Watching Obama Morph Into Dick Cheney


JBeee
#1
by Paul Craig Roberts, May 21, 2009


America has lost her soul, and so has her president.

A despairing country elected a president who promised change. Americans arrived from every state to witness in bitter cold Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. The mall was packed in a way that it has never been for any other president.

The people’s good will toward Obama and the expectations they had for him were sufficient for Obama to end the gratuitous wars and enact major reforms. But Obama has deserted the people for the interests. He is relying on his non-threatening demeanor and rhetoric to convince the people that change is underway.

The change that we are witnessing is in Obama, not in policies. Obama is morphing into Dick Cheney.

Obama has not been in office four months and already a book could be written about his broken promises.

Obama said he would close the torture prison, Guantanamo, and abolish the kangaroo courts known as military tribunals. But now he says he is going to reform the tribunals and continue the process, but without confessions obtained with torture. Getting behind Obama’s validation of the Bush/Cheney policy, House Democrats pulled the budget funding that was to be used for closing Guantanamo.

The policy of kidnapping people (usually on the basis of disinformation supplied by their enemies) and whisking them off to Third World prisons to be interrogated is to be continued.

Again, Obama has substituted a "reform" for his promise to abolish an illegal policy. Rendition, Obama says, has also been reformed and will no longer involve torture. How would anyone know? Is Obama going to assign a U.S. government agent to watch over the treatment given to disappeared people by Third World thugs? Given the proclivity of American police to brutalize U.S. citizens, nothing can save the victims of rendition from torture.

Obama has defended the Bush/Cheney warrantless wiretapping program run by the National Security Agency and broadened the government’s legal argument that "sovereign immunity" protects government officials from prosecution and civil suits when they violate U.S. law and constitutional protections of citizens. Obama’s Justice Department has taken up the defense of Donald Rumsfeld against a case brought by detainees whose rights Rumsfeld violated.
In a signing statement this month, Obama abandoned his promise to protect whistleblowers who give information of executive branch illegality to Congress.

Obama is making even more expansive claims of executive power than Bush. As Bruce Fein puts it: "In principle, President Obama is maintaining that victims of constitutional wrongdoing by the U.S. government should be denied a remedy in order to prevent the American people and the world at large from learning of the lawlessness perpetrated in the name of national security and exacting political and legal accountability."

Obama, in other words, is committed to covering up the Bush regime’s crimes and to ensuring that his own regime can continue to operate in the same illegal and unconstitutional ways.

Obama is fighting the release of the latest batch of horrific torture photos that have come to light. Obama claims that release of the photos would anger insurgents and cause them to kill our troops. That, of course, is nonsense. Those resisting occupation of their land by U.S. troops and NATO mercenaries are already dedicated to killing our troops, and they know that Americans torture whomever they capture. Obama is fighting the release of the photos because he knows the barbaric image that the photos present of the U.S. military will undermine the public’s support for the wars that enrich the military/security complex, appease the Israel Lobby, and repay the campaign contributions that elect the U.S. government.

As for bringing the troops home from Iraq, this promise, too, has been reformed. To the consternation of his supporters, Obama is leaving 50,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The others are being sent to Afghanistan and to Pakistan, where on Obama’s watch war has broken out big time with already one million refugees from the indiscriminate bombing of civilians.

Meanwhile, war with Iran remains a possibility, and at Washington’s insistence, NATO is conducting war games on former Soviet territory, thus laying the groundwork for future enrichment of the U.S. military/security complex. The steeply rising U.S. unemployment rate will provide the needed troops for Obama’s expanding wars.

Obama can give a great speech without mangling the language. He can smile and make people believe his rhetoric. The world, or much of it, seems to be content with the soft words that now drape Dick Cheney’s policies in pursuit of executive supremacy and U.S. hegemony.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#2
He will eclipse all evil pricks of the past.
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
#3
Watching him morph into Cheney's daughter would be a better trick.
 
EagleSmack
#4
OR!

Watching him morph into BOTH Bush's daughters.
 
Nuggler
#5
At the Inag. I thought we were gonna see a gospel sing, and a cheerleader section.

Don't take long, do it ??, fer the gold to show brass.
 
Scott Free
Free Thinker
#6
Obama and Dick have the same bosses and those aren't the American people.

It shouldn't be a problem unless the generality of Americans figure out corporatism and cleptocracy isn't the same thing as democracy.
 
JBeee
#7
Israel?

"Obama and Dick have the same bosses and those aren't the American people."
 
Scott Free
Free Thinker
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by JBeeeView Post

Israel?

Bankers, Wall Street, Corporate America, International business etc,..

If the American people want a voice they better form a lobby group. We almost need to do the same thing in Canada. Democracy is dead but more importantly it never did work, this is a natural evolution.
 
JBeee
#9
"Wall Street, Corporate America, International business etc,.."...

Oh...ok. Jews in general.
 
Scott Free
Free Thinker
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by JBeeeView Post

"Wall Street, Corporate America, International business etc,.."...

Oh...ok. Jews in general.

I think maybe your world view is a tad narrow.
 
Colpy
Conservative
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by JBeeeView Post

"Wall Street, Corporate America, International business etc,.."...

Oh...ok. Jews in general.

Ah yes, the tolerant, left-wing, all for the people JBee we've come to know and love............didn't know you wore jackboots under your Harvest skirt.........a hippy racist...who'd a' thunk it????



is there a single despicable point of view you don't hold????????
 
JBeee
#12
You...and that god-awfull hair cut.

Are you going/gone bald?

Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Ah yes, the tolerant, left-wing, all for the people JBee we've come to know and love............didn't know you wore jackboots under your Harvest skirt.........a hippy racist...who'd a' thunk it????



is there a single despicable point of view you don't hold????????

 
ironsides
No Party Affiliation
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

Bankers, Wall Street, Corporate America, International business etc,..

If the American people want a voice they better form a lobby group. We almost need to do the same thing in Canada. Democracy is dead but more importantly it never did work, this is a natural evolution.


What do you mean almost need to the same thing is Canada. I wouldn't delude yourselves, you are ruled by the same corporate giants we in the U.S. are. The only difference is that you think you are don't. Most in the U.S. do. There was a lot of blustering during the 2008 elections about what the candidates were or were not going to do, change, no change. Most politically savvy Americans realized that life would pretty much go on as it always did after elections. Those young naive voters now realize there is very little the public can do create real change. There is a 'Illuminati".
Last edited by ironsides; May 22nd, 2009 at 08:06 AM..
 
YukonJack
Conservative
#14
Posts #2 thru #13 convinced me not to get involved in the battle of intellectual midgets (with the honourable exception of Colpy).

Hello and Goodbye!
 
EagleSmack
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Ah yes, the tolerant, left-wing, all for the people JBee we've come to know and love............didn't know you wore jackboots under your Harvest skirt.........a hippy racist...who'd a' thunk it????



is there a single despicable point of view you don't hold????????

Right on. The Left have always proven themselves to be racist and anti-semetic. That is no secret. Some are outward and do not try to hide it and some do not even realize it like the poster that said Michelle Obama is...

"as dark as they come."

...so she is a good role model to third world women.

Completely racist.
 
YukonJack
Conservative
#16
For the first time in history, the main speech was delivered by the opposition.
The rebuttal by the person FULLY in power.

In chronologically reversed sequence.

Mr. Cheney can make a fool of the current terrorist-sympathizer, apologizer-in-chief, without teleprompters.

He just did, today.
 
JBeee
#17
Mr. Mackey: Yes? Man 1: I'm Agent Sharp and this is Agent Keen. We're with the FBI. Agent Keen: We're here to investigate the rock-throwing incident. Mr. Mackey: Nn-um. m'kay, uh, I've already taken care of it; Eric Cartman here is gonna be punished with two weeks of detention. Agent Sharp: I'm afraid it's a bit more complicated than that, Mr. School Counselor.You see, since the victim in this case is African-American, this is considered a hate crime. Cartman: …What the hell is a hate crime? Mr. Mackey: Uh, oh, but I don't think this is a ruh- Agent Keen: New laws have been passed that make any crime based on race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation a federal offense. Cartman: What? A federal offense? Mr. Mackey: Oh no. Cartman: Oh no?? Agent Keen: We're sorry, Ms. Cartman, but we must follow protocol. Your son will be taken into custody and then tried in a federal court of law. Liane: Oh my goodness.



Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Right on. The Left have always proven themselves to be racist and anti-semetic. That is no secret. Some are outward and do not try to hide it and some do not even realize it like the poster that said Michelle Obama is...

"as dark as they come."

...so she is a good role model to third world women.

Completely racist.

 

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