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Obama v. Romney on Issues Mattering Most

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Each candidate mirrors the other on vital issues.

by Stephen Lendman

Both candidates represent duopoly power. They're two sides of the same coin. Differences between them are minor. On issues mattering most, they're in lockstep.

In January 2013, America will be run by rogues whoever wins. Under either party, expect the next four years to be worse than previous ones. 

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Lame duck Obama will be unrestrained. Religious extremist/corporate predator Romney promises the worst of his agenda and then some.

Money power runs America. Wall Street owns both candidates. Whatever giant banks want they'll get. Expect victory for whichever one they prefer. They get to choose, not voters.

Interlocking directorates assure all major corporate interests are served. Bottom line priorities matter most. War profiteering boosts them. Expect permanent ones because they want them.

Both candidates assure them. Differences between them reflect tone and nuance, not substance. Romney talks tough. In late August, his campaign co-chair Governor Tim Pawlenty (R. MN) said diplomacy is running out on Iran. It's time to "start the clock ticking."

Options so far haven't worked, he said. He wants Congress to pass an authorization to use military force. Doing so assures it. Millions of potential deaths don't matter. Nor do rule of law principles about attacking a nonbelligerent country posing no threat.

Romney's policy is bombs away. So is Obama's. His softer tone conceals it better. It hides what he has in mind. Occasionally he makes overt threats. They reveal his real intentions.

Last March he said he won't "hesitate to use force" to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. He knows none exist or a program to develop them but won't say.

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Instead he states "all options are on the table".That includes all elements of American power," isolating Iran, "a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure (close monitoring), an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions, and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency."

"Rest assured," he added, "the Iranian government will know of our resolve." Days ago, he laid down "red lines." They're triggers for war. They likely advanced the timeline. Long ago it was planned. 

Expect it post-election or perhaps sooner against Iran and Syria. Whether one precedes the other remains to be seen. Each nation is targeted for regime change. Both parties endorse it. Obama or Romney makes no difference. It's baked in the cake.

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