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Robert Gates Conceals Real Story of “Gaming” Obama on Afghan War by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
January 10, 2014

Criticism in the memoirs of former secretary of defence Robert M. Gates of President Barack Obama’s lack of commitment to the Afghan War strategy of his administration has generated a Washington debate about whether Obama was sufficiently supportive of the war.

But the Gates account omits two crucial historical facts necessary to understanding the issue. The first is that Obama agreed to the escalation only under strong pressure from his top national security officials and with very explicit reservations. Continue reading

Pres. Barack Obama Signs H.R. 3304, #NDAA for 2014 + Ratner: Gitmo: 12 Years of US War Crimes

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2013

Statement by the President on H.R. 3304

Today I have signed into law H.R. 3304, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” I have signed this annual defense authorization legislation because it will provide pay and bonuses for our service members, enhance counterterrorism initiatives abroad, build the security capacity of key partners, and expand efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthen protections for victims.

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Barack Obama’s Message to the Congress — Report Consistent with War Powers Resolution + Statement by the President on South Sudan

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2013

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Mr. President:)

On December 18, 2013, approximately 45 U.S. Armed Forces personnel deployed to South Sudan to support the security of U.S. personnel and our Embassy. Continue reading

Ralph Nader: Dispelling the Myth of the 2000 Election

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 20, 2013

Ralph Nader and Paul Jay discuss Ralph’s decision to stay in the Florida race and what an electoral strategy could be now. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Blair: Tributes of Shameful Hypocrisy, Part 2 by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 18, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s life, included violence and controversy but he “walked the walk” paying the price of twenty seven years in jail for the racial equality he fought for South Africa. For all the country’s complexities, imperfections and astonishing betrayals(i) the concept of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission surely averted a cycle of vengeance which would have dwarfed the country’s continuing turbulence.

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Obama is Not a Socialist — Meet the Real Socialists by Danny Katch

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by Danny Katch
SocialistWorker.org
December 11, 2013

Socialism

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SPEECHES THAT go down in history do so for different reasons.

Mario Savio’s call to students to throw themselves on the “gears of the machine” during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1964 conjures the best of the moral outrage of that era. Sojourner Truth’s biting question “Ain’t I a woman?” conveys the impossible position that Black women still hold at the intersection of two different forms of oppression. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Blair: Tributes of Shameful Hypocrisy by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 6, 2013

Accusing politicians or former politicians of “breathtaking hypocrisy” is not just over used, it is inadequacy of spectacular proportions. Sadly, searches in various thesaurus’ fail in meaningful improvement.

The death of Nelson Mandela, however, provides tributes resembling duplicity on a mind altering substance.

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France Makes Virtue out of Vice to Exploit Central Africa Chaos by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 27, 2013

“Forcefulness seems to come easily to Mr Hollande abroad”, noted one commentator for the New York Times, who contrasted the French president’s ailing political performance at home with his robust foreign policy.

Where Francois Hollande looks weak and beleaguered on the national stage, registering as the most unpopular French president ever, his fortunes seem to rise abroad with a strident interventionist foreign policy. We saw that in September when the French president unseated the British as America’s “special friend” by declaring his country’s readiness to join Washington in a military assault on Syria.

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10 More Years in Afghanistan by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
November 26, 2013

End the Endless Wars!

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When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama’s war than President Bush’s. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until “2024 and beyond.”

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Andrew Gavin Marshall: Empire Under Obama

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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with Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
November 18, 2013

The Hampton Institute on Nov 16, 2013

Today we sit with Geopolitics Department Chair, Andrew Gavin Marshall, to discuss his latest series for the Hampton Institute: Empire Under Obama. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: Barack Obama’s Legacy: Mediocre

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by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
November 12, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
November 12, 2013

By preventing another act of aggressive war against Syria and giving asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the Russian Federation and due to the efforts of the BRICs countries being led by Russia, the “World’s Sole Military Superpower” has lost the reigns of world domination, and the world has become a multi-polar place once again. Continue reading

The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon – Bad for America by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Nov. 8, 2013

The Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 bandwagon has started very early and with a purpose. The idea is to get large numbers of endorsers, so that no Democratic Primary competitors dare make a move. These supporters include Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), financier George Soros and Ready for Hillary, a super PAC mobilizing with great specificity (already in Iowa).

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Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan’s Strategy by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
November 7, 2013

After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organisation.

That reaction accurately reflected the Central Intelligence Agency’s argument for the strike. But the back story of the episode is how President Barack Obama supported the parochial interests of the CIA in the drone war over the Pakistani government’s effort to try a new political approach to that country’s terrorism crisis.

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Washington’s Israeli Co-driver has Roadblocks Aplenty for Iran In Diplomatic Road Ahead by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 5, 2013

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

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The Iranian government has described the newfound path of diplomacy with the United States as “a long road with a lot of ups and downs”.

Not only ups and downs, it may be added, but twists and turns, blind alleys, potholes, craters and treacherous precipices. And if the US client Israeli regime has its way the Iranian negotiating vehicle could find itself in a head-on collision with a brick wall…

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript (2.12.13) + Jill Stein’s SOTU Green Party’s Response

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Updated: Feb. 15, 2013; added Jill Stein’s SOTU Green Party’s Response to the end of this post.

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Feb 12, 2013

President Obama Delivers the 2013 State of the Union Address.

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