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Sometimes it’s better to just hop on your old horse,  get rid of that new saddle and light one up.

Who’s to say that the POTUS really has any power or ever has. Poppa Bu$h’s kid, Duhbya, proclaimed that he wanted to be the War President before he was elected and he were one. When he called for war in Iraq, millions of people demonstrated, but operation Shock & Awe was put in place. Not because it was his idea, but because the shadow government with ties going clear back to the Ronnie Raygun movie set wanted to begin the occupation of the Middle East. So Duhbya called himself the commander in chief, stumbled through his speeches, and signed everything that came down the pipes. decimating every environmental law that we the sheeple fought many years for and enabled the horrors of Homeland Security.

Before Obama was elected it became evident that AIPAC would have influence on his office when Hillary said that Obama would be a good friend to Israel,which he confirmed on the podium. To clinch his allegience to corporate government the elected Democratic congress was bought and paid for by lobbyists while the senate was compromised by Joe Lieberman.

“This Time We Went Too Far”

Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

counterpunch March 3, 2010

By NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

Editors’ Note: This article is excerpted from Norman Finkelstein’s important new book about the Gaza conflict, “This Time We Went Too Far” published this month by OR Books. To purchase a copy of the complete book please visit OR Books. This book is not available from bookstores or other online retailers.

Public outrage at the Gaza invasion did not come out of the blue but rather marked the nadir of a curve plotting a steady decline in support for Israel. As polling data of Americans and Europeans, both Gentiles and Jews, suggest, the public has become increasingly critical of Israeli policy over the past decade. The horrific images of death and destruction broadcast around the world during and after the invasion accelerated this development. “The increased and brutal frequency of war in this volatile region has shifted international opinion,” the British Financial Times editorialized one year later, “reminding Israel it is not above the law. Israel can no longer dictate the terms of debate.”

One poll registering the fallout from the Gaza attack in the United States found that American voters calling themselves supporters of Israel plummeted from 69 per cent before the attack to 49 per cent in June 2009, while voters believing
that the U.S. should support Israel dropped from 69 per cent to 44 per cent. Consumed by hate, emboldened by self-righteousness, and confident that it could control or intimidate public opinion, Israel carried on in Gaza as if it could get away with mass murder in broad daylight. But while official Western support for Israel held firm, the carnage set off an unprecedented wave of popular outrage throughout the world. Whether it was because the assault came on the heels of the devastation Israel wrought in Lebanon, or because of Israel’s relentless persecution of the people of Gaza, or because of the sheer cowardice of the assault, the Gaza invasion appeared to mark a turning point in public opinion reminiscent of the international reaction to the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in apartheid South Africa.

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Ralph Lopez | Daily Kos | Thu Jul 16, 2009

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“You have the power to hold your leaders accountable.” – President Obama, Ghana, July 14, 2009

While congress says it is gearing up to investigate what is old news, that CIA and Special Ops forces are killing Al Qaeda leaders, a decision of far different gravity is being contemplated by Attorney General Eric Holder.  The new insistence of Congress on its oversight role, conspicuously absent throughout 8 years of Bush, is suddenly rearing its head in the form of questioning a policy which has been in place with no controversy for years.  The U.S. has been hunting and killing Al Qaeda leaders outside of official war zones since 2004, when the New York Times reported that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had signed an order authorizing Special Forces to kill Al Qaeda where they found them.

As recently as September 2008 CBS reported that Special Forces struck Qaeda leadership in Pakistan.

The decision faced by Holder, whether or not to appoint a Special Prosecutor on torture, is of a different gravity altogether.  A weight of evidence keeps building which indicates torture was employed on innocent men, that it didn’t work, and that it didn’t prevent any attacks.  And it gets worse.  Bush’s own FBI Director Robert Mueller recently confirmed to the New York Times what he told Vanity Fair a year ago, that “to [his] knowledge” torture didn’t prevent a single attack.  Former Legendary CIA Director William Colby has said that torture is “ineffective.”

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