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Via IOZ, the Obama Administration's statement about atrocities (surely not applicable to those by the United States of Look Forward Not Back):

Today, President Obama directed a thorough review to strengthen our national capacity to prevent mass atrocities. Crucially, the President will establish a new Atrocities Prevention Board with the authority and the policy tools to respond quickly to early warning signs and make recommendations before options narrow and the costs of both action and inaction rise precipitously. The President also expanded grounds to deny visas to serious human rights violators and war criminals and to isolate those who engage in or conspire to commit atrocities.

The United States is deeply committed to ensuring that no individual, now or in the future, sees a path to power in division and death. Moreover, in the enduring fight against mass atrocities, the United States will continue to enlist the contributions of all nations who know that in war, there must be rules; that, in the pursuit of power, there must be limits; that, even in a violent world, there must be rights; and that, when the embers of conflict threaten to ignite, we must be ready.

Putting aside the certainty that our own war criminals will be fully exempted, one has to admire Obama's rare gift for making a statement against atrocity ethically repellent: "The United States is deeply committed to ensuring that no individual, now or in the future, sees a path to power in division...."

There's a word for a kind of politics that eschews divisiveness. Now what is it...?

Then there's the matter of "the authority and the policy tools to respond quickly to early warning signs," a neo-con blank check if ever there was.

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Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

Is there even one phrase/sentence that doesn't just reek of hypocrisy/doublespeak? Don't the speechwriters/press agents/policy makers even see the disconnect? One could use that statement to illustrate "Orwellian".

Time for Real Change

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

Is this an admission one needs to look back on occasion?

Let us count the atrocities he could correct today and in the future!

So he's going to nationalize insolvent banks.
Eliminate the IMF and World Bank too?
He's going to shun the entire Chicago School line of economic disaster capitalism and fire 99 percent of his entire staff and cabinet?
Establish single payer health care.
End all wars (drug wars too) and reduce MIC spending 85 percent.
Return SS retirement age eligibility to 62 and raise all recipients monthly stipends now.
Tax the rich like it's 1959!
Conduct an act of seigniorage.
Sign an executive order for a WPA today.
Modernize our communications, transport and energy infrastructure.
He's going to quit supporting election efforts of Blue Dogs or Republicans like Arlen Spector.
He's going to demand public party and campaign finance only.
Prosecute war criminality in general.. and fraudulent banksters too.

Submitted by lambert on

Yay!!!!

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by RockyRococo on

One of the few in all of Blogtopia that's willing to cut through the BS from all the pols, pundits and random power-players, playing no favorites.