Obama Lies: "America Has Never Fought a War Against a Democracy"

By Carl Herman

A lie of omission is a lie; it intentionally leaves out crucial information to create a false representation of reality. Obama lied in omission in his Orwellian Peace Prize acceptance speech by claiming, "America has never fought a war against a democracy."

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24179.htm



Fighting Another Dumb War

By Chris Hedges

I have spent enough time inside the American military to have tasted its dark brutality, frequent incompetence and profligate ability to waste human lives and taxpayer dollars.

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The clarity of false choices

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

12/16/09

‘There are those who claim we have to choose between paying down our deficits … and investing in job creation and economic growth,’ President Obama said last week. ‘This is a false choice.’ During the same speech, he asked his audience to ‘let me just be clear’ that his administration, having racked up the biggest budget deficits ever, is embracing fiscal responsibility, as reflected in his vow that ‘health insurance reform’ will not increase the deficit ‘by one dime.’ For connoisseurs of Obama-speak, the address featured a trifecta, combining three of his favorite rhetorical tropes. There was the vague reference to ‘those who’ question his agenda, the ‘false choice’ they use to deceive the public, and the determination to ‘be clear’ and forthright, in contrast with those dishonest naysayers. These devices are useful as signals that the president is about to mislead us...

//reason.com/archives/2009/12/16/the-clarity-of-false-choices



Which comes first: Interventionism or terrorism?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

12/16/09

Following up on my last two blogs regarding the important debate over what has motivated people to commit terrorist acts against the United States, two questions arise: First, why does the U.S. government persist in his claim that the terrorists are motivated by hatred for American freedom and values when the overwhelming weight of the evidence is virtually conclusive that what has motivated the terrorists to strike against the United States is U.S. foreign policy?

//www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2009-12-16.asp



Speak no evil

The New Republic
by John B. Judis

12/17/09

The lines most cited in Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech were those about evil: ‘Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince Al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.’ These lines won approbation from both liberals and conservatives. … While I don’t object to the idea of just war, and have supported the various wars that Obama cited in his speech, and wouldn’t balk at calling Al Qaeda or Hitler evil, I think Obama ventured onto dangerous terrain by invoking the existence of evil as a justification for war. That kind of argument suggests neither moral realism nor prudent idealism, but the crusade-like, messianic foreign policy — pitting good against evil — that got the country into so much trouble during the last administration...

//www.tnr.com/article/politics/speak-no-evil



A diplomatic casualty of war

In These Times
by Roger Morris & George Kenney

12/14/09

The rare resignation on principle is always telling in American government. When Matthew Hoh left the State Department in October — a Marine Captain in Iraq who became a diplomat in Afghanistan early this year — his act was significant far beyond the first reports. Hoh speaks grim truth to power. His message is that to pursue the Afghan war policy in any guise — including President Obama’s prescription of 30,000 additional, rapidly deployed troops — will be utter folly, trapping America in an unwinnable civil war in the Hindu Kush, and only fueling terrorism...

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