Obama A War President

Obama Steals Bush's Speechwriters

By Matthew Rothschild

If you closed your eyes during much of the President's speech on Afghanistan Tuesday night and just listened to the words, you easily could have concluded that George W. Bush was still in the Oval Office.


Are Americans Too Broken for the Truth to Set Us Free?

By Bruce E. Levine

What forces have created a demoralized, passive, disCouraged U.S. population? Can anything be done to turn this around?


Helen Thomas Deviates From the Terrorism Script

By Glenn Greenwald

At a White House press conference yesterday with Janet Napolitano and John Brennan, Helen Thomas shows -- yet again -- that she's one of the very few White House reporters willing to deviate from approved orthodoxy scripts. She asks the prohibited question about the motives of Terrorists, and keeps asking as she receives complete non-responses, until they all just decide to ignore her.


Answering Helen Thomas on Why They Want to Harm Us

By Ray McGovern

Thank God for Helen Thomas, the only person to show any courage at the White House press briefing after President Barack Obama gave a flaccid account of the intelligence screw-up that almost downed an airliner on Christmas Day.


Always Be Scared!


Funny, yet sickening view of societies "ills", and loss of liberty.


‘Obama’s war’ in Afghanistan could be politically precarious

Christian Science Monitor


As 1,000 US marines launched a combat operation behind enemy lines dubbed ‘Cobra’s Anger’ this weekend, it became clear that President Obama now ‘owns’ the war in Afghanistan. Though there was high symbolism of that fact in his speech at West Point Tuesday, Obama took control of the war months ago, escalating US military assets and aggressiveness in Afghanistan. He’s more than doubled the number of US troops there since he took office. And as the Monitor’s Howard LaFranchi reported, he’s greatly increased the US commitment compared to NATO and other non-US forces. At the same time, Obama has authorized an increase in the use of pilotless drone aircraft to strike targets — typically Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives — along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to a New York Times report...


Nobel acceptance will be a tricky moment

Associated Press


He’s the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who just ordered 30,000 more troops into war. He’s the winner who says he didn’t deserve to win. He’s not quite 11 months on the job and already in the company of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. This is President Barack Obama’s Nobel moment, an immense honor shadowed by awkward timing. When Obama leaves for Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday to be lauded for his style of international diplomacy, he goes knowing that the American people are more concerned about something else: peace of mind. The economy has left millions of them hurting. … Unemployment is in double digits even as the bleeding of jobs has slowed. Meanwhile, there’s no hiding the contrast of war and peace...


US foreign policy and the cult of “expertise”

by Justin Raimondo


How do we account for the huge gap between the people and those who make policy in their name? To begin with, we have an entire class of people whose jobs, social prestige, and livelihoods are directly tied to our foreign policy of global intervention. These people are naturally inclined to favor militarism and meddling in the affairs of other nations. This group, while small in numbers, wields an outsized influence when it comes to such matters, and it can successfully defy popular opinion for quite a long time. It manages to hornswoggle the public with a number of scams, notably the cult of expertise, which Americans have traditionally been suckers for, and never more so than today, when confusion over the sheer complexity of some of the foreign policy issues being raised makes people particularly vulnerable to the argument from authority...


This sure seems like Vietnam

Albany Times Union
by Helen Thomas


President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again.Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the price of that unwinnable war and the political chaos it wreaked at home. … Obama is too young to remember the national turmoil during the Vietnam War that resulted in the deaths of more than 58,000 Americans and thousands of Vietnamese. That war also ended the political career of President Lyndon Johnson, who decided not to seek re-election in 1968...


The twin frauds of Obama

by Paul Craig Roberts


Of course, it is not really capitalism. It is an oligarchy or a financial plutocracy. In a failed state, the government’s priorities are totally separate from those of the people. The US can’t afford health care or a bailout for jobless homeowners, but it can afford a pointless war and multi-million dollar bonuses for banksters who wrecked the economy...


Troop surge in Afghanistan a losing investment

Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs


President Obama’s decision to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan during the next six months does not make sense. Hardly anybody has real enthusiasm for the plan. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are lukewarm, for the most part; some are stridently opposed. The military chiefs apparently support the plan, but surely the president can appease them in alternative, less politically risky ways. In explaining his plan, the president declares that ‘we must deny al-Qaida a safe haven. We must reverse the Taliban’s momentum … And we must strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan’s security forces and government’ because ‘it is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted.’ If these statements express the president’s actual thoughts, then he is much less astute than he is usually given credit for...


Obama’s exit strategy

Human Events
by Patrick J. Buchanan


If actions speak louder than words, President Obama is cutting America free of George Bush’s wars and coming home. For his bottom line Tuesday night was that all U.S. forces will be out of Iraq by mid-2011 and the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will, on that date, begin to get smaller and smaller. Yet the gap between the magnitude of the crisis he described and the action he is taking is the Grand Canyon...


Peace prize protests scheduled

New York Times


It looks like President Obama is unlikely to get the Nobel Peace Prize without the occasion being marked by protests. At least one antiwar group is already calling for a midday march to the United States Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York’s Times Square to coincide with the award ceremony in Oslo City Hall on Dec. 10, the date on which Alfred Nobel died. Days before the event protesters were already handing out leaflets headlined: ‘You Don’t End a War By Sending More Troops! Stop the Occupation of Afghanistan’...


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