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Obama is Morphing Into Dick Cheney

Posted by smeddum on June 8, 2009

 Obama is Morphing Into Dick Cheney

America has lost her soul, and so has her president.

A despairing country elected a president who promised change. Americans arrived from every state to witness in bitter cold Obama’s swearing in ceremony. The mall was packed in a way that it has never been for any other president. Read the rest of this entry »

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America’s Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia: Manipulation, propaganda, imagery & PR wizardry

Posted by seumasach on May 24, 2009

Andrew Hughes

Prison Planet

24th May, 2009

After 8 years of the Bush-Cheney nightmare during which we saw the wanton destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, the cynical negation of centuries of Law designed to protect the most basic human rights and a foreign policy worthy of Genghis Khan, there came along the “Great Black Hope” in the persona of Barack Obama. The collective world consciousness turned uncritically to what was presented as a new era for peace, change and trust in Government.

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Obama vows to keep US military dominance

Posted by seumasach on May 24, 2009


24th May, 2009

Barack Obama has vowed to keep US military dominance in the world by sending military troops to ‘theater of war’ when and where Washington deems ‘necessary’. 

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What’s Obama smiling about?

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2009

Michael Harris

Ottawa Sun

17th April, 2009

The Obama presidency is becoming a reverse fairy tale: The prince is turning into a frog

Elected as an anti-war candidate, he has dispatched 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, stepped up CIA drone killings in Pakistan, and given the order for the world’s most sophisticated navy to blow away three pirates in a skiff. Like his predecessor, the current Chider-in-Chief has lectured European nations on their failure to supply more troops to the mission. Don’t they know NATO is just another American division? 

As for Iraq, the promise to end the war is turning into a Clintonian exercise in twisted diction. It all depends on what “withdrawal” means. The dates for leaving are as blurred as a bad forgery. It doesn’t matter. The president can hardly say he’s pulling out when as many as 50,000 U.S. combat troops are staying behind to guard the gas station. 

What about integrity in government? Judging by his gutter-ball series of appointments and attempted appointments, I am beginning to think that either his vetting process was actually looking for crooks or the president is moving in the wrong circles. 

Obama put a tax-cheat in the U.S. Treasury, tried to put an even bigger tax-cheat in Health, and only reluctantly dropped an accused influence peddler as commerce secretary. He can’t even get a Kennedy into the Vatican as America’s ambassador. Didn’t he know the Pope doesn’t approve of abortion? Didn’t any of the Chicago millionaires around the president know that Caroline Kennedy does? 

Remember all that change coming? George Bush spied on Americans illegally and then said it was OK because the terrorist surveillance program was all about national security. Candidate Obama and his running mate were shocked and appalled. 

But in the first court test of those illegal wiretaps, Jewel vs. National Security Agency, the Obama justice department moved that the case of an American citizen be dismissed because “state secrets” might be revealed. 

Wasn’t that the whole point! Dirty little secrets about crimes committed by government and the telecom companies were supposed to be revealed. Otherwise, why was Obama shocked and appalled when Bush broke the law in the first place? 

Obama was once all in favour of truth in government. When the Bush administration recalled the U.S. ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, for using the word “genocide” to describe what happened back in 1915, then Sen. Obama noted the “cowardice” of the state department. He added that “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that leader.” 

But in Turkey, President Obama became a sly diplomat, refusing to use the word “genocide.” “If they (the Turkish and Armenian people) can move forward and deal with a difficult and tragic history, then I think the entire world should encourage that.” Turkey’s help in Iraq and the guarantee of safe transit of oil across the Caucasus are apparently still needed. 

The list goes on — denouncing torture but no torture trials, not putting war costs in his nation-killing budget, mute on inevitable tax increases … 

And then there is the economy. Appalled as a candidate at the profligacy of the Bush years, the president has made his predecessor look like a piker. He has misappropriated money from the overwhelming majority of responsible citizens of the United States to fork it over to the most rapacious practitioners of organized theft the world has ever seen. 

Makes you wonder what the guy on the big lily pad is really smiling about. 


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Venezuela’s Chavez calls Obama “ignoramus”

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2009

22nd March, 2009

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an “ignoramus” for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.

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Obama: The Evil Empire’s Pleasant Face

Posted by seumasach on February 21, 2009


Steven Gowans

What’s Left

20th February, 2009

Obamamania was on full display Thursday in Canada’s capital, as the new US president made his first foreign visit – a six hour stop to wintry Ottawa, to exchange bromides with Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper.

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Israeli election muddies Obama’s waters

Posted by seumasach on February 14, 2009

 “There is a fundamental departure of interests on Iran between Washington and Jerusalem. Israel insists that a clash with Iran is inevitable, despite Obama’s robust diplomacy towards Tehran.” 

But note, this departure of interests applies to Obama, not Biden. A move towards Iran and away from Israel would bring some confirmation of Webster Tarpley’s analysis

 M K Bhadrakumar 

Asia Times

14th February, 2009

United States President Barack Obama’s Middle East project took two impressive steps forward during the week, but eventually got pushed back by almost one. 

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Biden: ‘Dangerous’ U.S.-Russia relations

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2009

The danger, of course, is this, or as Biden put it “the possibility of Russia dominating or intimidating countries on or near its borders, many of which used to be Soviet republics or communist bloc countries.”
“We will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence. It will remain our view that sovereign states have the right to make their own decisions and choose their own alliances,” he said.

In other words these countries have to lie within the US sphere of influence. The continuity with the Bush era is evident in the hubris and lack of touch with reality which continues to characterize US policy. The USA is imploding and badly needs to make friends rather than enemies.

Washington Times

7th February, 2009

Buzz up!Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday described a “dangerous drift” in relations between Russia and democratic nations — and laid out the Obama administration’s prescription for fixing it — during an address to world leaders at a meeting in Munich.

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Obama and the Empire- Change (in Rhetoric) We Can Believe In?

Posted by seumasach on February 7, 2009


William Blum


6th February, 2009

I’ve said all along that whatever good changes might occur in regard to non-foreign policy issues, such as what’s already taken place concerning the environment and abortion, the Obama administration will not produce any significantly worthwhile change in US foreign policy; little done in this area will reduce the level of misery that the American Empire regularly brings down upon humanity. And to the extent that Barack Obama is willing to clearly reveal what he believes about anything controversial, he appears to believe in the empire.

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Obama’s first love note to Pakistan

Posted by seumasach on February 1, 2009

Link Muslims

24th Janaury, 2009

United States is continuing its missile attacks into Pakistan’s tribal area bordering Afghanistan even after Barack Obama has swarn in as US new president.  The latest attack on Friday 23, 2009 killed 22 people in different incidents of ’suspected’ US missile strikes by drones in northwest tribal area of Pakistan.

More than 30 of such attacks by unmanned US planes have taken place in tribal areas since August 2008.

Pakistani leaders complain publicly that the stepped-up missile strikes  violate the country’s sovereignty and undermine the government’s own efforts to tackle rising extremists violence in the country.

Such attacks may increase the deaths of some extremists along with innocent children and women fueling anger against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and making it easier for exteremists to recruite more people for their activities. It is only increasing difficulties for Pakistan which is fighting war against terrorism for US.

Source: The Canadian Press

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Demo in Prague against US missile shield- Russia says US exagerates Iran threat

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2009

Hope for Moscow-Washington missile cooperation

Russia and U.S have the potential for a ‘real breakthrough’ in their relations if they pursue the shared goal of opposing Iran, according to the chairman of the U.S. Senate armed services committee.

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