Obama’s Hitlerian Comments @ West Point
In “Obama’s West Point speech: A prescription for unending war” Bill Van Auken exposes the folly of the corporate media in framing Obama’s recent speech as “an embrace of a more multilateral and less militaristic American foreign policy.”
Van Auken asserts that the media is presenting the supposed “farewell” to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an indication of less US military aggression while Obama’s real foreign policy is embracing permanent global war “in pursuit of interests of the US financial elite”.
... The media distortion is driven, on the one hand, by the partisan motives of Obama’s Republican rivals, who seek to portray him as weak-kneed, and, on the other, by the support from a wealthy and privileged “liberal” elite for wars of aggression waged under the banners of “human rights” and “democracy.”
The real content of the speech was in sync with the venue in which the president chose to deliver it. As is so often the case, the audience selected for what was supposedly a major foreign policy address was uniformed and captive, subject to military discipline. In this case, it was the graduating cadets of the US Military Academy, who are joining an officer corps that is entrusted with organizing and leading Washington’s global military interventions.
“The military that you have joined is and always will be the backbone” of US “leadership” on the world stage, Obama declared, providing his audience with a succinct definition of American militarism in the 21st century.
Say-anything Obama of course spoke out of both sides of his mouth at the commencement. He quoted Dwight Eisenhower who at the West Point commencement in 1947 declared: “War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men.” Eisenhower’s speech had come not long after the conclusion of the Nuremberg trials. Eisenhower was condemning Nazi leaders for waging an aggressive war.
In what immediately followed his quotation from Eisenhower, however, Obama elaborated a doctrine with which Adolf Hitler would have had little quarrel.
“The United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it—when our people are threatened, when our livelihoods are at stake, when the security of our allies is in danger… International opinion matters, but America should never ask permission to protect our people, our homeland, or our way of life.”
What are core interests to Obama? Defending Americans from imminent attack, that proverbial “clear and present danger”? No, no, no, no, no.
According to Van Auken “core interests of America” to Obama are “the access of its corporations and banks to markets, raw materials, cheap labor and profits”. Obama is asserting the right to intervene militarily on behalf of corporations and banks. The entities the Obama administration and Congress and let’s also throw in our judicial system actually represent.
Van Auken goes on:
When he [Obama] speaks of “our livelihoods” and “our way of life,” he is referring not to the ever-declining living standards of the American worker, but to the eight-figure compensation packages of American CEOs, whose fortunes are founded on the exploitation of the working populations and resources of the entire planet.
Obama’s craven and cynical rhetoric of the speech included references to “conscience.” The US would launch wars when there were issues that “STIR OUR CONSCIENCE” Obama declared. That’s rich.
As recent history has proven, this “conscience” is highly flexible.
When unsubstantiated claims were made in 2011 that the Libyan military was on the verge of invading the rebellious eastern city of Benghazi and massacring its inhabitants, Washington and NATO launched a full-scale bombing campaign and proxy ground war that killed tens of thousands and ended with the overthrow and lynching of the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Today, having already succeeded in toppling the elected president of Ukraine, Washington is providing full support to a right-wing coup regime in Kiev as its sends troops and fascist thugs to invade the eastern city of Donetsk and massacre protesters there.
And while touting “America’s support for democracy and human rights” wherever Washington seeks to carry out regime-change, Obama included a specific exception for the Sisi regime in Egypt, which overthrew an elected president, has murdered thousands, jailed tens of thousands and outlawed the country’s largest political party. “In countries like Egypt, we acknowledge that our relationship is anchored in security interests,” he said.
Obama hearts authoritarian fascism.
Obama cited the necessity of “collective action” during the speech. With an absolutely straight face, he also spoke of “diplomacy” and “international law”:
“We have to broaden our tools to include diplomacy and development; sanctions and isolation; appeals to international law; and, if just, necessary and effective, multilateral military action.”
This scenario fits precisely the roadmap followed by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, in mobilizing his “coalition of the willing” to wage the “war of choice” against Iraq.
Everything put forward by Obama is a repudiation of international law and an endorsement of the policy of aggressive war practiced by the Nazis three-quarters of a century ago.
Maybe we should do a comparison list of Hitler’s vanquished and blood-bathed countries against Bush’s and now Obama’s?
Van Auken asks, “In how many countries is the US already carrying out military interventions and proxy wars?”
Obama announced before giving the West Point speech that almost 10,000 troops will be REMAINING in Afghanistan after the “formal” end of the US occupation at the end of this year. That there will be an indefinite residual force in Afghanistan.
In Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and God and America’s Special Ops death squads know where else drone strikes and night raids are being carried out.
US forces are infiltrating even more of Africa under the pretext of tracking down Kony, finding the Nigerian school girls or simply going after Islamist terrorists.
"American terrorism” cushioned by the propagandizing media label as “humanitarian intervention” must wage war on real terrorists that US violence has created and/or unwittingly enabled (or willfully enabled when craven ends justified craven means and alliances with real terrorists were called for at least temporarily) or "terrorists" who are not really terrorists but hapless citizens of a country who are in the way of rapacious, psychopathic corporatists and their pimped out American and European politicians.
The Obama administration “instigated a coup” in Ukraine.
It has economically and militarily threatened Russia, a nuclear power.
It has sent ground troops into Poland and former Soviet republics.
It has deployed war ships in the Black Sea.
It has provoked China with “naval exercises and B-52 fly-bys”.
Right now Obama’s administration is busily formulating plans to deploy US forces to Syria to train and arm the so-called moderate “rebels” a/k/a “jihadist terrorists” there for its full global spectrum dominance mantra of REGIME CHANGE for Syria or any country defiant enough not to surrender to the US/NATO will.
The US is colluding with and enabling al Qaeda in Syria as it is colluding with and enabling neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
The US will prolong the civil war in Syria and escalate the destruction and carnage there.
The US is helping to set up a civil war in Ukraine, though it hopes the Nazi/oligarch fascist junta can quickly and ruthlessly CRUSH citizen protesters objecting to their country becoming the next US/NATO puppet. Get that iron military and economic occupying boot on the necks of all Ukrainians asap.
In his speech, Obama called for the creation of a new $5 billion “Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund” to promote interventions and arm and train repressive forces in the Middle East, Africa and anywhere else on the planet that falls within the crosshairs of the White House.
Isn’t that special? Domestic recovery in the US ignored for the sake of creating global death squads.
Obama also took the time during the speech to defend his drone assassination program. Van Auken estimates this program has claimed at least 5,000 mostly civilian victims.
Van Auken labeled Obama’s claim “obscene” that his drone strikes are carried out where there is “a near certainty of no civilian casualties.”
The executive branch under say-anything Obama has assumed the right to enjoy unlimited power to launch wars and drone assassinations, including against American citizens. Congressional and judicial authorization is not necessary. Neither is public approval, although the corporate media as propagandists effectively whip up jingoism among low information Americans. Look at the demonization of Putin as a truly demonic US administration goes about with its colossal, multi-tentacled operation for full spectrum global dominance.
Van Auken accuses Congress of being nothing more than “a rubber stamp for the US war machine.”
Why wouldn’t it be? Again, Congress represents the war-profiteering financial elite as much as the fully pimped out executive and judicial branches.
As for the constitutional rights of the American people, Van Auken mourns that the “last vestiges of democracy” “must be dispensed with” “in order to impose conditions of war, inequality and economic austerity.”
Obama’s high-flown rhetoric about the US having passed through its “long season of war” notwithstanding, what his speech indicates more than anything is that American imperialism is preparing a global catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions.
But then again, there’s always the comforting rationalization that Obama is a “lesser evil” version of Hitler, and maybe you’re okay with that.
[cross-posted on open salon]