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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Empire Under Obama, Part 2: Barack Obama's Global Terror Campaign

Click here to access article by Andrew Gavin Marshall from The Hampton Institute
A major facet of Obama's foreign policy strategy has been the implementation of an unprecedented global terror war with flying killer robots ("drones") operated by remote control. By 2011, the Washington Post reported that no president in U.S. history "has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals."
As you know if you have followed my blog, I would never attribute the nation's foreign or domestic policies to Obama or to most other presidents since Kennedy. Obama is merely the Empire's current public relations officer or super-salesman whose job is to sell the Empire directors' policies to the American people. In his role as public relations officer for the ruling One Percen, he has performed his role splendidly.  

The ruling class learned with George H. W. Bush, who was a member of the Directorate (The informal circle of people in the One Percent ruling class, primarily from the financial sector, who directly influence government foreign and domestic policies, manage the electoral systems. and appoint trusted members to key positions in the government such as the CIA, the Supreme Court, and Secretary of the Treasury.), that they needed to appoint people with some charm and sales skills for this top position in the government. George Bush Jr. was a part of the ruling Bush clan, but unfortunately he was not bright enough to influence policies. (It was widely known that Vice President Dick Cheney was far more influential.) However, Bush Jr. had great appeal to a cross-section of Americans who like people like themselves, and because of this he was appointed to the position.