Sunday, October 5, 2014
On Democracy Now!, Jeremy Scahill (author of the NYT bestseller, Dirty Wars) described Obama's drone wars as "Kabuki Theater". He implicitly referred to the Iraqi-Syrian ISIS War as the same. Mr. Scahill is right on the money. Let's also include the War in Afghanistan, the present purpose of which is unclear to just about everyone. Any group having anything to do with 9-11 has left Afghanistan long ago.
Almost three years ago, Democracy Now! ran a clip of General Wesley Clark relating a story of his visit to the Pentagon just after 9-11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8YtF76s-yM An old colleague of his, another General, pulled him into his office and said that we were going to invade Iraq. Clark asked "Why?", and his friend replied, "I don't know."...sometime later, General Clark was back visiting his friend and learned that the NeoCons at the highest levels had plans to invade seven Muslim countries and institute regime change. Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Somalia were on that list. So was Iran. Such plans violate both the U.S. Constitution and International Law.
Enter Barack Obama, the Peace candidate in 2008...the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. The guy was going to protect whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, institute a transparent Administration, restore credibility to the Executive Branch, and end wars. This 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has bombed and/or launched missiles into Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Syria. [You couldn't make up this stuff if you tried.] His war activities aren't that much different from those of the previous NeoCons...the guys who say he's a "socialist". Obama, the fellow who protects mega bankers from prosecution, is the best friend of the private defense industry, and expands war to the point where it's perpetual...supposedly is a socialist. Looks to me as though he's closer to being a NeoCon than anything else. He's a lover of Crony Capitalism. [His vaunted Obamacare is nothing more or less than a bailout of mega health insurance companies. The "Leftist" Roosevelt Institute said exactly that in one of their analyses.]
Meanwhile, the Constitution is being violated, war "authorizations" either nonexistent ["...as Commander-in-Chief..."] or long expired ["...the Iraq War Resolution..."] are used to wage Perpetual War, the meanings of key terms (such as "imminent" and "war") are totally changed, innocent people are being killed, and phony threats are manufactured. Jeremy Scahill thinks no one in Syria even has heard of the "Khorasan" Group. If it does exist, best estimates are that the very few members are leaders of Al-Qaida...hardly a NEW threat, and no more of an "imminent" danger than they've been for years.
Kabuki Theater for sure. Not just my opinion. Be Well