Shame on Change

December 2, 2010

In the beginning, Barack Obama carried a big bucket of change — change he claimed all of us could really, really believe in and live with as we moved onward into that most-wonderful future.

My first dimming impression that this was all bullshit came via a personal metaphysical-political incident, or maybe an alarm faintly chiming within an old cynic’s disbelief system: A ‘watch-out-here’ tingle erupted quietly the first time I viewed Obama’s now-famous three-pointer basketball shot in front of US troops in Kuwait during a July 2008 visit to the Mid East — although at the time I didn’t truly understand, a chicken-garbed fox was seeking entrance to the hen-house.
See the video here.

(Illustration found here).

The first concrete indication Obama was performing a politics-as-usual routine was in selecting a couple of Wall Street shitheads as his administration’s economic team.
It was all down hill from there.

And this week, a real pisser out of the now-most-famous WikiLeaks US State Department cable doco-dump.
The missives reveals Obama and Republicans worked together in early 2009 to put the skids on Spain prosecuting  some of George Jr.’s boys for war crimes.
David Corn at Mother Jones:

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects.
A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department — one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks — details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

The six were former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; David Addington, former chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney; William Haynes, the Pentagon’s former general counsel; Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; Jay Bybee, former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel; and John Yoo, a former official in the Office of Legal Counsel.

Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six.
He said, “I don’t want to get involved in hypotheticals.”
What he didn’t disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation.
Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.

Hillary is up to her chaffed cheeks in dirty laundry.
Change my ass.

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