Daniel Ellsberg: Obama, The Con Man

with Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
Jan. 8, 2010

Dan Ellsberg provides us with his analysis of Barack Obama’s presidency, shares with us what led him to cast his vote for Obama, and how and why he’s been let down and betrayed by our current president. He discusses the stark similarities between the previous administration and Obama’s Whitehouse on issues and abuses related to civil liberties, and questions the possibility of ‘hoping’ again. Mr. Ellsberg talks about his experience as a whistleblower, the futility of disclosure to Congress then and today, the current sorry state of the US media, and more!

Dan Ellsberg graduated from Harvard in economics in 1952, served in the US Marine Corps from 1954-57, and obtained a PhD in economics from Harvard while working for the Rand Corporation in 1962. In 1964 he joined the Defense Department to work principally on decision-making in the Vietnam War. Mr. Ellsberg precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a Top-Secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to the New York Times and other publications. Ellsberg has ever since campaigned for peace and encouraged others to speak truth to power.

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9 thoughts on “Daniel Ellsberg: Obama, The Con Man

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  7. President Obama’s rhetoric has never matched his actions. He’s a slave to the oligarchy’s interests. He’s made it quite clear by what he’s actually done who he serves. And it’s not the American people, nor the people of the world, only the ones with the greatest amount of money and power.

    Let’s get clear, this is not business as usual, nor it is even in the realm of normal. What’s going on with the extreme militarization of the U.S. and push to engage in a global war, threatens everyone in the world. So Obama is not only the biggest hypocrite that I’ve ever seen, he is probably the most dangerous man in the world.

    What I wonder is how much cognitive dissonance can a person endure? How can you have the sensitivity and intelligence to say everything he says, and then go completely opposite to those ideas in the direction you take? How can such a person ever find peace inside themselves?

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