Three Amigos: Barack and Buddies Pledge the West to Open-Ended War of Aggression

irish 2011/04/18 13:51:16

Three Amigos: Barack and Buddies Pledge the West to Open-Ended War of Aggression

Chris Floyd

Empire burlesque, April 16, 2011

Good Concerned Engaged Enlightened Rule-of-Law Liberal Progressives: Is
it clear enough for you now? Does he have to spell it out for you,
slowly, using short and simple words, and maybe some cartoons to make it
clear? Your noble Nobel Peace Laureate – bringer of hope and change,
restorer of the rule of law, world-historical paradigm-shifter, etc.,
etc. – has just publicly (not to mention arbitrarily) committed the
nation to "the supreme international crime": aggressive war.

has pledged the blood and treasure of the United States to "regime
change" in Libya: that is to say, an act of military aggression designed
to overthrow the government of a sovereign nation which has not
attacked your own country nor posed the slightest threat to it. This is,
of course, precisely the same blatantly illegal posture taken by that
great monstrous bogey-man of all good concerned engaged enlightened
rule-of-law liberal progressives everywhere, George W. Bush, in his
invasion of Iraq.

On Friday, Barack Obama scribbled his name at
the bottom of a newspaper article written by hired minions of the
leaders of Britain and France, pledging to keep killing people in Libya
until Moamar Gadafy is driven from power. Nothing short of "regime
change" will satisfy these towering colossi of world statesmanship; as the Guardian reports, they utterly reject any calls "for an immediate ceasefire, or a negotiated exit for the Libyan dictator."

Pah! No, it will be war, war, and more war until these leaders of the
great Western democracies get the outcome they demand: the ouster of
their clapped-out former client-tyrant, and his replacement by what they
hope will be more amenable operators. Or is that too cynical? Surely
what these Three Amigos of the Apocalypse are seeking is nothing less --
and nothing other -- than the "freedom of the Libyan people," right?

know, the kind of freedom where your leader can take your country into
an open-ended campaign of military action without the consent of the
people or the people's representatives -- and then escalate the conflict
far beyond the mandate of an already rubbery UN resolution into
outright, undeniable aggressive war, through the oh-so-constitutional
method of ... an op-ed piece in the Washington Post.

That's real freedom, baby! Can't you feel it in the air? Can't you feel it all over your body -- like a rash?

you might think that such a brazen act of criminality would raise one
or two hackles somewhere out there in God's shining city on the hill.
(That is, you might think that -- if you'd been in a deep, dark
cave the last ten years and hadn't seen the veritable tsunami of
atrocity, deceit and lawlessness that the American people have swallowed
without complaint.) In any case, across the length and breadth of
freedom's land, scarcely a bit of notice has been paid to this open
commitment to a policy that was unequivocally condemned as a "supreme"
evil back in the Nuremberg Trials. It seems that nobody bats an eye
anymore when an American president adopts Hitler's policies.

instead of offering blastments of moral outrage at yet another
president launching yet another illegal regime change operation in yet
another Muslim country, our Good Concerned Engaged Progressives have
nothing to say. They are still too wiggly about Obama's meaningless
expectoration of blather on the "budget battle" -- that ludicrous
puppet-show where two factions of hirelings strut and bellow over the
few infinitesimal differences in their techniques of corporate whoredom.
This is what seems to be the most pressing matter of the day to the
Good and Engaged -- because of course it may have some bearing on what
is their Tillichian "ultimate concern": the re-election of a man who is
now embarked on his first wholly-owned war of aggression. That's right,
the Peace Laureate is no longer simply following (and extending) the
Terror Wars of his predecessor -- he's done gone and started one of his
very own! Reason enough to fight tooth and nail to get him another term;
after all, you don't want one of those militarist Republicans in
there, do you?

(Of course, we don't mean to imply that the
Laureate's new war of aggression is some kind of radical departure.
Heaven forefend! An arch-conservative like Obama would ever do anything
that was not deeply rooted in American tradition. His killing spree in
Libya is an echo -- perhaps even an homage -- to similar actions undertaken by one of the presidents that he most admires: Ronald Reagan.)

Three Amigos' joint declaration of aggressive war notes ominously that
Gadafy is so evil that "the international criminal court is rightly
investigating [his] crimes committed against civilians and the grievous
violations of international law." This would, of course, be the same
international criminal court that the Peace Laureate's own government
refuses to recognize -- for fear that its own leaders and minions might
rightly end up in its dock for "crimes committed against civilians and
grievous violations of international law." Such as, oh, say, waging an
aggressive war of regime change that blatantly violates your UN mandate.

of course, that "mandate" was, as usual, just a threadbare fig leaf to
mask the hardcore machinations of power politics -- which these days
consists largely of soft, weedy cowards finding ways to prove how tough
and "credible" they are by shedding other people's blood. Thus you will
not be surprised to learn that the Amigos' diplomatic minions are now
feverishly "considering how the language of the United Nations mandate
can accommodate a more active role on the ground."

So this is
where we've come to: from earnest, knitted-brow assurances of a "limited
intervention" to outright declarations of open-ended war for regime
change -- and "accommodations" to bring in more boots, bullets and bombs
"on the ground." This is a crime, "the supreme international crime,
differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself
the accumulated evil of the whole," and it's being committed, openly,
proudly, by the Democrat in the White House.

But precisely because this "accumulated evil" is being committed by a Democrat in
the White House, the "progressive" movement is silent. They don't care.
Aggressive war? They don't care. International law? They don't care. A
blanket refusal of ceasefires and peace plans that could spare countless
civilian lives? They don't care. An "active role on the ground" -- new
mounds of Iraq-style "collateral damage," corpses, chaos, breakdown,
extremism, brutality, suffering? They don't care.

And so we end
with another address to our Good Concerned Engaged Enlightened
Rule-of-Law Liberal Progressives: If you will stand for this, what won't you stand for? And further: If you will stand for this -- what do you stand for?
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  • halfbreed 2011/04/18 14:03:10
    The only way these wars are gone to end is that we make congress pick up a gun and put them all on the front line. If that was to happen we might never have to face another war again. Can you just see this bunch fighting for their lives instead of stealing from the people.

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  • Toots 2011/04/20 01:35:15
    We have enough wars and he is pledging our kids. I think BO should sign up to fight!!! What a joke.He is the joke. We need new blood in the WH.
  • irish Toots 2011/04/20 11:34:42
    and we won't get it by voting for either party.
  • Toots irish 2011/04/20 20:07:07
    It all depends on who and what gets into office! I know who I want and what I would like from them but we will see.
  • irish Toots 2011/04/21 11:18:24
    you won't get what you would like to see unfortunately. they answer to a higher power,the one that allows them to be in office.
  • Toots irish 2011/04/22 02:21:30
    I agree but I will keep trying.
  • Patriot Unit 2011/04/19 00:14:36
    Patriot Unit
    Well until the Leftist Progressive SOB's learn that the American People don't buy their BS. The Radical Left is going to fail as they sooner or later will. But how many casualties will we have before then?
  • irish Patriot... 2011/04/19 11:09:01
    its all BS ,doesn't matter who is spewing it. remember politics is the circus for the masses.
  • Toots Patriot... 2011/04/20 20:08:01
    That is a for sure. The mess just keeps growing
  • tncdel 2011/04/18 16:16:22
    Draft Allen West for President 2012
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  • irish tncdel 2011/04/19 11:10:01 (edited)
    uh uh! not his guy,never. he is a coward who refused to be held accountable for his actions. his pension meant more to him than the truth.
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/04/18 15:59:41
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/04/18 16:06:03
    its a game to them wannabe,a game! game wannabea game risk
  • WannaBe... irish 2011/04/18 16:36:54
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Yeah... yeah, you're likely correct. Just a big game.
  • irish WannaBe... 2011/04/19 11:13:25
    not to us,to them! i can see them now! usto pinkie and the brain
  • BrianD3 2011/04/18 15:54:35
    progressives are evil, so of course their liberal media friends and progressive supporters will sit idly by and watch the evil in silence
  • irish BrianD3 2011/04/18 16:06:21
    of course.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2011/04/18 15:43:42
  • irish whitewu... 2011/04/18 15:53:24
    actually it has nothing to do with al qaeda or the MB.
  • Deputy Chief 2011/04/18 15:25:31
    Deputy Chief
    President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, What a JOKE! president obama nobel peace prize winner joke obama nobel peace prize winner joke
  • irish Deputy ... 2011/04/18 15:26:54
  • Huki68 2011/04/18 15:09:59
  • Bear 2011/04/18 14:44:22
    the pro-war movement has officially won........The US is a pro-war nation. Presidents may come and go, but we can be sure that our pro-war policy will endure.
  • irish Bear 2011/04/18 14:46:37
    endless war! we are now officially a militaristic country.
  • halfbreed 2011/04/18 14:03:10
    The only way these wars are gone to end is that we make congress pick up a gun and put them all on the front line. If that was to happen we might never have to face another war again. Can you just see this bunch fighting for their lives instead of stealing from the people.
  • irish halfbreed 2011/04/18 14:08:19
    LOL LOL you think just like me!LOL i would love to see those cowards on a frontline.
  • halfbreed irish 2011/04/18 14:14:47
    I think if you make war you fight it.
  • irish halfbreed 2011/04/18 14:19:50
    exactly! they should be on the front lines! not in cushy offices.
  • halfbreed irish 2011/04/18 14:31:56
    Personally I think alot of them should be behind bars.
  • irish halfbreed 2011/04/18 14:43:35
    and i think they need to face their punishment! punishment animated  guillotine

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