The Obama Legacy

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~ article by John Steppling (edited)

”….There was a jaw dropping but not unexpected article in The Guardian  this week. It was actually part of a series that has sought to manufacture a legacy for Obama, the outgoing president, since his actual legacy is one of imperialist foreign policy, CIA support of jihadists, right wing coups, and most acutely, perhaps, a massive subverting of free speech and civil liberties…..

How is it possible to become so alarmed by Trump, while supporting Democrats? Those millions on the street protesting the looming invasion of Iraq must have noticed that every single Democrat in government voted FOR the invasion (save for the honorable Barbara Lee). And yet here they all are wringing their hands in dismay that Hillary lost. Here they are constantly repeating the litanies of Trump evil and never noticing the crimes of earlier Democratic presidents and administrations. So, yes Trump’s appointments are awful. But I refuse to even dig into that until Obama’s appointments are discussed and dissected. First came Rahm Emanuel, former member of the IDF, all around thug and bully and lover of never ending war to help expand Israeli power. Penny Pritzker, heiress and elitist and friend to the 1%, or Robert Rubin or Tim Geithner (!!!) or Tom Daschle, the senator from Citibank. I’m just scratching the surface. Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The point is that I am coming to feel that almost any focus on Trump feels misplaced. Certainly now it does since he isn’t even president yet…

The deconstruction of liberal Obama is far from complete and the propaganda apparatus is working overtime to rewrite not just recent history, but the present. And the anti Russian propaganda is so absurd, so transparent, that this feels far more important than the predictable stupidity of Trump. I mean Obama is massing troops near the Russian border. Obama is ramping up the building of purpose built naval bases near China. Obama is still looking to prosecute whistle-blowers, and he is still signing draconian legislation to curb free speech and institutionalize legitimacy for the new McCarthyism. Talking about Trump is a form of forgetting. I can’t do it. And if there is an easier target for parody or even non parodic narrative than Donald Trump, I haven’t met them. And easy is never an act of rigorous self examination…

The manufacturing of an image of a culture, rather than an actual culture, is what organs of disinformation such as The Guardian are in the business of doing. And this is also what Hollywood does, of course……..”

Full Article : https://desultoryheroics.com/2017/01/12/future-crimes/



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In the year 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. That’s equivalent to the US military blasting combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs every day last year. That’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day….

Churchill : The War Criminal on the Bank of England’s New £5 Note

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Between 1940 and 1945, sixty-one German cities were devastated in a bombing campaign initiated by Churchill’s British government. Destruction on this unprecedented scale had no other purpose than the indiscriminate mass murder of as many German people as possible, regardless of their civilian status.

‘’It may be Inconvenient History but England rather than Germany initiated the murderous slaughter of bombing civilians, thus bringing about retaliation. Chamberlain conceded that it was ”absolutely contrary to International law.” It began in 1940 and Churchill believed it held the secret of victory. He was convinced that raids of sufficient intensity could destroy Germany’s morale, and so his War Cabinet planned a campaign that abandoned the accepted practice of attacking the enemy’s armed forces. and instead made civilians the primary target. Night after night, RAF bombers in ever increasing numbers struck throughout Germany, usually at working-class areas as they were more densely packed ”  – Angus Calder ‘The Peoples’ War’  (my italics)

”Hitler only undertook the bombing of British civilian targets reluctantly three months after the RAF had commenced bombing German civilian targets. Hitler would have been willing at any time to stop the slaughter. Hitler was genuinely anxious to reach with Britain an agreement confining the action of aircraft to battle zones” ~ J.M. Spaight, CB, CBE, Principal Secretary to the UK Air Ministry.


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Dresden, Teilansicht des zerstörten Stadtzentrums über die Elbe nach der Neustadt. In der Bildmitte der Neumarkt und die Ruine der Frauenkirche.

DRESDEN : In four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) dropped more than 3,000 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city. The bombing and the resulting firestorm destroyed the city centre.

Dresden was a cultural landmark of little or no military significance.

More than 23,000 civilians were killed.


Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill

George W Bush kept a bust of Winston Churchill near his desk in the White House, in a crude attempt to associate himself with the war leader’s perceived ‘stand for freedom’.

However, Barack Obama had it returned to Britain, the reason being that Churchill’s government had imprisoned Obama’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, without trial for two years and tortured him.

When the Kenyans rebelled against British imperialism under Churchill’s post-war premiership, more than 150,000 of them were forced at gunpoint into detention camps – later dubbed “Britain’s gulag” by Pulitzer-prize winning historian Professor Caroline Elkins, in her book ‘Britain’s Gulag : The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya.” She explains the tactics adopted under Churchill to crush the local drive for independence. “Electric shock was widely used, as well as cigarettes and fire,” she writes. “The screening teams whipped, shot, burned, and mutilated Mau Mau suspects.”

Hussein Onyango Obama never fully recovered from the torture he endured.

As Colonial Secretary in the 1920s, Churchill had unleashed the vicious Black and Tan thugs on Ireland’s Catholic civilians, and when the Kurds rebelled against British rule, he said: “I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes. It would spread a lively terror.”

When Mahatma Gandhi launched his campaign of peaceful resistance in India, Churchill said that he “ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back.” As the resistance gathered momentum, he announced: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” This hatred was murderous. To give just one, major, example, in 1943 a famine broke out in Bengal, caused – as the Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has proved – by the imperial policies of the British. Up to three million people starved to death. When British officials begged Churchill to direct food supplies to the region, he bluntly refused, raging that it was their own fault for “breeding like rabbits”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/not-his-finest-hour-the-dark-side-of-winston-churchill-2118317.html