Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Obama

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“Israel is right to be concerned about Iran’s push to join the league of nations that possess nuclear weapons, but diplomacy – not military intervention – remains the “preferred solution” to averting a potential arms race in the Middle East, President Barack Obama said Sunday”

There are so many things wrong with this statement that it makes me want to scream. Since that upsets my cats and annoys my neighbours, I’ll blog instead. It came from a recent interview he gave. And since are so many things, I am going to gloss over most of them. Suffice it to say that the “danger” posed by Iran is wildly exaggerated, a single Israeli nuclear armed submarine could destroy Iran. And that Iran has every right and reason to develop peaceful nuclear power like dozens of other nations. And we’ll skip the whole oil and petrodollars thing for now.

No, what really makes me admire the Obama’s ability to lie convincingly with disarming sincerity is this part: “diplomacy – not military intervention – remains the “preferred solution”” This isn’t just a  little lie, this is a whopper.  A giant steaming platter of pure horsecrap … and tens of millions of Americans will gobble it up and ask for more.

Let me explain. Diplomacy is talking to people. It’s setting up meetings and sitting down and talking. This is not what the USA is doing. The USA doesn’t even have diplomatic relations with Iran, we don’t even recognize the legitimacy of the government that has been ruling Iran since they overthrew the US installed Shah in 1979. OK, refusing to talk to someone for decades isn’t seeking a diplomatic solution. More on point, for some years now we have been giving Iran an ultimatum, stop their uranium enrichment or else, and ratcheting up the sanctions and threats. Telling someone to do what you say while you are punching them … is the opposite of seeking a diplomatic solution.

Yet many progressive will be heartened by Obama’s words, despite the fact that his actions towards Iran and the rest of the world haven’t been diplomatic at all. That is what the liberal left has sunk to in America, we have a president waging endless war and giving the bankers everything they want,  yet the occasional liberal blurb and all is well. Or at least, they rationalize that Obama’s better than the alternative. No, he’s more comfortable than the alternative, but the destination is the same.

Obama is literally herding his base with liberal sounding comments like this. In fact this has been a  classic in US government for decades, give someone an ultimatum, then claim publicly that you are seeking a diplomatic solution. Being able to say that in a presidential manner without gagging or giggling is a  requirement for holding the office of the presidency. And Obama passes with flying colours, the man can spout the most egregious lies and look and sound sincere and oh so presidential when he does. And of course when the designated victim agrees to the ultimatum, all the USA does is issue another one, but enough of that for now.

It’s weird, we have spent the last two decades morphing into a nation where our leaders only give lip service to the idea of representing the actual needs of the American people while simultaneously selling us out to the militarists, energy industry, and bankers … while the vast majority of Americans are convinced that somehow “their” candidate is the better alternative. And lest cognitive dissonance sets in, any candidate that tries to deviate from the path set by the powers that be is enthusiastically attacked as a deranged lunatic, or completely ignored. How any Americans have heard of Jill Stein?

What can I say, I have become increasingly cynical of late. None of the mainstream candidates does anything for me, many of them are little more than walking caricatures. Obama though is a smart man, and I think he knows exactly what he is doing. Lying through his teeth to keep up the pretense that him and the Democrats are the voice of peace and reason. They may be the voice, but actions are what counts. And now we have closed our embassy in Syria and broken off diplomatic relations with them. Yerp, more diplomacy afoot there as we openly talk about “helping” Syria by bombing them. Obama is leading down the exact same path of permanent  war and slavery and madness as the rest, he just sounds noble while he is doing it.

Sigh. I’ll try to hold it to one anti-Obama rant a month or less. Hey, at least I’m not calling him a socialist or a Muslim!

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright laws. It’s not being use for profit etc. I have no idea as to its origin. If so many Obama supporters can bombard me with abuse because I  dare say that Ron Paul has some good ideas (see three paragraphs back,) I think I can get away with suggesting that many democrats are just as much sheep as their Bible following counterparts. Yes, unlike the vast majority of political pundits who specialize in skewing the “other” side, I loathe “both” sides equally. This is why I have only four regular readers.)

Written by unitedcats

February 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

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  1. Strange world, I wonder sometimes if there is some sort of mass hypnosis going on, lol, who knows whats possible these days…..Mk-ultra leftovers? Maybe somthing like psychohistory out of the book “Foundation ” by Isaac Asimov? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychohistory_(fictional)

    Pyrodin

    February 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

    • Science coupled with advertising and propaganda has made leaps and bounds in the past century. While not as good as psychohistory, there is no doubt that the power of modern agencies to deliberately manipulate people’s points of view has grown terrifyingly effective. —Doug

      unitedcats

      February 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  2. It seems to me that anything short of carpet bombing e.g. no fly zones or punative sanctions counts as diplomacy for the US State Department.

    Dorothy Kahn

    February 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

  3. What was that line from Orwell’s 1984? “War is Peace”.

    Gadfly

    February 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  4. Yes, that certainly was a rant. If you forget, President Obama made attemps at the start of his presidence to enter into talks with Iran. He was rebuffed with no expectation for any other response. I don’t know why you don’t like President Obama but each to his own. I do believe that Iran has every right to develope nuclear energy. What kicks my butt is our dedication to an equally belligerent Israel. As far as Syria, you are very verbose at demeaning the current policies but I don’t see any recommendation as to a better approach to Syria (or Iran) in your blog. It’s easy to criticize when you are taking the position of offering no solutions

    Lee A Whittaker

    February 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  5. I think it’s a lack of critical thinking skills – besieged by the non-stop bread and circus of MSM.

    If an individual is not by temperament curious, skeptical and disciplined enough for research they are a going to be overwhelmed and bewildered by the onslaught of propaganda. All I have to do is attempt a brief conversation with relatives, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances to see how much “pondering” they actually attempt.

    As a “liberal” that voted for Obama I have (finally?) learned the entire system is corrupt – it doesn’t matter who one votes for. The corporations and banks will have their way and if its war with Iran, being Israel’s bitch, deliberately de-industrializing America, tempting us into debt servitude, poisoning us, lying to us, abusing us – they have mastered the art of Patriotism on command.

    We will continue to vote against our own self interest – if we vote at all. And even if we don’t vote we will still take our marching orders from the MSM because thinking for ourselves, thinking rationally, thinking logically, has been removed from our culture.

    Rant on while I flagellate myself with wet noodles.

    dana

    February 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • Well said!

      Lee A Whittaker

      February 8, 2012 at 4:48 am


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