Media Lens: A Match Made In Heaven – President Obama And The BBC’s John Simpson

4 November 2014 — Media Lens

Sometimes a piece of propaganda is so glaring you almost have to splash cold water on your face to make sure your eyes are not deceiving you. Take a bow John Simpson, the grandly titled ‘World Affairs Editor’ of BBC News. You don’t earn a moniker like that by offending the global power elite. But is it really necessary to genuflect before US President Barack Obama as Simpson did in a recent article masquerading as informed commentary?

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The Middle East and the Pivot to Asia: Obama’s US Foreign Policy Bait and Switch By Jack A. Smith

13 June 2014 — Global Research

President Obama chose to ignore the most important strategic aspect of U.S. foreign policy in his major address May 28 at West Point graduation ceremonies. It was perhaps thought politically wise to emphasize current events rather than military preparations for a possible major future confrontation with China.

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D-Day anniversary: Commemorating the Second World War and preparing the Third By Bill Van Auken

7 June 2014 — WSWS

Few will remain unmoved by the appearance Friday on the beaches of Normandy of 90-year-old veterans marking—in many cases for the last time—the slaughter of D-Day in which nearly 20,000 troops—both Allied and German—lost their lives. Those present for the 70th anniversary commemoration were among the lucky who survived that day in 1944, but surely they have remained haunted by the memory of those who did not and marked for their entire lives by this terrible experience of their youth.

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Obama backs state terror against eastern Ukraine By Bill Van Auken

5 June 2014 — WSWS

Meeting with Ukraine’s billionaire President-Elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared his full backing for the regime’s so-called “anti-terrorism operation” in eastern Ukraine and promised new military supplies and training to carry out what is rapidly developing into a bloodbath.

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Washington boasts of military buildup against China By Bill Van Auken

3 June 2014 — WSWS

If anyone was fooled by the media analyses portraying President Barack Obama’s speech at West Point last week as a turn toward “moderation” and “restraint,” or tempted to think that the World Socialist Web Site was exaggerating in describing the address as a blueprint for “permanent and global war in pursuit of the interests of the US financial elite,” they only need read the bellicose tirade delivered by his defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, in Singapore on Saturday.

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Brave old (exceptionalist) world By Pepe Escobar

30 May 2014 — RT

“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.” So there it is, straight from the lion’s mouth, as in US President Barack Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama (Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP)

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Obama’s West Point speech: A prescription for unending war By Bill Van Auken

30 May 2014 — WSWS

The US media has broadly cast the speech delivered by President Barack Obama at West Point on Wednesday as a farewell to the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an embrace of a more multilateral and less militaristic American foreign policy.

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Obama’s Foreign Policy: A US Military-Intelligence Agenda Which Seeks to Destabilize the Planet By Joachim Hagopian

28 May, 2014 — Global Research

It has been a busy weak for President Obama. On Memorial day he secretly flew off to Afghanistan just to let the troops know he genuinely cares and is thinking about them. Or so his PR advisors want it to appear as his ratings continue slumping and his disastrous foreign policy continues to come under heavy fire from all sides. A true characteristic of psychopaths is that everything they do is to self-servingly promote their own image and position. Currently finding himself on the defensive, what does Obama the psychopath do? He opportunistically rushes off as Commander-in -Chief to spend the day that America mourns its fallen warriors with the live ones still fighting his lost cause in Afghanistan.

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Obama defends global US interventionism in West Point speech By Bill Van Auken

29 May 2014 — WSWS

In a commencement speech to newly minted Army officers at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, President Barack Obama outlined a rationale for continued US interventionism and aggression in every corner of the planet.

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President Obama Receives “Ambassador for Humanity” Award By Felicity Arbuthnot

14 May 2014 — Dissident Voice

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. — Voltaire, 1694-1778

It is impossible not to gain the impression that the criteria for being awarded prestigious honors for services to “peace”, “humanity” or “distinguished public service” is a candidate who is duplicitous, vicious, stone-hearted and above all prepared to kill, plan killings or rejoice in killing on an industrial scale as brutally as can be devised.

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The White House Plays Dirty By Vladimir Odintsov

7 May 2014 — New Eastern Outlook

The latest actions undertaken by White House representatives and the Washington administration clearly highlight how the chief dogmas of current American politics require open confrontations and secret operations in various regions of the world to decrease the influence exerted by Moscow and to create a united front of Russian enemies.

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Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Against ‘Pariah’ Russia By Pepe Escobar

30 April 2014 — Asia Times

Yet the sanctions game will persist (like it did with Cuba, Iraq, Iran). The White House is already concocting more of the same. No adults in Europe will follow. Even poodles are able to sniff that the Obama administration does not even qualify to play Game of Thrones on PlayStation 3. 

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Washington and the Corporate Media are in Full Propaganda Mode on Ukraine By Dave Lindorff

25 April 2014 — Greanville Post

Unfortunately, self-righteous “exceptionalism” makes the sanctimonious complaints by US leaders plausible to many brainwashed Americans.
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Putin’s Dilemma By Mike Whitney

23 April 2014 – Counterpunch

Fending Off the United State’s Imperial Hand

“The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power.” (p. xiii)

“Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia — and America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.” (p.30)

Excerpts from The Grand Chessboard : American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997

“We were promised in Munich that after the unification of Germany, no expansion of NATO would take place in the East. Then NATO expanded by adding former Warsaw Pact countries, former U.S.S.R. countries, and I asked: ‘Why are you doing that?’ And they told me, ‘It is not your business.’?”

– Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow press conference, April 2014

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