Tag Archives: Barack Obama

They Never Announce When You Prevent a War by David Swanson

Seattle Rally

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 24, 2014

There exists, I suppose, some slight chance of this one making it into the State of the Union address, no doubt in a distorted, bellicose, and xenophobic disguise. Typically, there’s no chance of any announcement at all.

We’re stopping another war.

There are a million qualifications that need to be put on that statement. None of them render it false. A bill looked likely to move through Congress that would have imposed new sanctions on Iran, shredded the negotiated agreement with Iran, and committed the United States to join in any Israeli war on Iran. This would be a step toward war and has become understood as such by large numbers of people. Continue reading

Michael Parenti: The Republic is Now in Decay

State of the Union

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
January 25, 2014

John Robles
Voice of Russia
January 25, 2013

What the military industrial complex in the US learned from Yugoslavia was that they could fight an entire war and not lose a single soldier. This emboldened those who use war as a means to advance the interests of the empire, but the Empire feeds off the Republic for its financing and as a source for cannon fodder and the Republic is now in decay and falling apart. Continue reading

Needed: Three Obama Speeches for the People by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 16, 2014

New York - Liberty Island "Statue of Liberty & Seagull"

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Dear President Obama:

All the daily decisions and crises you have to confront must not preclude occasional addresses to the country that rise to the level of statesmanship, transcending the hurly-burly of politics and executive branch administration.

There are three areas where the people need the views and vision of their President.

1. A major address on the resources and preconditions necessary for the government to wage peace as a continual policy of statecraft and not just sporadic initiatives between waging war or engaging in other violent conflicts. Continue reading

Response to Barack Obama’s Eulogy for the Fourth Amendment by David Swanson + Julian Assange Responds To Obama’s #NSA Reforms Speech

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama gave a eulogy for the Fourth Amendment on Friday, and not even his fans are proclaiming victory.  In this moment when Obama is actually doing one thing I agree with (talking to Iran), more and more people seem to be slowly, agonizingly slowly, finally, finally, finally, recognizing what a complete huckster he is when it comes to pretty speeches about his crimes.

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Barack Obama’s #NSA Speech + Transcript + Presidential Policy Directive-28 — Signals Intelligence Activities + Rand Paul Responds

The Bug Stops Here

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President Obama’s Full NSA Speech

WSJDigitalNetwork on Jan 17, 2014

At a major speech outlining revisions to U.S. intelligence operations, Barack Obama announced a number of new procedures for the NSA, including an end to the phone tapping of world allies.

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Barack Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive — United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy + Fact Sheet

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014

PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-27

SUBJECT: United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

Conventional weapons have continued to play a decisive role in armed conflict in the early 21st century and will remain legitimate instruments for the defense and security policy of responsible nations for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Statement by the President on the Implementation of the First Step Agreement on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 12, 2014

Today’s agreement to implement the Joint Plan of Action announced in November marks the first time in a decade that the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to specific actions that halt progress on its nuclear program and roll back key parts of the program.  Continue reading

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

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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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