He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue...He knows every song of love that ever has been sung..Good intentions can be evil..Both hands can be full of grease...You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace
Bob Dylan – Man of Peace
Barack H. Obama was sworn as the forty-fourth president of the United States on a bite ass cold day in Washington in January of 2009 riding high upon a wave of hope and change. The nation had become war-weary after the eight year gauntlet of brutality and horrors that was the Bush-Cheney regime and their neocon foreign policy and Obama was to wash away the sins, end the wars and restore the rule of law. Instead Mr. Obama not only did not hold his war criminal predecessor and his minions accountable but refined their programs including the launching of a robotic fleet of airborne murder machines that are the squadrons of civilian killing drones. He somewhat drew down the US occupation in Iraq although the country has become a roiling cauldron of violence now thanks to the destabilization from the invasion and is engaged in the smoke and mirrors that will end the US presence in Afghanistan but the man has now tasted blood and seems to like it.
It really didn't take long for the latest war criminal to occupy the imperial throne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to pick up the baton of his predecessors. After Obama 'won' his exalted Nobel Peace Prize for essentially NOT being George W. Bush and coming off of a drubbing inflicted by race-baiting Republicans in the 2010 mid-terms that cost Dear Leader's feckless Democratic party the House in that famous "shellacking" he decided to take the advice of arch neocon Michael Ledeen:
"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business"
That crappy little country was Libya.
The moment the first explosions rocked Libya I knew that Barack Obama had just locked down another four years in the White House. This was his initiation, his right of passage, just like laying in a mock coffin and sucking off upperclassmen in the Skull and Bones tomb (Secretary of State John Kerry is an alumni) he joined the big club. By the very definition of the term, every US President is a war criminal and our very own proud owner of the Nobel Peace Prize staked his claim, pissed his name into the snow and has been inclined to pursue the wars of the American Empire with vigor ever since. This is a guy who has a fucking kill list delivered to him with breakfast every day and seems to relish it.
Prior to hitting Libya and ultimately inciting local thugs to viciously and cruelly murder former US friendly despot Muammar Gaddafi there was the killing of Osama bin Laden that elicited grotesque displays of flag-waving triumphalism in America. Obama was the man because it took the most powerful military machine in the history of the galaxy over ten years to find the alleged mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks who was more than once reported to be cave-hopping with a dialysis machine but Obama to much celebration ordered the hit team to storm that safe house in Pakistan. The jubilation at the alleged kill far outweighed the perception from many that taking out Osama was more like a mafia hit, he was after all a servant of the Empire in the proxy war against the hated Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Incidentally and take this for what it's worth because I offer up no suggestions, allegations or theories but the body was never seen outside of a small circle and the photos of the killing of the bad ass bogeyman are a bigger state secret than who killed John F. Kennedy.
But I digress...
Obama having been reelected rather easily (who wouldn't be if they faced the thoroughly inept Mitt Romney) has in his second term become hellbent at proving that he is the baddest fucking gangster on Earth and this is apparent in the shameful, US sponsored bloodletting in Ukraine. The events leading up to the coup in Kiev that toppled the then democratically elected leader Viktor Yanukovych - a corrupt bastard although he has nothing on western leaders when it comes to that - and installed a ready to go puppet leader in waiting in Arseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk which were backed by notorious thugs from Ukranian fascists Svoboda and Right Sektor were steeped in Obama's need to win a dick measuring contest with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. There was first the stinging indignity of Russia's granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden - it's one thing for Republicans to tell Obama to eat shit and quite another for a goddamned Rooskie to to likewise and particularly if the refugee protected has the goods on Obama's Stasi. Then came Putin's saving Obama from himself over going to war with Syria on trumped up evidence over a to this day mysterious Sarin gas attack in the Damascus suburbs, this inflamed the neocons embedded within the administration as well as Kerry and they have been likely pushing all of Obama's buttons since.
The grand disaster of all is what continues to unfold in Ukraine and more so that what appear to be paramilitary death squads and packs of fascist and neo-Nazi thugs along with the coup government's military rolling into the east for a reign of terror of which the BEST result would be a bloody civil war. The violence has continued to escalate too since that Odessa trade union hall was set ablaze by US sanctioned goons and yet the US state-corporate media still refuses to acknowledge the composition of the forces deployed by the puppet regime in Kiev - had such a thing been done then the Obama administration may have barred the offending organization and individuals from that garish festival of pigs that was the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner over the weekend. While the majority of Americans continue to be lied to on a daily basis by the establishment media the bulk of honest reportage is either provided by the alternative or foreign media. Consortium News and Robert Parry have been of particular help with the ongoing coverage of the deteriorating situation. I excerpt from the latest "Ukraine's 'Dr. Strangelove' Reality":
As much as the coup regime in Ukraine and its supporters want to project an image of Western moderation, there is a “Dr. Strangelove” element that can’t stop the Nazism from popping up from time to time, like when the Peter Sellers character in the classic movie can’t keep his right arm from making a “Heil Hitler” salute.
This brutal Nazism surfaced again on Friday when right-wing toughs in Odessa attacked an encampment of ethnic Russian protesters driving them into a trade union building which was then set on fire with Molotov cocktails. As the building was engulfed in flames, some people who tried to flee were chased and beaten, while those trapped inside heard the Ukrainian nationalists liken them to black-and-red-striped potato beetles called Colorados, because those colors are used in pro-Russian ribbons.
“Burn, Colorado, burn” went the chant.
As the fire worsened, those dying inside were serenaded with the taunting singing of the Ukrainian national anthem. The building also was spray-painted with Swastika-like symbols and graffiti reading “Galician SS,” a reference to the Ukrainian nationalist army that fought alongside the German Nazi SS in World War II, killing Russians on the eastern front.
The death by fire of dozens of people in Odessa recalled a World War II incident in 1944 when elements of a Galician SS police regiment took part in the massacre of the Polish village of Huta Pieniacka, which had been a refuge for Jews and was protected by Russian and Polish partisans. Attacked by a mixed force of Ukrainian police and German soldiers on Feb. 28, hundreds of townspeople were massacred, including many locked in barns that were set ablaze.
The legacy of World War II – especially the bitter fight between Ukrainian nationalists from the west and ethnic Russians from the east seven decades ago – is never far from the surface in Ukrainian politics. One of the heroes celebrated during the Maidan protests in Kiev was Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, whose name was honored in many banners including one on a podium where Sen. John McCain voiced support for the uprising to oust elected President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political base was in eastern Ukraine.
During World War II, Bandera headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-B, a radical paramilitary movement that sought to transform Ukraine into a racially pure state. OUN-B took part in the expulsion and extermination of thousands of Jews and Poles.
Though most of the Maidan protesters in 2013-14 appeared motivated by anger over political corruption and by a desire to join the European Union, neo-Nazis made up a significant number. These storm troopers from the Right Sektor and Svoboda party decked out some of the occupied government buildings with Nazi insignias and even a Confederate battle flag, the universal symbol of white supremacy.
Then, as the protests turned violent from Feb. 20-22, the neo-Nazis surged to the forefront. Their well-trained militias, organized in 100-man brigades called “the hundreds,” led the final assaults against police and forced Yanukovych and many of his officials to flee for their lives.
In the days after the coup, as the neo-Nazi militias effectively controlled the government, European and U.S. diplomats scrambled to help the shaken parliament put together the semblance of a respectable regime, although four ministries, including national security, were awarded to the right-wing extremists in recognition of their crucial role in ousting Yanukovych.
Seeing No Nazis
Since February, virtually the entire U.S. news media has cooperated in the effort to play down the neo-Nazi role, dismissing any mention of this inconvenient truth as “Russian propaganda.” Stories in the U.S. media delicately step around the neo-Nazi reality by keeping out relevant context, such as the background of national security chief Andriy Parubiy, who founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine in 1991, blending radical Ukrainian nationalism with neo-Nazi symbols. Parubiy was commandant of the Maidan’s “self-defense forces.”
When the neo-Nazi factor is mentioned in the mainstream U.S. press, it is usually to dismiss it as nonsense, such as an April 20 column by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who visited his ancestral home, the western Ukrainian town of Karapchiv, and portrayed its residents as the true voice of the Ukrainian people.
“To understand why Ukrainians are risking war with Russia to try to pluck themselves from Moscow’s grip, I came to this village where my father grew up,” he wrote. “Even here in the village, Ukrainians watch Russian television and loathe the propaganda portraying them as neo-Nazi thugs rampaging against Russian speakers.
“‘If you listen to them, we all carry assault rifles; we’re all beating people,’ Ilya Moskal, a history teacher, said contemptuously.”
In an April 17 column from Kiev, Kristof wrote that what the Ukrainians want is weapons from the West so they can to go “bear-hunting,” i.e. killing Russians. “People seem to feel a bit disappointed that the United States and Europe haven’t been more supportive, and they are humiliated that their own acting government hasn’t done more to confront Russian-backed militants. So, especially after a few drinks, people are ready to take down the Russian Army themselves.”
The rest of the Parry piece is here and his site Consortium News not only continually produces great stories but there is also a huge archive, please visit and support his work because it is of great value in this rapidly closing society. You can bet that Parry will never be invited to the White House Press Correspondent's Association Dinner.
The Obama administration is wallowing in lies up to their asses over what is going on in Ukraine, constantly issuing threats against Putin, leveling economic sanctions, bullying the EU satellites into economic reprisals that in the long run will damage their own people more than Russia. Then despite the constant accusations of Putin's meddling it is now out that there are CIA and FBI agents assisting with the counterinsurgency campaign to protect the unelected puppet government. As of this morning the situation on the ground becomes more violent and now even the German foreign minister is warning of war. Having failed to bait Putin into sending Russian forces into Ukraine - and it is suspiciously looking like that may have been the intent - the neocons, having failed in the original putsch to take the Russian naval base at Sevastopol in Crimea may just be content to destabilize Ukraine entirely. It is all just a sick fucking game to these people who should have been discredited long ago instead of attaching themselves to their latest host in the White House.
Not surprisingly, as of this morning Obama has yet to denounce the thugs that burned down that building in Odessa, don't hold your breath waiting for it either.