Saturday, February 28, 2009

Change We Can Believe In?

President Obama is heralded by the press as some great messiah of change while, as usual, the real domestic and foreign policies of the corporate/bank cartel government of the United States stay the same and continue without interruption in operational terms. The US "Embassy" in Baghdad is the size of 110 football fields and has cost close to 80 billion dollars to build. The truth is the masters of the world never intend to leave Iraq, so far as their control of the flow and price of energy in the country is concerned and whatever it requires, by force, to maintain it. The only argument the so-called "left" has had during the entire Iraq war has been its execution or timing, or "the way it was managed", hauntingly familiar to the arguments made by the Camelot knights of the Kennedy Democrat era regarding the Vietnam War. Now we have Kerry, Clinton, or some other "dove" assuming disconsolate looks on their faces as they pontificate about maintaining a moral authority, all while their 2003 votes in the house and senate helped pave the way for the killing and/or maiming of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children.

Obama and his team have already stepped up their bellicose rhetoric about Afghanistan, the "real front in the war on terror", to the gleeful reception of many rank and file Democrats who are so sure that we have it right on this one. The truth is both the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions were part of the plan to control the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) Pipeline far into the 21st century and beyond, or so long as fossil fuels are relevant as a means of imperial control. The main reason there is somewhat less violence in Iraq now is because most of the population has simply fled the country into Syria, Jordan and Iran. The people who remain are either the few who value money (our bribes) over the security of their homeland who in turn do our bidding in the "Iraqi Government", those who have just accepted our occupation, many of whom will end up working in some periphery of the military bases and Embassy (I can already see the young Iraqi women working as whores for some local GIs and government contractors in bars in the not so distant future), or those who refuse to comply or take our bribes and resist, through whatever means they deem necessary or possible, the horrific forces of imperial greed. Oh yeah, those guys are called the "Terrorists".

Somalia has crumbled into complete chaos and has worsened markedly since the CIA-backed government collapsed in 2006 and the US military interventions that have followed. The cruise ship hijacking media coverage was subterfuge for this message: "We have to go get those kidnapping, murdering Somali bastards!". This follows the usual formula of media coverage concerning military deployment which is, if it requires more than covert ops, the effort of planting the seed of justification for US soldiers dying into the minds of the citizens through the demonization of the "enemy" and the galvanization of our cause, concealing whatever imperial machination it may happen to truly be.

So here we are, with the Obama administration dutifully following the same standards of invasion, repression, oppression and violence we've seen in US foreign policy for over a hundred years while at present the whole world rejoices the inevitable salvation that will be his presidency. Mr. Obama is remarkably more effective than many presidents in history at influencing, through his oratory, the people of this country who may in turn and unwittingly grant him real powers of control that Bush would have reveled, had he had the ability to achieve them. What's more, what will be the result of such an advancement of power for our savior?

Robert Ferguson

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