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Excerpt: "During President Barack Obama's first term, he generally was careful in making comments about world affairs - not that he was always completely honest but he was circumspect about outright lying. Over the past two years, however, he appears to have lost any such inhibitions."

President Obama addresses the United Nations. (photo: AP)
President Obama addresses the United Nations. (photo: AP)


Obama's Propagandistic UN Address

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

27 September 14

 

uring President Barack Obama’s first term, he generally was careful in making comments about world affairs – not that he was always completely honest but he was circumspect about outright lying. Over the past two years, however, he appears to have lost any such inhibitions.

That’s the case even when he is engaged in something as serious as addressing the United Nations General Assembly on issues of war or peace as occurred both last year and this year. In September 2013, Obama made what he knew was a deceptive comment about the mysterious Sarin gas attack in Syria a month earlier. He did something similar on Wednesday in describing the Ukraine crisis.

Regarding the Sarin case, Obama knew before his 2013 speech that many of his own intelligence analysts believed Syrian rebels were behind the Aug. 21 attack that killed several hundred people outside Damascus. These analysts suspected the incident was part of a scheme to blame the government of President Bashar al-Assad and get the U.S. military to attack Assad’s forces. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Fixing Intel Around Syria Policy” and “Was Turkey Behind Syria-Sarin Attack?’]

Despite this knowledge, Obama delivered a formal address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2013, declaring: “It’s an insult to human reason and to the legitimacy of this institution to suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack.”

Similarly, Obama knew the complex reality in Ukraine when he took to the podium on Wednesday. He knew that the crisis was instigated not by Russia but by the European Union and the United States. He knew that the elected President Viktor Yanukovych had been targeted for “regime change” by officials within the U.S. State Department, led by neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who literally hand-picked the new leadership with the aid of U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt who described the need to “midwife this thing.”

Obama knew that Nuland had told Ukrainian business leaders that the U.S. government had invested $5 billion in support of their “European aspirations” and that the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy had subsidized scores of “non-governmental organizations” to help destabilize the Yanukovych government. He also knew the key role played by Ukraine’s neo-Nazi militias in seizing presidential buildings on Feb. 22 and forcing Yanukovych’s officials to flee for their lives.

Obama was aware, too, that the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine had rejected this coup regime and rose up in resistance to the imposition of what many saw as illegitimate authority. He knew that the people of Crimea – faced with this coup regime in Kiev – voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, a move the Russian government supported and accepted.

Obama knew that the Kiev regime brutalized southern and eastern Ukraine, with the regime’s activists burning alive dozens of ethnic Russian protesters in Odessa and its military killing thousands with heavy weaponry fired into towns and cities of eastern Ukraine. The coup regime in Kiev even dispatched Nazi militias, such as the Azov battalion, to engage in bloody street fighting – the first time since World War II that any government had deployed armed Nazi forces to attack a European population. Obama knew that, too. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine’s ‘Romantic’ Nazi Storm Troopers.”]

Obama also knew that some of his own intelligence analysts had concluded that extremist elements within the Ukrainian government were probably responsible for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, possibly using anti-aircraft missiles deployed close to rebel-controlled territory and aided by one or more Ukrainian fighter planes in the air. Obama knew, too, that the Ukrainian military attacked the crash site, driving investigators away and apparently setting fire to a wheat field containing remnants of the plane. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Flight 17 Shoot-down Scenario Shifts.”]

Obama’s Ukraine Tale

Yet, this is how Obama presented the Ukrainian crisis to the world: “Recently, Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-[World War II] order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kyiv, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands.

“When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.

“This is a vision of the world in which might makes right — a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed.

“America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might — that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones, and that people should be able to choose their own future. And these are simple truths, but they must be defended. America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy.

“We will reinforce our NATO Allies and uphold our commitment to collective self-defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and we will counter falsehoods with the truth. And we call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.”

Becoming Bush

An honest person would have described all these events very differently, including what “America stands for.” There could have been at least some acknowledgement of how the United States in the post-World War II era has often relied on “the barrel of a gun” – or cruise missiles and smart bombs – to impose its will on other countries, including “regime change” in Iraq in 2003 and in Libya in 2011.

Obama could have acknowledged, too, that the United States has often used coups d’etat to unseat governments not to its liking, even when the leaders have been popularly elected. A partial list would include Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, Allende in Chile in 1973, Aristide in Haiti twice, Chavez in Venezuela briefly in 2002, Zelaya in Honduras in 2009, Morsi in Egypt in 2013, and now Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014.

But instead Obama chose to present a simplistic, propagandistic version of what has transpired in Ukraine. Essentially he’s saying: It’s all Russia’s fault and everyone on the U.S. side is a good guy, on “the right side of history.”

It is interesting, however, that Obama did not come out directly and implicate Russia and the eastern Ukrainian rebels in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Given his access to detailed U.S. intelligence on the topic, he should have been able to point the finger directly, if indeed that’s what the facts showed. Instead, he played word games to create the impression that the rebels and Russia were to blame without actually spelling out any evidence against them.

This was similar to how President George W. Bush gave speeches in 2002 and 2003 juxtaposing the names Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden to create the perception among Americans that the two were joined at the hip when they were, in fact, bitter enemies. Now, President Obama has come to replicate these Bush-like deceptions.

There is also new evidence of how the supposedly “popular” government in Kiev has been developing its democracy — by incarcerating people who dare to protest against its policies. As the New York Times’ Andrew E. Kramer reported on Thursday, the Kiev regime has been padding its prisoner exchanges by throwing in political dissidents arrested far from any battlefield.

Kramer wrote: “The Ukrainians, … widely understood to be lacking enough prisoners of their own to effect a one-for-one exchange, set free a motley group of men, women and teenagers wearing tracksuits or dirty jeans, and taken, they said, from jails as far away as Kiev. “Soon enough, many of them were objecting to anybody who would listen there on the highway that they had never fought for pro-Russian separatists, and in fact had no idea how they ended up in a prisoner exchange in eastern Ukraine. …

“In interviews at their point of release and in a dormitory where former detainees are housed in Donetsk, a dozen men freed in exchanges over the weekend by the Ukrainian Army gave similar accounts. Some said they were arrested months ago in other parts of Ukraine for pro-Russian political actions, such as joining protests calling for autonomy in eastern Ukraine or for distributing leaflets.”

In other words, the Kiev regime does not only send Nazi storm troopers to attack people in eastern Ukraine but it jails citizens elsewhere who pass out leaflets.

Recognizing some of these darker truths – rather than simply reciting a litany of shiny propaganda – could have given President Obama’s UN address more credibility. Perhaps the old Obama would have made a stab at greater intellectual honesty but the new one has taken on the personality of his predecessor, who famously didn’t do nuance.

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+44 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-09-27 09:19
There is no difference between the 'old' Obama and what we see now. He is a puppet of the ruling elite of this nation. He is a member to that club and you and I are not.

The control of the media and the large number of our citizens falling into poverty makes it easy for him to lie to the applause of the ignorant people who still believe in that Hope and Change line of slime. I still have some hope for change -- that if we rise up in resistance we can get rid of the evil corrupt people now in control of the government and the wealth of this nation. It is time for us to get out on the street and stop business as usual. We are the 99%! We can, and MUST do this. Our system to too corrupt to think that we can vote to change anything.
 
 
+13 # Lorraine B. 2014-09-27 15:09
"There is no difference between the 'old' Obama and what we see now. He is a puppet of the ruling elite of this nation". In other words, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". Too bad we DID get fooled again. But that is how things work these days, am I right? It's the blind leading the blind, deaf, dumb and dumber.
 
 
+5 # Adoregon 2014-09-28 13:46
It's not Obama, it's Obullshit.

The sad fact is that it hardly matters who is elected president. No matter the individual's ideals, he/she will have a metaphorical, if not literal, gun held to their head to insure they follow the dictates of the ruling oligarchy.

Unless there is a truly massive popular revolution by citizens who refuse to be intimidated by the militaristic authoritarian establishment, the future will be the same as it ever was.
 
 
+8 # walt 2014-09-27 10:57
Does anyone see puppet strings on Obama's hands and mouth lately?
 
 
+6 # WestWinds 2014-09-27 13:20
--- Lately?
 
 
+5 # ER444 2014-09-27 14:38
"Yes we can" GET ME A BUCKET !!
 
 
+6 # Douglas Jack 2014-09-27 18:31
Walt, describe what you are seeing. The movements of puppets tend to be jerky & voice without caring passion. Cognitive dissidence occurs when one follows Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial-Legislative -Complex indoctrinated belief but abandons experience & knowledge.

It must be frustrating for Obama to be a puppet without ability to freely move his limbs & act with his heart. I see lots of his programmed anger & lashing out at oligarch identified targets. We need leaders who can show us through their own acts as well as inspire us to positive acts of building capacities together & caring, regardless of our differences & pain, rather than leading us in anger against others.

Mohandas Gandhi came back to India in 1919 faced with British, Canadian, Australian occupying force repeatedly committing massacre atrocities against people for simple 'crimes' of being together in picnics. Indian puppet administration was used to control the people in the same way as South Africa used & Israel uses in Palestine.

Indian nation wide meetings of elders & leaders established 'Swadeshi' (Hindi 'self-sufficien cy') as the main program with 'Satyagraha' (H 'truth-search') to building unity through compassion. India accepted that the abuse they had suffered also was causing them to abuse each other. Obama has no compassion for people who US has bombed & abused without cause. We need bare-arms to embrace.
https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/9-right-to-bare-arms
 
 
+19 # James Marcus 2014-09-27 10:58
I am aghast!
Not at His endless Lies, which are as predictable as the Sunrise, but at why anyone listens to him anymore.
Who has the time , or interest, in deciphering endless, consistent, Bullshit?
 
 
+18 # reiverpacific 2014-09-27 11:46
Quoting James Marcus:
I am aghast!
Not at His endless Lies, which are as predictable as the Sunrise, but at why anyone listens to him anymore.
Who has the time , or interest, in deciphering endless, consistent, Bullshit?

What movie was it in which the phrase "YOU COULDN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH" or something similar was shouted?
Well folks, the US has been receiving so much "CaCa del Toro" for so long via it's politicians and owner-media, especially the ever-popular "Fixed" News, that they wouldn't know the truth if it was served open-faced with gravy on the side.
It's certainly not unique to the US but there is so much professional bald-mugged lying and winking to criminals and nations you should have nothing to do with (like Saudi Arabia just for one), and utterly vapid crap as stuffing between commercials, including PBS since Michael Powell's reign of error in the Dimwits era, that the so-called Fourth Estate, in pandering to the 1.5 ruling parties and their self-enriching, predominately lobbyist-funded "representative s", is more or less expired unless you seek out the (excellent) but largely unknown alternative paper, on-line or mostly short-band, volunteer-drive n, listener-suppor ted media.
Obama is just joining the choir, adding a couple of extra verses of his own and singing the same old chorus!
As "Izzy" Stone put it: "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out."
 
 
+3 # Activista 2014-09-27 23:40
Sad, but true - some people call this "marketing" - the same methods as to sell new cars - we sell new wars - and we are so trained - consumerism in our culture.
We do not live in the open democratic society anymore and skepticism is needed for our survival.
 
 
+2 # jsluka 2014-09-28 16:56
The quote "You can't handle the truth" is from the movie "A Few Good Men" and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2F4VcBmeo
 
 
+16 # WestWinds 2014-09-27 13:21
Quoting James Marcus:
I am aghast!
Not at His endless Lies, which are as predictable as the Sunrise, but at why anyone listens to him anymore.
Who has the time , or interest, in deciphering endless, consistent, Bullshit?



--- Exactly. I'm sure this is a terrible thing to (have to) say, but I am so done with this president; I was by the end of his first term.

It has gotten to the point where I just tune him out. I have adopted the attitude that if his lips are moving we are being lied to. Isn't this a terrible way to have to feel about your president? Honestly...
 
 
+2 # Adoregon 2014-09-28 13:55
"why anyone listens to him anymore."

I surmise it is for the same reason Catholics continue to listen to the Catholic church even though the church is run by patriarchal douche bags who treat women like second class humans, and who have a history of abusing the young.
 
 
+19 # kalpal 2014-09-27 11:27
There are no politicians who spout or emit any truths. It is improbable that any will ever exist. Each nation elects the professional liar it likes best and then nods sagely as the lies are sprayed upon the populace.

GW Bush clearly demonstrated that a lack of intellect is no bar to being a well known professional liar. Having an intellect is no aid when lying to the citizenry, eg Clinton and Obama.
 
 
-8 # DavidtheLiberal 2014-09-27 11:42
I do NOT defend Obama here, but to assert that Obama actually lied about the gas attack in 2013 involves demonstrating these elements:

The author must actually show
1. that the rebels made the attack and
2. that Obama knew that this was probable.

Regardless of what your attitude is towards this President, the author presents ONLY allegations. He presents no references, only unsupported allegation.

I spent some time searching the web and I find little that is reliable on the web apart from articles from those who are invested in hating this President.
Show us some fact, please. If he did lie, I'd like something more than what is presented here.
 
 
-3 # Philothustra 2014-09-27 13:32
You are exactly right, there is zero evidence that Ukraine shot down the Malaysian airliner, and it is proven fact that the Russian rebels have shot down at least dozen planes over their territory since the conflict began.
For Parry to call Obama's speech propaganda is the pot calling the kettle black. Its all political speech and hence all propaganda.
Its time for some realpolitik in these blogs, the proposals for World Federalism (Einstein supported Zionism bts) and for a makebelieve Earth Constitution is pure moonshine.
As a rational liberal, you must expect to be savagely booed on this propaganda channel.
 
 
+13 # Douglas Jack 2014-09-27 14:22
David, You're new to Parry. Google his other fact-filled articles over years, where he transforms from apologist for Barack Obama into critic.

Carla del-Ponte, chief UN weapons inspector found short-range rockets of a size which could only have been fired from opposition-merc enary-controlle d areas as well as 1000s of other manipulations. Enough of international media picked up on this false-flag lie for the US, Britain & France to slow down their Syrian war & Nuclear war incitement. http://www.mintpressnews.com/witnesses-of-gas-attack-say-saudis-supplied-rebels-with-chemical-weapons/168135/
Syrian Girl on opposition mercenary gas mask supply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbMdll58lis
West war crimes in Syria exposed http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/07/30/316273/west-war-crimes-in-syria-exposed/

Here's background on Kiev Maidan False-Flag sniper-fire. Right-Sektor sniper-fire on Maidan protestors & police through control of building where all shots were fired from. http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11730
Ukraine fascist army continues war-crimes targeting residential neighbourhoods against people of eastern & southern Ukraine who've inalienable right to self-determinat ion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE18iPQ1Euk

Western oligarch MSM doesn't allow you both-sided perspective so you fall prey. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues
 
 
+14 # Radscal 2014-09-27 14:31
First, the author did provide two links to articles about the sarin gas attacks.

Seymour Hersh did a thorough examination of the evidence from the sarin gas attacks. Both the British intelligence and the U.S. military concluded it most likely the attacks were carried out by the "rebels," and not the Syrian government.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line
 
 
-11 # BKnowswhitt 2014-09-27 22:48
Correct it's all lumping Obama as a transmuted Bush without looking at what O has had to deal with. His foreign policy has been in line with supporting our allies .. and he had Libya to deal with .. you Obama hating comparing him to Bush are like the general in Bridge Over the River Quai - your cry babying about Bush et al Military Industrial Complex etc .. blinds you from the time that has come to Blow up The Fucking Bridge Assholes .. that's what we must do against not just Isis here but the disease of the Muslim Extremie Idiology which is everywhere not just in this instance ...
 
 
+2 # dsepeczi 2014-09-29 11:54
Quoting BKnowswhitt:
Correct it's all lumping Obama as a transmuted Bush without looking at what O has had to deal with. His foreign policy has been in line with supporting our allies .. and he had Libya to deal with .. you Obama hating comparing him to Bush are like the general in Bridge Over the River Quai - your cry babying about Bush et al Military Industrial Complex etc .. blinds you from the time that has come to Blow up The Fucking Bridge Assholes .. that's what we must do against not just Isis here but the disease of the Muslim Extremie Idiology which is everywhere not just in this instance ...


So, blow up the world is your answer to the problem ?
 
 
+7 # Activista 2014-09-27 23:49
There is no evidence that Assad regime used sarin near Damascus.
This area is so close watched by US and Israeli "intelligence" - that if Assad regime was esponsible, there would be evidence.
 
 
+23 # Roger Kotila 2014-09-27 11:48
Parry's article is a good example of world public interest journalism which is a more objective perspective compared to the nationalistic-b ased journalism of Establishment media that reinforces the propaganda (lying) that Obama is offering at the United Nations.

Obama, like General Powell before him, shows that when you represent a powerful enough nation you are allowed to lie to the UN and to the world community with impunity -- even when those lies lead to war and the war uproots and destroys the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people as we have seen in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Ukraine, and Syria.

When it comes to world crimes, sitting heads of state from powerful nations and their accomplices are above the law. The UN's International Court of Justice can do nothing, while these nations can choose to "opt out" of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

World federalists such as Einstein have known of these fatal flaws in the geopolitical "justice" system for over sixty years. The UN lacks enforceable world law.

The next step for the UN is to adopt the well-designed world judiciary system found in the Earth Constitution. It includes enforcement powers designed so that not even sitting heads of state are above the law.
 
 
+8 # WestWinds 2014-09-27 13:26
This is a good solution as long as you have someone like a Dennis Kucinich running it. But if you got a guy like Darth Vader, I see some problems with a "world" anything. We must tread carefully and not fall blindly into the New World Order type thinking.
 
 
+13 # Khidr 2014-09-27 13:44
The world community is much smarter then our dumbed down American silent majority.
Obama wins the title:
"The Walking Chicken Hawk".
So full of shit that he cannoy fly anymore like Blair, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Neo cons........... all are the WAlking Chicken Hawks
 
 
+11 # geraldom 2014-09-27 14:23
A majority of U.S. citizens have yet to learn the lessons of the fmr Bush Sr, the fmr Clinton, and the fmr Bush Jr admins, from the actions now being taken under the Obama admin in the attempt by the U.S. govt in its continuing and apparently successful effort to dominate the world govts.

Last night, on Friday, I watched Bill Maher's current "Real Time With Bill Maher" show, and one of his guests, whom I saw on several other news programs, even the Daily Show, spreading false justifications and propaganda as to why the U.S. needs to get involved in another middle eastern war, and in another middle eastern country, Syria, was General Anthony Zinni. Why someone like Zinni, most likely a paid pundit by the defense industry, would be invited on programs like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart is beyond me

As in almost every illegal war of aggression perpetrated by the U.S. for world domination, this latest war is claimed to be unique from all the others, and, therefore, even though the illegal past wars of aggression by the U.S. turned out to be major screwups and perhaps we should’ve done some things differently, there was no other choice but to get actively involved.

How many times must U.S. and UK citizens be lied to and manipulated with constant fearmongering by their govts before they finally wakeup and tell their leaders where to go when their leaders once again try to sell them a new war?

(Continued)
 
 
+9 # geraldom 2014-09-27 14:24
(Continued)

When all is said and done, in the upcoming years, when this particular war goes haywire (and it will) and causes further complications and massive deaths of innocent lives, will U.S. and UK citizens fall for another war, a bigger and better war, in an attempt to repair the damage that this current war will cause? They probably will, at least until the whole world eventually blows itself up and finally resolves all of its suffering! What fools and idiots! The human race will eventually self-destruct and take almost all life on this planet with it.
 
 
+8 # Radscal 2014-09-27 16:18
geraldom, I too have been dismayed at both Maher and Stewart as regards U.S. military "adventures" against Muslim people.

Maher has been an outspoken Islamophobic Zionist for many years, but Stewart used to criticize Israeli policies and humanize Muslims when either was called for.

No more. He said nary a word during almost two months of genocidal slaughter by the Israelis against the civilian population of Gaza, but has had something bad to say about ISIL and Arab countries just about every day since they became "news."
 
 
+6 # geraldom 2014-09-27 17:34
Radscal, I made a mistake in my initial posting above as far as "Real Time With Bill Maher" which I corrected. It is this weeks program which I watched on Friday evening. So, if you want to be disgusted, you have a chance to watch it anytime this week.

What really pissed me off in his program is that he, that is Bill Maher, when he was talking about Syria, implied in his words the very same thing that Jon Stewart implied on one of his shows, that it was Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people when an investigation into the matter by an independent agency pointed to the rebels as the real culprits based on the quality, or the lack thereof, of the gas used. They claimed it was homemade and was not the high quality stuff that the Assad regime had at the time.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2014-09-27 17:48
geraldom, I still watch both shows even though they tick me off in by consistently parroting the official narratives on certain subjects. I haven't watched this week's Maher, but I have it recorded.
 
 
+14 # Radscal 2014-09-27 15:09
Throughout his first Administration, the Obama hopefuls kept saying, "well sure he's not living up to expectations, but that's because he needs to get reelected. Just wait until his second term and then he'll be able to push his real agenda."

Well. Here it is, folks. Now that he doesn't have to worry about fooling liberals into voting for him again, he can be just as openly deceptive and war mongering as any Bush.
 
 
+9 # corals33 2014-09-27 21:16
Mr Obama has not lost his inhibitions, he is simply declaring that everything is now in place for the elites of every stripe to run riot over every sense of decency and humanity left in the masses and to emphasize that there is nothing anyone can do about it.
 
 
-5 # BKnowswhitt 2014-09-28 16:44
Latest reports are American led airstrikes have freed a couple cities in Iraq held by ISIS. The USA led humanitarian issue is one we owe the Iraqi people. Whether you like it or not and believe me i did not support usa war in Iraq .. we are now responsible for the reactionary force of evil Islam running rampamt over Iraq and Syria .. we are not responsible .. but in principle get over what Bushie did .. and try to look freshly at what is going on .. if we con't stand up against this evil ... then we are shit .. period ..
 
 
+1 # dsepeczi 2014-09-29 12:04
Quoting BKnowswhitt:
Latest reports are American led airstrikes have freed a couple cities in Iraq held by ISIS. The USA led humanitarian issue is one we owe the Iraqi people. Whether you like it or not and believe me i did not support usa war in Iraq .. we are now responsible for the reactionary force of evil Islam running rampamt over Iraq and Syria .. we are not responsible .. but in principle get over what Bushie did .. and try to look freshly at what is going on .. if we con't stand up against this evil ... then we are shit .. period ..


You have to know an enemy to defeat it. All the radicals that are committing these atrocities are recruiting members faster than we can blow them up. How ? Because they sell the story to their brand of uninformed people that the US is coming to take over the entire region. Every time we drop a bomb, their story looks that much more credible and they gain more recruits. When ISIL first shocked the world by running like a hot knife through butter in Iraq, original stories had estimated their number at roughly 10,000 people. Now I saw a CIA estimate on the news of 30,000 after we've been bombing them for over a month. We're not eliminating ISIL. We're galvanizing them. We made a mistake in Iraq that we can't make up for. Let's not keep repeating the same mistakes.
 

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