Superficial, Hypocritical and Insolent Obama at UN
So on Tuesday morning Obama shoveled forth his hollow “we are the mighty righteous ones” rhetoric once again while threatening another war -- a major war -- with Iran.
Granted, this is not big news to anyone, considering the massive deaths and displacements, past and ongoing, from the violence perpetrated by the US/NATO/Israel in the Middle East. Also considering the sustained US corporate media drumbeats and an awesomely bipartisan for Israel codependent Congress having been railing for war with Iran for a good long time now.
This time Obama’s lame, high-flying rhetoric righteously justifying the craven war-mongering -- with jingoistic flourishes for those of us in the cheap seats -- was made while addressing the opening session of the General Assembly of the UN.
The speech also was made, keep in mind, to an American media audience preparing to vote in November. Obama’s rhetorical tightrope walk is to placate his oligarchical overlords of the one-percent whom he has served consistently and faithfully since his taking office, as well as to posture for his pathologically tenacious citizen “believers” who, let’s face it, don’t seem to give a serious sh*t about the Obama administration’s mounting number of international war crimes. Those who will follow Obama anywhere just for not being Mitt Romney, the same way they rewarded him with four years of stunningly BLIND loyalty simply for not being George Bush.
It was the fourth time the Nobel Peace Prize winner got to prove in front of the UN how profoundly he did not deserve such a prize, but what the hey, those Nobel fools gave it to Kissinger once upon a time, too.
Bill Van Auken of wsws describes the delegates’ response to Obama as “tepid.”
So the US president is a puppet of the USWarMachine. He guaranteed to the delegates and the citizens of the US that the monstrous momentum of US military aggression will continue. There will be more CIA black ops destabilization. There will be more economic international bullying. All these dismal guarantees frosted over with the requisite “championing democracy” bullshit.
Van Auken cites this passage from Obama to the UN delegates:
“Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained, it would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear arms race in the region and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That is why… the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Obama emphasized that Iran’s window of time for diplomatic non-violent accommodation to the US (and, Israel) “is not unlimited.”
The explosion of anti-American rage across the Middle East was also cited by Obama as a target for more flexing of our military control. Yes, Mr. President, we must “crackdown” on such troubling demonstrations as if YOU and your administration and the one before you had nothing whatsoever to do with seeding them from shock and awe violence. With such anti-Americanism raging world wide this also guarantees there is a much bigger pool of victims for Obama to assassinate-drone from. This implied recourse of his was assuredly not lost on the delegates.
Van Auken points out that Obama mentioned three times bringing those who dare to attack Americans abroad to justice. What about Americans who attack foreigners and their deserved justice? (Except on their own soil they are not really the “foreigners,” our troops and operatives are.) What about innocents abroad dying, being wounded or displaced in staggering numbers as "collateral damage" due to massive US military violence and/or massive CIA-engineered enabling of foreign mercenaries or, in the cases of Libya and Syria, ethnic-avenging jihadists including Al Qaeda!
So let’s explore, with the help of Van Auken, the reality behind Obama's 30 minutes of hypocrisy and war-mongering.
International inspectors have found no evidence that Iran has launched a nuclear weapons program. It is developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes. It is a signer of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Israel stridently accuses Iran of threatening it with a FUTURE nuclear weapon. Israel has a nuclear stockpile of 400 atomic weapons and refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Israel refuses to grant any inspection of its “secret nuclear program.”
Israel and the US are concerned with the “nuclear arms race” at the same time having serious nuclear stockpiles. Iran is not even out of the proverbial gate but Israel and the US are threatening it with war for their alleged intent though incapacity?
Van Auken writes:
Meanwhile, the US has assembled its largest ever armada in the Persian Gulf, including two aircraft carrier battle groups, a new “forward staging base” vessel, and half of the US Navy’s mine-sweeping fleet, all of which are participating in joint exercises with warships from over 30 countries.
Obama’s speech came one day after the US Treasury Department claimed to have uncovered links between Iran’s state oil company and the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, providing a pretext for escalating its unilateral sanctions against banks doing business with the company.
Who is threatening whom?
Obama mainly focused on the anti-America protests and attacks at US embassies that have occurred and/or are still occurring in over a dozen countries in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Obama referred to them, Van Auken stresses, as “mindless violence” and points out how Obama “lumped” them together with the attack on September 11 by Islamist militia on the US consulate and CIA headquarters in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American colleagues were killed.
Van Auken writes:
Obama declared these events “an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded—the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war.”
What insolence! After a decade of US wars that have claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis and Afghans, the US president is the last person to lecture the people of the Middle East on how to “resolve their differences peacefully” and the advantages of diplomacy over war.
Obama added, “If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis.” However, he did no such thing. Instead, he treated the anger against the US as merely the product of the crude anti-Islamic video “Innocence of the Muslims” and of those who promote “hatred of America, or the West, or Israel.”
There was nothing in the speech about Washington’s wars, its unconditional support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, or its reliance on dictatorial regimes and absolute monarchs to secure semi-colonial control over the region and its energy resources.
Too bad Obama lacks the political and spiritual maturity of Martin Luther King who said:
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
That wisdom is lost to Obama. War seems to be both the process as well as the goal to him.
That is the whole world’s loss, including America's!