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Archives by Tag 'Obama'
Peace is Not Profitable
MISSY BEATTIE
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. For recent ...
New York Times Fiction
RAMZY BAROUD
Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private co...
Obama’s Grotesque Hypocrisy Over Cluster Munitions
DAVE LINDORFF
Syrian civilians and children should count themselves lucky that mass opposition in the US, the UK and much of the rest of the world to the idea of a US bombing blitz aimed at punishing the Syrian government for allegedly using Sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighbo...
How Obama Lost the First Battle for Damascus
FATHER DAVE SMITH
A good propaganda system aims at controlling the public dialogue, and in the marketing of war one technique that has proven very successful in recent years has been to encourage public debate about a proposed war, but to do so within a framework that already assumes the b...
Labor’s Days in La La Land
STEVE EARLY
As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave Los Angeles last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage of their five-day convention. The meeting concluded, per usual, with fulsome delegate praise for President Rich Trumka’s carefully scripted chairing and...
The Fed, QE, and Jobs
JACK RASMUS
Over the past five years the US central bank, the Federal Reserve (Fed), has printed nearly $4 trillion in liquidity (money) which it has provided to banks and professional investors. This is called ‘Quantitative Easing’ (QE). QE means the Fed essentially prints money...
Trust and Verify and Vomit
JOHN GRANT
The media didn’t waste time lining up US leaders to trash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed...
In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbo...
Obama’s War Grows as Support Shrinks
SHAMUS COOKE
Some careful listening has exposed the lie that a U.S. attack (war) against Syria would be, as Obama put it, “a shot across the bow,” i.e. a “tiny war.” But even before the first missile is launched the birth of Obama’s baby war began to grow, and ...
Hypocrite in Chief
JASON HIRTHLER
A hypocrite’s work is never done. Thus the need for our Nobel Prize bearing Commander in Chief to execute a needless and devastating war of aggression on a country preoccupied by its own civil war. He should pin that prize to his lapel when he announces his surgical str...
Only Republicans Can Save Us Now
ANDREW LEVINE
In Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Jonathan Swift has his hero say of the inhabitants of Brobdingnag: “I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface o...
Not a Step in the Right Direction
MICHAEL BOLDIN
In response to heavy public opposition to a unilateral executive war against Syria (yes, limited strikes on another country are certainly a ...
Should Russia Attack Colombia?
NICK ALEXANDROV
The President and Secretary of State are making “a largely moral case for a retaliatory response” in Syria, New York Times editors asserted recently. And Obama declared Wednesday that “the international community’s credibility is on the line,” since it was “th...
Obama’s “Red Line” and Children
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
We readily identify with children anywhere because they bring out the humanness in us. That is, they remind us of our own childhood: when we also were dependent, vulnerable, innocent, curious, inquiring, spontaneous, honest, trusting—our humanity not yet “socialized...
Internet Hackers and the Real Threat They Expose
ALFREDO LOPEZ
While certainly not over-shadowing the Obama Administration’s military threats against Syria, the cyber attack that brought ...
A Modest Proposal for Syria
DAVID SWANSON
It is a melancholy object to those who view videos of Damascus, when they see the streets, the roads, and doorways, crowded with the bodies of those reportedly killed with the wrong weapons by the wrong people. I think it is agreed by all parties that this 1,000 or...
Dr. King, Obama, and the Run-Up to War
NORMAN POLLACK
Less than a week following the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it is as though, from the standpoint of what Dr. King symbolically represented and actively fought for, and where America, under Obama’s leadership, presently is, the nation...
The Parallels Between Washington and Ancient Rome
JOHN WIGHT
The parallels between Washington and ancient Rome are increasingly apparent. As with i...
Your Munich Moment, Their Reichstag Fire
KATHLEEN WALLACE
John Kerry is at it again. His grizzled visage notwithstanding (hey, it scares me)- the man just wasn’t quite able to stir up the critical mass for fear with traditional mongering. So he played the Nazi card. Godwin’s Law did not apply in this case, as he brou...
Obama Backs Down, A Little
ANDREW LEVINE
On President Obama’s proposed hit and run intervention into the Syrian civil war, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld might say, “the known knowns; …things that we know. There are known unknowns; …things that we now know we don’t know. And there are also unknown unkno...
Obama Decides It’s Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives reminding him that to take the country to war without congres...
How the U.S. Left is Failing Over Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
It’s now painfully clear that Obama’s war on Syria is a replay of Bush’s march to war in Iraq, both built on lies. Zero evidence has been put forth that proves the Syrian government used chemical weapons. On the contrary, ...
Obama’s and Kerry’s Big Lie
DAVE LINDORFF
The document released on the White Hou...
Who Really Crossed the Red Line?
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
The momentum for war seems to have slowed down as President Obama turns to Congress to get the go-ahead for military action against Syria. Despite Obama’s surprise U-turn on Syria, the US administration is said to retain ‘its right’ to strike regardless of a vote in...
Caveman Credibility and its Costs
DAVID SWANSON
Sending a bunch of $3 million missiles into Syria to blow stuff up will kill a great many men, women, and children ...