October 2012 Archives
VIDEO: questioned by David Swanson on October 31 in the Charlottesville Obama campaign office, the former Secretary of State regrets having said that killing a half million Iraqi children was "worth it." Sorry not for the crime, only for having answered the sort of question conveniently ignored by too many today.
Sometimes a policy is so reckless or immoral that supporting its backer as "the lesser of two evils" is unacceptable. If enough people start refusing to support any candidate who needlessly terrorizes innocents, perpetrates radical assaults on civil liberties, goes to war without Congress, or persecutes whistleblowers, among other misdeeds, post-9/11 excesses will be reined in. -- Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
"The [global] war paradigm was always based on the flimsiest of reasoning, and was not supported even by close allies of the US. The first-term Obama administration initially retreated from this approach, but over the last 18 months it has begun to rear its head once again, in briefings by administration officials seeking to provide a legal justification for the drone programme of targeted killing in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia...
Frontline's John Hockenberry examines the politics of climate change, which have seen a once generally accepted fact--that humans have contributed to, if not caused, global warming--dismissed by many politicians.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes -- including more than 60 children. The United States government says the number of civilians killed has been far lower...
Ten years ago, on October 10, 2002, the United States House of Representatives made one of the most calamitous mistakes of a generation. Congress, with willful blindness, voted to attack, invade and occupy a sovereign, oil-rich nation in the Middle East that did not attack us and did not pose a threat to the American people...
Foreign Policy magazine reports that a 'surgical' strike on Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities may only take "a couple of hours" involving a "day or two... saving Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, reanimating the peace process, securing the (Persian) Gulf, sending an unequivocal message to Russia and China, and assuring American ascendancy in the region for a decade to come."
Yeah, right. And Obama is the 'Peace' President.
Writer Rebecca Solnit raised a stir recently when she charged anti-war activists with 'raining on her parade.' While "horrified" by the death of children occasioned by the president's drone wars, saying "that child did die thanks to an Obama Administration policy," she argues that "others live because of the way that same administration has provided health insurance for millions of poor children or, for example, reinstated environmental regulations that save thousands of lives."
World Can't Wait responds: anyone who puts a preference on lives of people from this country over the rest of the planet, and who relegates the longest occupation in U.S. history to a side issue, is complicit in its continuance.
In another capitulation to the "lesser of two evils" argument favored by the Democratic Party, Michael Franti headlines the Obama Victory Fund Concert Monday as we protest outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. We feel compelled to ask: Michael, have you lost your mind?
It is time for all of us to look honestly at what the Obama administration has done in the past couple of years and step up to say NO! No more! Not in my name!
photo: World Can't Wait spokesperson Stephanie Tang, Stop the Afghanistan War Rally. More photos here