Friday, January 13, 2017

Presidential Medal of Freedom Replicates Nobel Hypocrisy

Presidential Medal of Freedom Replicates Nobel Hypocrisy

by Stephen Lendman

America honors its worst, punishes its best - the way all rogue states operate.

Joe Biden is part of America’s criminal class, complicit in its high crimes of war and against humanity. Yet Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor - mocking what it claims to represent. One war criminal honored another.

An earlier article explained the award’s origination. On July 6, 1945, Harry Truman authorized awarding the Medal of Freedom “to any person.who, or on after December 7, 1941, has performed a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate.”

On February 22, 1963, Jack Kennedy replaced it with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It’s awarded “for especially meritorious contributions to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

No nation is more contemptuous of lofty principles it espouses than America, none more ruthless, none more disdainful of peace, stability and rule of law principles, none more guilty of immeasurable human suffering worldwide.

Obama and Biden are war criminals, belonging in prison, not high office. Past honorees include a rogue’s gallery of unworthies, notably warriors, war criminals, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, corporate predators, and media scoundrels. Lots of celebrity figures also regularly win the award. 

Ordinary people and America’s best are snubbed. Fake news proliferator CNN tweeted “it was a perfect finish to a bromance for the ages.”

The citation accompanying the medal cited Biden’s “charm, candor, unabashed optimism and deep and abiding patriotism,” along with his “strength and grace to overcome great personal adversity” - calling him one of the most “consequential vice presidents in American history.”

Biden belongs in the dock for high crimes of war and against humanity, major “consequential” offenses for millions of US victims over the past eight years, millions more earlier, reflecting America’s sordid record of villainy.

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: How the 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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