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American Warlord: Obama's Empire of Blood

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He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue...He knows every song of love that ever has been sung... Good intentions can be evil... Both hands can be full of grease...You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Bob Dylan -- Man of Peace

Barack Obama was sworn as the forty-fourth president of the United States of America on a bite-ass cold day in Washington on January 20, 2009, and was riding high upon a cresting wave of hope and change. The nation was humiliated and weary of war after the eight-year gauntlet of greed, brutality, torture, and flouting of the law that it was dragged through under the Bush-Cheney regime and their neocon ideology. Obama's election was many things to many people but it was foremost the desire to wash away the sins of the Bushreich. He was to provide a restoration of economic fairness, a return to the humble America of days of yore, the end of the wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, most importantly, the restoration of the rule of law; and these all drove voters to deliver to him a huge victory over the John McCain-Sarah Palin Republican ticket. He was the guy, I mean he won the Nobel Peace Prize for no other reason besides that he wasn't George W. Bush and the future was his for the making and his mandate was to rescue America from those who had hijacked and subverted that once noble and heroic destiny.

Now, nearly five and a half years later, it is evident that many (and perhaps most) of those who cast their hope with the former community organizer and Harvard law professor were sold out for pennies on the dollar by the smiling wolf in sheep's clothing that is Barack Obama. Despite his ability to deliver soaring, inspirational speeches that in retrospect were about as sincere and honest as a traveling tent preacher or flim-flam man, he was able dupe the rubes, many of whom learned to stop worrying and love the bomb as long as it was their man in the White House dialing up the strikes but the truth was seen rather quickly by those who paid attention. Barack Obama is a ruthless, corrupt, ice-cold killer of a son of a b*tch and history will damn him for his complicity in the carnage that has been unleashed in Ukraine by fascist and neo-Nazi death squads that he is personally responsible for. That often-invoked quote of President Harry Truman "the buck stops here" fully applies to Mr. Obama and he belongs standing in the dock at The Hague along with dozens of other members of his administration.

But I am getting ahead of myself here so allow me to digress...

While sweeping into office as a sort of messianic figure, Obama was always a fraud of the most cynical in nature. His rhetoric of economic fairness never passed the smell test with his chosen Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Wall Street's inside man, to ensure that the big casinos with their economically ruinous losses from bad bets would be free to continue to loot with impunity while the average American schmuck got crushed. Obama also failed to demand accountability under the law for the criminal acts of his predecessor and his administration -- many who are now raking in money on book tours and are treated with few exceptions like honored elder statesmen and stateswomen despite their complicity in actions that had men hanged at Nuremberg in another period in history. It was the all-too-familiar "looking forward" excuse that has been sold to Americans by a corrupt political system and an even more crooked establishment media that provides cover for criminals in high places -- just move along, there is nothing to see here is the "new normal" in America today.

Not only did Mr. Obama not hold his criminal predecessor and his minions accountable -- he actually refined their programs, including the launching of a robotic fleet of airborne murder machines that are the squadrons of civilian-killing drones. Were the unleashing of the drone fleet not enough, Obama also became the first US President to sign off on the extrajudicial murder of American citizens. He did draw down the US occupation in Iraq although that sorrowful land has again become a roiling cauldron of violence as a result of the initial destabilization. Obama is also now engaged in the smoke-and-mirrors theatrics that will soon end the US military presence in Afghanistan, which is hogwash. Whether or not Obama ever actually had any seriously held belief in being able to work with the criminal-syndicate Republicans, a gang who were determined to use every dirty trick in the bag to wrest control over the spoils system from his own criminal party, is debatable. Obama was beaten to a pulp by a ruthless opposition that played the race card early and often to de-legitimize him, primarily using the corporate scam that is Obamacare to fire up the rabble.

Once that famous 2010 mid-term "shellacking" was administered by a neo-Confederate gaggle of freaks flying the piss-yellow Gadsden flag of the so-called tea party, Obama looked like a chronic loser who is beaten down at work and goes home looking to take it out on the family dog. The dog in this case was Libya when he picked up the baton of his pathologically prone-to-violence predecessors and initiated an attack on the regime of Muammar Qaddafi -- the "New Hitler" of the moment. He may have had the hell kicked out of him on the domestic political front but nothing gets Americans riled up and ready to salute Old Glory more than a military ass-whupping administered on a foreign country. Obama had embraced the doctrine of arch neocon Michael Ledeen:

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

From the moment the first explosions rocked Libya in 2011 I knew that Barack Obama had just locked down another four years in the White House no matter what his political foes would hit him with. It was his sacred initiation, his right of passage into the big boys' club. In a way it was like lying in a mock coffin and sucking off upperclassmen in the Skull and Bones tomb -- a secret society of rich pricks dedicating their lives to helping each other get over on everybody else. Obama was a made man and a proud member of the war criminal's club to which all US presidents (with the obvious exception of poor old Jimmy Carter) belong.

Obama then authorized that celebrated revenge killing of Osama bin Laden, the accused mastermind behind those September 11, 2001, attacks that forever transformed America into The Homeland. The alleged assassination of the baddest-ass bogeyman of all was celebrated nationwide in a tasteless and shameful display of flag waving and cheering like it was a sporting event. There were hit movies made about the special-ops murder of an old man in hiding including the acclaimed "Zero Dark Thirty" that glorified the practice of torture as surely as the Fox television series "24" and the deranged American cartoon hero Jack Bauer did. At that time Obama was the f*cking man and therefore untouchable politically, a true American hero for the modern era. It was actually really very funny to see the Republicans have to eat their own sh*t for a period of time over the bin Laden killing and Obama's role in the taking out of the Emanuel Goldstein figure that drove the phony war on terror. This was a man who had managed to survive for over ten years after the most devastating terrorist strike in US history, cave-hopping and dragging along a dialysis machine despite being hunted by the most powerful military and surveillance machine in the history of the galaxy, but Obama pulled it off. Forget that were never any actual pictures of the dead man's body -- which was conveniently disposed of at sea -- released to the public for reasons of national security. The main benefit of the official story of the calling in of the chit on a former CIA asset who was used in the proxy war against the hated Russians in the 1980s but then turned on America the beautiful is that it burnished Obama's image -- and the Democrats -- as tough on terror, stealing away the talisman from the Republicans.

But I digress...

Obama having been easily reelected in 2012 despite his myriad of betrayals and failures has now in his second term become hellbent at proving that he is the baddest f*cking gangster on Earth and this is apparent in the shameful, US-sponsored bloodletting in Ukraine. The events leading up to the coup d'etat in Kiev that toppled the democratically elected Viktor Yanukovych (who may have been a corrupt bastard although probably not even in the league of western-backed leaders) and installed the turnkey puppet Arseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk are Obama's responsibility. The muscle that backed the overthrow, a scurvy pack of seig-heiling goons who infiltrated and hijacked what was an at one time somewhat legitimate mass protest against Yanukovych (although likely orchestrated by US NGOs) and who have now been unleashed on a rampage, has Obama's full support. It is a disgrace to me as an American to see the horrendous violence and state-sanctioned pogroms like what occurred in Odessa knowing full well that the elected leader of my country can so callously hover above such savagery. This is all very obviously a petty vendetta and personal grudge against Vladimir Putin over being slighted on the world stage through the latter's rescue of Edward Snowden and the preemption of a war on Syria in which Obama lost face.

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