Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
This deployment of 17,000 troops increases the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by more than 40 percent.
That's not just a surge - that's an escalation.
But Obama is not doing it just for Afghanistan. He has got his eye on Pakistan as well now: "I do it today mindful that the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan demands urgent attention and swift action."
All throughout the campaign, Obama kept mentioning Pakistan as a place where U.S. military action may be needed, and now it certainly seems that those were not empty words by Obama.
After all, just three days after becoming the new president of the United States, Barack Obama approved a devastating missile attack against targets in Pakistan. ABCNews reported that five American missiles struck facilities in Nouth and Sorth Waziristan, killing at least 22 people, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.
The Pakistani foreign ministry was not thrilled at all that Obama had launched missiles into their country, claiming that civilians had been killed: "With the advent of the new U.S. administration it is Pakistan's sincere hope that the United States will review its policy and adopt a more holistic and integrated approach towards dealing with the issue of terrorism and extremism."
Wasn't everyone told that Barack Obama was an "antiwar" candidate?
One thing that the elections of the past few years have revealed is that Americans are sick and tired of committing their young men and women to fight incredibly costly wars in far away places that never seem to end.
The American people were absolutely disgusted with George W. Bush and his warmongering policies.
So why is Barack Obama quickly becoming the new George W. Bush?
Americans are tired of war and they don't want to police the world and they don't want to continue stationing U.S. troops in dozens of different countries.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll that was taken from August 29-31 asked the following question:
"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?"
Favor the war: 35%
Oppose the war: 64%
Americans clearly do not support the Iraq war, and in fact Americans do not want to commit troops to any endless conflicts.
That seems clear enough.
So why is Barack Obama bringing so many hawks into his administration? Rahm Emanuel (an incredibly fierce opponent of the anti-war wing of the Democratic party), Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and retired Marine General Jim Jones are just some of the names that have the antiwar crowd up in arms.
The American people thought once they got George W. Bush out of office all of this warmongering would be over.
The reality is that Barack Obama and Joe Biden can't wait to commit American troops to even more places.
Yes, they fooled middle America with talk about withdrawing SOME of the troops from Iraq "eventually".
But listen to what Obama said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center:
"My plan would maintain sufficient forces in the region to target al Qaeda within Iraq."
The truth is that the United States will have some troops in Iraq throughout Obama's administration.
I guess we should have known there would be no "change" when Obama kept Robert Gates on as Secretary of Defense.
You only keep the same guy in place if you plan on continuing to do the same things as before.
In fact, Obama and Biden have talked very openly about how American forces may be needed all around the world.
Obama has talked how war may be needed with Iran.
Obama has talked about how he may need to commit American troops to Sudan.
Many Americans do not even know that the United States is fighting a "secret war" inside Somalia and may need to send more troops there.
Joe Biden has mentioned several times how America should have sent troops to Lebanon.
And both Obama and Biden openly threaten Russia every chance they get.
Plus don't forget that Obama wants to add 100,000 new troops to the U.S. military.
No, Obama and Biden may end up being bigger warmongers than Bush and Cheney.
Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Obama has actually issued an executive order authorizing the continued use of secret "renditions" by the CIA. If you don't know what a "rendition" is, that is when the CIA secretly grabs someone off the street anywhere in the world and takes that person to a secret prison where they are secretly "interrogated" and abused.
The European Parliament has called renditions "an illegal instrument used by the United States."
But apparently Obama sees no problem with continuing the sick tactics of George W. Bush.
Obama talks about getting back to "American" values, but when he continues the policies of George W. Bush, how is that "American"?
Let me ask you.....does this look "American" to you?:
Well, certainly Obama will do something about the horrific environmental hell that the U.S. military has created in Iraq and Afghanistan through the use of depleted uranium weapons, right?
Certainly any sane president would ban those weapons, wouldn't he?
The U.S. military continues to use those dirty weapons that are literally turning Iraq and Afghanistan into uninhabitable hellholes.
Will Obama change his mind?
Don't count on it.
The reality is that he answers to the same people that George W. Bush answered to.
If you were a big fan of President Bush, then you are likely to love President Obama.
But if you were hoping for "change" then you are out of luck I am afraid.