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Semantics for Authority February 28, 2009

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The most solid promise that Barack Obama made, one which apperaed incontrovertible and appealed to most humane individuals globally was the promise to withdraw all troops from Iraq.

The promise on face value means that U.S. forces will not remain in Iraq, but no sadly the U.S. President has had a change of heart or a slap on the wrist and is now only withdrawing combat troops, about 50,000 will remain in situ to among other things guard “American assets”. We obviously didn’t read the small print about the ‘non combat’ contingent of the U.S. armed forces.

If 50,000 doesn’t sound like many bare in mind that in 1880 at the height of British Colonial power Britain had only 66,000 troops in the whole of its Indian territories, a considerably largerĀ  proposition, both in population and geographic area.

This was acheived through proxy forces, essentially mercenaries, professional soldiers who had no allegiance to the nation of the army they fought in and in a similar fashion so will the current occupation of Iraq. The thousands of mercenaries will remain and the U.S. will ultimately have a large amount of sway over the Iraqi Army. They have been asked to leave but have ignored that request and so are far from being on reciprocal, sovereign terms.

Another valid, more contemporary comparison, in the same vein of lowly semantics has been Burma’s response to international pressure to release political prisoners. They last week released over 6,000 prisoners, 20 odd were political, and those who were had largely served their sentnces.

In both situations one sees the weight of opion weighing down on cruel authorities towards their most incongruent crimes and their facetious, childish responses.

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Smoke like a Champion! February 5, 2009

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The News of the World this week treated us to the news that one of the most successful Olympians, ever, Michael Phelps is a pot smoker.

The Natural News has pointed out that after much criticism of the athlete for smoking his bong, that it can hardly be seen as virtuous to publicly promote fast food to kids; one of the major causes of the obesity epidemic, let alone heart disease. Whilst Phelps’ pot smoking is a private affair until some rapscallion shares their photos with the gutter press, his pushing of these calorie laden grease traps however actually effects millions of people.

If ever proof was needed of the innocuous nature of the herb, this is it. The sad truth of legislation, however was further highlighted when Obama’s pledge or support for medical marijuana was proved to be fraudulent. As California police seized the beneficial herbs from patients in the state which has been attempting to utilise their benefits for some time.

‘Be the Change’…? How about we change the law so that natural herbs can be used, legally and mechanically processed, dead animal, fat laden products aren’t advertised to kids as virtuous sports enhancing, life style bonanzas….just an idea.

How does it feel…. January 27, 2009

Posted by Joseph in Arms, Obama, U.S. foreign policy, War.
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To have killed your first kid?

Surely a right of passage for any self respecting U.S. president. Not that anybody should have been surprised, given the bucket loads of cash that Obama accrued from defence contractors during his marathon funding adventure prior to election.

Obama’s promised escalation of the Afghanistan theatre lead to ‘unspecified numbers of civilians’ losing their lives in Pakistan this week in the countries tribal region; victims of an unmanned drone.

The lack of action from Obama over Israel’s defiance of international law and the U.N. also raises questions of whether, even given the will to do so, Obama can reign in free flowing Israeli aggression, given his subservience to the ‘military industrial complex’, and its reliance on Israeli consumption of U.S. arms.

Barry’s Economic Woes November 8, 2008

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As the dust settles on the historic ridding of the temple, Obama now peers into some very empty coffers, while Bush & gang run giggling into the sun set, like naughty school girls…all the way to the bank.

Thats right, after disastrous, record expenditure and tax cuts for elites a debt ridden government has now been finally put to its knees by the bankers ‘bail out’; a $700bn last drop of loot for societies most privelaged.

Obama’s election pledges will mean little to economic advisors, who will instantly be informing the President elect that fiscal restraint is the only option. This period of limited expenditure will witness a worsening in standards of living for the American people that will propel Obama into Clinton territory for underacheivement and a general malaise for the populous. Ultimately leaving a disgruntled electorate at the mercy of the right wing propganda machine when the next election comes around, ready for the next president to blow all that fiscal restraint on wars and tax cuts to benefit him and his feindish mates!

Terror Pres October 30, 2008

Posted by Joseph in Terror, U.S. foreign policy, War.
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Republican blogs and speeches are alive with accusations of ‘palling’ with terrorists, accusations of friendships held with middle eastern historians to ‘Weather Men’. Barry Obama’s middle name and his strange foreigness inspiring fear in the hearts of the American mind courtesy of the Republican ‘truth department’.

For it is the drawing of these tenuous links of Barry’s that contrive to conceal Republican links with individuals, of a truly unpleasant nature.

McCain himself is no stranger to ‘palling’ with ruthless mass murderers; including a good ‘pall’ with Augosto Pinochet in Chile back in 1985.

Whilst his effervescent, long standing institution of a foreign affairs specialist, Henry Kissinger has done alot more than simply ‘pall’ (I don’t even know what that means!). The orchestrator of war and genocide is unable to step foot in numerous European countries due to his conivance in crimes against humanity in South East Asia, Chile and Angola.

Whilst revered cold war warriors like Bush senior and Reagan hosted Afghan war lords whose tactics in their jihad included/include the throwing of acid in the faces of unveiled women. Lucky Palin wasn’t ‘palling’ around the place in those day.

Their ‘ palling’ with unscupulous tyrants was only the tip of the ice berg in their reigns of terror; numerous foreign adventures in conflcits, hot & cold against small third world countries were what epitomised their foreign policies. These ruined and took the lives of countless people, killing hope and prospects of indigenous development and prosperity.

The propganda of the GOP epitiomises, here in the election, the racism and Orwellian double speak that these unspeakable human beings have foisted upon us all in their attempt, through whatever means possible to control and polarise wealth and privelage and maintain their backward hegemony.

Basher Barry Gets the Bucks! October 29, 2008

Posted by Joseph in Arms, U.S. foreign policy, War.
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Barry Obama is the fisrt Democratic candidate since Clinton to beat the Republican’s in gaining defense contributions for the Democrats as a whole.

Whilst liberals salivate at the prospect of a first black president and ‘change’. His utterances on the subject of war and foreign policy have obvioulsy won him traditionally ‘conservative’ supporters amongst the lobbyist community on capitol hill.

Whilst McCain offered them the enticing potential of a new ‘hundread’ year war if ‘that’s what it took’, Barry’s evident commitment to reinforcing the much more inflating, war like, situation in Afghanistan and even spreading the conflcit into neighbouring nuclear armed Pakistan….sounds, well…..alot more lucrative (in the short term at least).

The ‘militray industrial complex’ has done exceptionally well under the Bush administration. Whether they back ‘winners’ or win elections is a book in itself but the dark shadow of Eisenhower’s warning, about the military industrial complex and its influence upon politics seems alive and well within Obama’s promise of ‘being the change’.