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Who is the war criminal now?

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When I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, I thought I could count on a few things: torture would stop, we would get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and we would embark upon the oft-talked about "Apollo Project" for alternative energy--what I considered to be the real road map to peace in the Middle East.

At least, the American road map.

We're still torturing. We're still in Iraq. We're still in Afghanistan. Instead of blasting off an Apollo Project for alternative fuels, we got blasted with one full year of a health care debate that managed to remind us all how much we hate each other and accomplished exactly one and only one absolutely essential task--eliminating the fascist preexisting condition clause in health insurance policies.

That one measure could have been done in two weeks.

Does Obama even want peace in the Middle East? Not if you go by his speeches and actions. When he talks about Afghanistan, he might as well be Dick Cheney's ventriloquist dummy. When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he profaned the name of Martin Luther King by suggesting Dr. King's nonviolent philosophy was not appropriate for a head-of-state.

The Obama Administration is not going to prosecute anyone for war crimes. They aren't going to close Guantanamo. The same Bush monsters who ran the war are still in place. When Obama's term ends, we will still be at war--with Irag, Afghanistan, and very probably Iran (and if Iran, potentially the world).

Obama drank the kool-aid. The kool-aid is the plasma in Obama's bloodstream. Apparently, he sat down with the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and they let him know who is in charge. He has obviously backed down and backed off.

So now he has no problem with cowardly night raids and drone attacks and torture in Bagram. It is all honorable, brave behavior. Why, McCrystal can even brag about the incredible number of people he's ordered shot.

You'd expect butchers from the Bush Administration to get away with bragging about shooting people. Afterall, they got away with a lot more than that. But Obama was supposed to be different. The fact is, he isn't different.

Well, why? We voted for different. Why aren't things different? Is it because Obama is so weak he can barely stand or is it because the President of the United States isn't running the country anymore? Maybe it is both. But I am inclined to think it is the second.

The President of the United States doesn't run the country. Congress, as bought-off as it is, doesn't and probably, given its source of income, couldn't run the country. The Supreme Court is employed by Big Corporations.

So who the hell runs the country?

The MIC, that's who. There is more money in war and oil than anyone can ever make doing the right thing. We want the oil. We want to use the fantastic new space weapons we spend a trillion dollars for. We have got a million young men who face poverty unless they join the military. We have got to go to war. We've got to stay at war. War IS our economy.

It doesn't matter if we violate every human right ever fought for. That's why we want to make ourselves look good in front of others. We're planning to kill a lot more civilians in Afghanistan this summer, according to reports, so we've got to do a little PR to make the war crimes go down. A spoon full of sugar isn't going to cut it.

You just go out and tell the mainstream media, a.k.a employees of the federal government, that this is a consequence of war. Then you do a little bit of Oprah for them and tell everybody what a hard time the Afghan women are having and that Barack Obama, beefcake idol, is all for women's rights in Afghanistan.

Well, if you get blown up at your own wedding in a drone attack by some geek pilot in the CIA, how is that a better, more liberating experience than the torturous abuse of the Taliban. If McCrystal's night thugs come and drag your teenage boys out of bed and blatantly murder them all in front of you, how's that an improvement over Al Qaeda?

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Gary Haden has a degree in Religion and Philosophy from Mary Baldwin College, home of the coolest Philosophy Department on the planet. He owns seven chickens, including the dynamic Chicky, a bantam rooster who wants to be on Crossfire.
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