GP's Jill Stein: Obama’s 'Loose War Talk' Is Replay of Bush
Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein is disturbed by the ever-escalating efforts of Obama and members of Congress to launch a war with Iran.
She asserted today:
“A hallmark of a Stein administration will be respect for international law and a rejection of the Bush doctrine of preemptive war that Obama and his party have come to embrace. The interests of the American people are not served by illegal attacks on other nations based on hypothetical future transgressions. Yet President Obama is threatening Iran with attack by saying that 'all options are on the table'. It’s a terrible replay of Bush's run-up to the invasion of Iraq over the mythical weapons of mass destruction.”
“Hypothetical future transgressions.” She spells out very well Obama’s, Israel’s, the politicians', the media's and the profiteering one percenters’ SHAMELESS, not to mention INSANELY HOLLOW, justification for launching war against 80 million innocent people. A craven, manipulative and hypocritical justification. More savage devastation of human beings engineered by a pathetic, recycled Bush war playbook! How could we not have learned our lesson from Iraq?
Dr. Stein grieves that thirty two members of the US Senate were CAPABLE of introducing a plan of military action against Iran because Iran MAY be capable of ONE DAY producing nuclear weapons.
It’s really not a deep intellectual or emotional plunge to appreciate the insanity of such reasoning.
Dr. Stein makes the not insignificant point that Iran is in general compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Iran has allowed inspections. She also points out that a recent NY Times story reported that sixteen intelligence agencies agree "there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb."
But “hypothetical future transgressions” is declared justification for war, not by sane and humane people, but opportunistic war profiteers and politicians who will do anything, even attack 80 million innocent people, to win an election, turn massive profits, promote devastation for self-aggrandizing power, etc. After all, in post-morality America “MIGHT MAKES RIGHT” to those presuming to steer our country. You notice all those killing sprees so far, imperialism bloodbaths, are no serious skin off THEIR noses.
Patrick Martin writes that Obama’s speech to AIPAC made it clear what exactly Obama is willing to PUT ON THE TABLE concerning the situation with Iran:
“Obama said that his administration was committed to “use all elements of American power to pressure Iran and prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.” This formulation has an ominously open-ended character. “All elements” necessarily include not only economic sanctions and terrorist attacks in the streets of Tehran—a feature of the past three years—but also special ops forces, air strikes, ground troops and even nuclear weapons.”
Special ops forces, air strikes, ground troops and EVEN NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
Ah. The US MAY USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS against a country that MAY BE CAPABLE OF BUILDING A NUCLEAR WEAPON ONE DAY. Which country is supposedly wearing the “white hat”? This is what is passing for leadership these days?
INSANE leadership. But once again, the lesser of TWO INSANE LEADERSHIPS.
As for the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein, what is she willing to put on her table?
Real diplomacy. A quest for peace. For partnership and cooperation. Stein’s proposal is to call for a “regional agreement to ban weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, including nuclear weapons, that was called for by a UN General Assembly resolution back in 1974.”
You know, a U.S. diplomacy toolbox that holds more than just a hammer would be more than refreshing. Don’t you think?
"A U.S. or Israeli airstrike on Iraq would have severe repercussions for the American people. It would produce a global oil supply crisis that would send our entire economy into a tailspin. And it could lead to retaliatory attacks on Israeli and American citizens. We need to take a clear stand against nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, but preemptive attacks, especially for a problem that is not even in evidence, are counterproductive and must not be on the table. The mindset that every problem requires a military response has gotten us into trouble again and again, and its disappointing to see the Obama Administration going down that road yet again.”
Did you catch the wisdom and sensibleness of Jill Stein once again? “Pre-emptive attacks, especially for a problem THAT IS NOT EVEN IN EVIDENCE”? Back to her point about those “hypothetical future trangressions.” The dysfunctional "mindset" she calls out, that every problem "requires a military response."
The strident stenographer-media's rationalizations for war with Iran have all the substance of cotton candy. RANCID cotton candy.
I prefer what Jill Stein as a statesperson of integrity and moral vision is putting on her “table” over what desperate gamesman Obama, with so obviously a malleable, amoral political vision, is putting onto his.
In case you think Dr. Stein is in an eccentric, disenfranchised, unpragmatic LIBERAL minority THINK AGAIN. Do you REALLY think the MAJORITY of Americans are behind a war with Iran?
Consider that the MAJORITY of Americans WERE NOT BEHIND A WAR WITH IRAQ. Until the lying pols and the lying BIG MEDIA launched their amoral, effective manufacture of consent for power and profit. Obscene degrees of power and profit.
Anybody in this country still naive about the dark motives for the launching of the Iraq War?
Who honestly believes a war with Iran would be for any higher motives? Seriously.
Patrick Martin confirms that most Americans are assuredly NOT clamoring for war with Iran. He writes:
Even more remarkable is the Pew Research Center poll in February that found a narrow majority believing the United States should remain neutral in a war between Iran and Israel. Less than 40 percent said the United States should side with Israel, an astonishing figure given that 100 percent of the corporate-controlled media and almost 100 percent of the Democratic and Republican politicians would back the US joining Israel in such a war.
When will the majority of the citizenry stop settling for “evil” or “lesser evilism” (AT BEST?) and instead quest proactively for world peace and partnership? For global and domestic RECOVERY!
It is time for us to recognize the difference between the dangerous, profoundly full-out savage war-making for self-aggrandizement and profit by the soulless 1 percent pols and oligarchs, and the sanity and humanity of a Green Party candidate walking a path to peace AND prosperity FOR ALL.
Come on! Choose sanity and humanity!
Is it really such a tough stretch?