Wednesday, September 25, 2013

American Exceptionalism: The Last Refuge of Scoundrels


During his address before the U.N. General Assembly, the  the air still bearing a slight whiff of the sulfur of the devilish lies of George W. Bush and Colin Powell a decade ago it was Barack Hussein Obama seizing the pulpit from which to deliver a lecture to those less exceptional than Americans. Mr. Obama piled on the standard imperial teleprompter boilerplate to justify the eternal wars of Oceania. He also continued to push for his belated strike on Syria and invoke once again the Ghouta gas attacks which he and the Skull and Bones member who is the  Secretary of State despite their efforts have never proven to be the actions of the Assad regime.  While it wasn’t quite the in your face lies about Saddam’s mobile chemical weapons labs Barry wrapped it all up in lofty language that means only one thing - the business of the United States is war and only war.

Obama pontificated - transcript courtesy of the New York Times, [bracketed verbiage is the writer’s]:
Assad’s traditional allies [TRANSLATION: RUSSIA] have propped him up, citing principles of sovereignty to shield his regime. And on August 21st, the regime used chemical weapons in an attack that killed more than 1,000 people including hundreds of children. [As is always left out is what makes hundreds of children gassed by a still unknown culprit different from the thousands of dead children who fall victim to U.S. iron fragmentation bombs, white phosphorous, napalm and errant drone strikes]

The crisis in Syria, and the destabilization of the region, goes to the heart of broader challenges that the international community must now confront. How should we respond to conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa - conflicts between countries but also conflicts within them [Africa here we come]? How do we address the choice of standing callously by while children [whom slimy politicians like Barry never hesitate to use as human shields for their lies be they dead from the bullets of a lunatic in a grade school classroom or gassed by an undetermined party on the outskirts of Damascus] are subjected to nervr gas, or embroiling ourselves in someone else’s civil war? What is the role of the United Nations, and international law [which Barry and the boys wouldn’t know if it sneaked up behind them and bit them in the ass], in meeting cries for justice?

Today, I want to outline where the United States of America stands on these issues. With respect to Syria, we believe that as a starting point [the bombers are being scrambled soon], the international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons [excepting those that are in the arsenals of the U.S. and Israel]. When I stated my willingness to order a limited strike against the Assad regime in response to the brazen use of chemical weapons, I did not do so lightly. I did so because it is in the security interest of the United States [Hogwash] and the world to enforce a prohibition whose origins are older than the U.N. itself [again U.S. chemical weapons stocks are excluded]. The ban against the use of chemical weapons [Agent Orange?], even in war, has been agreed to by 98 percent of humanity. It is strengthened by the searing memories of soldiers suffocated in the trenches; Jews slaughtered in gas chambers [obligatory mention of the poor Holocaust victims to sell more murder and curry favor with AIPAC]; and Iranians poisoned in the many tens of thousands [see recent report on CIA knowledge of Saddam’s chemical weapons program].

I could go on but why bother? Obama is a pathological liar, a war criminal and when it really gets right down it a terrorist for his administration's killing of civilians, those are the unspoken qualifications to get the POTUS gig and he has adapted well. The man composes kill lists over this Cheerios and orange juice and is second to none when it comes to racking up the body count of innocent civilians killed by drone strikes. He is also itching for a proxy war with Vlad Putin who served him up a triple-decker shit sandwich with a vodka chaser, first over the granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and then for pouncing on the buffoonish John Kerry’s gaffe by getting Assad to offer up a listing of his chemical weapons to prevent an imminent attack. Yet Barry just keeps repackaging the same crap and selling it to the masses and the primary reason that he is able to get away with any of these horrendous falsehoods is thanks to that wonderful little thing that is  American exceptionalism.

American exceptionalism is the one unassailable remaining powerful talisman that protects the agenda of the elite and Barry just played that card at the U.N. with all the deftness of a seasoned riverboat card cheat. "Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional,...In part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all" dear leader explained.  The wound to national pride has been laid open over the Russian slights and Obama and his ilk have hastily poured on the salt after Putin had the audacity to have a column published in the New York Times calling out the warmongering cowboy state and its self-proclaimed, some may perceive even god-kissed greatness:

“it is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Putin was of course roundly denounced by the American political classes and masses of asses alike, if as the saying goes that “God created all men equal” then it is what it is and there are really no exclusions or caveats that we here on the star spangled lemming farm are any goddamned better than anyone else. Putin was of course pilloried for it by the pocket press, our rancid politicians and now Barry himself but he is correct, at least when referencing the U.S. Declaration of Independence that – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” You would figure that a former community organizer and constitutional law professor would get this but in 2013 George Orwell is much more accurate source on all things American than George Washington. In Orwell's novel  Animal Farm it is laid out in more realistic language befitting the country that we currently live in -   "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

As if an invocation of John Wayne’s America given by Barry at the U.N. actually means anything. That is other than yet another example to the civilized world that America stands for one thing and one thing only – the ability to kick the hell out of anyone who disagrees with this silly, childish fantasy of national greatness. American exceptionalism is like the belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or some other fictional entity.  We are exceptional in the manner to which so much of the population continues to be hoodwinked by that biggest lie of all – that we are better than everyone on the planet because we will eagerly feed our young military men and women into the meat grinder of wars, invasions and occupations as a blood sacrifice to the defense industry and the big banks to hoard more treasure. Obama has made some unbelievably stupid statements during his tenure in office (red line anyone?) but this immediately rockets to the top of the list.

The TRUE version of our exceptionalism is embodied in this snippet from the late Hunter S. Thompson –

The New Hammerhead was a perfect cowboy. He was vicious & stupid & ignorant of everything except his own fears and appetites. He beat the mortal shit out of anything that made him uneasy, for any reason at all. The Hammerhead was a perfect warrior. He defended the flag. Any flag. He learned to understand words like “orders” and “patriotism”, but the secret of his success was an animal taste for blood. He thrived on motion. But he was brainless; he had to be aimed.

The leadership of this country long ago ceded the moral high ground to the gods of war and high finance and in sacrificing their very people as nothing more than grist for the military-banking money mills the state is all too happy to grind their bones to make their bread and to keep them placated with the lie of American exceptionalism. I suppose that it is all that is left to offer now since the mythical American dream was already debunked by our brand of flag-draped vulture capitalism and just doesn’t resonate in tent cities, soup lines, sacrifice zones and ghettos.  Millions are deprived of their ability to earn a decent living because millions of good jobs were offshored to third world countries, their homes foreclosed upon by racketeer big banks in bed with big government and the star-bellied Sneetches living large in The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard and other posh enclaves of the filthy rich who want it all.  So let them eat war and take pride in just how exceptionally we can drop billions of dollars of weaponry on their counterparts in countries deemed to be enemies of this one.

A bit of recommended reading for those who understand the horrors of the unleashed, crony capitalist, government backed corporate state is the book by former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges and artist Joe Sacco entitled Days Of Destruction, Days of Revolt. A damning look at how the machine chews up the lives those who find themselves defenseless and in it's path. I excerpt the following statistical references from the prelude that are testament to our exceptionalism. Note that the book was published in 2012 so these may not still be accurate – they could be even worse:

AMONG INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS, THE UNITED STATES HAS THE

Highest poverty rate, both generally and for children
Greatest inequality of incomes
Lowest average number of days for paid holiday, annual leaves, and maternity leaves
Lowest social mobility
Highest infant mortality rate
Highest prevalence of mental-health problems
Highest obesity rate
Highest consumption of antidepressants per capita
Highest military spending as a percentage of GDP
Largest international arms sales
Highest homicide Rate
Largest prison population per capita.

To add to the list let us not forget a  government that is both morally and fiscally bankrupt thanks to the folks that George Washington once referred to as “squadrons of corrupt paper dealers”.
A legacy of shame that gestated in the torture chambers of Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison as well as a network of black sites.

A good chunk of a national population that is comprised with electronically lobotomized, willfully ignorant television addicted zombies.

A nation of functional illiterates who if they even bother to read at all only bother with the comics and sports sections and bizarre interpretations of the bible as revised by Elmer Gantry style tent preachers, false prophets and televangelist phonies.

A political system that is a mockery of any serious concept of democracy so thoroughly corrupted it has become by big money.

A for-profit prison gulag system that blows away anything that Stalin could have imagined.

And Christ knows how many more lamentable illustrations at just how rotten that this place has become thanks to decades of corrupt ‘leadership’ as we move rapidly into full collapse.

RUN THAT UP THE EXCEPTIONAL FLAGPOLE AND SALUTE IT!!!