how Rand Paul brought up the question that if drones had existed back in the tumultuous anti-Vietnam War 60’s and 70’s, would Jane Fonda and students at Kent State college have been droned or threatened with droning for treason with their protests? He warns that the threshold of defining the enemy may become so lowered that “free speech and assembly” could become regarded as dangerous insurgency.] Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 8:55pm
Submitted by libbyliberal on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 8:03pm
Bill Van Auken reminds us that the US-French intervention in Mali has been touted as “humanitarian”, “aimed at rescuing Malian people from Islamists.” He declares, “the reality is that the war has unleashed immense human suffering.”
Van Auken: Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 4:35pm
Here are some “realpolitik” excerpted takes on Obama’s State of the Union Address from Glen Ford, Norman Solomon, Barry Grey, Pepe Escobar, Matthew Rothschild:
Glen Ford of BAR in “Obama’s State of the Corporate Union”:
It was an impassioned performance by a cynical politician who offers little but corporate tax incentives and continued austerity. Barack Obama peppered his State of the Union address with up-tempo buzzwords about illusory “progress,” but the president’s substantive message was that he is determined to complete the austerity bargain he struck with the Republicans in 2011. ...
Obama’s jobs program is almost entirely a corporate tax incentive scheme, to bribe corporations to send home the jobs they sent offshore, where they have also hidden tens of trillions from taxation – a subject not deemed worthy of mention in a national discussion of shared sacrifice and patriotic obligations.
snip Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 4:56am
Ludwig Watzal in “U.S. Military Casualty Statistics Not the Senators’ Main Concern” calls out the Senate Armed Services' Committee hearing vetting former Republican Chuck Hagel for U.S. Secretary of Defense: Read below the fold...
Submitted by amghru on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:50am
Did anyone else notice the beautiful play the Obama Admin. pulled on the Senate Intelligence Committee? It was one of the most beautiful political cons I can remember ever witnessing. Releasing the OLC determinations to the Committee just prior to the Brennan hearing completely neutered the Committee’s ability ask any substantive questions. Here’s how the con went down… Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 8:51pm
I wonder if Obama’s face will be carved into Mount Rushmore. Has the universe seriously become that cruelly surreal and Orwellian?
I think so.
A few days ago when I saw Obama’s likeness photoshopped onto Mount Rushmore on Al Sharpton’s show it made bitter bile burn my throat and choke me.
I then managed to scream and announce to a brother and nephew that if or when Obama ended up memorialized in such a way that would be the day I moved to another country.
“Where will you move to?” my nephew asked. Read below the fold...
Submitted by stuartbramhall on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 6:55pm
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 1:02pm
US drones are destroying many “collateral damage” civilians in Yemen and thus inspiring more and more Yemenis to bitterly and momentously side with Al-Qaeda against the US. Declares Glenn Greenwald, the droning is not only amoral but strategically STUPID. Read below the fold...
Submitted by stuartbramhall on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 8:01pm
Retiring Congressman Ron Paul, former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, comes done on the same side as many progressives on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A recent post on his website, reiterates comments he made when was president about Gaza being nothing but a vast concentration camp.
It has never mattered to Paul which party was in power. His greatest appeal, especially among young supporters, is his ability to tell the unvarnished truth. He puts the blame for Gazan atrocities squarely where it belongs: with the US government, which is the main supplier of planes and bombs Israel uses to attack Palestinians. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 10:53am
America's anchorless drift into militancy
As the American public's eyes were transfixed on their televisions waiting to see who would win the 2012 presidential election, inhabitants of the world's badlands were looking to the sky waiting for death to rain down, - compliments of a drone. Political analysts have thus far been unable to understand what "mandate" was delivered by the American people, who came out in droves to vote. While Americans were divided along progressive-conservative lines for domestic issues, the underlying consensus shared by all was in favor of allowing the president the right to secretly conduct a drone war against perceived enemies. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 10:27pm
Cindy Sheehan labeled it "hopium" long ago. Here are some excerpts from Randy Shields' brilliantly scathing Your Brain on Obama, worth reading in its entirety here at counterpunch:
This is your brain on Obama:
Smoking Obama increases apathy and reduces empathy, regardless of race, creed or color. Now blacks, as well as whites, don’t care in the least how many dark-skinned people America kills throughout the world. .... For American capitalism, that Obama is some good shit. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 1:32am
According to Merriam Webster: “disposition -- “final settlement or arrangement of a matter.”
According to wikipedia: “In mathematics, a matrix (plural matrices) is a rectangular array of numbers, symbols, or expressions, arranged in rows and columns.”
I can’t help connecting the connotations of the above definitions in context of Obama's ever-escalating assassination program to the chilling “final solution” euphemism used by the Nazis.
Especially after reading these words by Arthur Silber: Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 10/27/2012 - 8:57pm
Murder Inc. has got nothing on the West Wing.
As of the latest Obama anti-constitutional "thou SHALT kill relentlessly and mercilessly" development, I’m becoming convinced neither did Hitler’s Germany.
According to Bill Van Auken of wsws, Obama is developing a new system to codify and STREAMLINE extrajudicial assassinations. He is calling it a “Disposition Matrix.”
Did you know IBM was a serious help to Hitler’s record-keeping of his vast number of victims and prisoners during the Holocaust years? Read below the fold...