In 2004, John Kerry, a genuine war hero with a surprisingly consistent voting record, was mercilessly (and unfairly) ridiculed for his gaffe, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion [Iraq war supplement] before I voted against it.” Though entirely about Senate procedure, not war support, this celebrated flip-flop did him in, making him appear weak.
Yet compared to today’s president, Kerry is a blaze of consistency, for Obama has been for (or against) nearly every issue of importance he’s now against (or for). No wonder David M. Green offers his biting wisecrack of a title, “I Can’t Wait For Barack Obama To Become President.” My head swirls just tracking what no longer qualifies as mere flip-flops but an array of upside-down, dipsy-doodle, double reverses. Any more backsliding and “turnabout is fair play” becomes Obama’s next campaign motto. Irony on “reform” has its limits.
Do you have this feeling that despite all the press, you don’t really have a clue what’s going on down there in the oil-hemorrhaging Gulf, that is, with either the spill or BP. Except that the whole situation is getting worse by the minute? But here’s some light for thought.
Despite huge amounts of advertising as a Green Company, BP was named by Mother Jones Magazine as one of the “ten worst corporations” in both 2001 and 2005 based on its environmental and human rights record. “In 1991 BP was cited as the most polluting company in the US based on EPA toxic release data.”
Did a 2007 report of massive mineral deposits in Afghanistan affect President Obama’s 2009 decision to widen the scope of the Afghan war?
Is a recent New York Times article covering up that possibility?
A U.S. Geological Survey has shown that Afghanistan is one of the worlds’ biggest depositories of minerals and precious metals. Include on that list, a lithium find that could be as large as Bolivia’s, now the world’s major source of the rare mineral.
June 14, 2010 — RT’s Anastasia Churkina sits down for an exclusive interview with award-winning journalist, TV/radio host and author Amy Goodman to talk about all the latest stories the mainstream media has not been too truthful about.