Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Obama in Germany

Obama in Germany

by Stephen Lendman

After promising no US boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, over 4,000 were deployed to Iraq, unknown numbers to Syria, another 250 or more coming on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

US responsibility for naked aggression in both countries rages while Obama maintains the fiction of pursuing peace.

He touted the anti-consumer, anti-democratic, anti-environmental Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - empowering corporate predators to rule the world unhindered if enacted. 

He addressed “the people of Europe” his usual way - substituting misinformation and Big Lies for straight talk and hard truths.

Beware a US president claiming he “bring(s) the friendship of the American people.” Be especially wary when he says “(w)e believe that nations and people should live in security and peace.”

“We believe in creating opportunity that lifts up not just the few but the many…We believe in the equality and inherent dignity of every human being…We believe in justice…”

Fact: No nation more deplores peace and stability than America.

Fact: None are more committed to endless wars on humanity.

Fact: None are more responsible for more tens of millions of deaths over a longer duration, none more contemptuous of human life and well-being.

Fact: America serves its privileged few alone, most others be damned. Freedom is fast disappearing, tyranny replacing it. Equity and justice never existed. Democracy is pure fantasy.

Obama’s address repeated the same deplorable litany of lies we’ve heard many times before - hard truths on issues mattering most banished from his vocabulary.

He hyped nonexistent “Russian aggression threatening our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.”

“Europe” through US-dominated NATO is part of America’s endless war machine, responsible for raping and destroying one country after another, killing millions, threatening humanity’s survival.

Obama touted so-called European unity, benefitting monied interests exclusively at the expense of most others.

Claiming it “uphold(s) the norms and rules that can maintain peace and promote prosperity around the world” belies the daily reality of humanity suffering from imperial wars, neoliberal harshness and brutal crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Maintaining the fiction of  combating ISIS conceals America’s responsibility for creating a monster it supports.

Saying he authorized more US support for Iraqi forces against ISIS and hundreds more combat troops in Syria is code language for escalated imperial war in both countries.

Obama came to Germany to sell endless conflicts while claiming to pursue peace. He endorsed profoundly unfair TTIP “free trade,” empowering corporate predators at the expense of popular interests, “universal values” serving privileged interests exclusively while claiming otherwise.

All his remarks make painful listening, demagogic duplicity instead of straight talk. 

An imperial leader lectured his subjects, leaving America’s ruthless hegemonic aims unexplained - seeking unchallenged global dominance, risking the destruction of planet earth to own it.

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."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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