Mar. 26, 2015 By Jack Jodell.
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“Children should be seen and not heard.”
- An old proverb -
“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
- Founding Father James Madison, 1787 -
Recently, when asked by a group of White House reporters to respond to allegations by the Venezuelan governmemt that the U.S. is attempting to stage a coup d’etat there, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki respomded (almost robotically), “These latest accusations, like all previous such accusations are ludicrous. As a matter of long standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Political transitions must be constitutional, democratic, peaceful and legal. We’ve seen many times that the Venezuelan government tries to distract from it’s own actions by blaming the United States or other members of the international community for events inside Venezuela. These efforts reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan government to deal with the grave situation it faces.” As the incredulous reporters laughed in disbelief at such an enormous load of pure bullshit being issued from such a high-ranking official, I was also dismayed at her flippant response.
How dare this moronic little pipsqueak give such a juvenile, doublespeak-laden answer to a serious question legitimately asked by one of the press? The question asked resulted from a statement issued by the Obama administration only a few days earlier: that Venezuela was a “grave threat” to American security. Curious how that is the same language that war criminal George W. Bush used to describe Iraq, just before he illegally launched a massive invasion there! Not only that, but there is overwhelmingly abundant proof that the U.S. has repeatedly and deliberately interfered in the internal affairs of a great many countries over many decades! Let’s see…Iraq in 2003, Iran in 1953, Grenada in 1983, plus El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, Bolivia – why NOT Venezuela, too (for a second time)? Ms. Psaki’s statement was symptomatic of the arrogant and condescending way the Obama administration has handled the press on far too many an occasion.
Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009 pledging transparency. After years of deliberate, smug lies from war criminals George W. Bush, DICK Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Tony Snow, and Dana Perino (to name but a few), this pledge seemed like a welcome breath of fresh air. In reality, though, Obama has run a very tight-lipped ship, and has undertaken strong measures to punish those who violate his strict code of secrecy – as evidenced by the long prison terms given Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning and John Kiriakou, among others. He has attempted to intimidate the press, too, as evidenced by his recent hassle with James Risen. Is it any wonder that men such as Julian Assange or Edward Snowden have resorted to getting diplomatic protection inside other countries? We saw the danger paranoia in high places can do, when Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld lied us into a very long, costly, and unnecessary war of aggression and plunder in Iraq. How can Obama not recognize how costly and foolhardy it is for him to stay on this destructive neoliberal path of constant military intervention everywhere in the world? How can our military / industrial complex be SO obsessed with greed that it constantly lobbies for arms sales and global military intervention as well? Why do we see neocon hawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain always pushing for yet another military engagement somewhere? Who does this latest neocon young pup, Tom Cotton, think he is to write such a rash and ignorant letter to the leadership in Iran as he did, naively giving them American civics lessons, less than 2 months after first entering political office? Just prior to Cotton’s foolishness, crybaby Speaker of the House John Boehner blindsided President Obama by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Bebe Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without telling any of the Democrats or even the President first! This was an incredibly impetuous and wholly unprecedented move by Boner – one who should have known far better! And why, pray tell, is President Obama so obsessed with using drones to kill adversaries when he knows full well that doing so invariably involves also killing innocent women and children bystanders?Is “collatteral damage” just a trite term to him?
Ever since the end of World War II, the United States has increasingly relied on its overwhelming military might to bully other countries into doing its bidding. It has viewed itself as the selp-appointed policeman of the globe, taking unilateral action as it damn well pleases, especially in the western hemisphere. These are NOT the actions of a well-meaning, benevolent superpower that believes “political transitions must be constitutional, democratic, peaceful and legal,” as Jen Psaki has said. Rather, they more closely resemble the temper tantrums emanating from an impulsive, selfish, spoiled little brat. Rather than achieving peace and progress, they usually breed resentment and further discord. I saw an interview a few days ago on FREE SPEECH TV with the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, which illustrates this perfectly. He sent a letter directly to President Obama, urging the President to stop interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs and to accord her the sovereign respect due a free nation. He claimed, quite accurately, that the real threat to the Americas is the United States - not Venezuela. This blogger agrees entirely with Mr. Patino.
For, unlike the immediate postwar era, we are now a global, post-colonial community. Unilateral action is no longer proper and will not be condoned. That goes double for pre-emptive military strikes against selected neocon military targets! The United States must realize that the rest of the world does NOT revolve around it – that we are equal partners with other countries and must behave accordingly and responsibly. Before this will happen, though, the United States must first put an adult in charge of its foreign policy; get rid of paranoid CIA and State Department robot neocons, plus overbearingly greedy corporatists; and lock all these other wannabe eager-beaver blowhard congressional children into their playrooms where they belong!