Sunday, November 30, 2008

Not Quite Obama's Dream Team as Supporters Question Obama's Choices & Policies

UPDATE: 6:29 PM Sun. Nov. 30, 2008

Anyway lets begin with another funny bit from stand up comic aka The Commander in Chief out-going President George W. Bush who believes his presidency is one which will be remembered favorably by Historians . Forget all the crimes and misdemeanors committed by the Bush/Cheney Regime to remember them or focus on them is just mean-spirited nit picking according to Bush, the Conservatives and the Republicans. This should bring peace to the over 4,000 dead American soldiers and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's killed in unprovoked unnecessary war.

If Obama is willing to forgive and forget the last eight years of mismanagement and war profiteering and the dismantling of the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Geneva Conventions etc. and flush it all down the old Memory Hole then shouldn't we all do the same. Just kidding since there are many of us who think Obama should stand up to these thugs who ran America's government like Mafia Boses. But too late Obama has already brought a number of these crooks into his transition team.

Yes this would be truly funny except for the fact that in all likely hood many American politicians so called political pundits and paid for academics such as David Fromm & other neoconservatives' phony scholars will help the Bush supporters to rewrite history to make Bush into a hero and Saint like other conservitives before him such as Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater or Joseph McCarthy and William F. Buckley Jr.and the prevalence of racists in the Republican Party such as; Strom Thurmondand David Duke and other heroes such as hate mongering conspiracy spinner J. Edgar Hoover and their beloved John Birchers and even having a racist individual in a positon of authority for example; Haley Barbour as Chairman of The Republican National Committee and a number of other other fanatical ideologues and racists. . The Republican Party as we saw in this past election campaign showed its true colors as Hate Mongers , conspiracy spinners and racists.

Bush wants history to see him as a liberator of millions

WASHINGTON (AFP) – George W. Bush hopes history will see him as a president who liberated millions of Iraqis and Afghans, who worked towards peace and who never sold his soul for political ends.

"I'd like to be a president (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace," Bush said in excerpts of a recent interview released by the White House Friday.

"I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values."

He also said he wanted to be seen as a president who helped individuals, "that rallied people to serve their neighbor; that led an effort to help relieve HIV/AIDS and malaria on places like the continent of Africa; that helped elderly people get prescription drugs and Medicare as a part of the basic package."
Bush added that every day during his eight-year presidency he had consulted the Bible and drawn comfort from his faith.

GRITtv Newsmaker, November 24, 2008. Jeremy Scahill, Benjamin Barber

In what way when it comes to foreign policy is Obama better for the world than was the Bush Regime. Was all that energy that Obama's supporters put into his campaign for nothing. He refuses to bring to justice those people in the Bush Regime in the Pentagon and CIA and the military from the ordinary soldier to the Generals to the Commander in Chief who took part in detainee abuses and torture. And then are those who took part in massive fraud such as the corporations and other War Profiteers from Halliburton to Kellogg Brown & Root etc. are they too to get a Free Pass.
Obama is not going to ban Blackwater or other Mercenaries working for The United States in Iraq or Afghanistan and elsewhere. Obama is in favor of reducing the number of troops in Iraq but not a full withdrawal. Obama is also in favor of escalating the failed war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. So there will be even more civilians killed by Americans in Afghanistan since the US troops and air-force have shown little regard for innocent civilians who are just by-standers. But as I have said and it has been shown since 9/11 and even in previous military actions that the Americans just write-off civilian deaths in euphemisms such as Collateral Damage or as as Stuff Happens or this suffering is part of the "birth pangs of emerging democracy ". So the Americans along with its allies the Canadians and British will continue their terrorist campaign against the Afghanistan people. They will free Afghanistan even if it means killing every last Afghanistani. What they call peace we call a dessert. Once again it is a matter of shock and awe and Free Fire Zones and the destruction of a village because there might be an insurgent in that village so napalm them all. And so more Wedding parties will be blown up in the name of the War on Terror and American security .

Obama is also backing the the on-going war against the people of South America under the guise of the War On Drugs. Heaven forbid that the people of South America be permitted to set their own agenda which would favor their own people rather than American companies & multinationals at the expense of their own people .

Obama and Blackwater

11/15/08 Jeremy Scahill author of Blackwater. C-SPAN Book TV
Obamas Agents of Change pt. 1 of 2 Nov. 21, 2008
Amy Goodman interviews Jeremy Scahill and David Corn about some of the questionable members of Obama's new Whitehouse Team !

Obama's Agents of Change pt. 2 of 2

also see Jeremy Scahill's in depth article on Obama's choices for his transition team and his cabinet:

This Is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House By Jeremy Scahill, AlterNet. Posted November 20, 2008.

A who's who guide to the people poised to shape Obama's foreign policy.

also see: Mumbai to Obama: End Bush's War on Terror Saturday 29 November 2008 by: Steve Weissman, t r u t h o u t

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai call out to President-elect Barack Obama and his advisors to rethink the signature blunder of George W. Bush's eight years in office - the so-called War on Terror. As US intelligence reports have made clear, the centerpiece of the supposed campaign against terror, the military occupation of Iraq, has increased the likelihood of more attacks like those in Mumbai, Madrid, London and Manhattan. The new escalation in Afghanistan will similarly increase terrorist attacks there, in neighboring India and Pakistan, in disputed Kashmir, and throughout the world

...But even if Al-Qaeda did, how would killing Osama bin Laden - if he's still alive - or hanging all of his top aides, or hammering the Taliban in any way defuse the toxic brew of often justified grievances and outrageous religious fanaticism that we now face? The enemy is not a single man, and not a single group. It is a movement of shared ideas and beliefs, all too often encouraged by Washington's pursuit of policies that are both unjust and counter-productive.

The terrorist bloodshed started long before bin Laden and will continue long after his dialysis machine packs up. No magic bullet will end it, but military boots on other people's ground will almost always make matters worse. That's what they did in Iraq. That's what they are doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

What bin Laden added to the mix was the well-articulated idea that terrorist attacks could promote a clash of civilizations, or holy war. With his War on Terror, George W. Bush, the Crusader-in-Chief, responded exactly as bin Laden wanted, turning moderate Muslims around the world into terrorist supporters, funders, and enablers. Why would Obama want to continue the madness?

...Barack Obama is in a unique position to build cooperation and encourage Muslims everywhere to find their own way forward. Happily, he has made a good start by announcing that he will close Guantánamo and end the horrors of torture. He has also raised the hope, however faint, that he will work toward a just settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Even more to the point, his pledge to build a green economy will reduce any argument for continuing American support of despotic governments in countries with large reserves of oil and natural gas.

All this is promising. But it remains only a promise, and all of it will come to naught if Obama gives the orders to continue killing people and breaking things wherever and whenever the United States wants.


Obama it appears is also going to continue the disastrous and unnecessary and ill advised War on Drugs.

Obama's Drug Czar Pick: Will We Ever Get Past Having a War on Drugs?

By Maia Szalavitz, Huffington Post. Posted November 25, 2008.
We can't ignore science like Bill Clinton did and install a drug czar who will ignore science and push dogma.

and so it goes,

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