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In 2009, Obama said America "must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." He's waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He plans more. He targets independent governments. He wants pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them.

On Monday, he left foreign policy largely unaddressed. Multiple direct and proxy wars went unmentioned. New targets weren't explained. 

Torture as official policy, targeted assassinations, war on terror duplicity, police state repression, predatory capitalism, worker exploitation, and growing social misery got no attention. 

Celebratory excess and high-minded rhetoric substituted. Demagoguery took center stage. Political and economic decadence reflect today's America.

The Washington Post claimed otherwise. It headlined "Obama takes lays out liberal vision."

"He urge(d) new commitment to equality, opportunity." A photo essay followed.

Columnist Dan Balz said his "speech reveal(ed) a different leader." He "never lacked for confidence, but rarely has that attribute been on display as clearly as on Monday"."

He "underscored the distance he has traveled after four contentious years in office." His "first campaign was aspirational."

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"Monday's speech conveyed the ambitions of a president looking" to build his legacy. His "priorities".will cheer" liberal Democrats and "alarm many on the right."

Instead of telling readers what they need to know, Balz lied. Other media scoundrels do the same thing. Harming people is portrayed as helping them. Neoliberal policy is called populist. Permanent war reflects Washington's peace agenda.

America was never beautiful and isn't now. Privileged elites alone benefit. The worst of all possible worlds affects others. Escalated harshness is planned. 

Humanity may not survive four more years. Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.

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A Final Comment: Obama's Inaugural Money Chase

In 2009, Obama promised new openness. He capped inaugural fund donations at $50,000. He declined corporate and trade union contributions.

This year, the sky's the limit. All amounts were welcomed. Any and all offered were welcomed. Roll Call said:

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