"Obama's rogue state tramples every law it demands others uphold"
--George Monbiot (9 September 2013)
"Eighty-three times the US has exercised its veto (in the UN Security
Council). On 42 of these occasions it has done so to prevent Israel's
treatment of the Palestinians being censured. On the last occasion
130 nations supported the resolution but Barack Obama spiked it. ...
But now, as the veto powers of two permanent members (Russia and
China) obstruct its (US) attempt to pour petrol on another Middle Eastern
fire, the US suddenly decides that the system is illegitimate. ...
In 1997 the US agreed to decommission the 31,000 tonnes of sarin, VX,
mustard gas and other agents it possessed within ten years. In 2007 it
requested the maximum extension of the deadline permitted by the
Chemical Weapons Convention--five years. Again it (USA) failed to keep
its promise, and in 2012 it promised they would be gone by 2021."
US foreign and military policies have long been extremely dishonest and
hypocritical. But many, if not most, Americans seem so thoroughly
'brainwashed' by US nationalistic propaganda that they reflexively tend
to support any US policy that appears to increase US power anywhere.
"The silent military coup that took over Washington"
--John Pilger (10 September 2013)
"The historian Norman Pollack calls this (what's happened in the USA)
'liberal fascism'. 'For goose-steppers substitute the seemingly more
innocuous militarisation of the (US) total culture. And for the bombastic
leader, we have the reformer manque (Barack Obama), blithely at work,
planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while.' Every Tuesday
the 'humanitarian' Obama personally oversees a worldwide terror network
of drones that 'bugsplat' people, their rescuers and mourners. In the
west's comfort zones, the first black leader (Obama) of the land of slavery
(USA) still feels good, as if his very existence represents a social advance,
regardless of his trail of blood. *This obeisance to a symbol has all but
destroyed the US anti-war movement--Obama's singular achievement.*"
When some extremely naive liberal European acquaintances of mine actually
celebrated Barack Obama's being (wrongly) given the Nobel Peace Prize,
I told them to expect to see Obama become about as transparently (even
to people wearing rose-coloured glasses) a ruthless militaristic leader as
any US President ever has been.