Sunday, November 04, 2012
Editorial: We support Barack Obama . . .
Well, we support impeaching him.
Few presidents will ever get away with the crap he's gotten away with for nearly four years.
The War on Libya? Done without Congressional authorization and he went on to refuse to report to Congress on it as outlined in the War Powers Act. His minions declared the law "quaint."
We found it quaint that such an effete person could be promoted as manly. Was there ever a cattier president? We can't think of one. Catty and bitchy are the two synonyms that best describe his administration.
The War Powers Act was a Congressional response to another Out Of Control Bully: Tricky Dick. This, the American people were told, was a binding law that would prevent the executive branch from carrying on illegal wars. (Only Congress can authorize war.)
Just as he trashed another Watergate remedy (public financing) in his 2008 presidential campaign, he trashed the War Powers Act.
The same way he trashed his promise to close Guantanamo.
The same way he promised to pull US troops out of Iraq, one brigade a month, starting the month he was sworn in, getting all US troops out of Iraq in 16 months.
Not only did that not happen, US troops remain in Iraq. And Barack who wants to claim credit for 'ending' the Iraq War is negotiating to send more US troops into Iraq. September 26th, Tim Arango (New York Times) reported:
Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.
Do you grasp the vast dishonesty Barack's displayed at one debate after another?
He's repeatedly refused to inform the American people that he's in negotiations with Iraq to send more US troops back in. He's even sent the 'fixer' who came up with an immunity clause in the 2008 SOFA that both the Bush White House and Nouri could live with. The Fixer is back in Iraq attempting to ensure that what happened in November of 2011 doesn't happen again: The deal to keep US troops in Iraq doesn't fall apart over the immunity issue.
For that lie alone, he deserves to be impeached. He has deliberately misled the American people. He is the people's servant. It must be confusing for him considering that unintelligent zombies treat him like a god. But there's a document that still remains called the Constitution and it means Barack is not above the American people, he is their servant.
And he's performed his duties poorly in the case of the economy.
With regards to foreign countries, he's been flat out criminal.
As Joseph Kishore (WSWS) observed last week:
The media and political establishment have responded with near total silence to the Washington Post’s revelation last week that the Obama administration has transformed extra-judicial assassination into a permanent practice of the US government.
What should be immediate grounds for the impeachment of the president has been met with indifference, most notably from liberal and “left” supporters of Obama’s re-election.
On the kill-list, Glenn Greenwald (World Can't Wait) pointed out:
In May 2009, when Obama unveiled his proposal for "preventive detention", he said: "Unlike the Civil War or World War II, we can't count on a surrender ceremony to bring this journey to an end." He added that we'll still be fighting this war "a year from now, five years from now, and - in all probability - 10 years from now."
Just last week, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration is creating permanent bureaucratic systems to implement its War on Terror powers as it "expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years". Specifically, "among senior Obama administration officials, there is broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade." That "suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism."
Civil liberties abuses justified by a finite war can be awful while they last, but then they cease. Abuses that are systematized based on the premise that they are to be permanent do far more than that: they radically alter the nature of the government and the relationship of the political class to the citizenry.
Grasp that it never ends until we end it.
A functioning left would be rallying people to demand impeachment.
Instead the useless eunichs -- count Noam Chomsky among the most useless -- rush in to tell us we should be voting for Barack.
Bradley Manning marked his 896th day in prison today. If he's guilty of anything -- he's yet to enter a plea -- it would be of being a whistle blower. For that, Barack's refused to allow him to have a speedy and fair trial.
In fact, Barack's pronounced him guilty.
He needs to be impeached. That's really the only answer at this point. Though many will think of excuses why he shouldn't be impeached, should he win re-election in Tuesday's vote, you better believe the calls for impeachment will increase. And they damn well should.