I personally believe that President Obama had little choice in what to say, and he threaded the needle politically by saying what he did. I think sometimes he says things that seem ludicrous simply because he has been left the task of either continue to suppress information, hide facts and support America being “the fourth Reich” ie embrace fascism-or else somehow expose the truth without completely destabilising the country, the government and the current employees of law enforcement.
He is too intelligent to think Americans would accept “We tortured some folks” without vigorous discussion and debate. That is why I think he chose to play dumb instead of use his position to personally moralize on the situation.
He knows anything he says certain groups will automatically oppose and attack. By threading the needle in between all points if view he basically forces America to DECIDE who are we? Who do we intend to be?
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: On Friday, Mr. Obama chose to soft-pedal the disgrace of torture, called the perpetrators “patriots,” and told those of us upset about the whole thing not to be “sanctimonious” in our indignation. With this, the president lost any moral authority he had left.
James Kilgore, Truthout: Last week US authorities began to place ankle bracelets on a few newly arrived refugees. This represents a continuation of the criminalization and punishment of immigrants. Meanwhile, the root causes of the refugee crisis remain unaddressed.
Kara Z. Dellacioppa, Truthout: The republication of Douglas Valentine’s The Phoenix Program, as the first installment in a series of repressed, forgotten books by Open Road Media, offers the opportunity to observe the continuity between the CIA’s secret war against civilians in Vietnam and our own “Homeland Security” apparatus.
Bryan Van Hulst, Truthout: As Israel commits genocide in Gaza, Palestine opens up wounds of colonial trauma connecting Third World people in their struggles with racial injustice, colonial occupation and imperial domination across borders. In song and protest, Third World solidarity with Palestine is imagining a de-colonial liberation that makes other worlds possible.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: What if President Obama had rejected conventional political advice and pushed for a new New Deal? What if an effective, nonaligned left had pushed for such a program?
Mary Catherine O’Connor, Earth Island Journal: In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies and their political allies.
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: In a report this week, Human Rights Watch accused Israeli soldiers of shooting and killing fleeing civilians in Gaza, citing interviews with seven Palestinians in the village of Khuza’a.
Nick Turse, TomDispatch: President Obama pledged US partnership to South Sudan, emphasizing security and development. There’s precious little evidence of either of these at the UN camps, and even less in vast areas of the countryside now teetering on the edge of a catastrophic famine.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: Extreme weather conditions around the globe, including rising temperatures, droughts, crop failures, melting sea ice, rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers and the loss of plant and animal species, all point in only one direction. The tipping point toward the sixth great extinction is taking place right now.
Sue Sturgis, Facing South: Water pollution is not the only environmental threat from poorly regulated coal ash: A new report identifies serious health risks from airborne coal ash, which will be a growing problem for North Carolina and other states as they shift from wet to dry storage.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This segment includes an update on the Pentagon’s overpayments and a discussion of how mortgages are tilting toward the rich, as well as coverage of the subprime car loan bubble and the silence around intangible property tax. We also discuss the economic organizations of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and more on socialism and Marx.
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