Sherwood Ross: Pacifist Terms Obama Force For Desrtruction.
Charlottesville, VA. Overall, President Obama has been a force for destruction, who has advanced inequality, wealth concentration, deportations, imprisonments, and the defunding of basic services in order to fund banks, billionaires, and bombers, distinguished peace activist David Swanson says. In an exclusive interview with this reporter, Swanson, a former staff aide to Republican Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaigns, said Obama has done nothing to better the lot of the nation's poor, including Americans in the ghettos, apart from reducing the disparity in crack powder cocaine sentencing. Noting that Obama has attempted to identify himself with the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Swanson was asked if he saw any resemblance. His reply was Two eyes and two ears and two feet and in Obama's case two mouths. He got a Nobel Peace Prize before he did anything for peace, Swanson said. So did King, and King followed through and retroactively earned it. Perhaps that led to the ludicrous bestowing of the prize on Obama, who proceeded to give a pro war acceptance speech, in which he insultingly and arrogantly denounced King's approach to world change. Asked if either Obama or his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might carry out their threat to make a nuclear attack on Iran, Swanson said, I think they are willing to and would find joy in it. Watch the video of Clinton laughing over the killing of Libya's ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Watch the video of her talking about obliterating Iran. She takes obvious pleasure in such talk, as does Obama. I don't think it's at the top of their to do list, but as long as they allow Israel and Congress to roll ahead, as long as they support the propaganda against Iran, as long as they pursue sanctions as an alternative to war, that usually brings war closer, the danger will grow. Swanson was asked if the US could defeat powerful enemies Germany and Japan in three and one half year in World War II, how it has been in Afghanistan for well over a decade with no victory in sight, and whether this was not a deliberate plan to continue a high level of military funding. Motivations clearly include irrational masochistic power, financial profit, election campaigning, domination of territories and resources, and the inertia of the war machine, Swanson said. I don't think there is just one reason, but I think all the reasons are bad ones. He went on to say, I agree that many want to keep the wars going, including those so deluded as to imagine that wars produce jobs. Connecticut's new commission to plan economic conversion is the most encouraging step I have seen in a long time.