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25 January 2012

The current news coverage concerning Iran is depicting a series of incidents, but when placed in the context of the events of the past few years – as I have done in my book The Next War – The attack on Iran – A preview as well as in this DeepJournal series – it is clear that all the pieces are being put into place for a war against Iran. It is a long-term project demanding many years worth of preparation, and the ultimate goal is getting closer all the time. One component of this preparation is the covert arming of Syrian rebels.

Syrische rebellen [jpg]A weakening of Syria is a weakening of Iran. ‘President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, speaking a day after the United States announced new measures against Iran over its nuclear program, said that “end of the Assad regime would constitute Iran’s greatest setback in the region yet—a strategic blow that will further shift the balance of power in the region against Iran.”‘ Speaking last November on the unstable situation in Syria, Obama’s Secretary of State said: ‘I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition […] something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and a nonviolent opposition’. The first part of Hillary Clinton’s remark seemed more an expression of hope than the warning it tried to be, as made clear by the fact that NATO and the U.S. are currently supplying the Syrian rebels with Libyan weapons.

Covert Western weapons shipments to Syrian rebels
Opponents of the regime of Syrian President Assad are being secretly armed by the West. Unmarked airplanes belonging to NATO countries are landing at Turkish military bases close to the Syrian border. These flights deliver weapons originating from the arsenals of the late Muammar Gaddafi. The airplanes also contain volunteer fighters from the Libyan transitional council, ‘experienced in pitting local volunteers against trained soldiers, a skill they acquired confronting Gaddafi’s army’. Also the next step has been taken. ‘French and British special forces trainers are on the ground, assisting the Syrian rebels while the CIA and U.S. Spec Ops are providing communications equipment and intelligence to assist the rebel cause, enabling the fighters to avoid concentrations of Syrian soldiers’, writes the well-informed former CIA officer Phil Giraldi.

The road to Tehran runs through Damascus
The strategy of reaching Tehran through Damascus also seems to have been embraced by Saudi Arabia: ‘The King knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria’, said a Saudi source speaking to Foreign Policy magazine in August of last year. Since that time there has been no let-up in developments. The Syrian situation is being eyed with suspicion by the Russians, who don’t see it quite as sentimentally as the Western public does: ‘The West is putting pressure on Syria because the country refuses to break off its alliance with Iran and not for repressing the opposition, said [Nikolai] Patrushev, who served with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the Soviet-era KGB. “This time, it won’t be France, the U.K.Iran Assad Ahmadinejad [jpg]and Italy that will provide the main strike forces, but perhaps neighboring Turkey, which was until recently on good terms with Syria and is a rival of Iran with immense ambitions,” Patrushev said.’

Syrian power vacuum filled by Islamic interests
Russia is worried about the future: ‘Russia, which has a naval base in Syria and sells weapons to the Middle Eastern country, is more concerned that Islamic radicals may come to power, said Irina Zvyagelskaya, a Middle East analyst at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. “Our fear is that Syria could collapse and extremist Islamic forces will seize control that no one will be pleased about,” Zvyagelskaya said in a phone interview today. “This could destabilize the entire region.”’ Phil Giraldi would agree with this analysis. He writes: ‘In the United States, many friends of Israel are on the Assad regime-change bandwagon, believing that a weakened Syria, divided by civil war, will present no threat to Tel Aviv. But they should think again, as these developments have a way of turning on their head. The best organized and funded opposition political movement in Syria is the Muslim Brotherhood.’ Hillary Clinton: ‘Look, Assad’s going to be gone; it’s just a question of time.’

Intelligence professionals warn Obama
Phil Giraldi has been warning of the coming war against Iran for years now, which in his opinion could lead to WWIII. ‘As professionals with collectively hundreds of years of experience in intelligence, foreign policy, and counterterrorism, we are Syrië Damascus kaartje [jpg]concerned about the gross misrepresentation of facts being bruited about to persuade you to start another war.’ This is the first sentence from a letter sent to President Obama from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, signers of which include Giraldi. The group of intelligence specialists warns him not to launch a war against Iran. ‘We are seeing a replay of the “Iraq WMD threat.”’ It’s a sound argument, and one that I expand on in my book The Next War. This group of experts concludes the letter with this sentence: ‘We are currently winding down what you labeled a “dumb war;” we should not undertake another dumb war against a country almost three times larger than Iraq, that would set off a major regional war and create generations of jihadis. Such a war, contrary to what some argue, would not make Israel or the U.S. safer.’

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24 February 2012

Russian Secret Services: U.S., NATO, GCC Arm Syrian Rebels Through Iraq, Lebanon And Turkey

MOSCOW, February 24 (Itar-Tass) — Armed groups of Syria’s opposition from the rebel force known as the Syrian Liberation Army get more and more weapons from abroad, a source in Russia’s secret services told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“Huge batches of small arms and munitions for the Syrian Liberation Army’s troops are supplied from Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, but unofficially, not through these countries’ governments,” the source said. “The supply list includes submachine guns, machine guns, sniper rifles and antitank grenade launchers.”

Russia’s military expert, Lieutenant General Leonid Sazhin told Itar-Tass that “the scenario that has already been developed and administered by the United States and their NATO allies, mainly by France, Britain and Turkey, as well as the monarchy regimes from the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, in particular Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is being implemented in Syria.”

“This scenario was developed taking into account recent events in Libya, Egypt and other countries of the region with only one reservation – the lack of the UN Security Council resolution needed for the West. In fact, we see an unannounced military interference of some NATO member-states and countries of the region into Syria’s domestic affairs, who side with one of the conflicting parties – the armed opposition,” he said.

Sazhin noted that in addition to the Syrian National Council Syria’s refugees and army deserters in Turkey create a military structure – Supreme Revolutionary Council – led by Syrian army general Mustafa Ahmed al-Sheikh, who deserted to neighbouring Turkey.

“The main task of the Supreme Revolutionary Council is to coordinate actions of the armed opposition on the Syrian territory and to engage to its ranks new members both in Syria and beyond its borders to oust Bashar al-Assad exclusively through the use of force,” he said.

“As concerns weapons supplied to the troops of the Syrian Liberation Army, most of them were in service with the armed forces of former members of the Warsaw Treaty. After the countries joined NATO and re-equipped its troops with NATO’s samples, weapons were collected and piled up at storage facilities and depots, from where they are now taken and flow to Syria,” he said.

The expert did not rule out that some weapons can be fake Soviet weapon systems.

While the CIA is commonly understood to be an intelligence agency, we shouldn’t forget the important role it has played in carrying out clandestine operations that have benefited the financial elite.

This accusation is substantiated by the CIA’s elitist origins, its well-documented connections to Wall Street, and its sordid history of carrying out assassinations, staging coups, and fomenting civil wars.

The CIA and the financial elite have always had shared goals, interests, and backgrounds. Those in the upper echelons at Langley have often attended the same universities, belonged to the same fraternities, and attended the same clubs and parties as the Wall Street elite. This is why the intelligence community is often described as the “old boy network.”

This collusion is perhaps best illustrated by the career of Allen Welsh Dulles. Dulles was an operative of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the American WWII intelligence organization and forerunner of the CIA. He was also a senior partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, a well-connected Wall Street law firm representing several large American corporations, and a board member of J. Henry Schroeder Bank, a multinational investment house. Dulles’s international business concerns created myriad conflicts of interest while he headed the CIA from 1953 to 1961.

When Dulles was assigned the task of drafting the proposal for the organization that was to become the Central Intelligence Agency, he created an advisory group of a half dozen men, all of them Wall Street investment bankers and lawyers. Incidentally, Dulles had intended to be installed as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) as early as 1949, but when President Harry Truman defeated New York Governor Thomas Dewey (Dulles was Dewey’s speech writer) in the 1948 presidential election, his plans were put on hold.

Such conflicts of interest had existed within the intelligence community from the start. During World War II, the OSS recruited almost exclusively from the nation’s elite universities and corporate boardrooms. The international scope of many American corporations, particularly those in the insurance and petroleum industries, made them ideally suited for intelligence gathering. The alliance was refined, if not formalized, after the war with the creation of the CIA in 1947.

During the Cold War, U.S. corporations routinely provided CIA agents with cover, secret funding, resources, and contacts overseas. The CIA often reciprocated by giving these corporations multibillion dollar contracts, providing them immunity from media scrutiny by invoking “national security,” propping up “pro-American” puppet regimes, and, when necessary, overthrowing recalcitrant foreign governments.

Under Dulles’s directorship, there were two major operations carried out by the CIA that illustrate perfectly the agency’s corporatist mission.

In 1953, the CIA, working with the British MI6, overthrew the democratically elected Iranian government of Mohammed Mossadegh, citing a communist threat. But there was no such threat. The Soviets had withdrawn from the country in 1945, and the Iranian communist party, the Tudeh, was weak and in no position to seize power.

The real reason for the CIA-backed coup that smothered Iran’s nascent democracy and installed the tyrannical Shah was Mossadegh’s threat to nationalize his country’s oilfields. This policy might have jeopardized the profits of British and American oil companies, but it certainly posed no threat to the security of the United States.

The CIA’s toppling of the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954 was also justified as an anti-communist operation. But again, there was no communist threat. Arbenz’s government had run afoul of the United Fruit Company by instituting a land-reform program that called for the compensated taking of portions of the company’s vast property holdings. The CIA Red-baited Arbenz, staged a coup that overthrew him, and installed the brutal dictator Colonel Castillo Armas. The operation was considered an unambiguous success by the CIA and, no doubt, by the board of United Fruit — but it proved to be a disaster for the Guatemalan people, who would endure 40 years of civil war.

And of course the CIA’s corporatist operations did not end with Dulles’s ouster in 1961.

In 1973, the CIA orchestrated a coup against Chile’s democratically elected leader, Salvador Allende. Allende had crossed the U.S. financial elite by nationalizing foreign-owned interests like the country’s copper mines and telephone system. The CIA responded with a coup that resulted in Allende’s death and the installation of General Augusto Pinochet as the country’s dictator. Pinochet’s reign would last another 15 years, during which his regime tortured and murdered thousands of political opponents.

In 1987, the former CIA station chief in Angola, John Stockwell, said that the CIA was responsible for tens of thousands of covert actions and destabilization programs since its inception. At the time, Stockwell estimated that over 6 million people had died in CIA covert actions. Former State Department official and author William Blum has called this an “American Holocaust.”

That this alliance between the intelligence and business communities would lead to much mischief, mayhem, and bloodshed abroad is hardly surprising. Secrecy in the name of “national security” enabled both the CIA and corporate America to avoid accountability, rise above the law, and increase their power and profits.

Moreover, the destabilization of so-called third-world countries provided an arena for the Agency’s “fun-and-games” branch (clandestine operations). Weapons and narcotics trafficking flourished in the various hot spots stoked by Western intelligence agencies. These conflicts had nothing to do with national security, but they kept the spies employed and made a few arms dealers very wealthy. If millions of innocents suffered and perished in the senseless fighting, well, C’est la guerre.

In 1975, Philip Agee, an ex-CIA agent and author of Inside the Company, one of the first detailed exposés of the CIA, made this insightful observation:

To the people who work for it, the CIA is known as The Company. The Big Business mentality pervades everything. Agents, for instance, are called assets. The man in charge of the United Kingdom desk is said to have the “U.K. account.”…

American multinational corporations have built up colossal interests all over the world, and you can bet … that wherever you find U. S. business interests, you also find the CIA.… The multinational corporations want a peaceful status quo in countries where they have investments, because that gives them undisturbed access to cheap raw materials, cheap labor and stable markets for their finished goods. The status quo suits bankers, because their money remains secure and multiplies. And, of course, the status quo suits the small ruling groups the CIA supports abroad, because all they want is to keep themselves on top of the socioeconomic pyramid and the majority of their people on the bottom. But do you realize what being on the bottom means in most parts of the world? Ignorance, poverty, often early death by starvation or disease.

Throughout the Cold War, the CIA served the interests of the financial elite by artificially inflating estimates of Soviet military strength. These gross overestimates ensured the passage of enormous military-appropriation bills by Congress, thus enriching a few corporations within the military-industrial complex.

When the Cold War ended and the CIA found itself without an adversary, it was quick to come up with a new mission: corporate espionage. Journalist Robert Dreyfuss writes,

Since the end of the Cold War, Washington has been abuzz with talk about using the CIA for economic espionage. Stripped of euphemism, economic espionage simply means that American spies would target foreign companies, such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, and then covertly pass stolen trade secrets and technology to U.S. corporate executives.

The CIA’s behavior is hardly an American innovation. Indeed, it goes back at least as far as the British East India Company and is part of the game of empire. To gain insight into how this game is played, I recommend Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets and John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

Clinton: Al Qaeda, U.S., Helping Syrian Rebels

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has admitted that Al-Qaeda and other groups on the State Department’s terror list are on the same side as the United States in Syria and that they are aiding opposition rebels.

In an interview with BBC News (watch video), Clinton states, “We have a very dangerous set of actors in the region, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and those who are on our terrorist list, to be sure, supporting – claiming to support the opposition [in Syria].”

Clinton’s admission that Al-Qaeda is supporting the armed insurrection in Syria dovetails with reports that the same Al-Qaeda terrorists who helped overthrow Colonel Gaddafi in Libya were airlifted into Syria by NATO forces.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s has also publicly expressed support for Syrian rebel forces.

These terrorists have been blamed for bloody attacks that have killed both Syrian regime officials and innocent civilians, including a bombing earlier this month in Syria’s second city of Aleppo which killed 28 people.

The recent Arab League report, which was almost universally ignored by the mainstream media, also concluded that both sides of the conflict were responsible for indiscriminate violence and that terrorist groups were helping the rebels carry out attacks.

Despite the admission that terrorists are aiding opposition forces in Syria, the establishment media has attempted to pour cold water on the issue, primarily through mouthpieces like ‘Syria Danny’ – an “activist” who has been afforded ample time by the corporate press to beg for a military invasion.

“It is richly ironic that the unelected fundamentalist Sunni regimes of the Persian Gulf are supporting Al Qaeda affiliated groups within Syria purportedly to “bring about democratic reforms,” writes Professor Michel Chossudovsky. “This is the same dynamic that prevailed in Libya where the overthrow of that country’s government by Western and Gulf Arab powers has now led to a collapse in human rights and social conditions.”

Despite claims to the contrary, a general in the Free Syria Army, the opposition militia, has told journalists that the rebels are being armed with anti-aircraft missiles by the United States and France.

“In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, “We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad],” reports RT.

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds also reported that US troops landed on the Jordanian and Syrian border back in December for the purpose of training militants to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

It was also revealed earlier this month that British Special Forces are already on the ground in Syria advising and directing the rebel army.

The CIA’s secret activities, covert missions, and connections of control are all done under the pretense and protection of national security with no accountability whatsoever, at least in their minds.  Considering the public is held accountable for everything we think, say, and do there is something seriously wrong with this picture.  The CIA is the President’s secret army, who have been and continue to be conveniently above the law with unlimited power and authority, to conduct a reign of terror around the globe.

The “old boy network” of socializing, talking shop, and tapping each other for favors outside the halls of government made it inevitable that the CIA and Corporate America would become allies, thus the systematic infiltration and takeover of the media.

Under the guise of ‘American’ objectives and lack of congressional oversight, the CIA accomplish their exploits by using every trick in the book (and they know quite a few) that they actually teach in the notorious “School of the Americas”, nicknamed the “School of Dictators” and “School of Assassins” by critics.  The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that 6 million people had died by 1987 as a result of CIA covert operations, called an “American Holocaust” by former State Department official William Blum.  In 1948, the CIA recreated its covert action wing called the Office of Policy Coordination with Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner as its first director.  Another early elitist who served as Director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961 was Allen Dulles, a senior partner at the Wall Street firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, which represented the Rockefeller empire and other trusts, corporations, and cartels.

Starting in the early days of the Cold War (late 40’s), the CIA began a secret project called Operation Mockingbird, with the intent of buying influence behind the scenes at major media outlets and putting reporters on the CIA payroll, which has proven to be a stunning ongoing success.  The CIA effort to recruit American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda, was headed up by Frank Wisner, Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, and Philip Graham (publisher of The Washington Post).  Wisner had taken Graham under his wing to direct the program code-named Operation Mockingbird and both have presumably committed suicide.

Media assets will eventually include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service, etc. and 400 journalists, who have secretly carried out assignments according to documents on file at CIA headquarters, from intelligence-gathering to serving as go-betweens.  The CIA had infiltrated the nation’s businesses, media, and universities with tens of thousands of on-call operatives by the 1950’s.  CIA Director Dulles had staffed the CIA almost exclusively with Ivy League graduates, especially from Yale with figures like George Herbert Walker Bush from the “Skull and Crossbones” Society.

Many Americans still insist or persist in believing that we have a free press, while getting most of their news from state-controlled television, under the misconception that reporters are meant to serve the public.  Reporters are paid employees and serve the media owners, who usually cower when challenged by advertisers or major government figures.  Robert Parry reported the first breaking stories about Iran-Contra for Associated Press that were largely ignored by the press and congress, then moving to Newsweek he witnessed a retraction of a true story for political reasons.  In ‘Fooling America: A Talk by Robert Parry’ he said, “The people who succeeded and did well were those who didn’t stand up, who didn’t write the big stories, who looked the other way when history was happening in front of them, and went along either consciously or just by cowardice with the deception of the American people.”

Major networks are primarily controlled by giant corporations that are obligated by law, to put the profits of their investors ahead of all other considerations which are often in conflict with the practice of responsible journalism.  There were around 50 corporations a couple of decades ago, which was considered monopolistic by many and yet today, these companies have become larger and fewer in number as the biggest ones absorb their rivals.  This concentration of ownership and power reduces the diversity of media voices, as news falls into the hands of large conglomerates with holdings in many industries that interferes in newsgathering, because of conflicts of interest.  Mockingbird was an immense financial undertaking with funds flowing from the CIA largely through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) founded by Tom Braden with Pat Buchanon of CNN’s Crossfire.

Media corporations share members of the board of directors with a variety of other large corporations including banks, investment companies, oil companies, health care, pharmaceutical, and technology companies.  Until the 1980’s, media systems were generally domestically owned, regulated, and national in scope.  However, pressure from the IMF, World Bank, and US government to deregulate and privatize, the media, communication, and new technology resulted in a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super-powerful transnational media corporations (mostly US based), working to advance the cause of global markets and the CIA agenda.

The first tier of the nine giant firms that dominate the world are Time Warner/AOL, Disney/ABC, Bertelsmann, Viacom/CBS, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation/Fox, General Electric/NBC, Sony, Universal/Seagram, Tele-Communications, Inc. or TCI and AT&T.  This is just the head of the octopus which has its second and third tier tentacles working together in unison or feigned division.  This would include The Washington Post/Newsweek, The New York Times/Weekly Standard, Tribune Co., US News, Gannett/USA Today, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Knight-Ridder, etcetera.  A good site to visit for more information is Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a public interest media watchdog group, at www.fair.org/index.htmlwww.fair.org/mediafiles/index.html andwww.fair.org/extra/9711/gmg.html.  Media propaganda tactics include blackouts, misdirections, expert opinions to echo the Establishment line, smears, defining popular opinions, mass entertainment distractions, and Hobson’s Choice (the media presents the so-called conservative and liberal positions).

“Who Controls the Media?  The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA, The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird”,  “The CIA: America’s Premier International Terrorist Organization”, and “Virtual Government: CIA Mind Control Operations in America” by Alex Constantine are an excellent source of information on this topic:www.alexconstantine.50megs.com/the_cia_and.html and www.alexconstantine.50megs.com.  David Guyatt has written books and many articles including one entitled “Subverting the Media” atwww.deepblacklies.co.uk/subverting_the_media.htm.  Then there are two articles called “A Timeline of CIA Atrocities” and “The Origins of the Overclass” by Steve Kangas that are very informative although from a more liberal perspective.  Steve will not be writing anymore articles as he is no longer with us, having unfortunately met his untimely death that was ‘apparently’ from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  If you read about him on his web page that is still available, you will see that he did not seem like a person who was suffering from deep depression.  In his memory, please take the time to read what he wrote at www.korpios.org/resurgent/CIAtimeline.html,www.korpios.org/resurgent/CIAtimeline.html, and www.korpios.org/resurgent/index.html.

CNN aired “Valley of Death” in June of 1998 and Time magazine (both owned by Time-Warner) ran a story about a secret mission called Operation Tailwind and the activities of SOG, Studies and Observations Group, a secret elite commando unit of the Army’s Special Forces that used lethal nerve gas (sarin), on a mission to Laos designed to kill American defectors.  Suddenly the network was awash in denials and the story was hushed up, as usual.  Acknowledged use of this gas coming at a time when the U.S. government was trying to get Saddam to comply with weapons inspections, was an embarrassment to say the least.  What hypocrisy!   Having actually used the weapons on our own troops, then complaining and accusing Saddam of potential use of stored similar weapons, of which some were manufactured in and supplied by the U.S.  The broadcast was prepared after exhaustive research and rooted in considerable supportive data.  To decide for yourself what the truth is read Floyd Abrams’ report on the CNN site atwww.cnn.com/US/9807/02/tailwind.findings/index.html.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the stories on Watergate (late 70’s) in the Washington Post, having gained access to what the CIA was trying to keep from congress about its program of using journalists at home and abroad, in deliberate propaganda campaigns.  It was later revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House and knew many insiders including General Alexander Haig.  A high-level source told Bernstein, “One journalist is worth twenty agents.”  CFR/Trilateralist Katharine Graham, in a 1988 speech given to senior CIA employees at Agency headquarters said, “We live in a dirty and dangerous world.  There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t.  I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”  Maybe that’s another reason why folks get the impression that a suspicious agenda lurks behind the headlines.  “25 Ways to Suppress Truth: Rules of Disinformation” and “8 Traits of the Disinformationalist” at www.proparanoid.com/truth.htm, sums it up very well.

Ralph McGehee was a CIA agent for 25 years, mainly in South-East Asia where he witnessed bombing and napalming of villages, which caused him to examine closely what the CIA was really all about.  He has written about Vietnam’s Phoenix Program www.vwip.org/articles/m/McGeheeRalph_VietnamsPhoenixProgram.htm and after a long battle with CIA censors, he published the book “Deadly Deceits” in 1983.  Ralph has been harassed by the CIA and FBI, involving bodily injury, and his CIABASE website was shut down on Spring of 2000.  He copied some reports that can be found athttp://serendipity.magnet.ch/cia/ciabase_report_1.htm (and 2.htm), http://serendipity.magnet.ch/cia/death_squads.htm, and www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/Deadly_Deceits.html.  He concluded that the CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency but rather the covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisors, of which disinformation is a large part of its responsibility and the American people are the primary target of its lies.

One of the primary reasons John F. Kennedy was assassinated had to do with the fact he dared to interfere in the framework of power.  Kennedy was intent on exercising his ELECTED powers and not allowing them to be usurped by power-crazed individuals in the intelligence community, threatening to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind.”  There were four things that filled the CIA with rage and sealed his fate; JFK fired Allen Dulles, was in the process of founding a panel to investigate the CIA’s numerous crimes, put a damper on the breadth and scope of the CIA, and limited their ability to act under National Security Memoranda 55.

There is such an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the CIA that it is impossible to cover it all in one book, much less an article.  Personally, I have come to the conclusion that the media is not only influenced by the CIA…..the media is the CIA.  Many Americans think of their supposedly free press as a watchdog on government, mainly because the press itself shamelessly promotes that myth.  One of the first tenets for the control of a population is to control all sources of information the population receives and mostly because of the pervasive CIA and Operation Mockingbird, the mainstream American Press is a controlled multi-national corporate/government megaphone.  They are up to their eyeballs in dirty deeds and there will never be an end to the corruption that prevails unless the CIA is abolished.  Otherwise, the CIA will just keep on using their tricks of propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, drug trafficking, sexual intrigue, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, demolition and evacuation procedures, death squads, and politically motivated assassinations.  The CIA is the epitome of organized crime run amuck!

Covert History… 

” Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.”

Henry Kissinger, commenting on the US sellout of the Kurds in Iraq in 1975

*****

” …the CIA has overthrown functioning democracies in over 20 countries.”

John Stockwell, former CIA official and author

Iran
Guatemala
Zaire
Bay of Pigs
Vietnam 1945 – 1963
Dominican Republic

“… Secret CIA operations constitute the usually unseen efforts to shore up unjust, unpopular, minority governments, always with the hope that overt military intervention … will not be necessary. The more successful CIA operations are, the more remote overt intervention becomes, and the more remote become reforms. Latin America in the 1960s is all the proof one needs.”

Philip Agee, CIA Diary

Indonesia
Greece
Chile
Vietnam 1964-1975
Laos
Cambodia

“But what counter-insurgency really comes down to is the protection of the capitalists back in America, their property and their privileges. US national security, as preached by US leaders, is the security of the capitalist class in the US, not the security of the rest of the people.”

Philip Agee, CIA Diary

Angola
Orlando Letelier
Grenada
El Salvador
Nicaragua
Afghanistan

“A considerable proportion of the developed world’s prosperity rests on paying the lowest possible prices for the poor countries’ primary products and on exporting high-cost capital and finished goods to those countries. Continuation of this kind of prosperity requires continuation of the relative gap between developed and underdeveloped countries – it means keeping poor people poor.

Increasingly, the impoverished masses are understanding that the prosperity of the developed countries and of the privileged minorities in their own countries is founded on their poverty.”

Philip Agee, CIA Diary

South Pacific
Panama
Iraq
Haiti
Yugoslavia

“American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force – without a secret police force.

Now, more than ever, each of us is forced to make a conscious choice whether to support the system of minority comfort and privilege with all its security apparatus and repression, or whether to struggle for real equality of opportunity and fair distribution of benefits for all of society, in the domestic as well as the international order. It’s harder now not to realize that there are two sides, harder not to understand each, and harder not to recognize that like it or not we contribute day in and day out either to the one side or to the other.”

Philip Agee, CIA Diary

Among other things since becoming president, Barack Obama has:
  • Signed the NDAA into law – making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o charge or trial.
  • Initiated, and personally oversees a ‘Secret Kill List’.
  • Waged war on Libya without congressional approval.
  • Started a covert, drone war in Yemen.
  • Escalated the proxy war in Somalia.
  • Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan.
  • Maintained a presence in Iraq even after “ending” the war.
  • Sharply escalated the war in Afghanistan.
  • Secretly deployed US special forces to 75 countries.

 

Here’s a partial history of Obama’s dealings – listed (roughly) chronologically, most recent first:

News after Obama was elected to a second term

  • President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his Inauguration in January, reversing his position from his first Inauguration (READ).
  • Obamacare Architect Leaves White House for Pharmaceutical Industry Job (READ).
  • US to leave 10,000 troops in Afghanistan past 2014 (READ).
  • Obama ‘drone-warfare rulebook’ condemned by human rights groups (READ).
  • Obama says he is “fully supportive” of Israel’s attack on Gaza. “There is no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on from outside its borders” (We
    wonder if Obama applies this logic to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and
    Afghanistan where the U.S. is raining down missilles on those countries) (READ).
  • Obama Administration: Hamas to Blame for Gaza Violence.  Says Israel ‘has the right to defend itself’ (but makes no mention of Palestinians having the same right) (READ).
  • Obama-appointed Afghanistan commander supports troops there past 2014 (READ).
  • U.S. expands counterterrorism assistance in Cambodia in spite of human rights concerns (READ).
  • Julian Assange:
    Reelected Obama a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.  “All of the
    activities against WikiLeaks by the United States have occurred under
    an Obama administration.” (READ).

 

News prior to Obama being elected to a second term
  • 4 More Drones! Robot Attacks Are on Deck for Obama’s Next Term (READ).
  • Obama and Civil Liberties: The Prospect of Four More Years (READ).
  • US-backed regime in Bahrain
    bans all protests.  Obama continues to support the brutal Bahraini
    dictatorship, valuing ruthless control of the Persian Gulf over
    democracy (READ).
  • UN Official: Aspects of US Drone Program Clearly ‘War Crimes’ (read). (Which makes Obama a war criminal.)
  • Obama Moves to Make the ‘War on Terror’
    Permanent.  Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian
    euphemism – ‘disposition matrix’ – the administration
    institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim (read).
  • U.S. Begins Talks to Extend Troop Presence in Afghanistan Beyond 2014 (read).
  • Obama implements additional Iran sanctions (read).
  • Electronic monitoring by Justice Department on the rise under Obama, ACLU says (read).
  • At UN, Obama Falsely Claims America Sides With Democratic Change in Mid East (read).
  • New Stanford/NYU Study Documents the Civilian Terror from Obama’s Drones (read). ‘Counterproductive’
    drone war “terrorizes” civilians in Pakistan. The drone war has given
    rise to “anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities”.
  • Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA (read).
  • Obama administration to spend an estimated $350 billion on nuclear weapon upgrades (read). (But the US doesn’t acknowledge its hypocrisy in sanctioning & threatening Iran for pursuing nuclear energy).
  • AIPAC thanks Obama for ‘steadfast support’ (read).
  • Obama Admin Appeals Overruling of Indefinite Detention Under NDAA (read).
  • Rahm Emanuel: President Obama supports me against striking teachers in Chicago (read).
  • Obama has kept his promise to not prosecute CIA torturers, leaving them unaccountable (read).
  • Suspected U.S. drone strike kills civilians in Yemen, officials say (read).
  • Obama Gives Shell Green Light to Start Risky Arctic Drilling (read).
  • Obama sends 200 Marines to Guatemala to fight drug trafficking (read).
  • Obama authorized covert support for Syrian rebels, sources say (read).
  • Obama signs law increasing aid to Israel day before Romney trip to Holy Land (read).
  • Obama in Yemen: Killing Civilians, Bolstering Dictatorship, and Bombing in Secret (read).
  • Obama signs executive order giving himself control of all communication systems in America (read).
  • U.S. beefs up Persian Gulf forces (read).
    Lesser of Two Evils Contest Winners

    Thanks to everyone
    who submitted slogans and voted for the best way to respond when
    someone says, “I’m going to vote for Obama because he’s the lesser of
    two evils.”  As voted by you, here are the winners of the contest.

    • If you vote for either man you vote for more war
    • Voting
      for the lesser of two evils may be acceptable to you, but it’s not to
      the people around the world who are being bombed by Obama
    • Obama 2012 – Four More Wars!

     

  • U.S. eyes return to some Southeast Asia military bases (in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines) (read).
  • Obama Ignored CIA Report Against Afghan Escalation (read).
  • Under Obama, the export of American arms
    to countries around the world — even those actively repressing their
    own citizens — is booming. The United States is the world’s top
    provider of major conventional weapons (read).
  • C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition (read).
  • Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur (read).
  • Obama asserts presidential powers he once spoke critically of (read).
  • Obama administration rejects FOIA requests from NYT, ACLU for “targeted killing” papers (read).
  • Ex-CIA Official Slams Obama’s ‘Indiscriminate’ Use of Drones (read).
  • What’s behind Obama’s new military base in Chile? (read).
    The U.S. is NOT leaving Iraq or Afghanistan, as Obama claims

    Feb.
    7, 2012 – The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence
    in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S.
    troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a
    combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S.
    interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said (read).

  • Jeremy Scahill Says Obama Strikes In Yemen Constitute ‘Murder’ (read).
  • “As shown through his stepped-up drone campaign, Barack Obama has become George W. Bush on steroids.” (read).
  • Obama order set off wave of cyberattacks against Iran (read).
  • Obama Personally Oversees ‘Secret Kill List’: NYT (read).  Obama and Drone Warfare: Will Americans Speak Out? (read).
  • Obama OKs Proliferation of US “Hunter-Killer” Drone Technology – Administration plans to arm Italy’s fleet of Reaper drones (read).
  • Obama touts American exceptionalism, ‘end of wars’ in Air Force graduation speech (read).
  • Top Obama Officials, Secretive Process Create ‘Assassination List’ – President Obama’s counter-terrorism chief has “seized the lead” in secretly determining who will die by US drone (read).
  • Obama’s ‘Poverty-Relieving’ Plan for Africa a Profit Boon for Giant Agribusiness (read).
  • Obama has opened three new military bases in Honduras (read).
  • Ex-CIA Interrogator: Obama’s War on Terror Is Less Ethical Than Bush’s. “We
    don’t capture anybody any more… [Obama’s] default option… has been
    to … take no prisoners…How could it be more ethical to kill people
    rather than capture them?” (read).
  • Jeremy Scahill: US Has Become ‘Nation of Assassins’ (read).
  • The Drone-Happy President: Obama Escalates in Yemen – Again.  Obama allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known (read).
  • Obama Administration Again Proposes Polar Bear Extinction Plan – New Rule Echoes Bush Plan Ignoring Polar Bears’ Plight (read).
  • The Obama administration has already launched six times as many drone strikes as the Bush administration in Pakistan alone, killing hundreds of innocent people and devastating families (read).
  • Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread ‘Em  (read).
  • Air Force ramps up drone war. New documents reveal plans to more than quadruple Reaper missions by 2016  (read).
  • Obama Signs “Fraud-Friendly” JOBS Act into Law.  Economist: Bill will bring fraud, destroy jobs (read).  Why Obama’s JOBS Act Couldn’t Suck Worse (read).
  • U.S. draws up plans for nuclear drones (read).
  • Our government is watching us more. New guidelines permit the federal counterterrorism investigators to collect, search and store data about Americans who are not suspected of terrorism, or anything (read).
  • U.S. joins effort to equip and pay ‘rebels’ in Syria (read).
  • Drone strikes in Yemen
    soar as U.S. stokes ‘secret war’ – America has dramatically stepped up
    its “secret war” in Yemen with the U.S. ordering dozens of drone
    attacks on al-Qaida hotspots, which have also killed scores of
    civilians (read).
  • Obama to fast-track segment of Keystone pipeline, other energy projects (read); Native Americans Forced to Protest from ‘Cage’ (read).
  • Bush’s “Total Information Awareness” data mining program revived by the Obama administration (read).
  • Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources (read).  Related: “Obama’s Creepy Executive Order: Permanent War Economy” (read).
  • Obama signs anti-protest trespass bill into law (read).
  • Obama administration moves to aid Syrian opposition (read).
  • Obama’s Attorney General says U.S. can assassinate American citizens abroad (without being charged with anything or given a trial) (read).
  • White House helps pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance (read).
  • Obama sees single-candidate election in Yemen as ‘model’ for Middle East (read).
  • Obama: U.S. in ‘lockstep’ with Israel on Iran (read).
  • U.S. drones targeting rescuers and mourners in Pakistan;
    Obama indirectly admits that U.S. strikes have killed civilians by
    claiming the drone campaign a “targeted, focused
    effort” that “has not caused a huge number of civilian
    casualties”. . . . (read).
  • We’re #47! After Occupy Journalist Arrests, US Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings (read).
  • Yemen dictator allowed into the U.S.  A
    day after he was granted immunity by the Yemeni parliament, Yemen’s
    presumably-departing dictator of 33 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh is on his
    way to the U.S. for treament (read).  (Comparing
    Yemen’s Saleh to Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi: Saleh killed his own people –
    people who peacefully protest his tyrannical reign. Gadhafi killed his
    own people – people who violently rose up against him. Saleh gets to
    enter the U.S. Gadhafi got murdered – SPFP)
  • 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free (read).
  • Has Obama taken Bush’s ‘preemption’ strategy to another level? (read).
  • Obama sending 5 US military officers to South Sudan (read).
  • The White House has declared the government of South Sudan
    eligible to receive weapons and defense assistance from the U.S. The
    announcement came amid an outbreak of violence between two South
    Sudanese tribes that may have left thousands dead and some 50,000
    people needing aid (read).
  • The White House has declared the government of South Sudan
    eligible to receive weapons and defense assistance from the U.S. The
    announcement came amid an outbreak of violence between two South
    Sudanese tribes that may have left thousands dead and some 50,000
    people needing aid (read).
  • President Obama Signs the NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law.
    The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention
    provision.  “President Obama’s action today is a blight on
    his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed
    indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said
    Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director (read).
  • Weapon’s proliferation: In same week $30 billion weapon deal with Saudi Arabia is finalized, Pentagon reaches $3.5 billion weapon deal with UAE (read).
  • White House rejects calls for oversight on drone killings (read).
  • TSA spreading its wings beyond airports (read).
  • The Obama administration has decided in principle to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to enter the United States for medical treatment (read).
  • National Defense Authorization Act – By signing the ‘anti-terror’ bill the president could end up being worse than his Republican predecessor on civil liberties (read).
  • The Zenith of Civil Libertarian Anger at President Obama (read).
  • Secrecy defines Obama’s drone war (read).
  • Obama asks Iran to return downed U.S. surveillance drone (read).  Stealth drone highlights tougher U.S. strategy on Iran (read).
  • Obama Promises to Label GMOs (read).
  • Inside Romania’s secret CIA prison (read).
  • Obama: U.S. to expand military in Australia (read); 2,500 US Marines to be stationed in Australia (read).
  • Obama Administration Delays Keystone Pipeline Decision to After Election (read).
  • Obama’s Offshore Oil Plan a Disaster for Wildlife, Climate (read).
  • Palestine Wins UNESCO Membership… And Obama Withdraws (read).
  • Obama’s new war in Uganda (read).
  • Obama’s proposal would gut Freedom of Information Act (read).
  • As troops pull out of Iraq, Obama plans more combat forces elsewhere in the Middle East (read).
  • The U.S. will maintain a presence in Iraq even after “ending” of war (read).
  • New Obama Foreclosure Plan Helps Banks At Taxpayers’ Expense (read).
  • US Troop Deaths in Afghan War Under Obama Now Twice That Under Bush (read).
  • Obama sends 100 US combat troops to Uganda to help fight ‘rebels’ (read).
  • Obama vows to seek ‘toughest’ Iran
    sanctions to punish Iranian officials whom he accused of complicity in
    an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States (read).
  • Obama Waives Penalties on Countries That Employ Child Soldiers – Again! (read).
  • U.S. drone strike in Yemen
    kills U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki.  The lethal strike marked the
    first known case in which the Obama administration tracked down and
    killed a U.S. citizen. The raid also killed a second American, Samir
    Khan. (read).  With the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, the due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality (read).
  • Obama accomodates Turkey’s request for drone aircraft in fight against Kurdish separtists (read).
  • Photos & videos of Bin Laden’s killing
    should not be released because they would reveal military and
    intelligence secrets and could lead to violence against U.S. personnel,
    the Obama administration argued (read).
  • Obama quietly renews U.S. embargo on Cuba (read).
  • U.S. drones attack in souther Somalia (read).
  • Obama secretly sold bunker-busting bombs to Israel: report (read).Photo: Al Jazeera
  • US Resumes Arms Sales to Bahrain.
    Less than three months after including Bahrain on a list of human
    rights offenders requiring the United Nations’ attention, the Obama
    administration seems to have changed its mind (read).
  • Obama silent as U.S. murders Troy Davis (read).
  • Peace Prize-Winner Obama Savages Somalia (read).
  • U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say (read).
  • “Obama cozies up to Uzbekistan dictator” – lobbies congress to sell more military equipment to one of the world’s most repressive leaders (read).
  • U.S. to build new massive prison in Bagram, Afghanistan (read).
  • New American Ally in Somalia: ‘Butcher’ Warlord (read). (Also check out Jeremy Scahill’s extensive piece on U.S. history in Somalia).
  • The United States reserves the right to pursue terrorists unilaterally in other countries, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said in a speech at Harvard Law School (read).
  • The
    Obama administration has significantly increased the frequency of drone
    strikes and other air attacks against the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen in recent months amid rising concern about political collapse there (read).
  • Obama Pushes NAFTA Style Trade Policy Despite 2008 Promise (watch).
  • Obama said that if the Palestinians try to achieve statehood in the UN Security Council, the US will oppose the proposal (read).
  • Obama abandoned a contentious new air pollution rule,
    buoying business interests that had lobbied heavily against it,
    angering environmentalists and rejecting the advice of his top
    environmental regulators (read).  Related: Obama
    asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a plan to
    limit smog pollution that was projected to prevent as many as 12,000
    premature deaths from heart and lung complications (read).
  • US kills 30 in airstrikes on Yemen (read).
  • Jeremy Scahill: What’s happening in Libya
    is essentially a “NATO enforced regime change” and that President Obama
    is “implementing the Bush domino agenda in the Middle East” (watch).
  • Obama Goes All Out For Dirty Banker Deal (read).
  • A secret war in 120 countries: Somewhere
    on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say
    that 70 times and you’re done … for the day. (read).
  • Progressives Complain Obama’s Debt Deal ‘Trades People’s Livelihoods for the Votes of a Few Unappeasable Right-Wing Radicals’ (read).
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez Arrested Outside White House Protesting Record Deportations Under Obama’s Watch (read).
  • Obama exploits the tragedy in Norway

    “It’s a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in
    preventing this kind of terror from occurring,” Obama said prior to
    learning the identity of the assailant, clearly trying to justify his
    military strikes in 6 Muslim nations.  No doubt Obama was later
    stunned, if not disappointed, that the person responsible for the
    killings in Norway was a non-Arab Christian, and not a ‘Muslim
    terrorist’.

  • Obama’s escalating war in Yemen – As its government teeters, the impoverished and chaotic Gulf nation is the focus of a U.S. bombing campaign (read).
  • Obama’s approval ratings across the Arab World are 10% or less, according to a Zogby study of about 4,000 people (read).
  • CIA Exhales: 99 Out of 101 Torture Cases Dropped (read).
  • U.S. millions fund world’s newest army, South Sudan,
    despite worries of its human rights abuses, including killings, most
    recently in April when hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded by
    the U.S. ally (read).
  • The Obama administration is expanding its drone war to Somalia,
    which makes six countries where the United States is using drones to
    conduct lethal attacks: Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and
    Yemen (read).  Also, the US is supplying drone aircrafts to Uganda and Burundi to help them fight in Somalia (read).
  • Obama Admin Warns of “Fines and Incarceration” if U.S. Citizens Set Sail with Gaza Aid Flotilla (read).
  • “Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding,” Obama trumpeted in his speech announcing his plan to withdraw some U.S. troops in Afghanistan (read).  (Given
    that George W. Bush had about half as many troops in Afghanistan
    as Obama will after the withdrawals, this claim is disingenuous.
    But what takes Obama’s assertion to the level of Orwellian, is that he
    makes this claim while he has started new wars in Libya and
    Yemen, has escalated drone strikes in Pakistan, has ramped up
    the U.S. proxy war in Somalia, and has begun funding the new army in
    South Sudan.)
  • Just prior to Obama’s speech on withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan,
    the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $14.2 million contract to a
    Turkish company to construct an eight-building barracks complex for
    12,000 troops at Bagram Air Field.  Completion date is scheduled
    for fall of 2013 (read).
  • Former CIA Director Hayden: Obama follows in Bush’s footsteps on War Powers (read) in Libya.
    In a campaign marked by stinging criticism of President George W.
    Bush’s alleged executive excess, then-candidate Obama wrote: “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.”  Yet Obama
    is now claiming authority to bomb Libya.
  • Obama overruled 2 top lawyers on War Power in Libya (read).
  • Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul and eight other congress members file lawsuit against Obama for taking military action in Libya without first seeking congressional approval, an apparent violation of the 1973 War Powers Resolution (read).
  • Noam Chomsky: “Both Bush and Obama are terrified of the Arab spring.
    And there is a very sensible reason for that. They don’t want
    democracies in the Arab world. If Arab public opinion had any influence
    on policy, the US and Britain would be tossed out of the Middle East.
    That’s why they are terrified of democracies in the region” (read).
  • Whistleblowers Suffer More than Ever Under Obama (read).
  • Obama’s support of the repressive monarchy of Bahrain:  The Obama administration approved $200M in military sales to Bahrain in run-up to violent crackdown (read).  Bahrain crown prince meets with Obama in DC – Officials reaffirm the strong US commitment to Bahrain (read).
  • Chicago Tribune editorial writer: Obama and the pursuit of endless war – starting new fights and prolonging the old ones (read).
  • FBI to Expand Domestic Surveillance
    Powers as Details Emerge of Its Spy Campaign Targeting Activists.
    The F.B.I. is giving its agents new leeway to infiltrate
    organizations, search household trash, use surveillance teams and
    search databases in domestic investigations. FBI agents will now be
    able investigate people and organizations “proactively”
    without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity (watch/read).
  • As chaos engulfs Yemen, the U.S. is diabolically intensifying a secret campaign of airstrikes, according to the New York Times.
  • Report: Over 2,600 Activists Arrested in US Protests since Obama took office (read).
  • In
    2007, then-Senator Obama said: “If American workers are being denied
    their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the
    White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I will
    walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of
    America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in
    their corner.”…  In 2011, President Obama did not find his shoes to join the massive protests in Wisconsin(read).
  • Pentagon to consider cyber attacks an act of war (read).
  • Obama signs Patriot Act extension into law (read).
  • White House: No need for congressional approval for Libya (read).
  • Obama administration praises Israel for its restraint after it kills 20 on the “Nakba” (read).
Obama to Israel: Take whatever you want
  • Obama to AIPAC, May 2011: “So make no mistake, we will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge” (read).
 

May 2011 – Obama’s hypocritical speech on the Middle East

“The United States opposes the use of violence and
repression against the people of the region” claimed Obama, while
simultaneously dropping bombs on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Yemen and Libya.

Read statement from ANSWER coalition Director Brian Becker (Read)

 

  • U.S. kills Bin Laden hours after NATO killed Gadhafi’s son and 3 grandchildren (read).

 

It’s moments like these that some people expected Barack Obama to act differently than George W. Bush or John McCain
After
killing Bin Laden, Obama could have claimed victory and announced that
the wars would come to an immediate end.  Instead, he’s doing what
Bush or McCain would have done:  Continue the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, and the drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen; pronounce that
Bin Laden’s death justifies all the wars; repeat the lie that 9/11 was
the start of the war; and declare that the ‘war on terror’ must
continue.

 

  • Obama administration refuses to accept the Palestinian unity deal which brought Hamas and Fatah together (read).
  • Obama approves of armed Predator drone strikes in Libya (read).
  • WikiLeaks: Obama administration tried to stymie U.N. probe of possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza (read).
  • “Don’t Punish the Poor” Economist Jeffrey Sachs Slams Obama-GOP Budget Deal (read).
  • Obama’s military action in Libya contradicts his words from 2007:
    “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” (read)
  • Obama Administration Approves Fourth Gulf Deepwater Drilling Permit (read)
  • Obama Defends Detention Conditions for Bradley Manning (read)
  • Obama Approves Indefinite Detention Without Trial (read)
  • America’s secret plan to arm Libya’s rebels: Obama asks Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi (read). (This is the same Saudi Arabia who in the same week declared all protests illegal).
  • Obama honors George H.W. Bush with Medal of Freedom.  “We celebrate an extraordinary life of service and of sacrifice” (read).
  • Obama’s $3.7 Trillion Budget Calls for Military Spending Increases and Deep Cuts to Social Service Programs (read).  Obama Budget Proposal: Cuts To Target Working Poor, Middle Class & Students (read).US Deaths in Afghanistan: Obama vs Bush. Click here to learn more.
  • Obama heaps praise on Ronald Reagan: Reagan advanced “the cause of freedom, democracy and security around the world” (read), and Reagan was a man with a “unique ability to inspire others to greatness” (read).
  • The Obama administration has publicly confirmed it is continuing the Bush-era policy of opposing the return of Haiti’s ousted former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was overthrown in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup (read).
  • Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans (read).
  • The Obama administration is telling federal agencies to take aggressive new steps to prevent more WikiLeaks embarrassments (read).
  • Obama Gives ‘Lump of Coal’ to Polar Bears (read).
  • Obama administration readies indefinite detention order for Guantanamo detainees (read).
  • Big Brother
    gets bigger under Obama.  The FBI is building a database with the
    names and certain personal information, such as employment history, of
    thousands of U.S. citizens and residents whom a local police officer or
    a fellow citizen believed to be acting suspiciously (read).
  • Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality (read).
  • Obama’s VP Joe Biden likens WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to a “high-tech terrorist” (read).
  • Obama calls WikiLeaks “deplorable” (read).
  • Expansion of Anti-Terrorism Law Will Target Activists (read).
  • Obama reaches agreement with congressional Republicans to extend Bush’s tax-cuts for the wealthy (read).
  • The Obama administration has abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to renew a settlement construction freeze (read).
  • Obama administration orders government workers not to read WikiLeaks cables – even from home (read).
  • Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe (read).
  • The Obama administration launched a full-bloodied assault on Wikileaks (read).
  • Obama proposes salary freeze for 2 million federal workers – excluding those in the military (read)  [NOTE:
    Obama said the salary freeze would save $28 billion over 5 years —
    that amount is about what the U.S. spends on war every 2 weeks.]
  • Obama stands by controversial air security screening methods – says body scans and pat-downs necessary (read).
  • White House Says Child Soldiers Are O.K., if They Fight Terrorists (read).
  • Obama Administration Claims Unchecked Authority to Kill Americans Outside Combat Zones (read).
  • The US is building a $12 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam.  Another $200 million will go for upgrades to U.S. base in Diego Garcia (read).
  • U.N. votes 187-2 to end Cuba trade embargo – U.S. and Israel lone dissenting votes (read).
  • WikiLeaks Docs Raise Questions of Obama Policies — Despite Obama’s public commitment to eschew torture, U.S. forces turned detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse (read).
  • Obama administration pushing for wider role of CIA in Pakistan – efforts rebuffed by Islamabad (read).
  • Obama administration to sell $60 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia (read).
    The sale, which is the largest overseas deal in U.S. history, is part
    of a strategy spearheaded by the George W. Bush administration and
    expanded by President Barack Obama (read).
  • Obama administration lifts deepwater drilling moratorium (read).
  • Report: White House squelched reports of BP oil spill estimates (read).
  • Obama endorses new film “Waiting for Superman” which attacks teacher’s unions and promotes charter schools (read).
  • A
    UN probe said there was clear evidence to back prosecutions
    against Israel for killing and torture when its troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.  The vote was 30-1, with the U.S. as the lone dissenter (read).
  • Obama’s government attacks dissent.  As
    the Obama administration escalates its undeclared wars in Pakistan and
    Yemen under the guise of protecting freedom and democracy, the
    administration is simultaneously escalating its attack on activists in
    the US who exercise their First Amendment rights.  St. Pete for
    Peace stands in solidarity with activists in Chicago and Minneapolis
    whose homes were raided by the FBI (read).  This is particularly troubling but sadly just the latest attempt by the government to silence dissent:
  • The Obama administration is drawing up legislation to make it easier for US intelligence services to eavesdrop on the Internet, such as social networking websites like Facebook, messaging software like Skype and email transmitters like BlackBerry (read).
  •  The Progressive Magazine’s Matthew Rothschild revealed that a recent FBI report shows the ease in which political protesters are labeled as “terrorists” (read).
  • A report that the Pentagon’s spy unit has begun rebuilding the controversial TALON database that was shut down three years ago after it was used to monitor US peace activists (read).
  • The ACLU recently reported that the Obama administration is permanently enshrining into law many of George W. Bush’s most controversial policies (read). (And of course, there have been no attempts to repeal the Patriot Act.)
  • Bush’s Rendition Program Remains Unchecked (read).
  • Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents.
    In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North
    Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet
    republics — the United States has significantly increased
    military and intelligence operations (read).
  • The Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that hire undocumented workers (read).
  • Obama lifts ban on Indonesian Special Forces Kopassus, despite their brutal human rights record (read).
  • Obama sends 46 Navy warships, 7,000 marines to Costa Rica (read).
  • White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill (read).
  • Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the United States of being behind the 2009 coup that ousted him (read).
  • US Ignores Calls for End to Gaza
    Siege.  The Obama administration is refusing to join international
    calls for a complete end to the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip (read).
  • The Pentagon’s spy unit
    has begun rebuilding a controversial database that was shut down three
    years ago after it was found to have been used to monitor US peace
    activists (read).
  • Obama Administration Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan – another $120M contract awarded (read).
  • With Rumored Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder and Arrest of Alleged Leaker of Video Showing Iraq Killings, Obama Admin Escalates Crackdown on Whistleblowers of Classified Information (read).
  • With a strong push from
    the Obama administration, the United Nations Security Council
    voted to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran (read).
  • Obama Administration Might Hold Non-Afghan Detainees at Bagram Indefinitely — Administration Should Not Re-Create Gitmo, Says ACLU (read).
  • Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world (read).
    The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces go far beyond the
    covert missions authorized by George W. Bush.  Countries
    include Iran, Georgia, Ukraine, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru,
    Yemen, Pakistan and the Philippines.
  • In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling
    new offshore oil wells, at least seven new permits for various types of
    drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted (read).
  • James Carville on Obama’s response to the Gulf oil spill: He is risking everything with ‘go along with BP strategy’ (read).
  • U.S. troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan: Seymour Hersh (read).
  • Obama gives CIA authority to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles in Pakistan (read).
  • Government Exempted BP from Environmental Review (read).
  • An amendment to increase Congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve failed following pressure from the White House (read).
  • Obama approves targeted assassination of an American citizen (read).
  • Obama signs law allowing weapons in National Parks (read).
  • Obama: Drill, Baby, Drill.
    Obama to open offshore areas to oil drilling  — In June
    2008, then-Sen. Obama told reporters in Jacksonville, Florida, “when
    I’m president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida
    and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off
    Florida’s coasts” (read).  Obama said offshore oil drilling is “not risky” (read).
  • Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by summer 2010 (will bring total to about 100,000) (read).
  • Bush Obama imperialism mask http://www.ironrail.org/blog/uploaded_images/bush_obama_imperialism-747174.jpg
  • US-backed Indonesian
    armed forces, who carried out a series of assassinations of civilian
    activists in late 2009, are slated for renewed aid by the Obama
    administration (read).
  • US-Backed Somali Troops Prepare Major Offensive (read).
  • Obama signs Patriot Act extension without reforms (read).
  • Obama unveils plans to build new nuclear power plants (read).
  • School bombing exposes Obama’s secret war inside Pakistan (read).
  • Obama administration raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles (read).
  • Obama administration steps up arms sales to Persian Gulf allies (read)
  • Obama seeking $44 billion increase in military budget – including $5b for nuclear arsenal (read).
  • 15 killed in US drone strike in northwest Pakistan (read).
  • Blackwater in Pakistan: Gates confirms (read).
  • U.S. Moves Missiles And Troops To Russian Border (read).
  • France accuses US of  ‘occupying’ Haiti as troops flood in (read).
  • Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen (read).

Obama is a puppet of the U.S. empire

  • Conservative praise for Obama’s Nobel speech.
    “If Bush had said these things the world would be filled with
    violent denunciations… when Obama says them, people purr. That is
    fine by me.” (read).
  • Obama signs military bases agreement with Colombia (read).
  • Obama Seeks PATRIOT ACT Extensions (read).
  • Administration Seeks to Keep Terror Watch-List Data Secret –As of last Sept., the list included 1.1 million names and aliases corresponding to 400,000 individuals (read).
  • Radical Cheerleaders Say U.S. Out of Afghanistan! St. Petersburg, FL, Nov 13 2009 in front of Baywalk
  • “[Afghanistan]
    is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. Those who attacked
    America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the
    Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which
    al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war
    worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people.” (read).
  • Obama administration asks Supreme Court to block release of torture photos (read).
  • Obama’s Military Is Spying on US Peace Groups, by Amy Goodman (read).
  • The Obama
    administration has declined requests from U.N. human rights
    investigators for information on secret prisons and for private
    interviews with inmates at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay (read).
  • Obama announced the nomination of Robert Hormats, a vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International, to a top economic position at the State Department (read).
  • Senior Obama Official Backs Cheney and CIA, Says Concealment of Assassin Program Legal (read).
  • Some Guantanamo Bay Detainees May Be Held Indefinitely (without prosecution) (read).  Also, military tribunals at Gitmo resume (read).
  • Obama Goes to Bat for Bush Wiretap Program (read).
  • Obama Slides Further Down Bush’s Hill on Indefinite Detention (read).
  • About Face: Obama to Proceed with Bush-Era Cybersecurity Plan (read).
  • Obama Administration Backs Bush White House on Cheney Interview (read).
  • Obama administration seeks to quash suit by 9/11 families (read).
  • In his May, 2009 speech in Cairo,
    Egypt, Obama denounced retaliation and force in discussing how
    Palestinians should respond to Israel.  Given that Obama’s
    government sells weapons to Israel, has escalated violence in
    Afghanistan and has increased the number of drone attacks in Pakistan,
    his request of Palestinians is void of any credibility.  Obama
    also proudly proclaimed that US troops would be out of Iraq by 2012 (as
    if three more years is acceptable), and he again did not mention how
    many mercenaries would remain, and of course, he didn’t discuss US
    military bases in Iraq.
  • Obama OK’s Mountaintop Removal.
    With the election of Barack Obama, environmentalists expected to see
    the end of the “Appalachian apocalypse” — their name for exposing coal
    deposits by blowing the tops off of whole mountains. But in recent
    weeks, the Obama administration has quietly decided to open the way for
    at least two dozen more “mountaintop removal” projects. (read).
  • Obama embraces Bush’s immigration policy.
    In recent days, for example, the administration has announced it will
    expand a $1.1 billion program begun under President George W. Bush to
    check the immigration status of virtually all people booked into local
    jails over the next four years. Obama will continue a “zero-tolerance”
    program that charges and jails any illegal immigrant caught crossing
    parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. And the administration will resume
    construction of a $8 billion “virtual” fence of tower-mounted sensors
    and cameras along the border (read).
  • Obama pledges to keep U.S. ‘dominance’:  We will maintain Americas military dominance and keep you the finest fighting force the world has ever seen. (read).
  • Obama administration sides with Bush, Cheney and Rove in the case of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame (read).
  • Obama to Keep Israel’s Nuclear Secrets (read).
  • Obama Endorses Indefinite Detention
    Without Trial for Some. President Obama acknowledged publicly for the
    first time yesterday that some detainees at Guantanamo Bay may have to
    be held without trial indefinitely, siding with conservative national
    security advocates (read).
  • Obama does U-turn on Guantanamo Bay
    terror trials – will restart military tribunals for a small number of
    Guantanamo detainees, reviving a Bush-era trial system he once assailed
    as flawed (read).
  • Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama (read).
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the U.S. to halt air strikes in his country (read).  Unfortunately, the Obama administration rejected Karzai’s demand and said that U.S. airstrikes will continue (read)
  • Obama renews U.S. sanctions on Syria (read).
  • Photographs of prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse (read).
  • McCain backs Obama (read).
  • Obama pledges to protect CIA torture operatives (read).
  • President Obama is asking Congress for $83.4 billion in funding for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The request marks a complete reversal for Obama from two years ago,
    when he voted against war funding as a senator under former President
    George W. Bush (read).
  • Obama Administration Embraces Bush Position on Warrantless Wiretapping and Secrecy (read).
  • Replace “Afghanistan”
    with “Iraq” and Obama sounds like Bush .  Barack Obama made an
    impassioned plea to Americas allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities (read).
  • Obama quietly gave Blackwater $70 million in February, despite Iraq saying it doesn’t want the company there (read).
  • President Barack Obama declared today that the United States will maintain our military dominance.
    We will have the strongest armed forces in the history of the world.
    And we will do whatever it takes to sustain our technological advantage
    and to invest in the capabilities that we need to protect our interests
    and to defeat and deter any conventional enemy. (read).
  • Obama extends sanctions against Iran for one year, saying it continues to pose a threat to US national security (read).
  • Even though Obama has repeatedly pledged to ban congressional earmarks, his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has 16 such projects, worth about $8.5 million, in the bill the Senate is considering (read).
  • Suspend Military Aid to Israel, Amnesty Urges Obama after Detailing US Weapons Used in Gaza (read).
  • Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners (read).
  • Obama Sides With Bush: Tries to Kill E-Mail Case (read).
  • Obama Expands Missile Strikes Inside Pakistan (read).
  • Obama Lets CIA Keep Controversial Renditions Tool (read)
  • Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo (read).
  • Obama Energy Secretary Nominee: Coal, Nuclear an ‘Important Part’ of Power Mix (read).
  • Obama picks Raytheon VP as deputy defense secretary (read).
  • Obama attends neo-conservative dinner party with William Kristol, David Brooks, among others (read); but refuses to meet with Hamas or to criticize Israel for Gaza attacks (read).
  • “His task, will be to
    develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a
    New World Order can be created.  Its a great opportunity it
    isn’t’t a crisis.  He (Obama) has appointed an
    extraordinarily capable group (of advisers and staff) in both foreign
    and economic fields” ~  Henry Kissinger  (YouTube)
  • Obama Wants Bush Pentagon Appointees to Stay (read).
  • Cheney lauds Obama’s choice of national security team (read).
  • Obama choice of evangelical pastor to give invocation at his inauguration has gay rights groups angry (read).
  • Obama’s Pro-Nuclear
    Pick for Energy Secretary Steven Chu has a keen interest in energy
    efficiency and solar power and other clean forms of renewable energy,
    Chu is a staunch advocate of nuclear power (read).
  • Obama’s Dept. of Ag. choice Vilsac is pro-GMO.
  • Campaign Promises on Ending the War in Iraq Now Muted by Reality

    “I said that I would remove our combat troops from Iraq in 16 months,
    with the understanding that it might be necessary – likely to be
    necessary – to maintain a residual force to provide potential training,
    logistical support, to protect our civilians in Iraq,” Mr. Obama said
    this week as he introduced his national security team (read).

  • Barack Obama’s kettle of hawks

    The absence of a solid anti-war voice on Obama’s national security team
    means that US foreign policy isn’t going to change – “What does it say
    that, with 130 members of the House and 23 in the Senate who voted
    against the war, Obama chooses to hire Democrats who made the same
    judgment as Bush and McCain?”   Neoconservative leader and
    former McCain campaign staffer Max Boot summed it up best. “I am
    gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could just as easily
    have come from a President McCain,” (Jeremy Scahill, 12/1/08).

  • Karl Rove praises Obama’s economic team – “Thanksgiving Cheer From Obama – He’s assembled a first-rate economic team” (read).

 

  • “Hawks For Hillary”
    The New Republic: Why Are Conservatives Praising Obama’s Pick For
    Secretary Of State? Newt Gingrich, Iraq war architect Richard Perle (read).
  • Gov. Janet Napolitano
    of Arizona is reportedly set to be offered the position of Homeland
    Security secretary. She is a two-term governor, as well as a former US
    attorney and state attorney general for Arizona. She was the first
    governor to call for National Guard troops to secure the US-Mexico
    border (read).
  • President-elect Obama
    is also expected to tap billionaire Penny Pritzker to serve as Commerce
    secretary. Pritzker is a longtime friend of Obama’s and served as his
    national finance chair. Pritzker was involved in running and overseeing
    the Illinois-based Superior Bank, which collapsed in 2001. The bank has
    been described as being at the forefront of turning subprime loans into securities, the risky practice at the heart of the financial crisis (read).
  • Obama sends Madeleine Albright
    to represent him at the G20 summit.  Albright is the person who,
    when told that a half million Iraqi children had died due to sanctions,
    said “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the
    price is worth it.” (read).
  • Obama continued the
    fear-mongering that pushes this country into multiple wars when he told
    60 Minutes: “I think it’s important to get a national security team in
    place because transition periods are potentially times of vulnerability
    to a terrorist attack,” (read).
  • Obama reportedly to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense (read).
  • University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee will be U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to lead the White House economic team (read).
  • Obama wants embattled U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman to remain in the Senate Democratic caucus (read), and fellow democrats follow and allow Lieberman to keep a key chairmanship (read).
  • Obama vowed to shut down Guantanamo
    – this is good news, and maybe something a John McCain presidency
    wouldn’t have done.  But what is Obama going to do with those held
    without charge at Guantanamo? And what about torture centers at Bagram
    and Diego Garcia?  And will he shut down the School of the
    Americas torture training center in Ft. Benning, Georgia?  And
    what about the torture American prisoners face in US jails?
  • Chomsky on Obama appointments

    “Obama’s choices to [run his economic team] were Robert Rubin and Larry
    Summers from the Clinton–Secretaries of Treasury under Clinton. They
    are among the people who are substantially responsible for the crisis.
    One leading economist, one of the few economists who has been right all
    along in predicting whats happening, Dean Baker, pointed out that
    selecting them is like selecting Osama Bin Laden to run the war on
    terror.” (read or listen to the entire speech).

  • Obama supports $700 billion bailout of toxic financial institutions. (Sep ’08)
  • Barack Obama has now declared — to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, no less — that Bush’s “surge” in Iraq
    has “succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.” He also proclaimed his
    “absolute” belief in the “War on Terror,” and said “we have to go after
    them” (in Pakistan and Afghanistan). (WATCH or READ)
  • As riot police were assaulting and
    arresting innocent activists outside the Democratic convention, Joe
    Biden was inside saying “Barack will put more cops on the street” (Aug ’08)
  • Georgia/Russia: Obama sides with Georgia – position similar to Bush and McCain. (Aug ’08)
  • Would keep a residual force (possibly 60,000-80,000) in Iraq after 2010 to train military personnel, provide security for U.S. interests and thwart terrorist threats. (Jul ’08)
  • “A nuclear Iran
    would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from
    obtaining a nuclear weapon,” “Iranians need to understand that whether
    it’s the Bush administration or the Obama administration, this is a
    paramount concern to the United States,”  (Jul ’08)
  • Wants 10,000 more troops for Afghanistan. (Jul ’08)
  • Making sure Iran
    does not have the capability to build a nuclear weapon would be “a
    number one priority” in an Obama presidency…. Iran policy must
    “combine much tougher threats of economic sanctions with direct
    diplomacy,” (Jul ’08)
  • Supports legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants. (Jul ’08)
  • Wants to expand faith-based programs. (Jul ’08)
  • Voted in favor of $162 billion more for Iraq & Afghanistan wars. (Jun ’08)
  • At his first stop after winning the primaries, Obama wore a U.S/Israeli flag lapel pin at AIPAC. (Jun ’08)
  • Neoconservative leader William Kristol
    said: “Obama’s not for pulling troops back from our forward positions
    around the world, with the exception of Iraq. Obama and McCain don’t
    actually differ, at least on paper, even on Iran”  (Jun ’08)
  • Reverses his pledge and opts out of public financing. (Jun ’08)
  • “But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leader at a time and place of my choosing if and only if it can advance the interests of the United States.” (Jun ’08)
  • “I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes,” (Jun ’08)
  • Supports a military ‘surge’ in Afghanistan. (May ’08)
  • “I will maintain the embargo (on Cuba).
    It provides us with … leverage…”  “Never, in my lifetime, have
    the people of Cuba known freedom. Never, in the lives of two
    generations of Cubans, have the people of Cuba known
    democracy.”  (May ’08; also, read Fidel Castro’s response)
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  • “I think that when you look back at George H.W. Bush’s
    foreign policy, it was a wise foreign policy. In how we executed the
    Gulf War, how we managed the transition out of the Cold War, I think
    it’s an example of how we can get bipartisan agreement.” (Apr ’08)
  • Would “take no options off the table when it comes to preventing [Iran]
    from using nuclear weapons or obtaining nuclear weapons, and that would
    include any threats directed at Israel or any of our allies in the
    region.” (Apr ’08)
  • “The truth is that my foreign policy
    is actually a return to the traditional bipartisan realistic policy of
    George Bush’s father, of John F. Kennedy, of, in someways, Ronald
    Reagan.” (Mar ’08)Obama - Peace Candidate?
  • Said the 2008 violence in Gaza was the result of Hamas’ decision to launch rocket attacks on Israeli civilians (Mar ’08)
  • Said the US should not meet with (the democratically elected) Hamas leadership (Mar ’08)
  • Would not rule out using mercenaries (private military companies) like Blackwater in Iraq. (Feb ’08)
  • Said that US troops should be “relieved of the burden of policing someone else’s civil war,” and that Iraqis need “to take responsibility for their own future.” (Jan ’08)
  • He skipped the vote on Attorney General Michael Mukasey. (Nov ’07)
  • “It is important to have tough sanctions on Iran, particularly on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which supports terrorism,” (Oct ’07)
  • Voted to expand NAFTA to Peru. (Oct ’07)
  • Would not pledge to have all troops out of Iraq by the end of his first-term. (Sep ’07)
  • Was “a strong supporter of the war in Afghanistan”. (Aug ’07)
  • “I strongly support the expansion of our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines.” (Apr ’07)
  • “We lead the world in battling
    immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good,” said Obama.
    “We must lead by building a 21st-century military… to advance the security of all people.” (Apr ’07)
  • “No President should ever hesitate to use force unilaterally if necessary to protect ourselves and our vital interests when we are attacked or imminently threatened.” (Apr ’07)
  • Said the United States must be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan. (Apr ’07)
  • “[W]e must preserve our total commitment to our unique defense relationship with Israel
    by fully funding military assistance and … related missile defense
    programs, he said. This would help Israel maintain its military edge
    and deter and repel attacks from as far as Tehran and as close as
    Gaza.” (Mar ’07)
  • Voted for Robert Gates (of the Iran-Contra scandal) to be Defense Secretary. (Dec ’06)
  • “[L]aunching some missile strikes into Iran
    is not the optimal position for us to be in given the ongoing war in
    Iraq. On the other hand, having a radical Muslim theocracy in
    possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my instinct would be
    to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling
    clerics of Iran.” (Oct ’06)
  • Voted for building a fence along the U.S./Mexican border. (Sep ’06)
  • Said the government must crack down on employers who hire ‘illegal immigrants’. (Sep ’06)
  • Supported Israel’s war against Lebanon. (Aug ’06)
  • Voted for Patriot Act II. (Mar ’06)
  • Voted for Bush’s 2005 energy bill which sent billions of dollars in subsidies to oil companies. (Jun ’05)
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  • Voted to allow credit card companies to raise interest rates to over 30%. (Mar ’05)
  • “Military strikes on Pakistan should not be ruled out if violent Islamic extremists were to take over” (Sep ’04)
  • “[T]he big question is going to be, if Iran
    is resistant to these pressures [to stop its nuclear program],
    including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do
    not cooperate, at what point . . . if any, are we going to take
    military action?” (Sep ’04)
  • “There’s not much of a difference between my position and George Bush’s position” on Iraq. (Jul ’04)
  • Said it was time “to end the embargo with Cuba” because it had “utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro.” (Jan ’04)
  • Two weeks after the Iraq war started he said, we “absolutely want to make sure that the troops have sufficient support to be able to win.” (Mar ’03)
  • “I am not opposed to all wars, I’m opposed to dumb wars.” (Oct ’02)