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Tue Jun 10 11:08:00 MDT 2008
He could not have stopped the war, closed Gitmo, restored the Constitution,
prosecuted the Administration criminals for war crimes, torture, treason,
corruption and malfeasance all by himself. But he could have at least tried to
set the ball rolling, using all the institutional instruments -- and popular
acclaim -- at his command to try to force action on these and other issues.
But he did not do so; he is not doing so now; and there is no reason to believe
that he will do so in the future, despite the eloquent lip service he
occasionally pays to one or two of these points.
Of course, I can't predict the future. Anything is possible, and perhaps
Obama will astound us all with a new American revolution that will restore the
Republic and dismantle the vast military empire America has built over many
decades. Perhaps he will declare an end to the fraudulent "War on Terror" --
the use of massive, nation-breaking military force, state terror, torture,
rendition, secret prisons, concentration camps, and Constitution-stripping
tyranny -- to deal with isolated groups of extremists that pose no existential
threat to the United States. Perhaps he will establish a "Truth Commission" to
investigate and prosecute the many high crimes of the Bush Administration.
Perhaps he will change his position on Iraq, and call for a genuine withdrawal of
all American forces there. Perhaps he will change his bellicose position on
Iran, which he enunciated so forcefully to AIPAC recently. Perhaps he will
forthrightly condemn _the American-backed "regime change" invasion of Somalia_
(http://www.chris-floyd.com/content/view/1503/135/) , which has created the
worst humanitarian disaster in the world (outside of Asia's recent natural
disasters). Perhaps instead of stoking fears about the non-existent "Social
Security crisis" -- _and attending to the many Wall Street bankers and elitist
lobbyists on his team_ (http://www.chris-floyd.com/content/view/1504/135/) --
he will call for the repeal of the draconian Bankruptcy Bill, he will shift
billions of dollars from the Pentagon to the rebuilding of New Orleans and the
restoration of the thousands upon thousands of refugees to their homes.
Perhaps he will do all these things, and more -- even though he has not given the
slightest indication whatsoever that this is what he would do in office.
Rather, in many cases, the opposite is true. He says he will do "everything,
and I mean everything" to stop Iran from getting a single nuclear bomb like
the thousands in the American arsenal and the hundreds in Israel's arsenal.
He will take "no options" off the table in this feverish quest, including, one
can only assume, the Hillary-like "obliteration" of Iran and its 70 million
people. He has pledged to enlarge the American military machine, already
gorged to monstrous, unmanageable size by blood and corruption. This in turn will
guarantee the continued militarization of the American economy and our
foreign policy, geared toward the continual fomenting of "war and rumors of war"
to justify the all-devouring machine. He pledges to continue the "War on
Terror," but to do it "better, smarter," and perhaps even expanding it into
Pakistan. He pledges to leave behind an unspecified number of American troops in
Iraq "and the region" -- forces that will continue to launch attacks in that
broken land, sowing more hatred, more blowback for America.
These are simply facts, drawn from Obama's own speeches and position papers.
What sort of "perspective" should we take toward these facts? Should we
squint real hard and pretend they're not there?
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"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are
evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert
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