We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, March 25, 2013

President Obama’s Second Term

Click here to access article by James Petras from his website. 

This retired sociology professor provides a grand overview of US administration policies from Clinton until today as a basis for predicting what is likely to happen in the near future.

In contrast to other geo-political analysts such as Noam Chomsky who see a convergence of interests between more traditional US imperialists and American-Israeli Zionists, he argues that US foreign policy is driven mainly by Zionists ensconced in key government and media positions, a political force he often refers to as a Zionist "fifth column".
No US leader, past or present (or any other imperial ruler), has so faithfully echoed and embellished the lies of such a bloody colonial power and its US-based Fifth Column with greater fervor than Obama’s degrading effort to satisfy his Zionist handlers in Washington. His performance far exceeded their highest expectations of US servility. In style and substance he fulfilled and over-fulfilled their demands for unconditional US subordination to the Jewish state. In fact, one might suspect that in doing so he set a new standard for the boot-licking belly crawl so familiar to observers of US Congressional servants to Israel. Needless to say, the entire Zionist propaganda apparatus from neo-cons to liberals were ecstatic. Here was a Shabbat goy out-Zionizing the most fanatical Zionist.
I'm sure Obama's handlers directed him to perform his recent (and past) "bootlicking" exercise in his visit to the Empire's powerful outpost in the Middle East, Fort Israel, but one can hardly argue that there is total US conformance to Israeli goals when the latter have failed for a number of years to get US to attack Iran. And, they have not initiated their own attack obviously because they could not count on US support. The truth lies somewhere in the middle between the views of Chomsky and Petras, but I would not be surprised if reality was not closer to Petras' view.