Comments on: Obama’s hasty Afghanistan withdrawal risks squandering gains Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: amacd Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:18:07 +0000 Toward the end of his speech tonight, Obama obviously felt the need to pathetically claim, “We stand not for empire” — which is clearly an admission that he feels a need to emphasize and, without the slightest proof, reinforce this ridiculous claim that the US is not acting as a global Empire.

As Shakespeare famously wrote of the human nature of the guilty “(S)he protesteth too much”.

So tonight, the ever smooth Obama, seems clearly to be protesting too much about an issue that a fast increasing number of Americans beyond Chomsky, Bacevich, Berman, Parenti, Kolko, Chalmers Johnson, Korten, Hedges, Harvey, Hardt, Wolin, Zinn, et al have known for years. That our former country is now the seminal part of a disguised global corporate/financial/militarist Empire, which hides behind the facade of its bought and paid for Two-Party “Vichy” sham of democratic government.

Which means that today even the faux-Emperor himself seems to know that he has no clothes on, and that the global Empire that he fronts for is today becoming very naked to very many people here and abroad.

So, tonight’s speech by faux-Emperor/president, Obama, was very good news for all of us who know that our former and now captive country “stands precisely for Empire” — although “we” certainly do not!

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

Liberty & democracy

New America People’s Party 2012

By: Naksuthin Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:39:58 +0000 With America struggling to pay it’s bills, Republicans refusing to raise taxes, and everything from education, police, medicare, social security on the chopping block, it’s ludicrous that the same advocates of cutting spending are the same forces pushing to continue to spend wildly in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a 10 billion dollars a month habit that the pentagon and generals cannot kick.
The President delivered a modest move in the right direction.
In reality, Afghanistan has become a permanent foreign welfare case that will never stand up on it’s own. It’s weighted down by corrupt leaders , tribal infighting and a security force that is incapable of providing security even after ten years of training and financial support from the US taxpayers.
In the spirit of budget cutting, I join the majority of Americans who say “Bring the troops home. End the waste.”

In the words of Mitt Romney “One lesson we‘ve learned in Afghanistan is that Americans cannot fight another nation’s war of independence.”