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Obama a Liar? Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Posted by Jesse on December 6, 2008

I intend to end this war. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in, and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war – responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.”

Some may now accuse Obama of flip-flopping. The reality is that we need to understand what the words “end” “war” “residual” and “decisively” mean when we hear Obama say them.

(above except taken from “Obama Doesn’t Plan to End the Iraq Occupation” by Jeremy Scahill)

Of course, such facts are relatively insignificant amongst the broader scope of things: For those that have been trying to sound the alarm; For those that seem to be oblivious to the reality on the ground as opposed to their ‘belief’ about how things are or should be; For those that are looking for a more concrete reason as to why America’s elections are such a waste and the 2 party system an absolute farce;

(Dreading Republican Rule, July 2000)

The glory of American democracy is that it permits us to kick out the nasty tribe of parasitical despots that is currently ruling us. The tragedy is that it installs another group that will do essentially the same thing.

Rockwell concludes:

The central government is no longer an American institution. It is positively un-American. The only possible reason for wanting the Leviathan state to have legitimacy today is the belief that you and your friends are going to be in charge of it. But don’t call that patriotism. It’s nothing more than power lust.


Andrew Bacevich wouldn’t use the term “liar”, “at least in many cases”, when describing individuals who participate in the military industrial congressional complex and the ‘naked imperialism’. At least not in such matters that really are best described in terms of institutional bureaucracies and the policies adopted.

This interview is great in the sense that it can really help to put to rest some confusion and lay down long held propaganda amongst the populace concerning America’s foreign policy.


Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University and author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, discusses the negative net returns of U.S. expansionism from the 1960s onward….

MP3 here. (42:03)

Andrew Bacevich is a Professor of International Relations at Boston University, Vietnam War veteran and author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, and The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II.

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