Remember back in Obama's 2008 campaign when it was generally believed that his background in law would render him an effective leader -- at the very least -- with respect to the rule of law? It's hard to imagine that was ever believed in retrospect, as we've seen the former "anti-war" state senator not only completely betray various campaign promises, but personally make targeted drone killing a priority.
We saw just a few weeks ago Attorney General Eric Holder's cavalier dismissal regarding the killing of American citizens overseas, complete with his weightless distinction that, "'Due process' and 'judicial process' are not one and the same." In the last few days, however, Obama-era regression is really coming to the surface. "Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will," an article that appeared yesterday in the New York Times, could have justifiably also been titled "Secret Kill List Proves Chilling: Where Are Our Principles? What is Our Will?"
Does the president's explicitly deceitful decision to redefine 'militant' as, "all military-age males in a strike zone," really reflect our values? Is that the America we want to live in? Is that the America we've so long considered 'the land of the free, home of the brave?'
Barack Obama -- the candidate who promised to close GitMo -- has merely circumvented the process. Instead of detaining anyone, he sentences them to death by drone. A draconian compromise of fundamental American values? Not strong enough -- in fact, I'm unable to even construct a sentence that describes just how egregious Obama's foreign policy has become.
So who are these 'military-aged males?' Do we know they're terrorists? Does Obama consider background checks of each of these Government-sanctioned murders? The New York Times article sheds some light, "Counterterrorism officials insist this approach [the approach that counts all military-aged males in a strike zone as combatants] is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good."
Are you a 'militant,' according to this definition? Can you imagine having a family member killed by a drone -- while the government responsible drops an official response of mere proximity? Is that how we determine guilt? Is that how we build democracy and strengthen our international relationships with others -- labeling "terrorists" with qualifiers like 'probably'?
Can you imagine what activists would be saying were it Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield hand-picking their drone-murders, with a record of killing innocent farmers and children? Where will you draw the line? When will you stand up against the disturbing reality of our bi-partisan, neo-con military intervention, destroying what is quintessentially American -- freedom, justice, and liberty for all?
It starts with you. Stand with a candidate who stands with you.
GE, “we bring good things to light.” And them kill them, like people, babies, freedom of the press and democracy.
Our military is at the beck and call of the private transnational oil companies who have no allegience to any country, only to their CEO and stockholders as all good corporations do. They use our taxpayer military for their personal gain and steal resources from poor third class countries and sell on the world market, primarily to Communist China. Think about that next Memorial/Veterans day when we remember how so many of our people and theirs fighting the “spread of communism” only to see our parasite business people shipping our jobs to communist countries, burning billions of gallons of oil in across the ocean shipping and allowing China to fund the build up of their military at our expense.
“Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ":
By the way, look up the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of commerce and see where the usual suspects are now. Look at the members and directors lists and know they are using our taxpayer dollars to build the Azerbaijan infrastructure so they can transport the stolen by force resources and ship to world markets. Meanwhile our infrastructure crumbles here in America. Israel is also attempting to stage an advanced airforce base in Azerbaijan for an imminent attack on Iran, another oil and resource rich country with an easy to vilify Muslim population. If you believe Iran is an immediate threat to the US, then I suppose its easy to believe you can bring down three steel framed buildings—investigate building No. 7— with diesel fuel in random places. If you believe that I have a couple of wars to sell you. Ooops too late, somebody already thought of that one.
Rocky Anderson for president, we need to break out of the corporate dominated political system.
We’re voting for you, and we know we’ll have to “write in” your name on our Montana ballots.
It’s our protest vote against the corrupt corporate rulers of the US.
Even if you don’t win the presidency, we truly appreciate your voice of justice! We ask that you don’t give up!
Montana Mule Gal