If the Obama administration genuinely wanted to prevent a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities that could potentially lead to WWIII, it would implement three measures:
First, all economic sanctions levied against Iran under Obama’s 2012 National Defense Authorization Act would be withdrawn. As Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) correctly said on Dec. 21, 2009: “Sanctions are not diplomacy. They are a precursor to war.”
Second, U.S. officials would, without delay, schedule face-to-face meetings with their Iranian counterparts. After all, during the Cold War when the Soviet Union possessed thousands of nuclear warheads, previous administrations still sat down at the table with them. Iran doesn’t have a single nuke. Why will not Obama speak with them?
Or, as Paul remarked during an Aug. 11, 2011 GOP debate: “At least our leaders and Reagan talked to the Soviets. What is so terribly bad about that? Countries you put sanctions on, you are more likely to fight them.” Truer words could not be spoken.
Third, on Feb. 20 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, stated that an Israeli military strike is “imminent.” If Obama wanted to avoid a catastrophic unilateral attack by Israel, he could send a clear and definitive message by signing an executive order that would immediately cut off all financial aid to Israel. Without such funding, not only would Netanyahu’s murderous military receive no further blood money, but every other nation around the globe could see the White House’s intent: The United States will no longer be Israel’s patsy.
Didn’t American voters elect Barack Obama so that the policies of the Bush-Cheney regime would no longer be implemented?
Not once has Obama publicly denounced Israel’s “imminent” plans to wage a preemptive strike. Rather, the only element Obama and Netanyahu officials seem to be haggling over is the timeframe. Even this point is crucial because last year, the U.S.-NATO led invasion against Muammar Qadaffi’s Libya occurred on March 19—the Jewish festival of Purim. President George W. Bush’s “shock and awe” attack on Iraq in 2003 also began on Purim.
Although some maintain hope Obama will keep the U.S. out of yet another military entanglement, his track record suggests otherwise. During a Feb. 22 interview, Gregg Kalina, author of a soon-to-bereleased book on NASA’s Apollo Program, told this writer: “Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 9, 2009, but nothing he’s done since becoming president has shown he deserved such an award. He renewed the [USA] Patriot Act, kept [the prison at] Gitmo open, authorized U.S. involvement in the Libyan invasion and initially escalated troops in Afghanistan. He renewed Bush’s warrantless wiretapping policy. And no other president has used drone attacks more frequently than him. The number of innocent Afghan people killed by these drones is appalling. On top of that, after one of our military’s drones was downed in Iran, Obama had the audacity to demand its return.”
Kalina continued: “It’s peculiar that the U.S. is currently sending decommissioned naval ships into the Persian Gulf. It’s the same technique that started past wars. . . . It sounds like we’re sending those ships through the Strait of Hormuz to spark a conflict.”
If false-flag attacks such as those on the USS Liberty and 9-11 are any indicator, Kalina feels, this country is the victim of manipulation. “Through AIPAC and the central bankers, we’re doing whatever Israel tells us to do,” he said. “U.S. military might is being used as a big stick to wipe out countries in the Middle East that Israel wants wiped out. It’s their domino theory: Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Libya, with Iran and Syria next.”
Neoconservatives and other like-minded Israeli lackeys argue, “What about Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threat to wipe Israel off the map?”
This statement is especially pertinent because, as has been reported in this newspaper, Ahmadinejad’s words were deliberately misrepresented. What Ahmadinejad actually said, properly translated, was, “This regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”
In this light, why doesn’t Obama hold a press conference and correct the record once and for all? As soon as this inflammatory rhetoric has been defanged, Israel’s role as a “hapless victim”—not to mention any allusions to the “holocaust”—will be erased.
Likewise, why doesn’t Obama or White House spokesman Jay Carney issue a press release asking one simple question: How many nations has Iran invaded in the past 60 years, and how many preemptive attacks has Israel engaged in? Regrettably, Obama and his Cabinet remain silent on these points, thereby allowing the Israeli propaganda machine to keep brainwashing unwitting citizens.
For his part, Kalina feels the American public is being conned with smoke and mirrors.
“Supposedly, Obama is fighting with Netanyahu, but I think it’s all a show, a fake, a 100 percent snowjob,” he said. “Obama puffs his chest out, but then in the backroom he and Netanyahu laugh about it. Then Obama acquiesces. That’s the way this game is played. Everybody knows Israel is running the whole thing.”
Taking one step further, Kalina added: “Look at the cronies who brought Obama up. He was burped and raised by all the Jews in Chicago. They’re the ones who put him in power. This guy had no credentials.Who was backing him?”
Indeed, other than a no-show stint in politics and a brief tenure in academia, Obama has never held a real job in his entire life. He’s never run a business, he’s never been in the military, he’s never had executive experience, and he’s never met a payroll.
Kalina interjected: “How can we explain Obama’s meteoric rise against Hillary Clinton in 2008 when the odds against him winning were 200-1? Does anyone really think a black man with absolutely no experience is going to change a banking system and war machine that has been intact for decades? It’s absurd. Plus, if Obama ever did try to defy the powers that be, they’d simply pull out the 1963 Zapruder film.”
Pursuing this line of reasoning even further, Kalina noted, “Gen. Smedley Butler warned the world about Wall Street bankers that profit from war.” But still, four of Obama’s top 10 donors in 2008were JPMorganChase, Citigroup, GE, with the No. 1 contributor being Goldman Sachs.
On Feb. 23, Al Jazeera reported: “Obama won the presidency thanks in no small part to the investment firm Goldman Sachs—his biggest backer of the 2008 campaign. Despite tough talk about reining in the excesses of bankers, Obama’s government is peppered with former finance industry executives or figures close to Wall Street.”
Regardless of his charade of antagonism against these high-level financiers—the 1 percenters—Obama persists in collecting huge sums of money from the country’s top bankers. Nothing in life is free, and if Obama keeps pocketing Wall Street money, it’s naïve to believe he won’t also be forced to do its bidding.
Poppy Growers Prefer U.S. Occupation
By Victor Thorn
Although U.S. military troops have occupied Afghanistan for more than a decade, addictive drugs flow in ever-increasing quantities from that war-torn nation, ending up on the streets of major cities across the globe.
On Feb. 17, Iranian news agency Press TV reported: “Opium production by Afghan farmers rose between 2001 and 2011 from just 185 tons to a staggering 5,800 tons. Last year, levels increased by 61 percent, with more than 90 percent of heroin found on British streets being traced back to opiates cultivated in Afghanistan.”
Press TV also pointed out, “Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in 2001 that a significant reason for deployment of foreign forces to Afghanistan was to curtail a flourishing heroin trade.”
Author Gregg Kalina told AFP an intriguing story: “Last week I spoke with an Afghan man in Los Angeles. He said that even though the U.S. has been in his country for more than a decade to supposedly promote democracy, his cousin still lives there as a poppy farmer. The Afghani’s relative said that in 2000, $5 billion a year was generated from growing poppies. This year, that total will exceed $1 trillion.”
Kalina then dropped a bombshell: “This man’s cousin told him that the U.S. is giving poppy growers super seeds,” he said. “Anyone who looks at graphs of opium production can see how there are still record-breaking yields in Afghanistan. That doesn’t even include all the gold, copper and silver that we’re mining from that country.”