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Obama Violates His Own Criteria for a "Just War"

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President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a just war which he himself is violating.



The criteria are in this words: If it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.

After 9/11, warmonger George W. Bush could have used the international law doctrine of hot pursuit with a multilateral force of commandoes, linguists and bribers to pursue the backers of the attackers. Instead, he blew the country of Afghanistan apart and started occupying it, joined forces with a rump regime and launched a divide-and-rule tribal strategy that set the stage for a low-tiered civil war.

Eight years later, Obama is expanding the war within a graft-ridden government in Kabul, fraudulent elections, an Afghan army of northern tribesmen loathed by the southern and south-eastern tribes of 40 million Pashtuns, an impoverished economy whose largest crop by far is a narcotic, and a devastated population embittered by foreign occupiers and non-existent government services.

President Obama's national security adviser, former Marine General James Jones, said two months ago: The al-Qaeda presence is very diminished. The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.


Since Mr. Obama repeats George W. Bush's reason for going into Afghanistanto destroy al-Qaedawhy is he sending 30,000 soldiers plus an even greater number of corporate contractors there in the near future at a cost stated by the White House of one million dollars per solider per year? Is this proportional force?

Always small in number, al-Qaeda has moved over the border into Pakistan and anywhere its supporters can in the worldeast Africa, north Africa, Indonesia. The gang is a migrant traveler.

Is Obama pouring soldiers into Afghanistan so that they and our inaccurate, civilian-destroying drones can start fighting across the border in Pakistan, as indicated by The New York Times? Beyond the violations of international law and absence of constitutional authorization involved, this could so roil Pakistanis as to make the U.S. experience next door look like a modest struggle.

Obama has emphasized weakening the Taliban as the other objective of our military buildup with its horrible consequence in casualties and other costs. Who are the Taliban? They include people with different causes, such as protecting their valleys, drug trafficking to live on, fighters against foreign occupiers or, being mostly Pashtuns, protecting their tribal turf against the northern Tajiks and Uzbecks.

How many Taliban fighters are there? The Pentagon estimates around 25,000. Their methods make them unpopular with the villagers. They have no air force, navy, artillery, tanks, missiles, no bases, no central command. They have rifles, grenade launchers, bombs and suiciders. Unlike al-Qaeda, they have only domestic ambitions counteracted by their adversarial tribesmen who make up most of the Afghan army.

Robert Baer, former CIA officer with experience in that part of Asia, asserted: The people that want their country liberated from the West have nothing to do with al-Qaeda. They simply want us gone because we're foreigners, and they're rallying behind the Taliban because the Taliban are experienced, effective fighters.

To say as Obama inferred in his Oslo speech that the greater plunge into Afghanistan is self-defense, with proportional force and sparing civilians from violence is a scale of self-delusion or political cowardliness that is dejecting his liberal base.

For as President Eisenhower stated so eloquently in his 1953 cross of iron speech, every dollar spent on munitions and saber-rattling takes away from building schools, clinics, roads and other necessities of the American people.

The Afghan War and the Iraq war-occupationalready directly costing a trillion dollarsare costing the American people every time Washington says there is not enough money for neonatal care, occupational disease prevention, cleaner drinking water systems, safer hospitals, prosecution of corporate criminals, cleaner air or upgrading and repairing key public facilities.

Even the hardiest and earliest supporters of his presidential campaign in 2008 are speaking out. Senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus, such as John Conyers (D-MI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) have recently criticized the President for not doing enough to help African-Americans weather the hard times.

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that should be reposted every time Obama puts his ... by Ernest on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 1:11:29 AM
How many politicians have spoken with ordinary Afg... by Jason Paz on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 1:29:11 AM
Mr Nader, You have been in the political arena lo... by abe ramsay on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 5:00:07 AM
Of course Nader knows 9/11 was a false flag event.... by sommers on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 11:11:30 AM
...That's who's behind the wars....it's how those ... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 12:44:29 PM
Why didnt we elect Ralph instead of Clinton, Bush,... by Kent Welton on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 12:29:56 PM
(see above)Also, in our two-party power-gridlock s... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 12:51:52 PM
Yes, there's no reason for the U.S. to be in Afgha... by TL Winslow on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 1:12:03 PM
We have been fed a never ending supply of condemna... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 2:22:38 PM
Very good Philip Dennanay and thank you for tellin... by abe ramsay on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 2:30:15 AM
impose any of your preferences on Afghanistan. As ... by Ben Adams on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 7:02:53 PM
Think expensive war. Think poverty at home. What a... by Margaret Bassett on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 2:03:28 PM
Ralph, for all of us so painfully aware of the 911... by remo on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 2:59:23 PM
You did not elect because you do not elect. Becaus... by abe ramsay on Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 at 4:18:24 PM
...applied to the USA according to you Mr Nader? T... by abe ramsay on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 7:01:02 AM
You demand the impossible and are shamefully ungra... by Ben Adams on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 9:41:27 AM
Ben Adams, You make a good point and I agree. What... by abe ramsay on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 5:16:54 PM