(Ryan Devereaux, Alex Emmons) President Obama warns in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely.
In the interview, with New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Obama expressed agreement with one of the most salient critiques of his drone war, that it risks creating “institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies.”
Obama explained that he had looked at “the way in which the number of drone strikes was going up and the routineness with which, early in my presidency, you were seeing both DOD and CIA and our intelligence teams think about this.”
But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.
My Commentary: What did these men have in common? They were all “rulers” who were “legally” empowered to commit their heinous deeds through the SAME IRRATIONAL, JINGOISTIC CULT RELIGION, known as “THE STATE.”
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of an ex-acquaintance, after he shared a photo from here…
“Fireback: Should Obama bypass Congress to enact his agenda through Executive Action?”
Dian C.: If those idjits keep stalling and striking down EVERYTHING he wants to do, then, YES… Do NOT want another Government shut down, which the Republicans will cause and then blame Obama for it, just like Ted Cruz did yesterday while on Face The Nation…
Rayn: Three cheers for “the Decider”! Bush 2.0, in full effect!
Genaire: This can simply be answered by the quote: “If your vote doesn’t matter, why are they trying so hard to take it away from you?” Basically you would be taking away the vote of a third of the country by the use of these signing statements. Our government is based off checks and balances, to remove these checks and balances is removing the democracy right from our democratic REPUBLIC.
(Al Jazeera) Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces.
Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the armed forces.
Suleiman’s short statement was received with a roar of approval and by celebratory chanting and flag-waving from a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as well by pro-democracy campaigners who attended protests across the country on Friday.
The crowd in Tahrir chanted “We have brought down the regime”, while many were seen crying, cheering and embracing one another.