Obama’s “State of Delusion Address”: Rebuilding America With War Crimes by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
25 January 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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From beginning to end, Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was replete with delusion and falsifications. His promise of building an “America that lasts” was predicated on a sentimental, but utterly disingenuous notion of selfless teamwork. The invocation of American military “heroes” and their “achievements” during nine years of waging war on Iraq as an exemplar of how to salvage his nation from economic and social catastrophe was both sickening and laughable.

“These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations,” said Obama in praise of US troops fresh from their destruction in Iraq.

If that’s what Obama and the American people believe will resolve the deep-seated problems of American society then good luck to them in harbouring such crass delusions.

But what is sickening is how a truly gargantuan criminal war and blot on humanity is deified as a paragon of virtue to provide inspiration.

Incredibly, the day before Obama made is syrupy, American-pie paean, the world was reminded, in an oblique way, of the reality of what “American heroes” did to Iraq.

At the conclusion earlier this week of an American military court prosecution over the 2005 Haditha massacre in Iraq, none of the US Marines involved in the incident were found guilty of anything worse than “dereliction of duty”.

All but one of the eight “American heroes” was acquitted or had the charges dropped in spite of the fact that on 19 November 2005 the Marines led by Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich butchered 24 Iraqi civilians in the Western Iraqi city of Haditha. The victims included women and children, shot at close range in their beds as the US Marines ran amok in homes.

In a scene reprised elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan, the killers urinated on the mutilated bodies of their victims.

The “conclusion” of the American military court martial has sparked outrage across Iraq and the world. Here was a clear case of mass murder, and yet the American troops who committed this despicable crime walk free. The case is just one of countless others in which Iraqi civilians were shot or blown to pieces by American and NATO troops during nine years of illegal occupation. The Haditha trial is reminiscent of the British court martial over the killing of hotel worker Baha Moussa in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra; Moussa was beaten to death while in custody by British squaddies, all of whom were later cleared, despite patent evidence of cold-blooded murder.

If such cases of egregious war crimes can be committed with impunity, what chance is there for justice and truth in the plethora of other crimes committed by American, British and other Western troops and mercenaries in Iraq – the checkpoint shootings, other murderous house raids, helicopter and drone attacks on villages, the use of death squads?

After nine years of terrorizing a country that left more than one million dead and one-in-three children orphans, an American president refers glowingly to the army of criminal occupation as “heroes”. More disturbingly, the president seems to think, and wants the US public to think, that with that kind of American “achievement” and “courage” their country can overcome the moral and material meltdown that it faces.

That is tantamount to urinating on the public’s intelligence.

Finian Cunningham, is Global Research’s Middle East and East Africa correspondent and a Featured Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at cunninghamfinian@gmail.com.


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14 thoughts on “Obama’s “State of Delusion Address”: Rebuilding America With War Crimes by Finian Cunningham

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  3. Gaella, it’s very hard to read your comments. Please keep them BRIEF and put in some paragraph marks every now and again.

    I don’t believe in name calling. Obama IS a war criminal. That is a fact, not a slur. And no, I haven’t nor intend to call him Hitler.

    Right now, we have the opportunity to vote for Ron Paul in the Primaries/Caucuses in our state.

    I left the Democratic Party in 2000 and have no intention of returning unless there are huge changes in their platform. I see very little difference between them and the Republicans (with the exception of Ron Paul). They are owned by the corporations who bought them off.

    Changes will come because of popular movements, like the Occupy Movement.

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  6. Up with the teamwork of the 99%! Inspiration for all, and all for the United One! It is unfortunate the the Obama who two years ago in the State of the Union morally outraged chided the Supreme Court (along with congress for power playing politics rather than working together governance) for their decision is left with acknowledging heroes in an election year, and there are some in the military, who genuinely sacrifice their life for the ideals the USA stands for, so let us please not forget that. Many of them as well as many vets stand with us in the Occupy Movement. I still believe there is a man in there who we saw and elected who needs to be set free. Is there another candidate available? If not, we’d better shore him up, the one who occupies the White House, and keep him in there. Your law suit may be a wake up call for him. We know he knows what’s right, so what’s keeping him from it? Believing he must cow-tow to the 1% to get anything done let alone re-elected? I wonder. Has he become lost in the job? In the methodologies of governance with a non-cooperative legislative body that is clearly in the hands of the corporate rich? I really believe he wants for us what we want, so what’s preventing him from representing what he really believes? How can we help him see the light, and act upon what is in our best interests? That’s what he tried to do with the Republicans when he started. They continually try to undercut him, disempower him, make him impotent. Not that he hasn’t made terrible mistakes, including many of his staff and cabinet choices, and so forth. Again, is there a better candidate running? Let us not be conquered through dividing us, let’s get him back on track if he’s the viable candidate.

    • Pres. Obama is a war criminal. He even stated while campaigning in 2008 that he would increase the troops in Afghanistan. At that time he was a war-criminal-wannabe, as soon as he was president (3 days after), he became one by sending drones into Pakistan and killing women, men and children.

      There are other choices for president. You found this article, so you know how to find things on the Internet. Look into the Green Party, Socialist Party, Libertarian Party, and others. Rocky Anderson is running on the Justice Party. Someone may yet run as an Independent.

      You mentioned “your lawsuit”. That was Chris Hedges’, not Finian Cunningham’s lawsuit.


      • wow. harsh judgement:’ war criminal.’ All that work he did as a son of Kansas and Africa to grow up to be a Presidential War Criminal! Like that’s what people work and sacrifice to be. Geez, next you’ll be comparing him to Hitler! Won’t the Republicans be happy! Please eliminate the name calling from your rhetoric! I did say viable candidate–while I’ve supported Green Party & Libertarians in the past, and will continue to do so, viability is an issue isn’t it? The extremists of these parties don’t appeal to the majority, admittedly also don’t get the press, etc., but don’t get connected. When rhetoric such as “war criminal” is used, that doesn’t help. While he has colluded and participated in this insanity, we can see that. He did say he’d increase troups in Afghanistan and he did–it was the solution he saw. So he did what he said he would. But instead of what, walking into the job without any support in DC for a radical peace agenda, and somehow forcing all the issues? How long would he have lived? You have to know they’d’ve taken him out like they have everyone else who threatened the status quo. Perhaps we can also remember that in the 1st two years of democratic congress he got some good things done without overly freaking out the powers that be. I cannot imagine what it is like to be in his shoes, and until I walk a mile in them, I won’t judge. I will continue to insist and encourage him to be true to what he knows is right and to act courageously in that, less bipartisan nonsense with people who have no intention of being bipartian at all, and to challenge the status quo effectively. My support of Occupying continues and appreciate the movement that is by, of and for the people, all the people, peacefully and powerfully, without a head that an be lopped off. We need real democracy, and need to remember that the person in the White House has limited powers and is controlled by a lot of mighty forces. Sure there are other candidates, we’ve got, what, 9 months left? Well, a new life can be born in that time, can a new democracy be? Guess that’s up to us. Keep on keeping on, you’ve got a great voice, my it be an effective one.

        • Also, I don’t know how he is dealing with the ramifications of his actions in collusion. I believe him to be a person of conscience, and the death of innocents ways heavy upon him. The use of deadly force to accomplish anything will only backfire. War is a non-viable problem-solving method, and those who use violence to further their agenda in whatever way will reap the consequences. The peaceful change we seek will take the insistence of the vast majority of people in the world who are willing to do whatever it takes for change except commit acts of violence. That includes the violence of judgement. Are we evolved enough yet? Are we willing to risk everything for it and see what happens when we deliver the news to the Military Industrial Complex that they are now out of business? There is no further use for their services anywhere in the world? Here is the pink slip for they who gainfully employ people in every state in our country, and in a.most every nation? The status quo is changing, and the leadership will change with it. The corporatocracy has been put on notice and we the people are on it, getting smarter and more educated on the mess we are in and the threat to all we hold dear. We are an unruly bunch and want our freedom, the mythology this country was founded upon made real by us, working together, for the good of all.

  7. Very well said,, could not agree more,, it was an insulting speech,, reminding me not at all of the Obama who campaigned for the office. I wonder how stupid he really believes we are ?

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