Obama's Deceitful 'Iraq Speech'
posted Wednesday, 1 September 2010Source Obama’s speech last night was an exercise in cowardice and deceit. It was deceitful to the American people and the world in its characterization of the criminal war against Iraq. And it was cowardly in its groveling before the US military.
The propaganda prompted disgust and contempt among those who viewed it. Obama, who owed his presidency in large measure to the mass antiwar sentiment of the American people, used the speech to glorify the war that he had mistakenly been seen to oppose.
The most chilling passage came at the end of the 19-minute speech, when Obama declared, “Our troops are the steel in our ship of state,” adding, “And though our nation may be traveling through rough waters, they give us confidence that our course is true.”
It is for this statement, rather than all the double-talk about troop withdrawals, that Obama’s miserable speech deserves to be remembered. It was rhetoric befitting a military-ruled banana republic or a fascist state.
It isn't the Constitution, nor the will of the people or the country’s ostensibly democratic institutions that constitutes the “steel” in the “ship of state.” It's the US military.
Presumably, the democratic rights of the people are so much ballast to be cast overboard as needed.
The Iraqi people were presented by Obama as the fortunate beneficiaries of American self-sacrifice and heroism, which bestowed upon them the “opportunity to embrace a new destiny.”
One would hardly imagine that over a million Iraqis lost their lives as a result of this unprovoked US war.
That some 4 million have been driven from their homes by violence, either forced into exile or displaced within the war-torn country itself.
Every institution and essential component of social infrastructure was laid waste by the US invasion, which unleashed what can most accurately be described as sociocide, the murder of an entire society.
BARACK OBAMA, WALL STREET LACKEY, COWARD AND UNCLE TOM,
SINGS FOR HIS SUPPER.
Although he and his masters don't give a fuck about GI Joe - obviously - he had to go through certain motions, just like Snotman and CallHimDave do, huge professionalism, grateful nation , all that, but that speech was just stomach-churning; this guy is as big a lying, hypocrite piece of shit as was George Dubya, just wordier, his tiresome, didactic speechifying, briefly novel, now just lawyer's doggerel. Poor America. Another two years of this gobby, brown Narcissus, how will they stand it?