Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Neoconservative Obama Administration

The Neoconservative Obama Administration by Sheldon Richman

"Just to be clear, the neocons were among the key architects of the war against Iraq in 1991, followed by the embargo that killed half a million children. That war and embargo set the stage for the 9/11 attacks, which were then used to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq (an ambition long predating 9/11) and the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, American’s longest military engagement — all of which have killed more than a million people, wreaked political havoc, and made life in those countries (and elsewhere) miserable. Let’s not forget the drone assassination and special ops programs being run in a dozen Muslim countries. The neocon achievement also has helped drive the American people deep into debt.

As though his speech was written by the neocon brain trust, Obama intoned, “We must use all elements of our power — including our diplomacy, our economic strength, and the power of America’s example — to secure our interests and stand by our allies. And we must project a vision of the future that’s based not just on our fears, but also on our hopes — a vision that recognizes the real dangers that exist around the world, but also the limitless possibilities of our time.” (Emphasis added.)

Again, the people in the Middle East and Central Asia may not interpret those words the way Americans do. “Secure our interests” is likely to be understood as “secure American access to resources” and “making sure the Chinese and Russians stay away.” “Stand by our allies” means primarily “defend Israel.” Americans may think that sounds benign, but in the Muslim world it means the U.S. government will continue to do everything to support Israel’s denial of the rights of Palestinians and its ability to intimidate its neighbors."

Obama’s Libyan War by Jack Hunter

"Those who support our bombing of Libya to enforce a no-fly zone claim that these actions will not lead to a larger or more entrenched conflict. This claim not only contradicts most of America’s foreign policy history, but proves that our political establishment has learned virtually nothing from the lessons of Iraq."

How the War on Libya was Sold By JEFF SPARROW

"The revolution in Libya was never inspired by the west. The war in Iraq, the occupation of Afghanistan: these salutary instances of Western-backed ‘liberation’ did not move Libyans to rebel. On the contrary, the revolt against Gaddafi followed the revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt, revolutions that not only didn’t involve the West but were, to a greater or lesser degree, fought against western-backed dictators."

Scott Horton Interviews Karen Kwiatkowski by Scott Horton

"Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at and retired USAF lieutenant colonel, discusses the Bush administration’s early Iraq War planning – well before they played up the WMD threat and sold the war to Americans; how the Office of Special Plans leaked classified information to cooperative journalists willing to press the case for war; the OSP’s dissolution soon after the war started – since its raison d’ĂȘtre was fulfilled; unpopular neocons who must attain power through appointed, rather than elected, government positions; and the ease-of-victory factor that explains why some wars are fought, and others aren’t."

Karen is a true America hero. Please read about her and listen to her interviews on this page.


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