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Imperial Warrior Kerry at State

Imperial Warrior Kerry at StateHillary Clinton will leave State. She'll further her 2016 presidential ambitions. She wants to succeed Obama. 

She hopes to become America's first woman president. If successful, she'll likely exceed his worst policies. He did what supporters thought impossible. He outdid George Bush. Imagine what's ahead in term two.

Kerry was chosen to further America's imperium. He supports global wars. He'll differ from Clinton only in style and tone. Longstanding policies won't change.

America seeks unchallenged global dominance. War is the bottom line option when other methods fail. 

In November 1984, Kerry became junior Massachusetts senator. He succeeded Paul Tsongas. He stepped down for health reasons. 

In 1992, his Democrat presidential nomination efforts failed. In January 1997, he succumbed to pneumonia and liver failure complications from cancer. 

Obama hypocrisy: do Arabs cry for their children too? - By Tom McNamara, Counterpunch, 18 December 2012

Obama hypocrisy: do Arabs cry for their children too?
19 December 2012     Tom McNamara     USA and the War on Terror
American policy and actions in the Arab world, has resulted in the deaths (i.e. murder) of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent children.

By Tom McNamara
Counterpunch
18 December 2012

ONE MORE TRAGEDY befalls America. But this time the tragedy is even more bitter due to the fact that such a large number of young children were involved.

A gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children – all between the ages of 5 and 10 – at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on the 14th of December. The attack ended with the gunman committing suicide. It was the Nation’s second deadliest school shooting.

Most people can’t imagine the evil and insanity needed to drive a person to commit such a heinous act. The murder of innocent people is reprehensible, but it is even more so when carried out on the most vulnerable elements of our society, children.

Most disturbing of all is the well planned, deliberate and determined manner in which the murders appear to have been carried out. Early reports state that the gunman was highly accurate, leaving only one wounded survivor alive at the school.

President Obama, reading a prepared statement, was overcome with emotion. “Our hearts are broken,” he said. The victims were “beautiful little kids. They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.” It was at this moment that the President reached up to the corner of one eye, touching an apparent tear.

De-humanizing Muslims and indifference to child victims of Barack Obama's militarism

De-humanizing Muslims and indifference to child victims of Barack Obama's militarism

The Guardian 19 December 2012 Glenn Greenwald USA and the War on Terror

For the children continuously killed in the Muslim world huge numbers of people, particularly in the countries responsible, remain completely untouched by the grief that is caused.

Over the last several days, numerous commentators have lamented the vastly different reactions in the US to the heinous shooting of children in Newtown, Connecticut as compared to the continuous killing of (far more) children and innocent adults by the US government in Pakistan and Yemen, among other places. The blogger Atrios this week succinctly observed:

"I do wish more people who manage to fully comprehend the broad trauma a mass shooting can have on our country would consider the consequences of a decade of war."

My Guardian colleague George Monbiot has a powerful and eloquent column this week provocatively entitled: "In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats". He points out all the ways that Obama has made lethal US attacks in these predominantly Muslim countries not only more frequent but also more indiscriminate - "signature strikes" and "double-tap" attacks on rescuers and funerals - and then argues:

"Most of the world's media, which has rightly commemorated the children of Newtown, either ignores Obama's murders or accepts the official version that all those killed are 'militants'. The children of north-west Pakistan, it seems, are not like our children. They have no names, no pictures, no memorials of candles and flowers and teddy bears. They belong to the other: to the non-human world of bugs and grass and tissue.

The Woes of an American Drone Operator By Nicola Abé - Gilles Mingasson/ DER SPIEGEL

The Woes of an American Drone Operator

By Nicola Abé

Gilles Mingasson/ DER SPIEGEL
A soldier sets out to graduate at the top of his class. He succeeds, and he becomes a drone pilot working with a special unit of the United States Air Force in New Mexico. He kills dozens of people. But then, one day, he realizes that he can't do it anymore.

 
For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning was kept at 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) and, for security reasons, the door couldn't be opened. Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of 14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Bryant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world.

The container is filled with the humming of computers. It's the brain of a drone, known as a cockpit in Air Force parlance. But the pilots in the container aren't flying through the air. They're just sitting at the controls.

How America the world's most violent country slaughters children at home and abroad 17 December 2012 Jerry Kroth USA and

How America the world's most violent country slaughters children at home and abroad
17 December 2012     Jerry Kroth     USA and the War on Terror

America is the only country in the world perpetually at war: in 2011-2012 alone, the United States was killing people in nine different countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen.

By Jerry Kroth
Counterpunch
17 December 2012

EACH TIME there is an outbreak of homicidal mania, whether Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Adam Lanza’s slaughter of twenty eight innocents in Connecticut, the media directs us to stories about gun control and the need for better policing of individuals with mental illnesses.

The larger context—that America is a society brimming over with violence—is entirely lost in the discussion.

There are 192 million firearms owned by Americans, more than any other society in the world.Our rate of death from firearms is three times that of France and Canada, fourteen times greater than Ireland, and two hundred and fifty times greater than Japan, where firearms are aggressively controlled.

The U.S. has more prisoners, per capita, than any country on earth—three times more than Cuba, seven times more than Germany—and, indeed, we house twenty-five percent of all the prisoners in the world.

As for media violence, by the time the average American child leaves elementary school, they will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence, and, to rub more salt into these open wounds, the U.S. also leads the world in the sale and rental of violent video games.

That litany of statistics comes to us compliments of our gratuitous interpretations of the First and Second Amendments.

But the forest we are talking grows ever larger.

Hollywood in bed with the CIA and glorifying torture on way to winning 2013 best film Oscar 16 December 2012 Glenn Greenwald

Hollywood in bed with the CIA and glorifying torture on way to winning 2013 best film Oscar
16 December 2012     Glenn Greenwald     USA and the War on Terror

It is a sign of the times that Liberal Hollywood has produced the ultimate hagiography of the most secretive arm of America's National Security State and bestowed it with every accolade.

By Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian
15 December 2012

Glenn Greenwald explains in this article extract, and in the video, why he believes Zero Dark Thirty -- the film which purports to show how the CIA discovered Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan -- is politically and morally reprehensible, and a glorification of torture. The film is already being touted as a front-runner for the 2013 Oscars. If you do not want to see "spoliers", do not read the article.

Glenn Greenwald on the morally and politically reprehensible pro-torture propaganda of Zero Dark Thirty.

THE MOST PERNICIOUS propagandistic aspect of Zero Dark Thirty is not its pro-torture message.

It is its overarching, suffocating jingoism. This film has only one perspective of the world - the CIA's - and it uncritically presents it for its entire 2 1/2 hour duration.

All agents of the US government - especially in its intelligence and military agencies - are heroic, noble, self-sacrificing crusaders devoted to stopping The Terrorists; their only sin is all-consuming, sometimes excessive devotion to this task.

Almost every Muslim and Arab in the film is a villainous, one-dimensional cartoon figure: dark, seedy, violent, shadowy, menacing, and part of a Terrorist network (the sole exception being a high-level Muslim CIA official, who takes a break from praying to authorize the use of funds to bribe a Kuwaiti official for information; the only good Muslim is found at the CIA).

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