by Matt Taibbi
April 1, 2011
Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks.
So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. And raise your hand if you knew that, just a week or so after Obama’s executive order, the U.S. Treasury Department quietly issued an order exempting this and other Libyan-owned banks to continue operating without sanction.
Like the poisoned rat, we can’t make a connection between our decline and our appetites, or, more precisely, what we’ve been fed that’s labeled ‘fair and balanced” and we’ve greedily consumed.
“The richest 1% took $7 of every $100 of America’s income in 1980. They have increased that to $20 of every $100 today. In just one generation they’ve TRIPLED their cut of the pie.” — Paul Buchheit, CommonDreams.org 12.7.2010
We need to take a closer look at the convoluted and arcane present hemorrhaging of the multitudes, especially in the light of revolutions now taking place in Tunisia and Egypt.
(SOAPBOX #93) – Cindy hosts Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K., famously known as the “Mahatma” – or great-souled one. (He would have hated that, tolerating only being treated as an average man!) Nevertheless, it was that man who invented what he called satygraha (or “militant nonviolence”) and thereby changed the course of our whole world, inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King and many others, often less famed – but no less a stout and influential hero for peace. [Such as Badshah Khan. Continue reading
On the morning of March 31 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization assumed full command of military operations against Libya, effecting the transfer of air, naval and preliminary ground operations from U.S. Africa Command’s Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. In NATO’s words, “The Alliance has the assets in place to conduct its tasks under Operation Unified Protector – the arms embargo, no-fly zone and actions to protect civilians and civilian centres.”
On the same day a press conference was conducted by NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, the commander of Unified Protector Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard and the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola to announce the transition.
The gulf between what’s happening on the ground in the Middle East and the way it is perceived by the US intelligence services — as well as the gulf between how critics perceive America’s counterterrorism policies in the Middle East, and how those policies are perceived by US intelligence — were recently exposed in an article in the Wall Street Journal by Julian E. Barnes and Adam Entous, entitled, “Upheaval in Mideast Sets Back Terror War.”