[Marxism] John Pilger On Obama

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 3 09:09:25 MDT 2008

Pilger writes:

"The US is also engaged in attacks or subversion against Somalia, Lebanon, 
Syria, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bolivia and Venezuela. A new military 
command, Africom, is being set up to fight proxy wars for control of Africa's 
oil and other riches. With US missiles soon to be stationed provocatively on 
Russia's borders, the Cold War is back. None of these piracies and dangers has 
raised a whisper in the presidential campaign, not least from its great liberal 

Actually it's worse than that, because the great liberal hope has in fact raised 
more than a whisper IN FAVOR OF this foreign policy, from Cuba (where he vocally 
favors continuing the U.S.' economic war) to Iran (where he favors intensifying 
economic war) to Afghanistan (where he's for sending more troops), to Sudan 
(where he calls for the U.S. to "implement and help to enforce a no-fly zone" - 
shades of Iraq), to Lebanon, where he brags about "insisting that Israel should 
not be pressured into a ceasefire" in its war, to Colombia, where he says "we 
will fully support Colombia’s fight against the FARC," to Venezuela, where he 
demonstrates hostile intent by asserting that Chavez' "actions just serve his 
own power," and, over and above the specifics, "Obama will make the investments 
we need so that the finest military in the world is best-prepared to meet 
21st-century threats" and "Obama will increase the size of ground forces, adding 
65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines" (both statements from his website).

If only he HAD been silent on these issues, it might offer more "hope."

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