You can watch Ron Paul’s excellent questions to General Petraeus here. Of course, these are questions that the administration should be forced to answer.
We all know what the president thinks about bombing Iran without approval from Congress. He is the Decider, after all. Neither Petraeus nor Crocker wanted to answer this question, although they should both know the answer. How can Petraeus be qualified to be the commander in Iraq if he doesn’t even know the Constitution? That should be a basic requirement for anybody holding a position such as his. If he is given an order that is unconstitutional, he must refuse to obey that order.
The same goes for Crocker. How can you represent American interests abroad if you don’t even know what the Constitution has to say about who is allowed to authorize war? If the Constitution were at all respected, you would imagine that every official representing the U.S. would have a good understanding of how the Constitution works. That should be a basic requirement.
We need more people like Ron Paul asking relevant questions.
The BBC is reporting that people’s attitudes towards the United States have got a little bit better, as you can read here. The shift is relatively small, and one can argue about how the study was conducted, but I wonder if there isn’t a bit of misunderstanding here.
I really don’t think that most people have ever hated Americans. On the contrary, many people the world over have a lot of respect for Americans and the values they hold. Even if you go to the Middle East, where most people have been victims of U.S. policies, you will find that a great number of people express admiration for the American way of life. They don’t hate you. They hate your corrupted government. They hate the fact that your government claims to support democracy, yet is supports the most undemocratic of rulers.
The fact is that America would easily have a lot of friends in the Middle East. But when you destroy a democratic movement as was done in Iran in the 1950s, and replace it with a dictatorial ruler, what do you expect? You don’t build friendships when you support dictators and actively prevent democratic movements. And you won’t win friends when you conquer other countries for their oil. You won’t win friends when the people of these countries so rich in their soil, live in misery as American corporations are reaping billions of dollars in profits of their land.
People are opposed to the criminal in the White House, his equally criminal administration and the corporate killing machine that supports him. Starting an illegal war against Iraq, a country that was no threat to the United States was just plain wrong. Going against the rest of the world on the issue of climate change didn’t help much either. The current administration has done its best to ruin America’s reputation around the world.
The American system is one that demands active citizens. In order to safeguard all that which is good about the United States, the population must stay vigilant and not allow power hungry politicians to hijack the nation. But Americans have allowed themselves to get blinded, to become passive, and look at what happened. The American people should have risen up a long time ago and chased the criminal out of the White House. Take the country back. That would be an act of genuine patriotism.
I don’t agree with Ron Paul on a large number of issues. But, when it comes to foreign policy, I tend to not only agree, but to do so strongly.
First he told the House of Representatives to butt out of the Litvinenko case, where the House wanted to “express their concerns” over Russian involvement (there is zero evidence of Russian involvement that has reached the public). Then he went on to call for NATO to be disbanded, correctly stating that any legitimacy for its existence was lost with the end of the Cold War.
Okay, so George Orwell was off by a number of years. He simply overestimated the speed at which we would bring ruin upon ourselves. It didn’t happen in 1984, but in 2008 it almost looks as if we are slumbering off into an Orwellian nightmare. Sleep tight.
If your tired of the endless hot air from Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain? Then look at the alternatives. They do exist, although mainstream media does their best to keep them out of the spotlight.
Don’t just stay at home on election day. Vote, it’s your right. There are candidates who propose real change, not just hope. There are candidates that do listen to the will of the people. For example, Ralph Nader. Another candidate you could look into is Mike Gravel. Note that both these candidates state exactly how they stand on important issues.
I personally have a lot of respect for Ralph Nader.
You can watch this for a short but quite good introduction. Then go here and demand seeking diplomatic solutions with Iran.
If the U.S. goes to war with Iran, there will be no winner. The biggest loser will be the Iranian people. Enough lives have been wasted over one idiotic war in the region and the lives of Iraqis have not improved, regardless of what the war criminal in the White House claims. Don’t let it happen again. Speak up against this madness before it is too late.
The U.S. and Britain intervened in Iran’s affairs once. We live with the consequences of that still today, and we don’t need a replay. There are far better ways of supporting democracy in Iran then by blowing the country to bits and giving lucrative reconstruction contracts to Halliburton and others. Recognizing the other as an equal partner in a peaceful dialog would be a good start.
I guess many will have read this already. It is (currently) one of the most popular posts on WordPress.com.
Let’s for a moment pretend that the author can spell. Obama is alleged to be a junkie and a pusher. And also a liar. Why a liar. Well, because junkies are liars, of course. Now who is making these statements? Larry Sinclair is. A junkie, who claims to have bought cocaine from Obama. But if junkies are liars, why are we to believe Larry?
I wonder why people pretend to get so upset when they hear about sex and drugs scandals among the rich and powerful. What do you expect them to do with all that money? What would you do if you had so much money that you couldn’t spend it in a life time? Get high and laid, no doubt.
Just for comparison, let’s look at how I measure up to the supposed crimes of Barack Obama.
- Drug dealer: Okay, I have to admit a lack experience here. But I did buy alcohol for minors a couple of times. Can I get at least half a point?
- Drug user: Well, I’m certainly no Nikki Sixx. But I do have a bit of experience at least. And, contrary to Bill, I did inhale.
- Liar: Now this is my department. My personal slogan: a lie a day keeps the pastor away. Plus, Bill lied about the blowjobs and George W. lied about the WMDs. Seems like lying makes a person presidential.
- Intimidator: I’ve got a kid brother and a kid sister. ‘Nuff said.
Final score: three out of four. Thank you Larry. You have shown that Barack Obama is 75% like the rest of us. Seems like a good reason to vote for him.
Seriously, the main reason not to vote for Barack Obama is that he represents the same sickening Democrat/Republican party as the others, specifically the Democrat faction. He receives money from big business like the others. And of course big business will want some return on their investment, should he become president.
Ralph Nader is the only person I feel could make a real difference. But he’ll never be president, because the American society has become so sick that the society in Orwell’s 1984 seems like a vacation paradise.
Dear disciple of Marx:
I’ve heard that religion is opium but I don’t get it. Am I supposed to smoke the damn thing, or shoot it up? Or do I snort it? It ain’t fucking working.
Ralph Nader write an open letter to the president about the dangerous conditions that many Americans are working under.
An interesting fact for those who still believe that 9/11 was the biggest criminal act to have happened on U.S soil:
Perhaps you are not worried about this lonely epidemic of death, disease and injury day after day, since it is not caused by terrorists. Even if every three weeks, workplace conditions lead to a fatality toll greater than 9/11. Imagine, every three weeks, on average.
In the capitalist system, the vast majority of people are reduced to being units of production. The bosses don’t care if workers get injured or die. It’s just the loss of a few units of production, they can get replaced. Unemployment ensures that there is always a pool of replacement units.
When you go to the ballot box to vote, either for a Republic or a Democrat, keep in mind that in order to be able to run a presidential race, they will have to accept contributions from powerful donors, who obviously want something in return. Whoever ends up winning the 2008 election, even before being sworn in, the new president will know that he or she is merely a puppet to big business. It’s one thing to throw out slogans about “hope” and “change” now, but wait until they occupy the White House.
I can promise that once the new president is installed, whether Democrat or Republican, there will be no hope or change for America’s working classes. Those hard-working people that built the nation. There will be little or no change in working conditions. Corporate America’s assault on labor will continue. The U.S will continue to lose far more lives due to poor working conditions at home than American lives are lost in Iraq. It makes one wonder, who are the real terrorists?