Sunday, December 20, 2015

Another Demagogic Obama Press Conference

Another Demagogic Obama Press Conference

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s remarks in speeches, interviews and press conferences comprise beginning-to-end demagogic mumbo jumbo - exercises in serial lying and willful deception.

At his Saturday yearend press conference, he praised a nonexistent economic success story - except for the top 1% and corporate interests. 

They never had things better while the vast majority of Americans continue suffering through eight years of protracted Main Street Depression, real unemployment at 23%, low wages failing to keep up with inflation, a nation waging multiple wars of aggression throughout Obama’s entire tenure with no end in sight.

He praised the Affordable Care Act, an exposed scheme to enrich insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains, leaving millions of Americans without coverage, the inexorably rising cost of healthcare affecting most people adversely. For growing numbers, it’s unaffordable.

He’s done nothing to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, despite claims otherwise. The week ago Paris climate conference was an exercise in serving powerful monied interests at the expense of responsible policymaking. The deal reached was a sham, not meaningful change.

He took credit for “show(ing) what is possible when America leads” - without explaining its responsibility for creating the most perilous time in world history, including:

  • endless US-led wars of aggression;

  • punishing neoliberal harshness impoverishing growing millions;

  • thirdworldizing America, transforming a once proud nation into a militant kleptocracy, run exclusively by and for monied interests;

  • homeland police state tyranny, targeting nonbelievers; and

  • recklessly challenging Russia and China, risking possible nuclear war.

Obama and his neocon infested administration can take full credit for all of the above - achieving the impossible, exceeding the worst of George Bush, painful months remaining in his deplorable time in office, with almost certain worse to follow when he steps down in January 2017.

He took credit for one deplorable policy after another, exclusively serving monied interests, causing more harm to most Americans - a more disgraceful record than any of his predecessors, a legacy of shame, dishonor, lawlessness and ruthlessness.

Obama saying America “continues to lead a global coalition in our mission to destroy ISIL” is a bald-faced lie, polar opposite US policy, supporting its scourge while claiming otherwise.

US air power backs its fighters, exclusively targeting Syrian and Iraqi sites, including their military forces at times - never ISIS or other terrorist fighters, serving as their air force.

Homeland terrorist threats he cited don’t exist. False flag induced fear-mongering is part of a dirty game to enlist public support for policies demanding condemnation and rejection.

Gitmo remains open despite Obama’s pledge to close it during his first year in office. It’s the tip of the iceberg. America maintains a global network of black sites. Unknown numbers (likely many thousands) disappear inside, most never heard from again.

America under Obama is the most sinister force of pure evil in world history. Its policies complicit with rogue state partners risk ending life on earth or making things unlivable for the vast majority of people.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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