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Posted on Dec 2, 2008

By Amy Goodman

  President-elect Barack Obama introduced his principal national-security Cabinet selections to the world Monday and left no doubt that he intends to start his administration on a war footing. Perhaps the least well known among them is retired Marine Gen. James Jones, Obama’s pick for national security adviser. The position is crucial—think of the power that Henry Kissinger wielded in Richard Nixon’s White House. A look into who James Jones is sheds a little light on the Obama campaign’s promise of “Change We Can Believe In.”

  Jones is the former supreme allied commander of NATO. He is president and chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. The institute has been criticized by environmental groups for, among other things, calling for the immediate expansion of domestic oil and gas production and issuing reports that challenged the use of the Clean Air Act to combat global warming.

  Recently retired from the military, Jones has parlayed his 40-year military career into several corporate directorships. Among them is Cross Match Technologies, which makes biometric identification equipment. More germane to Jones’ forthcoming role in Obama’s inner circle, though, might be Jones’ seat as a director of Boeing, a weapons manufacturer, and as a director of Chevron, an oil giant.

  Chevron has already sent one of its directors to the White House: Condoleezza Rice. As a member of that California-based oil giant’s board, she actually had a Chevron oil tanker named after her, the Condoleezza Rice. The tanker’s name was changed, after some embarrassment, when Rice joined the Bush administration as national security adviser. So now Chevron has a new person at the highest level of the executive branch. With Robert Gates also keeping his job as secretary of defense, maybe Obama should change his slogan to “Continuity We Can Believe In.”

  But what of a Chevron director high up in the West Wing? Obama’s attacks on John McCain during the campaign included a daily refrain about the massive profits of ExxonMobil, as if that was the only oil company out there. Chevron, too, has posted mammoth profits. Chevron was also a defendant in a federal court case in San Francisco related to the murder, 10 years ago, of two unarmed, peaceful activists in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. On May 28, 1998, three Chevron helicopters ferried Nigerian military and police to the remote section of the Delta known as Ilajeland, where protesters had occupied a Chevron offshore drilling platform to protest Chevron’s role in the destruction of the local environment. The troops opened fired on the protesters. Two were killed, others were injured. (Rice was in charge of the Chevron board’s public policy committee when it fought off shareholder resolutions demanding that Chevron improve its human rights and environmental record in Nigeria.)

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  One of those shot was Larry Bowoto, who, along with the family members of those killed, filed suit in California against Chevron for its role in the attack. Just after Jones was named Obama’s national security adviser Monday, a jury acquitted Chevron. Bowoto told me: “I was disappointed in the judgment by the jury. I believe personally the struggle continues. I believe the attorney representing us will not stay put. He will take the initiative in going to the court of appeals.” I met Bowoto in 1998, just months after he was shot. He showed me his bullet wounds when I interviewed him in the Niger Delta. I also met Omoyele Sowore, who has since come to the U.S. and started the news Web site SaharaReporters.com.

  Sowore has followed the case closely. Though disappointed, he said: “We have achieved one major victory: Chevron’s underbelly was exposed in this town. ... Also there is Nigeria: Protesters won’t give up. ... This will not discourage anybody who wants to make sure Chevron gives up violence as a way of doing business. American citizens are increasingly protective of their economy. ... Chevron played into fears of ... the jurors, saying these are people [the Nigerian protesters] who made oil prices go through the roof. This was a pyrrhic victory for Chevron. If I was in their shoes, I wouldn’t be popping champagne.”

  Nigerians know well the power of the military-industrial complex in their own country. While Obama was swept into office promising change, his choice of Marine Gen. James Jones as national security adviser probably has U.S. corporate titans breathing easy, leaving the poor of the Niger Delta with the acrid air and oil-slicked water that lie behind Chevron’s profits.

  Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

  Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 700 stations in North America. She has been awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, dubbed the “Alternative Nobel” prize, and will receive the award in the Swedish Parliament in December.

  © 2008 Amy Goodman

  Distributed by King Features Syndicate


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By libertarian, October 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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Hulk2008, you are taking liberties with my points. By dead stop, I mean that the plane can cease its forward movement completely, even being able to move backwards for short distances. I said nothing about this inertial shift being instantaneous. As for your claims to being a knowledgeable “pilot,” I don’t think this is true. You have not kept up with recent developments.

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By shgawa, July 26, 2010 at 12:47 am Link to this comment

Should have voted for Nader. At least I would have known I made a good choice despite the outcome

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By Charles Jones, February 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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For more information on the life and times of General James L. Jones, read “Boys of ‘67: From Vietnam to Iraq, the Extraordinary Story of a Few Good Men” (Stackpole Books, 2006). Read this book, then decide if he is the two-dimensional figure so many of you on this Web site have prejudged him to be!
  As the book’s author—and General Jones’ first cousin—I can attest to the fact that accepting President Obama’s call to service actually involved LOTS of personal sacrifice on Jim’s part. You may not agree with some of his corporate appointments once he completed four decades of military service, but I would not be so quick to attack Jim’s integrity. Unless you are a Utopian—and think there are no real threats to your country’s security—then you should be grateful that someone of Jim’s high caliber mind, intelligence, compassion, and COMPLETE INTEGRITY is serving as National Security Advisor. Now get over to your public library, or order BOYS of ‘67, and do your homework. Casting stones is easy. Solving tough, global problems is not.

  Charles Jones
author of BOYS of ‘67, and Red, White Or Yellow? the media and the military at war in Iraq (2008, Stackpole books, and http://www.redwhiteoryellow.com)

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By Volma, December 9, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

My comment accidentally was sent blank to the comment section, sorry…Thanks for the feedback. I do understand what you are saying…I have a tendency to go overboard when I want to make a point…My point was partially about the thin line between reporting and predicting…It was also exaggerated to stress the realities that I see. If everyone believes he is just another corporate man, power broker, war monger, realistically, do we actually have a collective chance in hell of actually being heard? It’s also true that by ignoring the facts, living in denial about the reality of the situation is not a good thing. Was watching the riots in Greece today, and was thinking, they are lucky that they can still protest and riot. In our country the reign is held tightly, everything is in place, rehearsed, and official so that our government can arrest, and even beat peaceful protesters, (God forbid that they dare be violent ones) I have not given up, and unfortunately I will never give up as long as I am alive…I do believe that everyone counts, as long as their alive they are participating even if they think they are not…Just common sense. I like your views on historical context, participation for the future generation. I truly do care about this beautiful world and those who live on it… The Chevron article is a red flag that something is not at all Kosher with our soon to be president. I really do admire Amy, I met her two years ago when she was on a lecture tour. She is one of the most courageous individuals in the US. I am grateful that there are people like her on this planet. If Obama, does not live up to his promises, I do believe that he will demoralize the people who have put great hope in him…I do not believe that Obama is the new savior, I voted for him because I didn’t want to see McCain or Palin win the golden tickets! I do remember watching him stand alone shortly before we invaded Iraq. He impressed me then because he had the guts to stand up against the president and their goons…I felt he had some integrity, maybe he still does, maybe he is making deals to keep him alive and safe while he is president…Maybe he is just another puppet, but right now he is the elected, not officially president of the US, who has no real powers of authority until he is sworn in… I see your point clearly, it’s valid, intelligent and sound, thanks again for the comment!

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By Folktruther, December 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Volma-I found your post very illuminating.  You are quite right that living your life in dispair or in a powerless way dispells meaningfulness in it.  but the opposite of a delusive identification with power personages is not becoming an underground revolutionary or furtive conspirator.  It is expanding your individualism to include other people in an historical perspective.

Instead of living your life as if it will end today, you might consider living it as if you will live for centures: as you may in your children, or grandchildren, or in those of others.  Power relations is not all abaout you, Volma.  Or me.  We are only individuals in a broader historical current of earthpersons.

In this view, that Obama sells out the population is only a current episode in a much larger striving of people to not only survive, but to prevail.  You might consider identifying with this earthperson current, including those of the American people.  Rather than with the delusive hope in the benefaction of the powerful.

People have not advanced historically by believing in delusion, but in the reality-based truth.  This truth is not pessimistic if a world historical perspective is taken.  I suggest to you that Obama’s Change is not Change We Can Believe In.  That does not mean historical change is not possible, merely that Obama won’t provide it.  Big deal. So change must come from the bottom up, as it always has.
Do you find this discoraging?

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By Denver in Boston, December 5, 2008 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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It is very unfortunate that the appointments made demonstrate no real break or addressing of the structural & cultural inertia of neo-mercantilist economic policies which the western world has operated on for decades and has increasingly gouged it’s own citizens more and more. I fear we have all been duped into believing one man can bring substantive change.

JFK tried to change things, going after the organizations which helped bring him to the presidency, mainly the mafia/govt entanglement, and he was killed for it. Obama is not ignorant of history. He recognizes his vulnerability as one man. Even if he did enter politics with any genuine principles of actually helping people, such is and in his case was long ago compromised by the corrupting nature of politics.

That point is simply illustrated by the appointments that have been made thus far. It is a sad truth. The only thing that can be done is that we continue to spread the word & question these things, demonstrate social disobedience in a constructive fashion, keep plugging away in the fashion that D-NOW does (which is an ideal and model example of Journalistic Integrity and constructive social disobedience alike). The fact that print media is being destroyed means it is upon us as US citizens to fill the void by building networks and communicating between one another to organize and demonstrate our discontent with the worsening status-quo.

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By Louise, December 5, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Muscleboy;

We could note that through the years 2001 to his retirement in 2007, Jones worked under the leadership of various hard-right neocons. But then we ALL did, didn’t we?

There are about 405,000 links to John McCain/General James Jones. About 3,620,000 for General James Jones. There are also about 652,000, where reference and info about James can be found. That’s roughly 5,082,000 just on Google. Given that a lot of these links are blogs, you may have to do some study to find actual, factual history ... but if you have the time and the determination, it’s do-able.

Then there are books, archived newspapers, military records and memoirs, and military sites. References to all can be found if one wants to hunt.

But, if you are just looking for something titled, “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Retired 4-star General James Jones, And Then Some,” you may not find it. Why don’t you get busy and create it? With determined dedication, shouldn’t take more than a few weeks, or months, or a year or two.

Meanwhile, as a matter of personal integrity and protest, you can stop flying in Boeing products and stop using Chevron products and let everyone know why.

And while you’re at it boycott everything, from every chemical/medical product manufacturer and distributor, vehicle manufacturer, every manufacturer of electronics, all computer hardware and software, the local and national media, weapons and ammo manufacturers, Monsanto and anyone else you can think of that has ties to the war machine.

Just make sure you let everyone know why. smile

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By Mohammed AL-Saedi, December 5, 2008 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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Obama’s National Security Team: Minions of the New World Order: Not change but a seamless transition between the Bush neocons and Obama’s decidedly neoliberal choices. ...... As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will continue the Bush-Clinton legacy of mass murder and “humanitarian” interventions in “failed states,” that is to say states not toting the New World Order party line ..... By Kurt Nimmo at infowars.com
 
  References:
   
  http://www.infowars.com/?p=6279
 
  http://www.infowars.com/?p=669

  Its the fact that speak for itself, Obama regime is no more than continuation of the previous regime and thats by design. The upcoming regime,Obama, is no less brutally or perhaps is much more than, whats going to be the previous regime, the War criminals regime which have paved the way to the Obama regime by too much blood shades of the innocent people in the United States of America as well as in the rest of the world and in the Iraq in particular. The criminal global elites of the NWO are not willing to allowed any decent person to have the power of the presidency in the White House in the United States of America without they are assured of and guaranteed that the president is totally under their manipulation for no less than 100 precent. When looking at the Obama regime staffs, it would be very easy for intellectual analysts with foresight and foreknowledge to knowledge what Obama regime is going to be and is going to do. Its the corporate interests of the NWO that the upcoming regime is to serve, to implement, to maintain and to take care of.
 
  Its all about the criminality of the zionism to inflecting the damage on the free world, its about the criminals of the new world order, its about those criminals and the death merchants whose plans to propel the USA into other endless wars, its about those criminals who are selling the weapons and other death equipements, its about those criminals who are dehumanizing people by various means, its about those criminals who are committing massive genocide in the Iraq and its about those criminals who are involved in the massive genocide in the Iraq. 
 
  The criminal global-elites of the NWO are already decided to commit more crimes on the free world, by creating preconditions for igniting wars and by creating circumstances for horror environment around the world, to consolidate their criminal power. The criminal global elites of the NWO whose objectives to depopulate this planet by reducing the number of the population to the minimal and thats by igniting wars, creating death squads, conducting massive genocide on civilians and empowering criminal regime such as in Iraq.

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By Muscleboy, December 4, 2008 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment

Louise.  The fact is there is little available information on General Jones.  Most of his substantive higher-level career seems to be under the Bush administration.  He was an avid McCain supporter and probably still is in spite of the fact that McCain was about as Neocon-artist as you can possibly be from his never-ending war proclamations to his it’s ok to hate Arabs Republican convention.  During the campaign McCain frequently said just how much he loves George W. Bush.  With that all swirling about General Jones stood by him hoping against hope that he would win the election and much if not all of GW’s policies would continue to march on unabated.

There were many retired generals CIA and FBI people that didn’t work full time for George W Bush and did publicly protest his horrific and treasonous polices.  Even if you don’t believe George Bush did 9/11 it is now plain public knowledge that the Bush administration did everything it could to put forth completely false information about Iraq in effort to justify an invasion. This resulted in the deaths and relocations of millions of Iraqis and dealths of thousands of Americans and permanent disability of tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Americans.  Dick Cheney and Bush both publicly benefiting through their ties with Haliburton, a terrible crime on it’s own.  Yet dear Mr. Jones continued to cheer Bush on and support his chosen successor.  YES IT DOES MATTER!  IT DOES MATTER WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO GET ALTERNATIVE ENERGY GOING AND OBAMA SELECTS SOMEONE FROM BIG OIL AND BIG DEFENSE WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY MATCHED UP WITH HIS STATED POSITIONS!!! WE DON"T WANT SOMEONE FROM THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX OR BIG OIL TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS ANYMORE!! THAT WAS THE POINT!!

Obama didn’t just betray his supporters he endangered the country by putting him in charge of national security.  One of the Defense industrial complex mouth pieces on MSNBC in the guise of a reporter stated that Obama should sit back and let Jones run the defense and intelligence services.  MSNBC implied that he should not even oversee him.  Whereas with Hillary Clinton she should be in lock-step with Obama’s program and keep her mouth shut.

Some how Obama was deceived into hiring these two, Gates and Jones.  There is no conceivable reason they are here for anything but the most wicked intents.  They certainly are not the best qualified especially for a supposedly change oriented administration. 

We the people of the USA are sick of banana companies paying off our politicians and having the entire US government at their beck and call.  We are sick of private sector nothings from US fruit to Chevron thinking they can take little bags of cash and have a multi trillion dollar government in their back pocket.  It is crime on a horrendous level and Obama would not have been elected had he in any way indicated he was going to do anything approaching business as usual. 

SO if this does end up being radical change and an end to the same criminal filth then Obama is guilty of election fraud. 

In the end we must end private funding of election.  Make it a felony for people to serve on corporate boards only to go into government or visa versa. 

Obama’s massive and careful vetting process should have gotten rid of even the slightest question of business as usual.  We’re supposed to just sit back and say oh this is different because Barry said so. It looks like a complete sham! I’m still hopeful for the USA but much less so than I was on November 4th.

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By Louise, December 4, 2008 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

I once commented to a well-know personality, “I don’t always agree with you, but I feel compelled to thank you for providing information I wouldn’t have access to otherwise.” To which he responded, “Thank you. I wouldn’t respect you if you always agreed with me. I don’t always agree with you either. But isn’t it great that we can debate our different, differences?”

And it is, and we still do. Point being, there is an enormous difference between honest debate and divisive attack.

In a way, Amy’s reporting can take on an appearance of predicting a bleak and hopeless future. But that’s only because people who want the future to appear bleak and hopeless choose to take it that way. In reality, Amy Goodman and democracy now are Independent media. Reporting things we wouldn’t know, or bother to find out otherwise. As in the case of the young man who has been fighting for accountability and redress these many years.

However I have to wonder, what ever was she thinking when she made the disingenuous comparison, by implication, between Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, and Marine General James Jones? Or Barack Obama and Richard Nixon? That’s not only ridiculous, but just plain irresponsible. Perhaps Amy doesn’t realize how many wolves in sheep clothing are waiting to snatch every bloody thing that comes down the pike. Waiting to destroy a democrat White House and Congress. I doubt she has the time, or inclination to follow this thread.

Besides, if we really cared about the outrage that occured in Nigeria or to Larry Bowoto, we would have been bringing pressure somewhere to make sure there was proper accounting and redress, for the past ten years! But we remain silent.

Every single person here, who has ever flown in a Boeing product, would scream bloody murder if suddenly they couldn’t fly! And every single person here, who has used a Chevron product to keep their vehicle on the road, would scream bloody murder if suddenly they couldn’t find the product and they had to walk! So much easier to find fault than to make personal sacrifice.

In reality, Amy’s reporting the story of the murder of two unarmed, peaceful activists in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, is a condemnation of us. Not for using Chevrons product, but for not caring enough to be aware of those murders. Not caring enough to step in and add our voice to efforts at accountability and redress. I suspect until this article few if any of the fault-finders here knew anything about it!

And General Jones didn’t do it.

Obviously forty years of successful, and valuable service to this nation count for little among people who cant grasp the concept of military service to this country. A few months of sitting on a couple of corporate boards is far more worthy of focus. And certainly a lot easier to talk about. Just repeat the mantra and never mind the history. Who wants to look at history anyway? That’s effort!

So unless or until the real qualifications of Jones are debated, I personally am left with little choice except to label attacks as typical hard-core, right-wing trouble-making! Maybe there are a lot of pretentious repub trolls here.

Notice, they don’t attack Obama because his skin is a different color, or because he is a democrat. They don’t dare! Because that would expose them for what they are. So they attack words. HOPE, CHANGE, and work on creating a sense of loss, which leads to a sense of self-doubt and uncertainty. Which leads to quarreling and giving up before we really know what’s coming.

After all, as anyone who has studied recent political history can tell you, the FIRST rule of repub politics is: Defeat the opposition by creating cracks in their ranks. Then move in, divide, conquer and destroy.

Now, who wants to debate 4-star Marine General James Jones years in Vietnam?

Or what to do to help the protesters in Nigeria.

Anyone?

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By cruxpuppy, December 4, 2008 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

JoeJ

You amaze me! Do you know what the concept of “democracy” means and does it fit in with your your view of the world?

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By Shift, December 4, 2008 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

What Prole said !!!

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By racetoinfinity, December 4, 2008 at 2:29 am Link to this comment

Many progressives are giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, but his appointments have been just about all in the regressive corporatist supply-side neoliberal rear view mirror.

Very disappointing.

I’ll wait till March to determine how fooled we were about the “change” gambit, not longer.

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By yellowbird2525, December 4, 2008 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

everyone mentions 2 wars: Afghanistan & Iraq; go to Afghanistan & SEE who now owns the prime farm land & water rights; THAT is the reason we are there; WHAT of Colombia? the “so called” drug war there; Bill Clinton brought back $800,000 for Hillary’s campaign, & within a week they were proclaiming the Colombia Trade Agreement was signed in 2006; expired 1/08; extended thru 9/08; (nothing you can do about it); Obama was one of them; bipartisan agreement); guess who was behind the deliberate targeting & killing of folks trying to get a decent wage living? LOOK to the USA Corps; LOOK at Mexico and the so called “drug war” there: it is CIVIL WAR, because the USA Corps went in took the land, & water rights: & 1st thing USA did: send in folks to TRAIN TORTURERS; multiple journalists killed just like the USA military did in Iraq; (http://www.democracynow.org) army whistleblower; Congo: sending troops there; USA Corps set up DICTATORSHIP; folks at the top have everything: NO JUSTICE is done; & the people have NOTHING: shall I go on to INDIA! Pepsi banned as poured pesticides into their cans; said we will CUT OFF AID! India refused to sign world trade agreement & 2 days later civil unrest; now, “terrorists” supposedly “warned” of by USA: do it OUR WAY or we WILL REPLACE YOU with someone who will. LEARN what the TRUTH IS about the USA folks; of course “they will be there” for genocides: THEY are in reality the ones BEHIND most of them!

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By yellowbird2525, December 4, 2008 at 1:27 am Link to this comment

the libraries are being closed to be reopened where it is censorship; just like this “financial” problem was set up from the get go: war has been declared on the citizens of the USA by Corps, Pentagon, & “supposedly” 2 party system: go to youtube & search for “stuff nightmares are made of” to get a clue about the 2 party system; & how they “fabricated” enemies & pretended to be “folks in white hats” from MATT DILLION show! Perception management folks; military term for political propaganda to get peoples perception to be 1 thing; the reality is this: the USA has ALWAYS been the ones who train torturers; if ANY country is going to be “good” to it’s people, they are the ones behind the “overthrow” of that Gov & put in a dictatorship who is as corrupt & polluted as they are. THIS is their RULE: the PEOPLE MUST PAY! for them to play, & have it all; the politicians, & the Corps; and in reality they laugh at Christians & say: it’s the latter days! who cares! (while in the “scene” of the public eye they claim “god told me to invade Iraq”; the Islamics call USA “devils” and rightly so based on the politicians, Corps & Pentagon: (rulers): NOT folks GOVERNING the nation; satan is a deceiver; he may appear as an “angel” of light; THIS is EXACTLY what the USA political system is like; They BRIBE heads of countries saying “hey hey hey we have gotten away with it in the USA for years: you can have tons of wealth, do whatever you want and NEVER be punished in the court system for it”;

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By carl moore, December 4, 2008 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

A friend translated and sent to me the attached message which travels throughout Mexico every presidential election:

Read down to the end…

              POLITICIANS

              Our political party complies with its promises

              Only really stupid people can believe that

              We will not fight against corruption.

              Because if there is something we know for sure, it is that

              Honesty and transparency are fundamental

              In order to reach our ideals.

              We will show that it is a big mistake to believe that

              “Big Businesses” will continue to be part of the government

              Like in times past

              We can assure you without any doubt that

              Social justice will be the main goal of our mandate.

              Even though there are still stupid people that think that

              We can still govern with the bad values of the old government

              When we are in power, we will do the impossible so that

              Privileged situations and the traffic of influences end.

              We will never allow that

              Our kids get a deficient education.

              We will comply with our promises even if

              Our financial resources get depleted..

              We will rule until

              It is understood that

              We are the “new” politicians.

Now, read from the end up…

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By carl moore, December 4, 2008 at 12:31 am Link to this comment

a friend translated and emailed to me the attached email which is passed around Mexico every presidential election:

Read down to the end…

                  POLITICIANS

                  Our political party complies with its promises

                  Only really stupid people can believe that

                  We will not fight against corruption.

                  Because if there is something we know for sure, it is that

                  Honesty and transparency are fundamental

                  In order to reach our ideals.

                  We will show that it is a big mistake to believe that

                  “Big Businesses” will continue to be a part of the government

                  Like in times past

                  We can assure you without any doubt that

                  Social justice will be the main goal of our mandate.

                  Even though there are still stupid people that think that

                  We can still govern with the bad values of the old government

                  When we are in power, we will do the impossible so that

                  Privileged situations and the traffic of influences

end.
                  We will never allow that

                    Our kids get a deficient education.

                    We will comply with our promises even if

                    Our financial resources get depleted.

                    We will rule until

                    It is understood that

                    We are the “new” politicians.


Now, read from the end up…

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By cyrena, December 4, 2008 at 12:06 am Link to this comment

hope (NOT) writes:

“Do you realize that by allowing “him” the chance for 4 more years that you’re likely allowing the passing of a new patriot act, a new military commission act, a new set up fascist bailout/stimulus packages, further destruction of the Constitution, etc.”

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This is BULLSHIT hope!!!
You can whine all you want about the people that Obama has so far appointed to his staff/cabinet, (and I don’t like a few of them myself) but it’s complete bullshit to connect that with accusations that Obama is going to allow passage of a new patriot act or a new MCA of all the things!!! Have you not heard ANY of what Obama has said (REPEATEDLY) on the Military Commissions Act, or TORTURE, or GUANTANAMO? Did you not hear his newly selected Attorney General, Eric Holder, when he presented his own little speech about what the Justice Department was going to do? Like maybe finally get BACK to the business of upholding the Constitution!!!

Maybe it’s just been so long for you guys…these 8 long years of total lawlessness as perpetrated by the gangsters of the Dick Bush Cabal, that you’re just permanently retarded, or just think that’s the way things are supposed to be.

http://usliberals.about.com/od/extraordinaryspeeches/a/ObamaTorture.htm

Or, maybe you’re just part of same old racists that will never go away…this kind of hyperbole is generally a dead giveaway.

It’s also a clue that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

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By Dave, December 3, 2008 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment
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Resistance is Fertile!

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By nestoffour, December 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment

It perplexes me to hear the apologists talk about how Obama has surrounded himself with these criminal characters because of their “experience.”  Maybe the old West German govmn’t should have had kept Goering, Himmler, et all, on board because, after all, they had experience ...  Dr. Mengele for Minister of Health!

 
“There were 130 members of the House, 23 members of the Senate who voted against war. Barack Obama did not choose one of them to be in his Cabinet.”  Does that tell you something?

It also worries me that some people will defend Obama to their death, no matter his actions.  In that regard, how are they different from the Bush supporters?  I find no other explanation for it other than they have invested themselves completely in him.

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By Muscleboy, December 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Why would President Barack Obama be a puppet?  Certainly the two choices Gates and Jones show he deceived us all perhaps for his own greed and power desires. He knows he wouldn’t have had a chance of getting office if he admitted to these choices during the election. If Barack is not at all real; if Barack lied the entire last 2 years then Barack is a con artist that supports the criminals we have in power now and wants a slice of the criminal pie.  He owes nothing to anyone.  Betraying us proves he is a traitor; just another criminal, not a puppet.

It’s doubly funny how Obama is falling to these simplistic speeches once reserved for George Bush.  This is just too nightmarish to be true.  Barack Obama is Bush contined?  Holy Christ.

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By JoeJ, December 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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The blikervision of Ms. Goodman, and many of the previous commenters, absolutely amazes me. Do you think so many of us voted Obama into office simply to implement your narrow ideological priorities? He won the whole job, not just a part that focuses on your anti-corporate or anti-military obsessions. An important part of that whole job is national security, and for that part of the job he needs - and has chosen - people with more than a smattering of cred in the relevant fields, which include aircraft and weapons systems (Boeing) and fuel (Chevron). What sort of candidates would you prefer to have him choose for important national security posts - professors of English poetry or a collection of “performace artists?”

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By Russian Paul, December 3, 2008 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

Volma - I choose to be optimistic too, but we can’t hide from truth and give Obama the benefit of the doubt. Amy isn’t trying to predict the future, she is looking to the PAST to see what Obama’s team really represents. There’s no denying the shady characters, the corporate connections, the conflicts of interest…

If you’re definition of optimism is sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, have fun….but I think we should try to be positive and optimistic as well as REALISTIC and most importantly, PROACTIVE.

Prole - It is NOT insignificant that a black man and his family will live in the White House that was built by slaves over 200 years ago. Does the color of his skin make him any less of a puppet? Of course not, but there’s no need to wet that particular blanket. Amy has been doing a very consistent and excellent job in reporting the facts of who exactly Obama is surrounding himself by.

Sidenote: This piece and Scheer’s latest make quite an interesting juxtaposition as Scheer really seems to gloss over a lot of details (another ostrich).

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By Big B, December 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

At this time of national emergency (and make no doubt about, we are in a national emergency) we have a new president that, although he has not served a day in the oval office, is making his first executive decisions and surounding himself with has beens and never were’s from the Clintons chum bucket of neoliberal hacks. If you lean towards the “supply side”, but are hated by your repug collegues for being socially liberal, Barry has a job for you on his economic dream team! At a time when radical thinking needs to be in the economic lead, Barry has brought in many who share the responsibility for the debt disaster that is crippling our nation. The only policy these cadre of idiots was correct about in the Clinton era was not cutting taxes during a phoney economic expansion (YES, the last 25 years of reaganomics was phoney expansion because it was FINANCED against our future prosperity, which didn’t happen) Oh well, the ship has already hit the iceberg, Barry and his boys need only man the lifeboats and send an S.O.S. and hope they don’t freeze to death before help arrives.

Apparently Barry is a big fan of Orwell, because he shows signs of continuing the bushies policy of “constant war”. I mean, why would anybody want to end two wars that have help bankrupt the nation? Hell, just print some more money for the military industrial complex, the printing presses are still running for the free money to send to the banks, the airlines, the car companies, and the coming crisis in pensions. Gates is a criminal. This little shit has been involved in some of the sleaziest foreign policy debacles of the last two decades, and Barry wants to give him the keys to the car again. It’s fateful decisions like this that make me worry about Barry’s leadership skills.

Barry has clearly stumbled out of the gate. He has turned his back on the liberals that elected him. We are entering a time that will require dynamic actions and policies. So far Barry has mearly proposed more of the same.

I was hoping for more, but maybe he will still surprise us. It’s just the future of our nation on the line, nothing important.

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By cruxpuppy, December 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

This is not a democracy and it never was designed as a democracy. The founders didn’t trust “the mob”. The politician’s role is to seduce the people and help manufacture consent for the policies favored by the oligarchs.

When Amy Goodman named her program “Democracy Now!” she was throwing down the gauntlet to the powers that be, but she ought to make the point every now and then that we do not have a democracy and that direct popular election of political leaders is contrary to the original intent of the founders.

The role those founders played, benevolent oligarchs that they were, has been taken over by corporate powers, Major General Jones, for example, representing the military/industrial interest, Tim Geithner representing the Wal Street interests and so on.

Obama was not put in power by the people, but by the corporate interests that fund him and control the two-party system. A vote represents the passive approval by the electorate, which is not actively involved in its own governance, but is instead the beneficiary of the benevolent intent of the oligarchs, what we know today as corporate interests. Oligarchs today are not robber barons of old, but corporate personalities speaking for corporate interests.

“What’s good for GM is good for the USA”.

This is a fact of life in a system designed by mob-hating rich men of the 18th Century who looked on the French Revolution with fear and loathing and passed legislation, The Alien & Sedition Act, to protect themselves from democracy.

Today, the defense against democracy is called “the war on terrorism”.

The point is that all the complaining about Obama’s apparent betrayal of his campaign rhetoric is naive. It’s the girl who believed the Lothario whining about date rape.

The corporate interests know what’s best for the people, and themselves, of course. And democracy is not it.

That’s why we need another revolution to update the vision of the founders.

The first baby-step is to stop thinking of this system as a “democracy” and stop using that term when describing this system. That is not what it is nor what it was intended to be.

Stop complaining because Obama does what all presidents do and have always done. hE DOESN’T WANT A BULLET IN THE HEAD.

Start thinking about how we can actually implement a deomcracy, Now!

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By troublesum, December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Pointing out the truth is not being negative.  If we didn’t learn anything else over the last eight years we should have learned that the truth should never be ignored.  We may not be able to change the power structure of the US but there are things that can be accomplished through public pressure.  People don’t have to die in senseless wars.  The US does not have to torture people.  We do not have to spend more on our war machine than all the other countries combined.

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By hope, December 3, 2008 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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I’m always amazed at those people who say they can’t do anything about it, and that they have to give “him” (Clinton, Bush, Bush, Obama) a chance until they prove him otherwise. 

Do you realize that by allowing “him” the chance for 4 more years that you’re likely allowing the passing of a new patriot act, a new military commission act, a new set up fascist bailout/stimulus packages, further destruction of the Constitution, etc. 

I think he’s made it abundantly clear what his intentions are with the choices he’s made for his administration so far.  It’s like me saying I’m going to stop corporate greed and hiring Ken Layhee (enron’s old CEO) to handle the oversight of corprate regulation, or saying i’m going to enforce bad officiating in the NBA, and hiring Tim Gonaghy (NBA ref under investigation for throwing games), or saying i’m going to stop the bleeding in the financial markets by hiring Henry Paulson who made almost 700 million dollars at Goldman Sachs during the height of the derivatives scham. 

If you really see this as change, and allow someone 4 years to make your decision you need to snap out of it.  Do you realize the damage that can be caused in 4 years?  If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck….........

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By Volma, December 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

I find that this article and many of the comments are so self defeating, negative and hopeless, that well, we may just as well commit suicide. We are powerless pawns living in a pseudo democracy, it is all rigged, the corporate overlords rule the earth…Well if this is the true situation, then really the only thing left is to accept it, or to try to fight it…Which if this is the truth resistance will be futile, we are controlled, we are part of a all encompassing, powerful corporate collective which will destroy us if we do not go along….I absolutely refuse to let the article or others control my emotions that I either am angry, apathetic, hopeless, helpless, bitter, resentful or plotting the next move to becoming an underground revolutionary or anarchist…If it is as bleak and hopeless as painted here, the only way out is death, and that will come to us all sooner or later…I choose to be optimistic, and live my life as if there may not be a tomorrow, yet still believe that my life and anyone else who believes in peace justice, and goodness has influence and power in the big picture of life. Giving up, (giving up your personal power) hopelessness is the worse option in any situation, it’s living a spiritual death. I would rather die in hope (even if called delusional by the hopeless) than live in negative, hopeless apathy… Amy Goodwin seems to be taking on the role of a psychic, or soothsayer to predict the future as being so bleak…Or maybe she is too jaded, likes to stir it up or is an insider who knows way more than we do…If I were her, and I believed what I was writing, I would take my business out of the US before it’s too late…But then where would she go without some corporate support, this dark future would definitely be the end to any free press and opinions that go against the corporate keepers….I am still optimistic that Obama will be the man he has claimed to be until he actually proves otherwise…No one will ever agree with everything he or any president or world leader does..It doesn’t sound good but compared to the only real alternatives that we had (Nader was not a real viable candidate) Obama was a saint! Other viable alternatives for the future are to try to change our voting/political system, to rid ourselves of the two party corporate sponsored elections and politicians…..

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By MediaPUMA, December 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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truedigger and godistwaddle, you are, of course, spot on.  I would add that the phrase, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” [Peter Townsend, 1973, ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again] applies double here…you will remember, of course, that Condi Rice worked for Exxon and had a tanker named after her…

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By godistwaddle, December 3, 2008 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

Gore Vidal:  “The U.S. has one party—the Property party—with two right wings.

Anyone who thought Obama was anything but another right-wing tool didn’t listen to him.

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By felicity, December 3, 2008 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

Between the snarls and whimpers, we American self-posssesed liberals are often like children playing at adult life. One of the more overt symptoms is our impatience - not an instantly satisfying program, hit the remote.

Obama has yet to actually launch a program and we’re already tuning him out.

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By Louise, December 3, 2008 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

Jones has firsthand combat experience from Vietnam to Bosnia. An understanding of military plans and details, and exceptional political skills. He has managed to distance himself from the failures of pre-war Iraq planning under Rumsfeld.

“He strikes me and others as being untainted by the Rumsfeld politicization of the officer corps,” his adviser says.

“The Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld. You should not be the parrot on the secretary’s shoulder.” — Jones told Marine General Peter Pace before Pace became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (From Bob Woodward’s book, State of Denial).

Jones will serve as foreign-policy broker, funneling to Obama his assessment of how to best reconcile conflicting views of the State Department, Pentagon, and other elements of the U.S. government’s international actors. Jones, an experienced military hand, will be able to handle two tough players [Gates and Clinton] in the Cabinet.

“He’s like [General Dwight D.] Eisenhower, who belonged to no camp and everyone wanted him.” — Democratic House leader Steny Hoyer (The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2007).

“He provides a nonpartisan standard for the national interest — that would be the presumption given his previous experience.” — Retired Army General Wesley Clark (The Washington Post, Nov. 21, 2008).

“He gets to the heart of an issue very quickly and does it in a way that is very inclusive of everybody around him.” — Retired Marine General Peter Pace (Associated Press Nov. 27, 2008).

Jones retired from the Corps in 2007.

• Since retiring he’s chaired the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq.
From the report:

The National Police should be “disbanded and reorganized.” Iraq’s Interior Ministry “is widely regarded as dysfunctional and sectarian. And “is a ministry in name only.” It “suffers from ineffective leadership.”

As well as defining where U.S. policy has gone wrong in Afghanistan.

• Jones has worked on energy issues as head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. [Calls for New Energy Post Focused on Economic Growth, National Security]

Their Transition Plan is an energy policy roadmap with 88 recommendations and detailed timelines for President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress.
With an emphasis on common sense and a focus on our economy, creating jobs, strengthening our national security, and enabling Americans to keep more money in their pockets.

He serves as chairman of the board of directors on The Atlantic Council of the United States.

At Boeing he serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. Audit and Finance? Yep. In addition to war and peace and energy, the guy has strong knowledge of finance and money managment!

And he was elected to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation, on May 28, 2008.

Seems to me one of the best ways to bring quick change to energy policy is to work with an energy producer who not only controls much of oil transport, but demonstrates willingness to develop alternate energy methods. http://www.chevronenergy.com/

It would be great if we could erase all the evil perpetrated in the world by Corporate control and U.S. Intervention, but we cant. So maybe a good policy is to go forward from here and bring positive change to the future. We cant go backwards.

Besides Bush has already covered that ground, all the way back to pre-Great Depression!

Obviously Jones is good at multi-tasking, has valuable experience and equally valuable connections. Commands respect, has no problem challenging the status quo and assuming authoritive command. I personally think his selection as National Security Advisor was brilliant!

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By Folktruther, December 3, 2008 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Look, we have to take a more power oriented view of these matters, and accept the reality-based truth rather than what we WANT to believe.  Obama deceived the progressive population because he had to to get elected, particularly at a time when the American power system is old and ending its lifetime.  And the progressive population wanted to believe in change and so they give him a chance. 

Obviously we were wrong.  He immediated went to the center of the power structure conwsensus, which is to the RIGHT of the population consensus.  That is where the money, media and political management is to get elected next time. 

He consequently must promote the power interests of the power struture rather than the interests of the population.  As the Bushites did for the conservative faction of the power structure.

So Obama will promote more war, more unregulated globalization, and more police state tactics against the American population.  The prisons will continue to overflow, unemployment will continue to remain hgh, pollution will continue to increase, and deceit, secrecy and delusion will remain the operative methods of governing.

This has to be fought and resisted.  And the population has to be mobilized to do so.  The sooner we accept that Obama is continuing policies of Bush, with marginal and cosmetic improvements, the sooner this can be done.

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By truedigger3, December 3, 2008 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

It was obvious from day one in the primaries that
Obama is a fraud and will bring no change whatsoever.
There were many who tried in vain to point that out
to the so called “progressives” and were met with
indignations. Now those so called “progressives”
claim astonishment and frustration or try to find
an execuse for Obama saying just wait although
the writings on the wall could not be more clearer
that there will be no change and things will be
same ole same and may worse since the establishment
has a very deceptive new mask!!

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Re: libertarian:
“.....These planes built by Sukhoi can come to a dead stop, do a back summersault called the “Cobra” maneuver to evade missiles and turn on an attacker. In a straightout fight with standard gunfire (not missiles), the Sukhoi planes will win close to 100% of the time. ......”

    Imagine a machine at supersonic speeds coming to a dead stop.  DEAD is what the pilot would be considering the G-forces exerted on the body in such a maneuver.  And DEAD would be the Sukhoi when a missile or highly-trained US attacker had the advantage of seeing its target come to a stop.  Those planes don’t fly themselves yet and USAF pilots have had superiority in training, experience, and outright air combat tactics since WWII.  What might work in Ace Combat V may look “real” but in actuality the Russkies et al suck hiney.  Some day when most aircraft are remote controlled, those manuevers may have utility -  yeah   SOME day.
    Remember the last time Sukhoi aircraft were in any real battle?  You’ll find their remanants in the sand - or over in Saudi and Iran shelters where the pilots escaped with their lives.
  I highly suggest you check with some real pilots.

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By nino, December 3, 2008 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

Damn. Damn. Damn.I know all politicians never do what they promise but man-o-man I thought Mr. O would at least try… I know, I know, he’s not even in office yet but by his appointments we can truly say the only, “Change” is an, all-be-it intelligent, black man will live in the Whitehouse!

Should have voted for Nader. At least I would have known I made a good choice despite the outcome.

I really hope I’ll eat these words but my bet is we’ll all be hungry soon…

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By Purple Girl, December 3, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

You fail to explain How Jones was involved with this outrageous Corporate Crime.
Was he a Director of at the time, did he plan and execute the attack on thee porotestors.
Granted I am Not thrilled by the Number of War mongers Obama has nominated- Hillary I actually find the Most terrifying.But I am not sure there is a direct connection. would you hold someone responsible if they currently are running for Pres and they happen to sit on a board with a ‘60’s Radical who bombed building when the candidate was 8?
At least explain how Jones was directly involved with this incident, If you are going to hold him personally respsonsible.My Dear Fellow ‘Lefties’ let US not become our enemies. Let’s not attempt to make connection where none exists. Let’s not be as decietful as our Neo Con opponents.
Let’s be Honest the one which has the most agregious track record is Hillary…NAFTA,Iraq Vote, Failure of the Armed Service Committee to protect our miltiary and provide oversight to missions, equipment and Exit stradegies and the Most terrifying statement…“Obliterate Iran”...Those are Tangible evidence this Woman either has no clue what she is doing, or is complicit with this current Admins High Crimes.
Having been a Liberal Dem all My life, and having been a ‘Recovered Clintonian’ for the last several years, I am fully aware of those who have proven themselve to be covert operatives for the War mongering Neo Cons.The Clintons were not a Break from the Neo Con agenda, They were the Bridge!Reason Why Hillary so proudly claims to be a ‘Reagan Democrat’...what a farce, REAL Dems HATED Reagan!

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By prole, December 3, 2008 at 3:24 am Link to this comment

Just last month Amy Goodman - or her special research assistant, whoever actually writes these columns - was waxing euphoric over the new progressive messiah Obama moving from his Chicago mansion into his new Washington mansion. Quoting Alice Walker, purveyor of fiction, in what Goodman purported to be a true story about “a house built by slaves”, in which Walker phiosophizes, “Even when they were building it, you know, in chains or in desperation and in sadness, they were building it for him. Ancestors take a very long view of life, and they see what is coming. “Well, it’s nice to know someone see’s what’s coming. Obviously, Obama’s tout Goodman either didn’t see what was coming, or else was more interested in a quasi-fictional feel-good story line about ‘the color black’. It now turns out, to the great astonishment of Goodman and other ‘illiterate’ progressive pundits that St. Barack was not the stuff of politically correct morality plays, after all. It seems Michelle’s (but not Barack’s) anscestors, were building the White House (change that name) not just for him but also for Chevron & Boeing and all the other strange bedfellows of Obama Copacabana. All those suffering slaves, being anscestors and all, were taking the long view and happily erecting the new presidential palace in the inspiring foreknowledge that it would one day be occupied by a corporate Uncle Tom. So what’s the moral(s) of the story? Slaves are still slaves, albeit wage slaves. Power still serves power, be it black or white (or half and half). Alice Walker is still writing fiction…and last but not least, never believe a ‘progressive’  false prophet like Amy Goodman.

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By ZombieNation, December 3, 2008 at 1:06 am Link to this comment
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Different face & color, same old game plan & result -“We The People” get SCREWED.

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By writeon, December 3, 2008 at 12:11 am Link to this comment
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I’m already dreading hearing another one of Obama’s big, set-piece, speeches to a vast audience. This ‘channeling Lincoln’ style of ‘classic’ political rhetoric just doesn’t do it for me. Even the ancient Romans, who new a thing or two about public speaking, warned against the dangers of getting carried away with rhetoric. Without real substance, it just becomes so much hot air and can be very damaging.

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By libertarian, December 2, 2008 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment
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I like this Goodman article. But I think most Truthdig readers will miss a few important (technology) points. The biometrics connection, for me,  is extremely disturbing. BUT I believe Jones’s nomination has more to do with two things needing his experience: One is re-assembling our military since Bush wore it out. Second, Jones has the full spread of information on the advisability of approving new and pricey (hardware type) mil projects. A few examples here will help. ..Obama recently had a one-to-one meeting with Admiral Mullen, whom I believe to be a outspoken pragmatist and amenable to diplomatic solutions. If General Jones has close ties with Boeing, than he also has an intimate knowledge of two newer jet fighters, both manuf. mainly by Boeing. Jones and Admiral Mullen are top sources of information re: the newer F-18E/F fighter-bomber used on aircraft carriers and the F-22, a stealth interceptor-fighter aircraft. The E/F bigger versions of the basic F-!8 have not been fully successful in their multi-role tasks. The F-22, for all its stealth, fine avionics, large hard to lock-on pulsed radar, and very cool long-range standoff air-to-air missiles, has its own set of problems. Three, really. One is that it costs more than could possibly be justified. The second issue with the plane is that its fine pulsed radar will soon be detectable by its signature. When this happens, and the Russians, say, put into production their new anti-radiation missile (this homes-in on signals from its rival plane..things like active radar and electronic countermeasures). ARM type missiles are the biggest threat to any new mil jet from any country.  The third, in spite of Boeing’s bragging about the agility of our new F-22, this stealth design is just not nimble or agile enough to win up-close dogfights with planes made for that purpose or to evade the newest classes of missiles. Russian’s Sukhoi SU-37 and the SU-30MK1,  new Russian Flanker-Class fighter-interceptors, climb to our F-22’s cruising altitude of 60,000 ft and are just as able to fire missiles from over 80 miles distance. The Russian Flankers, however, if they manage to get within fighting distance of the 22, will win.. These planes built by Sukhoi can come to a dead stop, do a back summersault called the “Cobra” maneuver to evade missiles and turn on an attacker. In a straightout fight with standard gunfire (not missiles), the Sukhoi planes will win close to 100% of the time.

The point to all of this is that Gen. Jones will be needed to help Pres. Obama select two new planes to replace these two new turkeys. Such expertise also extends to tanks and field-nuclear weapons. Jones, in effect, will prove his worth…as long as Obama keeps him tightly focused on these problems and matters of int’l strategy, including the advisability of keeping active many dozens of military bases we have around the world.  I don’t believe Obama will allow Jones to be a sapper for big oil or anyone else. I just think the new President will run a tight ship and not allow his Cabinet members to engage in lobbying. Jones will follow his orders.

 

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By Xntrk, December 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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How many more of these despicable, disreputable, people are there that hadn’t already been tapped by W. and Dick Head?

[Maybe that should be Head Dick, I cannot decide.]

There seems to be an endless supply!

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By John Lowell, December 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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Barak Obama is simply the face the American political establishment decided to put on the next four years. You knew that things would be that way from the time he went to the AIPAC affair wearing a “For Sale” sign last June. This guy has to be the biggest fraud since Ponzi, yet there are any number of the system’s press apologists already willing to rationize the lies, a case in point right here this week, establishment fan-boy, E.J. Dionne. Think that Obama will be setting the tone in this administration, the “vision”, as he calls it? Think again. You’ll need to look to President Emanuel for something like that.

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By Folktruther, December 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

As even establishment progressive criticize Obama, the Obama opologists have even less shuffling room.

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By samosamo, December 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

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Recently retired from the military, Jones has parlayed his 40-year military career into several corporate directorships. Among them is Cross Match Technologies, which makes biometric identification equipment. More germane to Jones’ forthcoming role in Obama’s inner circle, though, might be Jones’ seat as a director of Boeing, a weapons manufacturer, and as a director of Chevron, an oil giant.
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The more people of this type obama picks up for his advisors and cabinet the worse I feel. ‘Biometric identification equipment’? w & dick had me worried and those worries have not gone away. Now this guy is involved in all the points that are not for keeping tabs on so called terrorists but on the people of the United States of America. War(boeing), oil(chevron) and now id to track people. We are going to get 1984 come hell or high water because the elite are becoming more scared shitless of their position they have absconded from the people.

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By skulz fontaine, December 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

“Change that will leave you bewildered!” This is not change. This is the same b.s. that we’ve come to know and despise from Babylon-on-the-Potomac! Way to go Bare-Ax.

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By squeaky jones, December 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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Is it the poor that terrorize you; or, is it the death merchants of Washington D.C. that terrorize you. When the mayor of Philidelpia, PA plans to close 11 public libraries in the city of Philidelpia among the many cuts in city services, thats a sign of big trouble. The war and destruction business of Washington D.C. and Obama the new boss same as your old boss are your problem, along with an indifferent America. Who’s your terrorist America? Squeaky.

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