Friday, December 18, 2015

Obama's Demagogic Double Talk on Countering Terrorism

Obama’s Demagogic Double Talk on Countering Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, Putin and Obama spoke on major world issues. What a difference between them! 

Russia’s leader held his highly anticipated annual Moscow marathon Q & A with reporters - an exercise in candor and straightforwardness like all his remarks. 

It’s why a record number of Russian and foreign journalists came to hear him. His preeminence on the world stage is indisputable - making Obama look buffoon-like in comparison.

The US president disgraces the office he holds. He’s a war criminal multiple times over, a serial liar, a moral coward, his policies polar opposite his duplicitous rhetoric.

He addressed a National Counterterrorism Center briefing in the White House Situation Room, saying “(a)s president and commander-in-chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.”

They’ve never been less safe since the republic’s founding. US policies under both parties feature endless wars of aggression, neoliberal harshness impoverishing growing millions, responsible for a protracted Main Street Depression, and horrific police state violations of fundamental human and civil rights.

America was never beautiful. Now it’s unfit and unsafe to live in - a third world country for most of its citizens, a sham democracy, waging permanent wars on humanity at home and abroad.

Obama continued hyping phantom terrorist threats, focusing on the state-sponsored Paris and San Bernardino false flags.

He lied claiming since 9/11 (the mother of all false flags), “we’ve taken extraordinary steps to strengthen our homeland security - our borders, our ports, our airports, our aviation security, including enhanced watch lists and screening.”

Post-9/11, America was transformed into a police state. Obama continued what George Bush began with perhaps much more on the way.

Things are fast heading for full-blown tyranny, rendering remaining constitutional protections null and void, perhaps under martial law, despite nothing warranting extreme measures - convincing people they’re safer  without freedoms earlier generations cherished.

They’re disappearing in plain sight. The only terrorism Americans need fear is state-sponsored. Alleged plots Obama claimed were foiled or prevented were entirely fabricated - innocent victims wrongfully imprisoned.

“(T)he mission to protect our homeland (continues) on three main fronts,” Obama blustered.

“First, we’re…hitting ISIL harder than ever in Syria and Iraq. We are taking out their leaders. Our partners on the ground are fighting to push ISIL back, and ISIL has been losing territory.”

Fact: As explained many previous times, ISIS and other terrorist groups are US creations, used as imperial foot soldiers, supported to wage war where they’re deployed - notably in Syria and Iraq.

Fact: US military forces killed no terrorist leaders, unless perhaps by mistake.

Fact: America’s so-called “partners on the ground” include ISIS, Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. Syrian forces are the only ones combating this scourge along with vital Russian air power.

“Second, we continue to do everything in our power to prevent terrorists from getting into the United States,” Obama trumpeted.

Fact: There is no evidence of a single, independently verifiable terrorist attack on US soil in at least the last generation or two, perhaps never.

Fact: Potential terrorists invading America are phantoms. They don’t exist. The risk of any US citizen or resident being harmed by a terrorist attack is virtually zero. An uninformed, indifferent public is easy to convince otherwise.

Additional security measures Obama said are being implemented violate constitutional protections - on top of all the post-9/11 harm already done.

“Third, we’re stepping up our efforts to prevent (terrorist) attacks here at home,” according to Obama. Why when no threats exist!

Freedom in America is on a fast-track toward disappearing altogether. A nation waging permanent wars against invented enemies for fabricated reasons threatens humanity’s survival - given the power of today’s super-weapons.

America’s rage for unchallenged dominance risks ending life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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