When President Obama spoke yesterday: â€œRegardless of reason, this truth cannot be ignored that today most Americans are not directly touched by war. As a consequence, not all Americans may always see or fully grasp the depths of sacrifice, the profound costs that are made in our name, right now, as we speak, everyday.â€
He didn’t know what the fat-fuck he was talking aboutÂ — the truth of the matter is really spelled-out in the screams of then-5-year-old Samar Hassan in 2005 after her parents were killed by US troops in Tal Afar, Iraq.
(Illustration found here).
And Mr. Obama, of course, didn’t speak about this truth:
â€œThere is no question we all relied on flawed intelligence.
But, there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and deliberately painting a picture to the American people that you know is not fully accurate.”
And the fundamental difference is that Obama is covering up the reality of the last decade-plus of killings that were painted a lie from within — the US Senate.
Obama complains Americans are disconnected from US military adventures where mostly young people are killed or maimed and he is the one who made more sure we stayed “not directly touched by war.” Of course, that would mean bringing to justice George W. Bush, The Dick Cheney and the rest of the warmongers that populated George Jr.’s White House.
AndÂ were assholes about it, too:
Throughout the first several months of his presidency, his top political aides, such as the chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, publicly — and inappropriately — pressured the justice department to refrain from any criminal investigations.
Over and over, they repeated the Orwellian mantra that such investigations were objectionable because “we must look forward, not backward”.
As Gibbs put it in April 2009, when asked to explain Obama’s opposition, “the president is focused on looking forward. That’s why.”
Which includes that most-fundamentally obvious war crime — torture.
David Corn at Mother Jones:
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.
It’s a real pisser listening to Obama and all these other nefarious hacks blubber out political bullshit on a sad-memorial day when a lot of parents, friends and relatives are remembering a son or daughter killed in faraway places Americans shouldn’t have even been there to start with — people hurt and would really get mad if the truth really exploded out.
Instead, we’re offered this lying asshole creepily painting himself in the shower while his legacy burns:
As of Monday, 503 people were killed and 1,273 wounded, making May the deadliest month in at least a year, according to the data, based on reports from security and medical officials.
May is the second month in a row in which more than 400 people have been killed, for a total exceeding 960 people in less than two months.
A wave of attacks, including bombings in Baghdad that mainly targeted Shia areas, killed 58 people on Monday and wounded 187, officials said.
One of the great horrors of US history and all is forgiven.
(Illustration: George Jr. introspects himself, found here).
And what of little Samar Hassan in the photo at the top of this post?
Via a New York TimesÂ piece two years ago:
This week Samar, hugging a pillow to her chest, recalled: â€œHe was taking pictures of me, I remember. Then he stopped, and they brought me a jacket and put me in the truck and treated the wound on my hand. And they gave me some toys.â€
She had never seen the picture until this week, but she said she understood that it showed the world â€œthe sad thing that is happening in Iraq.â€
Near the end of the interview, she pointed to a family photograph on the wall.
â€œI always dream about my father and mother and brother,â€ she said.
Hey, Mr. Obama, how about this shit created in “our name“?