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Obama's War on Yemen - by Stephen Lendman

Besides waging direct or proxy wars on multiple fronts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Sudan, Eastern Congo, elsewhere in Africa, and likely to erupt almost anywhere at any time, Yemen is now a new front in America's "war on terror" under a president, who as a candidate, promised diplomacy, not conflict, if elected.

In 2008, he told the Boston Globe that:

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

None exists, yet he's done the opposite and much more. He:

-- reinvented a "Cold War" with Russia;

-- is encircling it and China with military bases, and proceeding with provocative plans to install interceptor missiles in Poland (for offense, not defense) and advanced tracking radar in the Czech Republic;

-- escalated war in Afghanistan;

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-- appointed a hired gun assassin to lead it, General Stanley McChrystal, infamous for committing war crime atrocities as former head of the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC);

-- authorized death squad assaults to pursue it, including extrajudicial assassinations, torture, and indiscriminate bombing of Afghan communities without regard for civilian lives;

-- expanded the war into Pakistan and now to Yemen;

-- is militarizing Latin America using Colombia and the Dutch islands of Aruba and Curazao to fly unmanned surveillance/attack drones over Venezuela and perhaps elsewhere in the region;

-- plans to use Colombian insurgents to commit "false positive" border incidents blaming Venezuela as a pretext for a retaliatory attack, supported, of course, by Washington as a way to target and perhaps remove Hugo Chavez;

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-- failed to subvert Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection; continues destabilization tactics for regime change; and may, preemptively without cause, attack Iran's nuclear facilities;

-- ousted the democratically elected Honduran president, installing a fascist regime to replace him;

-- supports the worst of Israeli war crimes and oppression against Palestinians;

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I know little of Yemen so thanks for the enlighten... by liberalsrock on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 10:48:20 AM
...AlQaeda planted everywhere. US's most faithf... by abe ramsay on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 5:42:58 PM
As usual Stephen provides solid insight into the r... by Jeffrey Rock on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 7:15:47 PM
"...failed to subvert Iranian President Mahmoud Ah... by TL Winslow on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:09:37 PM
You just worded that sentence sloppily. You didn't... by TL Winslow on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:28:59 PM
[QUOTE]"They started it, not US...."[/QUOTE]US sta... by hommedespoir on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 10:29:26 PM
If the U.S. thinks it was anything it did that cau... by TL Winslow on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 at 7:56:27 AM
Thank you TL Winslow for having expressed in clear... by abe ramsay on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 at 5:15:13 PM
are at the bottom of the Persian Gulf, hommedespoi... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 at 10:32:25 AM
Thenext election comes before things get out of co... by Martha Jones on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:30:24 AM
here:[[YAFHA]]... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 at 10:15:29 AM