It would be a Herculean task to compile a list of even 10% of the Con Man-in-Chief’s egregious lies over the course of his years of misrule, but two big ‘uns this week are acting as a burr under my saddle blanket. Both directly and indirectly revolve around his role in the loose-cannon nature of what passes for Amerikan foreign policy and global misadventures from The Dark Side.
Stephen Lendman calls his recent V-Day remarks on Omaha Beach: ‘Obama’s Duplicitous V-Day Remarks’. While contrasting Putin and Obama as polar opposites in terms of war and peace, he gets right down to the irrefutable facts of his wars in aid of US hegemony, including the many ways he’s flaunted the Nuremburg Principles, and his total disregard for the Rule of Law, while waging illegal wars of aggression, deposing (or trying to) leaders who don’t fit into the NeoCon Dream.
But back to his remarks on the 70th anniversary of V-Day:
“His comments addressed America’s European war effort alone – creating the illusion that US forces defeated Nazi Germany almost singlehandedly.
No nation contributed more with greater sacrifice than Soviet Russia. Without its heroic efforts, Hitler might have won.
Obama ignored its contribution entirely. His “tribute to all who served” included only US “soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, (and) merchant marines (who) risked their lives, and gave their lives so that we, the people the world over, could live free.”
“This was the (US) generation that literally saved the world – that ended the war and laid the foundation for peace.”
He urged “rededicating ourselves to the freedoms for which they fought” – ones he’s systematically gone all-out to destroy at home and abroad.
“Let’s make sure that we keep striving to fulfill our founding ideals,” he said.”
And yes, he did just that. I won’t embed the video, but the transcript is here, and is of course the most jingoistic, syrupy praise of US and European troops’ heroics imaginable. But this section, oh my; really takes the cake when one considers the Empire of Chaos’s recent machinations over the globe:
“What more powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom than the sight of wave after wave of young men boarding those boats to liberate people they’d never met?
We say it now as if it couldn’t be any other way. But in the annals of history, the world had never seen anything like it. When the war was won, we claimed no spoils of victory — we helped Europe rebuild. We claimed no land other than the earth where we bury those who gave their lives under our flag, and where we station those who still serve under it. But America’s claim — our commitment — to liberty; to equality; to freedom; to the inherent dignity of every human being — that claim is written in blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity.”
Lendman then contrasts that to Putin’s Saturday speech at Red Square (and yes, I detest the military might and hardware on display, as I do in Beijing) as having giving appreciation to all those nations that allied to stop Hitler (France, Britain, and the US). He spoke again of the need for a multi-polar world, the need for equality among all nations in order to foster peace on the planet, and warned against (ahem) “strong-arm block thinking gaining momentum.”
Leaders from 30 nations traveled to Russia to mark the anniversary, but of course…not Obama, nor Angela Merkel or other Western clients of Amerika, but:.
“China’s Xi Jinping stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Putin. Its military forces for the first time marched with their Russian counterparts in the ceremonial parade. Its ships joined Russia’s Black Sea Fleet offshore.”
Well, yes, the pivots are pivoting, but not much to Obama’ liking, and Xi Jinping and Putin signed many joint accords during Xi’s visit, including a New Silk Road. White House response:
Meanwhile, Gorbachev was furious at Obama’ diss; Arch Getty, Professor of Russian and Soviet history at UCLA nailed down the main reason for Obama as a no-show (after opining that he looked even weaker for not attending):
RT: What’s the attitude towards this victory in the West now? Is it some kind of inconvenient fact when a lot of what we’re seeing now is to paint Russia as an aggressor, to sort of commemorate what should be a joint victory?
AG: I think it is an inconvenient fact. But for a lot of Americans it is even not a fact at all because they were taught in their schools frequently, that we, Americans, won the war. The Soviet effort has always been minimized here, and that’s happened even more lately. By the time we came ashore on D-Day in June, 1944, the tide had turned on the Eastern Front against the Germans for a year and a half. The Soviets faced 10 times as many German divisions, as we did in the West. That is not a fact for a lot of Americans because they are still living in ignorance of who did what, who turned the tide and what the scale of the thing was. And the more governments on all sides try to rewrite history for their own current purposes the worse that gets.
RT: Shouldn’t this victory be bringing Ukraine and Russia together?
AG: It certainly should, but it is not, and it won’t because Ukraine as a new nation, a new state more than anybody else has to create a useable past, a useable history. And they have done so in the most glaring kinds of ways that the Ukrainian Prime Minister, [Arseny] Yatsenyuk has said that WWII was about the Soviet Union invading Germany. War criminals in Ukraine, Bandera, people who killed Jews and many others are being touted as national heroes there for current political needs of the Ukrainian leadership. I’m afraid these celebrations are not going to do that simply because of the attitudes that are being taken.
And yeppers; here’s Yats making that bizarre claim: “All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany,” he said. “We need to avoid it.”
Obama not attending: two accounts were that i) he had other fish to fry, perhaps lying about the TTP at Nike Industries, or ii) he said that some of those tanks in the parade had been in the Crimea.
Let’s slide over to the Banderist Kiyiv Post’s Twitter account for a moment, and yes, they’ve gone full-bore Poppy), and Because: New Cold War
“As Moscow prepares to celebrate Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, Cohen urged listeners to reject Washington’s attempt to “spoil” the 70th anniversary. “We have the Saving Private Ryan American narrative of World War II,” said Cohen. “I read often…that the liberation of Europe was Eisenhower’s achievement. This is historically untrue…America won the war in the Pacific and Soviet Russia won the war in Europe.”
The conversation raised important questions about historical memory and how the 27 million USSR dead are remembered in both Russia and the United States. Emphasizing the magnitude of the loss, Cohen remarked, “At least 60 percent of every Soviet family lost a member of the nuclear family—mom, dad, daughter, son—in the war. It meant that millions of children grew up without ever knowing their fathers.”
International participation in the holiday has been under intense scrutiny amidst the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Last week, the White House said that President Obama will not be in attendance. According to Cohen, “The decision not to go by Washington and EU leaders is a grave mistake, because it won’t be forgotten or forgiven in Russia for a very long time.”
Blow me down; I had no idea that Cohen ha been made an editor at the Nation; he’d almost disappeared from sight (well, mine).
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Ack; now on to the Whopper Lies about ‘Operation Geronimo’, (ptui, gag). You can’t have missed the outraged coverage of Sy Hersh’s ‘The Killing of Osama bin Laden’. It’s all over the web as ‘Obama’s lies’, Obama’s Hoax’, etc., and well it should be. Remember: Hersh broke the My Lai war crimes story, as well as Abu Ghraib. In a panel discussion years ago, he spoke of soldiers telling him of field executions in Afghanistan, and yes…we saw the proof and the truth of that later, with hideous photos included. If you were a President engaged in war crimes, cover-ups, or lies, Sy was not your friend.
It’s quite long, and really not based on ‘one anonymous US official’, as many note, but here’s a bit of a cheat sheet I found while poking around.
- Pakistani officials knew about the raid and even helped the US pull it off.
- There never was a firefight, neither in the yard outside the house nor once the Seals got inside.
- The story of the courier whom the reportedly CIA traced, leading them to bin Laden, was a fabrication.
- The story of the courier dying in the firefight was a cover-up “because he didn’t exist and we couldn’t produce him,” a retired senior intelligence official told Hersh.
- The way the CIA actually found out where bin Laden was is that a “Pakistani walk-in” who wanted the $25 million reward came in and told the CIA about it.
- Osama bin Laden was not armed, contrary to reports that he had a machine gun and was killed in a firefight, and he was not killed with just one or two bullets but “obliterated.”
- “Seals cannot live with the fact that they killed bin Laden totally unopposed, and so there has to be an account of their courage in the face of danger. The guys are going to sit around the bar and say it was an easy day? That’s not going to happen,” that same retired senior intelligence official said.
- “Despite all the talk” about what the Seals collected on site, the retired official said there were “no garbage bags full of computers and storage devices. The guys just stuffed some books and papers they found in his room in their backpacks.”
- The story about bin Laden’s sea burial may be a fabrication.
- The retired official told Hersh that bin Laden’s “remains, including his head… were thrown into a body bag and, during the helicopter flight back to Jalalabad, some body parts were tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains—or so the Seals claimed.”
- Obama was going to wait a week until after bin Laden’s death to announce it, and he was going to tell the American people that bin Laden had been killed by a drone, but after the Seals had to blow up their malfunctioning helicopter onsite, attracting attention locally, everything changed.
- The story about the vaccination program carried out locally in an attempt to get bin Laden’s DNA—a story that “led to the cancellation of other international vaccination programmes that were now seen as cover for American spying”—wasn’t true.
- Retired official again: “It’s a great hoax.”
It must be said: This story relies almost entirely on a single anonymous source, and Hersh’s sourcing tactics have been questioned before.
As for this story in particular: Skeptics are already pointing out problems with it.”
Well, good God all-Friday, of course the New Yorker, Washington Post Passed On Seymour Hersh’s Syria Report! But Sy’s reputation and dedication to the truth have been the reason that people talk to him.
Remember the story Obama told about burying Bin Laden’s body at sea, lest his grave become an icon in support of Muslim Extremism? Well, Sy spends a lot of ink on that issue toward the end of the piece, but in short form:
“Within weeks of the raid, I had been told by two longtime consultants to Special Operations Command, who have access to current intelligence, that the funeral aboard the Carl Vinson didn’t take place. One consultant told me that bin Laden’s remains were photographed and identified after being flown back to Afghanistan. The consultant added: ‘At that point, the CIA took control of the body. The cover story was that it had been flown to the Carl Vinson.’ The second consultant agreed that there had been ‘no burial at sea’. He added that ‘the killing of bin Laden was political theatre designed to burnish Obama’s military credentials … The Seals should have expected the political grandstanding. It’s irresistible to a politician. Bin Laden became a working asset.’ Early this year, speaking again to the second consultant, I returned to the burial at sea. The consultant laughed and said: ‘You mean, he didn’t make it to the water?’”
Har har. Myself, I’d long wondered if he hadn’t been dead for a long time, held in a deep-freeze, and would be taken out when the time was juuuuust right. (Wish I were altogether kidding, but when Anthony Freda sent me this gruesome artwork, it made me chuckle in dark agreement.
Breaking Update (h/t: Kevin Gosztola):