Food AND Bombs. Orwellian oxymoron. Reminds me of Reagan’s “Peacemaker” MS missile.
Is there no end to the psychopathy of Empire? Is this “Obama” a clone? Mind-controlled? Blackmailed? Or was he always just exactly as he appears today. One good thing about all the present-day horror: the wolves are yanking off their sheep’s clothing. I admit, Obama bamboozled me in the beginning, even though in the back of my mind, I did wonder all along about the sing-song, subtly robotic delivery of his speeches. If you recall, David Icke called his number before he was elected. So did a few of my friends, saying he was a “shill.” I was outraged. No more.
On the other hand, I’m so relieved when brilliant, passionate peace activists like David Swanson take the stage.
Oops! Hey wait a minute. Let’s face it, “all the world’s a stage,” with each of us a player, either hero or patsy, a shill. Let us all hold ourselves accountable for the increasingly naked violence of the world, and let each of us make a difference where we can. At least in our own homes and neighborhoods and communities, by speaking truth to bullshit and by letting go of addictions — to consumption, money, pharmaceutical drugs, the need for outside authorities of any kind to tell us who to be and what to do, mainstream media, sports mania — and all other the ways that we keep ourselves distracted, entranced and therefore, powerless.
Let’s start talking to each other about what’s going on and what matters. It all matters. Wake up. It’s time.
August 7, 2014
by David Swanson
President Obama may want us to sympathize with patriotic torturers, he may turn on whistleblowers like a flesh-eating zombie, he may have lost all ability to think an authentic thought, but I will say this for him: He knows how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin fraud like a champion.
It’s back in Iraq, Jack! Yackety yack! Obama says the United States has fired missiles and dropped food in Iraq — enough food to feed 8,000, enough missiles to kill an unknown number (presumably 7,500 or fewer keeps this a “humanitarian” effort). The White House told reporters on a phone call following the President’s Thursday night speech that it is expediting weapons to Iraq, producing Hellfire missiles and ammunition around the clock, and shipping those off to a nation where Obama swears there is no military solution and only reconciliation can help. Hellfire missiles are famous for helping people reconcile.
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Obama promises no combat troops will be sent back to Iraq. No doubt. Instead it’ll be planes, drones, helicopters, and “non-combat” troops. “America is coming to help” finally just sounded as evil as Reagan meant it to, but it was in Obama’s voice. The ironies exploded like Iraqi houses on Thursday. While the United States locks Honduran refugee children in cages, it proposes to bomb Iraq for refugees. While Gaza starves and Detroit lacks water, Obama bombs Iraq to stop people from starving. While the U.S. ships weapons to Israel to commit genocide, and to Syria for allies of ISIS, it is rushing more weapons into Iraq to supposedly prevent genocide on a mountaintop — also to add to the weapons supplies already looted by ISIS.
Of course, it’s also for “U.S. interests,” but if that means U.S. people, why not pull them out? If it means something else, why not admit as much in the light of day and let the argument die of shame?