Friday, November 2, 2012

Hope and Change? Not So Much

Hope and Change? Not So Much
P. Schultz
November 2, 2012

There is little that I need to add to this assessment of Obama. I would just point out that in my local paper, the Winston Salem Journal, there is an article today, showing pictures of Obama and Romney, over the headline “Obama and Romney: I’m the real candidate of change.” Well, I cannot not think of much that more clearly illustrates the farcical character of our politics. For me, I have the feelings of betrayal like those I had when I finally could recognize that my older brother – and 58,000 other young Americans – had died in Vietnam because of the delusions and mechanizations of those who governed us. It is simply amazing to me how well “real reality” can be disguised and people misled by those who claim to serve them. 

“A recent series of articles in the Washington Post, among other publications, has revealed the extent to which the Obama administration has not merely entrenched Bush administration policies but developed a new "matrix" or "playbook" (as Chief Counter-Terrorism Adviser John O Brennan describes it) to ensure that perceived threats and enemies can be disposed of in a manner that is "so bureaucratically, legally and morally sound that future administrations will follow suit".
“The "disposition matrix" that has been developed is a "next-generation targeting list" that supposedly pairs the name of every suspected terrorist with all the possible ways in which that person can be disposed of, whether through drones, special operations, local government actions or capture. The development of this matrix signals recognition that the US will be disposing of perceived enemies for years to come, with no end in sight. 

“As one senior official explained, "We can't possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us [now]... We're not going to wind up in 10 years in a world of everybody holding hands and saying, 'We love America'."

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