Monday, September 17, 2012

Election 2012, and the man who promised change; Reported by Jack Ferm

Obama is not the first president to divide the spoils of his presidency among his supporters but he is perhaps the most obvious.

Looking at the history of his relationship with Wall Street to his support of Oil and all the large corporate interests, tells the tale of a man who fooled a nation.  Yet in the face of a failed presidency, the Republicans have failed to present a believable candidate, while America continues to cringe on the verge of a revolution.    

As a candidate who promised change, he delivered a mystery of mixed prospects. From an escalation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to entering new battle fronts through his drone warfare escalation in six countries, to the execution of American Citizens without trial, to the NDAA giving himself the power to hold American Citizens indefinitely, to his protection and enabling of continued corruption by his Wall Street handlers.

But most blatantly his refusal to seek criminal prosecutions of the Wall Street insiders who have played a large part over financing his public office candidacy, and his friendship for JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon

The man who promised change retained the bush advisors. Increased defence spending and passed the nations first health care law that failed to address the real numbers of America’s uninsured, while it leaves millions to remain uninsured. The health care law did one thing; it assured the solvency of the insurance industry, an industry that took a hit from the foreclosure epidemic.  But in funding the insurance industry President Obama showed his true interest which does not lay with America’s most needy, the unemployment, or a failed economy.  

But what he did do is even more systemic of a government that no longer represents the governed;

Obama Signed the NDAA into law -- making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o trial; Personally oversees a 'Secret Kill List'; Waged war on Libya without congressional approval; Started a covert, drone war in Yemen; Escalated the proxy war in Somalia; Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan; Was thrown out of Iraq; Sharply escalated the war in Afghanistan; Secretly deployed US special forces to 75 countries; Signed an agreement for 7 military bases in Colombia; Opened a military base in Chile; Touted nuclear power, for the nuclear power lobby, even after the disaster in Japan;  Opened up deepwater oil drilling, even after the BP disaster;  Signed the Patriot Act extension into law knowing the law is fundamentally flawed and is unconstitutional; Continued Bush's rendition program;
 Kept his promise to not prosecute CIA torturers; Gives Shell Green Light to Start Risky Arctic Drilling; Sent 200 Marines to Guatemala to fight drug trafficking; Authorized covert support for Syrian rebels; Obama signs executive order giving himself control of all communication systems in America;  Under Obama, the export of American arms to countries around the world -- even those actively repressing their own citizens -- is booming. The United States is the world's top provider of major conventional weapons; helped the C.I.A. to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition, as part of PNAC the “project for a new American century plan for world dominance”; Obama administration rejects FOIA requests from NYT, ACLU for "targeted killing" Obama order set off wave of cyberattacks against Iran;  Obama's 'Poverty-Relieving' Plan for Africa a Profit Boon for Giant Agribusiness and his ties to Monsanto; Obama has opened three new military bases in Honduras; Proposes Polar Bear Extinction Plan; fast-tracked segment of Keystone pipeline against US interests; signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources; signs anti-protest trespass bill into law; Obama's Attorney General says U.S. can assassinate American citizens abroad (without being charged with anything or given a trial); White House helps pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance;  We're #47! After Occupy Journalist Arrests, US Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings; The White House has declared the government of South Sudan eligible to receive weapons and defense assistance from the U.S. The announcement came amid an outbreak of violence between two South Sudanese tribes that may have left thousands dead and some 50,000 people needing aid; Obama Signs NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill into Law, The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision; Expand military in Australia 2,500 US Marines to be stationed in Australia; Obama's Offshore Oil Plan a Disaster for Wildlife, Climate; Obama's new war in Uganda; Obama's proposal to gut Freedom of Information Act; As troops pull out of Iraq, Obama plans more combat forces elsewhere in the Middle East; New Obama Foreclosure Plan Helps Banks At Taxpayers' Expense; Obama Waives Penalties on Countries That Employ Child Soldiers; Obama accommodates Turkey's request for drone aircraft in fight against Kurdish separatists; Blocked release of Photos & videos of Bin Laden's killing because they would allegedly reveal military and intelligence secrets and could lead to violence against U.S. personnel; Obama quietly renews U.S. embargo on Cuba; Obama secretly sold bunker-busting bombs to Israel; US Resumes Arms Sales to Bahrain.  Less than three months after including Bahrain on a list of human rights offenders requiring the United Nations' attention; Obama silent as U.S. murders Troy Davis; Assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula; "Obama cozies up to Uzbekistan dictator" - lobbies congress to sell more military equipment to one of the world's most repressive leaders; Building new massive prison in Bagram, Afghanistan; Obama Pushes NAFTA Style Trade Policy Despite 2008 Promise; Obama said that if the Palestinians try to achieve statehood in the UN Security Council, the US will oppose the proposal; Obama abandoned a contentious new air pollution rule, buoying business interests that had lobbied heavily against it; Libya is essentially a "NATO enforced regime change" and President Obama is "implementing the Bush domino agenda in the Middle East";  Obama’s secret war in 120 countries, Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission; Obama's Debt Deal 'Trades People's Livelihoods for the Votes of a Few Unappeasable Right-Wing Radicals'; 99 Out of 101 Torture Cases Dropped to benefit of CIA; U.S. millions fund world’s newest army, South Sudan, despite worries of its human rights abuses, including killings, most recently in April when hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded by the U.S. ally; The Obama administration expanded its drone war to Somalia, which makes six countries where the United States is using drones to conduct lethal attacks: Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen; Also, the US is supplying drone aircrafts to Uganda and Burundi to help them fight in Somalia; Obama Admin Warns of “Fines and Incarceration” if U.S. Citizens Set Sail with Gaza Aid Flotilla;  Just prior to Obama's speech on withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $14.2 million contract to a Turkish company to construct an eight-building barracks complex for 12,000 troops at Bagram Air Field.  Completion date is scheduled for fall of 2013; Whistleblowers Suffer More than Ever Under Obama;  
This list is endless!
Obama’s record is perhaps one of the worst of any president in modern times, he was a man that not only lacked experience but played to it.

America has an overkill military; we have the largest budget in the world and are incapable, with all our technology and man power, of winning a war... Think Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korea for starters!

Another way of looking at it is this: Obama 'inherited' two wars, both of them in violation of international law. Afghanistan did not attack us. He greatly expanded that war, escalated the war into Pakistan and other states, dropped special ops troops into a dozen African nations, overthrew Libya and lied about the reasons and our use of mercenaries which caused the 'uprising', expanded the 'anti-drug' war in Honduras after acceding to the military coup there... in short, he's greatly expanded America's military presence almost everywhere. His undermining of the constitution is worse than anything Nixon or Bush ever did.

We are to be engaged in a 100 year war to stamp out terrorism…But Most people have no idea what Terrorism is. It is not an enemy, it is an ideology of people without a standing army...The way to deal with this ideology is to change the battleground, war and killing will never end terrorism, it will Embolden it because for every terrorist killed 10 more will take their place...they become martyrs for their cause...We are not involved in a war against terrorism, because we are using a method that is destined to fail…we are engaged in a war to eliminate our rights as a free people…Using the ploy of terrorism to accomplish it... And this ploy has been very successful…

Obama has relegated our First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendment rights to history… we are watched and followed wherever we go on the net, our emails are saved and read, our phone conversations are being recorded, our library records and phone calls are monitored; We are subject to search by any law enforcement officer without a warrant, and without probable cause, we are monitored because of our ethnic heritage, We are subject to arrest and detention without a presentation of charges, without representation and without a trial; we are watched through numbers of cameras strategically placed for that purpose while drones are to be engaged to watch us more closely.  We are no longer allowed the right to assemble and petition or the right to speech to criticize the government, we are monitored through our own computers and the back door placed in programs we rely on; our satellites can follow us wherever we travel, and we can be assassinated for speaking out against the policies of our own government…

Give some thought to this!

We pay for war but let our infrastructure rot (Bridges, Roads, and Schools)

We pay for war but have no jobs. (The real numbers of Unemployed may be as high as 40 million people)

We pay for war and have a disintegrated educational system. (America has received scores around 500 on a scale that goes up to 1,000: 487 in math, 500 in reading and 502 in science. The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and 25th for mathematics)

We pay subsidies to Big Oil, go to war to protect their interests and create great vast riches for the military industrial complex through non-competitive bid contracts.

We give loans interest free to institutions that are monopolies and allow them the become our creditors with no money out of pocket, then, allow them to write off profits made from our taxes through tax loopholes.

This is the failed presidency of a man who rode a white horse and promised change we can believe in!