Same S*** . . .

Obama says, “. . . we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world” and “Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” Dennis Blair, the new director of national intelligence says, “We don’t want to provide open intelligence support for those who are coming after us.” We are at war, we have duties to the world, and there are people (nations?) who are coming after us. Same shit, different day — world’s policeman, a war on terror, and the paranoia upon which the military-industrial-scientific society is based –and it is very depressing.

Most people seem to feel that Bush II was the worst president we have ever had, but did he differ radically from Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, or Clinton? Of course he didn’t, and Obama is following in their footsteps. Carter was the first president to publicly threaten war for oil. Kennedy launched the Vietnam war, after Eisenhower had set the stage for it by refusing to allow the Vietnamese people the right to what they had agreed to at the 1954 Geneva conference. And it was Eisenhower who made “explicit the US right to violate the basic principles of the UN Charter.” (Chomsky, Revisiting Camelot) Did Bush II invent executive war? Of course not. He was preceded in post-WWII times by Truman in Korea — who was about to give that madman McArthur the right to use the bomb when he was distracted by problems with Taiwan — Kennedy in Vietnam, Reagan in Granada, and Bush I in Panama and Iraq. They were only following the precedent set by John Quincy Adams who allowed Andrew Jackson’s slaughter of the Seminoles. Did Bush invent denial of civil liberties? How about Roosevelt and the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and Lincoln with, among other things, suspension of habeas corpus, just to name two examples.

Since the end of WWII, the overriding goal of every president has been control of the world by the U.S. Since 1945, this country has committed acts of war against any country which has threatened us: Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Congo, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia. And how have they threatened us? By daring to do something that we did not approve of, attempting, for instance, to run their country the way they wanted to. We have, since February 7, 1962 maintained a blockade against Cuba for no reason other than they were not going to be good capitalists.

Obama has already notified us he is part of the tradition, not only through his refusal to comment on Israel and his 16 months to withdraw from Iraq (yeah, right), but especially with his identifying of Afghanistan as our real terrorism target. He says he is going to intensify that little war. Why? It seems to have something to do with pipelines and such, you know, the kinds of things that threaten our security.



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