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Notice, how in recent months, the White House has been escalating the hostility and sanctions against Tehran, Bear in mind that Tehran and Tel Aviv have elections of their own underway that relish the presence of an external enemy.

Our craven media is quite willing to play the fear card too because it will drive up ratings and revenues. Remember their mantra; "when it bleeds, it leads."

Obama is clearly trying to keep the Afghan War going as he expands the drone wars in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

At the same time, the public is increasingly unimpressed . A New York Times/CBS News poll finding that 69 percent of Americans surveyed think that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. 69 is a number that people remember!

Our jihad against the Taliban has blown back against us, with Afghans protesting our outrages and some shooting NATO soldiers. The peace talks went nowhere and the only question is: can the Pentagon hold on past the election.

Obama can't really run on an economy not in real recovery.   Even as he "tsk, tsks' the growth in economic inequality, his onetime "Car Czar," Steven Ratner, a financier and journalist, is writing in the New York Times about how the rich got richer under his watch:

"New statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else -- and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning.

In 2010, as the nation continued to recover from the recession, a dizzying 93 percent of the additional income created in the country that year, compared to 2009 -- $288 billion -- went to the top 1 percent of taxpayers, those with at least $352,000 in income. That delivered an average single-year pay increase of 11.6 percent to each of these households."

It wasn't surprising when Occupy Wall Street plastered his article on their own website. It is a point they have been making repeatedly.

And speaking of money, the Obama campaign was forced to backtrack on its opposition to SuperPACs as the grassroots support that it mesmerized in 2008 dried up because of disenchantment, if not fury, at the President's centrist neo-liberalism that long ago morphed into neo-conservatism.

The Democrats are now trying to compete with a GOP juggernaut of almost unlimited resources thanks to brigades of billionaires that see Obama as the anti-Christ and worse.

They are literally shoveling cash into their crusade as the election gets crasser and more about money than any sense of political mission.

With his base dispirited, Obama's only real assets for now, in the absence of a global state of emergency, are the cartoon-like Republicans who shrilly denounce him and each other. They all have their "Etch A Sketch" toys at the ready. 

The Supreme Court, best known for its infamous Citizens United decision is likely to can Obama's troubled health care reform.

The Daily Beast fears it is "setting up a high-stakes ruling that could set the agenda for fall's election." They ask, " Was it a political misstep for Obama to spend so much political capital."

Should we anticipate another step backward,  even if many real health care advocates believe this law was never a real step forward?

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.

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