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How I Found Optimism Through Fear And Loathing Surrounding Donald Trump

How I Found Optimism Through Fear And Loathing Surrounding Donald Trump
by M. Dennis Paul, PhD

It was inevitable.. yes, I said inevitable (and I knew it months ago) that a bullish, under educated spoiled slob son of generations of racism, greed and sexism would rise from the bottom feeding ocean depths to bask in the plain old spittle from blathering mouths of mental and moral degenerates populating the pusillanimous states of ‘murica. It could easily have been the daughter, cheap slut of the entitled, in vulgar pantsuits but arrogance masked in expensive eau de toilette (called “skunk” in her favourite state of Israel) was less palatable to the cretinous masses than plain old Uppercrust, NY flatulence.

It mattered not what semblance of distinction one might foolishly toss out to pacify a falsely perceived superiority of one candidate over the other. What was pissed into the foul wind of politics was nothing trenchant at all. From the streets to the lofts of the ceaselessly cawing main stream pigeons to the towers of power bathed in the whitest of detritus came the howls of the criminally and undeniably insane. And ‘murica, ever hungry for semi-edible crap from a preferable coloured bag, lined up with grateful spoons and napkins. Tweedle Dee was a fat slobbering caricature and Tweedle dumb no different.

The reality… the sorry state of reality… is that “murica long ago surrendered any intelligence it might have gained in history when it allowed Civics to be turned into a pile of festering goo.

Brush away the flies and every 4 years ‘murica convinces itself that dung ball “A” is somehow more preferable than dung ball “B” or vice versa and dutifully performs its beetle task of attempting to push one or the other up the steaming heap. It mattered not to ‘murica that both emanated from the same corruption spewing bowels of JP Morgan, Citi Corp, Wells Fargo and all the rest of the beasts, foul and sinister, splashing their tails in their illustrious mire. What mattered most was the colour of the bag they would get to gorge from over the ensuing four years and endlessly lamenting that if you voted not for their colour you necessarily voted for the other… even if you were remarkably one of the few too smart to vote. And let’s face it, Bernie was just a coin purse of anal seepage… sufficient only to lure hungered straying sheep to the inevitable dip.

The modern history of ‘murica is a slow march to the right and a wobble to the left every four or eight years. Like drunken sailors whose minds are edging a syphilitic apocalypse, the scent of putrid meat in a bun, on a stick or in high heels and fishnets guides them from one side of the murky alley toward the other. Too, a preference for neon hues of red or blue influence the zig and wobble. Confusing when a Pabst sign offers both.

So… just where in hell is the optimism I’ve found?

Having lived through the fear and loathing of the Nixon years (and having, along with Groucho Marx, been arrested for supposedly threatening the life of that glorious wine drenched beast) I learned that the greatest motivator of rebellion… taking to the streets and the barricades… comes from that soul crying urge to thrust an upward finger in the face of that person you both loath and admire… that person who by his very existence on the planet he so salaciously destroys brings out your inner desire to fight.. and fight unflinchingly to the death… ripping the flesh from his bones and grinding those bones into a fine paste to mix with the rich tones of your palate for texture in painting a different future. Such inspiration comes to a lifetime rarely to the degree it now does. At least for me, had the patri-idiotic dung beetles successfully pushed Hillary to the top of the heap, I might be equally disposed to the sounds of the grist mill. I did, however, secretly hope that Trump would perch on top of the excreta of DC. Perhaps a bit perverse but I admit to wanting that lasting glimpse of Hillary and the Klinton Klan eating a dish of “fuck you”. Long deserved, that dish,

I’m old now, and likely in the way, but for the last 18 months I’ve had a Geritol rush where emerged a jubilant “YIPPIE!” and an urge to once again commandeer the corporate soda trucks on the National Mall and levitate the Pentagon. Deep in my rotting bones I feel a world rising from its very recent mistakes of cowardly turning toward the indefensibly stupid nationalist right. I sense the youth (not that wasted generation that rode the “screw you… I’m a be rich” limo straight to Wall Street from college) that tried an experiment with Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement, the remaining human section of the planet still capable of human thought, slowly waking up from the Bernie burn and realizing trenches need to be dug, barricades erected and a better than the ’60’s revolution brought to the fore.

In the ’60’s and ’70’s, we stopped the draft and we forced the end of a sick, depraved war but then we set about to have babies, took jobs we mostly hated after the country was saturated with candlemakers and our bellbottoms were too tattered to use as polish cloths for our mid-size and ridiculously compact cars, and neglected to continue the fight so we reaped a net loss by having a zig and a zag to a depressing economy that steered our kids toward enlisting and fighting more sick, depraved wars which lead to a false economy that ushered in greed which lead to crash that lead to a dark-faced massa which has now zagged to a vile smelling beast from the intestines of the devil himself.

You just have to believe we’ve learned something opening our eyes to the reality of the White Whitehouse of Trump. If not, we remain a nation of cloned self-flagellating pinheads walking in ever decreasing circles.

Another bit of optimism equally as dark as the above is the reality that our economy is cyclical and roughly every seven years the masters concoct a taking (prior to Bill Clinton, these takings were farther apart) based on the expected diminishing of ability to fool a group of degenerate gamblers that the Ponzi scheme is working, intact, sustaining. The next crash .. the next taking destined to reduce pensions and savings of deluded quill eaters and force greater foreclosures, pain and suffering for the thread hanging middling class… will happen on Donald’s watch.

Already foreclosures are on the rise, defaults are growing, bankruptcies increasing, Obama, with his much touted and ludicrously manipulated job-creation knew it was only a matter of time before 30hr a week “employment” in sub wage box stores, fast food drive-throughs and temp positions of standing on one’s head waste deep in hapless mediocrity lead to the return of the problems he had no intention of ever repairing. Bill Clinton showed him how to snow a nation and Obama learned to ski.

Trump, who knows everything about running businesses into the ground, will hasten the fall as the GOP monkeys of doom in their $5k suits with “I took an intern’s cherry” tie clasps and matching cufflinks cheer him on. They will benefit from the insider scoops and take away as much as their grubby little hands can carry, order up another bailout of Wall Street.. only this time the banks will use their new weapon of taking directly from the checking and saving accounts of the innocents, and the illusion will be reconstructed for about 7 more years once the “engines” are primed and running. When Trump declares the US bankrupt, at a lavish dinner for all his golden parachute friends, the real class war will begin, The barricades will erupt, the trenches sunk and the youth will lead their parents against the bloated and belching caviar crowd. Or not. Self-flagellation, to some, is sexy.

But I’m an optimist. I can smell the gunpowder.


** M. Dennis Paul, PhD is a ’60’s radical who wrote under many names in a number of Underground newspapers on both coasts, played with the YIPPIES!, worked with the Black Panther Party & WU as well as others, worked, directed and performed at the infamous Farenheit 451 Bookstore, performed at and directed the Laguna Beach Summer Poetry Festival, ran a concert/nightclub security service eventually moving to a private Counseling & Mediation practice all the while doing things he cannot discuss (so don’t ask). A former writer for several web publications including the Salem-News, he is now retired but still gets urges to rumble in the streets and occasionally update his blog, rebel.lio. , maintain Stanley Cohen’s blog, Caged But Undaunted , contribute to Uprooted Palestinians‘ blog & maintain artist/writer Joni Sarah White’s website “WE THE PEOPLE

At His Hypocritical Best…

{Reprint from May, 2011. No less true than when first penned. Obama is a professional liar, hypocrite and murderer.}


At His Hypocritical Best…
President Obama Distorts Obvious Reality In His Speech To The State Department And The World, Portrays Himself And His Predecessors As Folk Heroes, And In A Few Sentences Assures Israel Will Once Again Wage War Against Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt And Any Measure Of Sanity

by M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. Salem-News.Com
From the first paragraph and on through nearly every following passage, President Obama astonishingly portrays his inability (or unwillingness) to speak openly and honestly regarding any aspect of strife and confrontation in the Middle East/Africa or the part(s) his government (which unfortunately must also be called “ours”) and that of his immediate predecessors has and will play.

Perhaps he honestly believes Hillary will go down in history as one of the finest Secretaries of State. He’s entitled to his beliefs. However, the once idealistic Hillary sold out many years ago and if a true history is ever written will surely go down as just one of many disingenuous corporate hoars that sold out their nation in this generation. Of course, that is just my opinion (and I am entitled). That’s my response to the start of his speech.

The second paragraph accurately sets the tone of the proliferation of lies and deceit to be found in the remainder of his speech. The President talks about the changes which “began” roughly six months ago in the middle east/Africa and attempts to impress that these changes are instigated by the “people” of the nations in struggle. There is, of course, no mention of the hand the CIA and other agent provocateurs played in several of the uprisings. He states that more leaders, beyond the two already removed, may soon “step down” completely avoiding acknowledging the death warrants and threats against several leaders still in power. In other news… disconnected from this pontification, Obama is heralded for making such threats and we are reminded how he signed and executed the death warrant for Osama bin Laden. No discussion is present explaining how one uprising takes precedent over another in warranting US involvement. Neither is there reference to use of drones or the legalities of cross border excursions (however, there will be some telling comments further on).

Obfuscation being a hallmark of “good” pontification (such as the very recent findings of the self-conducted investigation into the Catholic Church’s abuse of young boys in which they declare it was not a matter of Pedophilia since the majority of boys were over the age of 10), he attempts to explain US positions based on “..the forces of economics and security; history and faith. “. We can give him a little credit for making economics first in the line up. Facts are facts, however, and the facts here are that the economics involved are those of gains desired by multinational corporations at the expense of those who will obtain no benefit… the nations being raped by our military.. you and I. Factually, the forces of note are really economics, corporate greed, self interest and more corporate greed. Faith, security and history are nothing more than grossly over used subterfuge

Put boots on as we wade through the stench puddle forming the next passages. “Change”… That’s a word Obama exploited throughout his campaign to become President. “Change we can believe in” . A good many hurting and scared people bought into this exploitation. Here, in this paragraph under review, Obama again suggests “change”. As we have learned (at least some of us), what usually follows the exploited word is a vast sea of nothing and if one continues to read through the entire speech, it becomes evident that Obama is a master sailor on a sea of nothingness. What we get, instead of any references to genuine change or even projects designed to implement some manner of genuine change, is typical reference to “our values” and “our security”… and then a reiteration of the status quo which has no genuine bearing on the lives of you or me other than that more of our rights are eroded as we are subliminally led to applaud those, in other countries, standing up for their rights. We are then quickly led to wade through rhetoric regarding the “progress” his administration has made in ending two fruitless wars. Sure, 100,000 troops were removed from Iraq… many replaced by mercenaries. It remains, however, an intentional misstatement of fact to call this “change” an end to our combat mission there. The pictures and comments coming directly from Iraqi citizens makes it clear that “changing” the references to deaths, dismemberments, destruction et al to “Police Actions” does not really alter the facts… it is combat.. it is daily.. and the death toll is worse, not better than when Obama honestly called it “combat”. The remaining troops and the mercenaries are not unarmed and are not running away from gunfire.. not driving around in Police cruisers and not wearing badges. A rose is a rose and BS is BS, Mr. President.

How Obama can claim we have broken the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when we continue to pay them for passage on the highways, continue to pay them for construction rights in the villages, continue to protect their opium shipments and continue to conduct almost every manner of business imaginable with them.. fighting off only the enemies of our “enemies”… is beyond belief. Either he is getting the idiot’s briefings every morning or he has daily tissue removal from his nose. The cost of the war has not altered downward.. it has increased. Somehow this is offered to us as a sign of success? If the public believed the troop withdrawal scam from Iraq, they will buy the same regarding Afghanistan. Watch the news… the mercenaries double every month. Click the heels of your government issue boots and repeat.. “the combat missions are over”. And, of course, he ends this passage reminding us of how devastating the murder of Osama was to the known handful of existing al Qaeda. No mention of the hundreds of thousands of innocent women, children, elderly etc that were murdered as we ostensibly scoured Afghanistan for bin Laden.

In the next paragraph, one simply has to replace bin Laden with “Bush/Obama” and we get the other side of the story… a bit more true than the original. (Altered for the readers’ weary eyes) “Bush and Obama are not martyrs. They are mass murderers who offer a message of hate – an insistence that Muslims took up arms against the West, and that violence against men, women and children is the only path to change. They rejected democracy and individual rights for Muslims and Americans in favor of violent extremism; their agenda focused on what they could steal or destroy – not what they could build.”

Obama then distorts the entire politics of the region through insinuating al Qeada in each Middle East/African nation and then re-states this falsehood carried to its most useful-to-Obama conclusion of a people deciding the irrelevance of their (al Qeada’s) presence and influence. Forget that it is a blatant lie and makes virtually no sense in context to what the Arab Spring represents.. Obama found it useful. It boils down to Obama attempting to sell us bin Laden’s death as being a devastating blow to an irrelevant “organization” that we spent billions tracking, tortured hundreds to extract useless info about, and murdered hundreds of thousands in attempts to destroy. Never mention that Reagan created bin Laden.. never. And don’t attempt to explain how, in this fantasy, al Qaeda was influencing the dictators in the Middle East and Africa. Just use this absurd platform as a segue into the all powerful (and over used) anecdotal “people” stories. Confuse the subject and sheeple will follow.

Obama tells, in brief, about a cart merchant being abused and then dousing himself and setting himself on fire. It happens every day, Obama says, that the poor subjects of dictators and corrupt governments are abused. It’s true. Take Palestine (Which Obama avoids at all cost) where fishermen are chased and shot at by IDF, where farmers are shot and killed trying to harvest their crops, where school kids are shot walking to or from school because IDF suspects their lunch pails… But Obama, rather than identify the severe treatment of Palestinians by Israel, uses this portion of his folk hero type recollection of people yearning for freedom to attempt yet more distortions with a claim of colonialism having ended some 50 years ago yet oppressed people still looking at the west as subjugator and stating “Antagonism toward Israel became the only acceptable outlet for political expression. “. This is the view of history Obama supports? The world is wrong for seeing the west as a major cause of disruption and chaos in the world? That despite never ending intrusion into the affairs of other nations, even to the point of establishing US military bases in them after bombing them into a most unrecognizable mass with no plans to ever leave, the world is wrong to think of the US, Britain, France as colonizers? That the world is wrong to view Israel’s oppression, displacement and theft, destruction and rape of Palestine as oppression, displacement, theft, rape and destruction?

From here, Obama goes on with more people stories and folksy aphorisms about “change” and begins to address the Israeli/Palestine issue… by simply reiterating “standing up for Israel’s security and pursuing Arab-Israeli peace. “. Ok.. so he really doesn’t address it here.

He states things such as..”America’s interests are not hostile to peoples’ hopes; they are essential to them.” (Which is why the US is despised in so many countries today.) “We believe that no one benefits from a nuclear arms race in the region, or al Qaeda’s brutal attacks”. (Which is why we favour one state over another regarding nuclear energy and munitions and helped Israel hide the fact of their production and still help them avoid becoming signatory to any treaties they demand others sign.) “People everywhere would see their economies crippled by a cut off in energy supplies. As we did in the Gulf War, we will not tolerate aggression across borders, and we will keep our commitments to friends and partners.” (Well, this one is a bit strange as it only implies Gulf War I and the (US approved) attack on Kuwait by Sadam. It doesn’t come right out and say it. One would hardly expect Obama to admit Sadam [who had long been both a “friend” and “partner”] was tricked but that really doesn’t matter here. What does matter, however, is this bit about not tolerating cross border aggression while at the same time crossing multiple borders with either troops, drones, mercs, or agents.. all of which have been happening in the Middle East and Africa for a long time. The standard response is that what THE US DOES IS DIFFERENT.. AND LEGAL… BECAUSE THEY ARE FIGHTING A “WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS”. Logic, of course, does not prevail with such thinking.)

Obama continues with …”failure to speak to the broader aspirations of ordinary people will only feed the suspicion that has festered for years that the United States pursues our own interests at their expense.” (Suspicion? No, Mr. President, it is fact and there exists volumes of evidence to support this… Volumes, some of which, you conspire to withhold in order to protect your predecessors.. and now yourself, from prosecution.) “Given that this mistrust runs both ways – as Americans have been seared by hostage taking, violent rhetoric, and terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of our citizens – a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of division between the United States and Muslim communities.” (One has only to ask why.. and the answer comes that American corporate interests have trampled the cultures and human rights of these people and the natural consequence to this is the uprising.. the dissent.. and the defenses you , Mr. President, alluded to earlier in your speech.)(And a bit further down, readers will become aware of something remarkably contradictory to this rhetoric of “change” that slides off the President’s tongue like post nasal drip unconsciously expressed.)

The broadening of scope and interest Obama mentions with regard to Cairo are no less corporate than those of his predecessors and there is little he can genuinely demonstrate as being in the interest of the common man. This is simply more rhetoric attempting to portray himself a hero. It fails and the people of Egypt are not buying it. He failed to mention that. The corporations like his vision far more than the people .

The next several paragraphs are more rhetoric and absolutely empty statements when it is more clearly apparent the US is being selective with whom it will support and how. A rather remarkable example (among many others such as the use of force and death warrants in Libya), literally announced as Obama was spewing this collection of incoherent fables, foibles,and flatulence, clearly demonstrates the degree to which he is willing to say one thing.. giving an impression of “change”.. while doing something to ensure the exact opposite.
From the Tulsa World (AP release):
May 19, 10:37 AM EDT

US quietly expanding defense ties with Saudis
AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite their deepening political divide, the United States and Saudi Arabia are quietly expanding defense ties on a vast scale, led by a little-known project to develop an elite force to protect the kingdom’s oil riches and future nuclear sites.
The U.S. also is in discussions with Saudi Arabia to create an air and missile defense system with far greater capability against the regional rival the Saudis fear most, Iran. And it is with Iran mainly in mind that the Saudis are pressing ahead with a historic $60 billion arms deal that will provide dozens of new U.S.-built F-15 combat aircraft likely to ensure Saudi air superiority over Iran for years.
Together these moves amount to a historic expansion of a 66-year-old relationship that is built on America’s oil appetite, sustained by Saudi reliance on U.S. military reach and deepened by a shared worry about the threat of al-Qaida and the ambitions of Iran. (Read the entire article at )

How believable does this man think he is when at the very moment he is challenging such relationships before the State Department.. and the world… it is announced that he is, in fact, pumping billions of dollars to maintain and enhance such relationships?

Further responding to each paragraph in the President’s speech becomes, at this point, an exercise in repetitively pointing out his lies and stating what by now should be obvious truths… essentially, the opposite of whatever he says. It also becomes an exercise in repetitively exposing the pseudo arcane logic of Mr. Obama. Starting at the point in his speech where he begins, “So we face an historic opportunity. We have embraced the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator. There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity.” and continuing for a few brief paragraphs, I would ask the reader to simply say the word “Palestine” to him/her self after each passage. In doing so, the falsity of each statement will become apparent. One can also add “so long as it does not interfere with our (US) plans” either before or after statements.
Following, Obama factually distorts the occurrence of violence in Libya and the formation of a unified commission governing the rebels. Sadly, people will remain in confusion regarding what has actually transpired in Libya and why. Writers are just now exposing the mountains of dirt behind this “uprising”. As a writer with contacts in Libya, it took several weeks and the loss of 3 sincere friends before the cloud lifted (for me) and the truth began to emerge. To say that I became discouraged is an understatement. The sickness from which the US, France and several other greedy nations operate knows no bounds.
Obama touches upon each country and what he believes they must do and not do. He points harsh fingers at the abuses of their leaders and presents a number of veiled threats. What he does not do, is point those fingers at the worst of abusers.. Israel. It is as if he simply cannot see the Palestinian people, cannot hear the weapons fired at them, cannot hear the screams of horror as they suffer and die. There are only the cries of Israelis.

“So in the months ahead, America must use all our influence to encourage reform in the region. Even as we acknowledge that each country is different, we will need to speak honestly about the principles that we believe in, with friend and foe alike.” Following this comment, Obama talks about fulfilling commitments “to build networks of entrepreneurs, and expand exchanges in education; to foster cooperation in science and technology, and combat disease. Across the region, we intend to provide assistance to civil society, including those that may not be officially sanctioned, and who speak uncomfortable truths. And we will use the technology to connect with – and listen to – the voices of the people.” On the ground, however, the examples are the arrests and prosecutions of whistleblowers, FBI raids on legitimate organizations, GITMO, renditions, bribery, no bid contracts, turning a blind eye to illegal trespasses and piracy, long standing violations of international law, illegal blockades and illegal settlements, cross border shooting of unarmed protesters, and investment in missile defense programs, fighter purchases, tanks, missiles, tear gas, grenades, and a host of other projects and programs that fail to resemble schools, hospitals, labs etc. A 60 billion dollar arms deal is not an incentive to cultural or economic growth… no matter how one attempts to cloak it in words.

After so much more rhetoric, Obama gets to the world bank and monetary funds. What he says amounts to nothing new. More illusion of “change”. It is just rehashing of the way business has been conducted for several decades. The offers look reasonable and appear to provide some hope to impoverished nations. Then reality sets in and inevitable defaults occur. Obama offers no real change. These are nothing more than the carrots through which nations are controlled for the rapings by greedy industrialists and corporations. Haiti is a prime example. It is very telling that a head of the IMF is arrested for raping a black chamber maid. The microcosm mirroring the macro…
As one reads further, offerings rapidly change tone and become obvious controls.. through trade, credit, investment.. all those things that came with the last aid packages to these countries.. and failed.
Finally, the President comes to his plans for Israel and Palestine. Here, amid his representations of the controlling force for peace in all parts of the world (Remember Phil Ochs’ “Cops of the World”) Obama shows himself as either being the biggest fool on the planet by conditioning peace on the several aspects of historical strife guaranteed to garner resistance and refusal by both sides or the mastermind behind some secretive plan (Hail Illuminati!!) to cause World War III. Either way, he proves himself a psychotic threat to the world.
The manner in which he frames the concerns of both sides shows a clear lack of understanding dipped in a coating of Israeli dollars so desperately needed to help him remain President for another term. Only an extremely biased asshole could frame this situation in such a way that the Israelis are “living with the fear that their children could get blown up on a bus or by rockets fired at their homes, as well as the pain of knowing that other children in the region are taught to hate them.” while the Palestinians are “ suffering the humiliation of occupation, and never living in a nation of their own.” Remember I said earlier that it is as if he cannot see or hear the Palestinians? Having access to the data collected by his CIA and other agencies, Obama surely knows that far more Palestinians are murdered each year by Israeli soldiers and that the vast majority of Palestinians are unarmed. He would also be aware that Israel used over 3,000 tons of bombs and projectiles (some containing internationally-banned substances) during its war on the Gaza Strip. He would also know that numerous Palestinians are killed each month by Israeli air strikes and that the Palestinians have no air force. It is a given that Mr. Obama is aware of these facts yet chooses to ignore them. Instead, he attempts to portray to the world that Israelis, not Palestinians, live in fear and lose lives and suffer major property destruction and have to live with the thought that Palestinian kids are taught to hate them.

“As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums. But precisely because of our friendship, it is important that we tell the truth: the status quo is unsustainable, and Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.”

SO, TELL THE TRUTH, MR. PRESIDENT! TELL THE TRUTH! Don’t waste your breath and our time with passage after passage of blatant lies. I sincerely doubt that even AIPAC finds Obama remotely convincing. The history and values shared with Israel are a history of deceit and deception and a lack of any genuine values as exampled by the daily abuses toward Arabs overlooked or denied and even a willingness to allow brave US men to die at the hands of these “friends” (NEVER FORGET THE U.S.S.LIBERTY, Mr. President! That is history!).

“As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat. Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism; to stop the infiltration of weapons; and to provide effective border security. The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state. The duration of this transition period must be agreed, and the effectiveness of security arrangements must be demonstrated.”

How can a man, purported to be of very high intelligence, make such blatant hypocritical statements such as this and hold his head up publicly? Every state has the right to self defense… only Palestine is the exception? (Sure.. it’s not a state and we intend to veto any attempt to make it one until Israel, perhaps a hundred years from now, agrees to internationally accepted borders). Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself (buffered by billions of dollars and tons of weapons supplied by US)? Palestine can, as it has been doing, continue to defend itself by throwing its young in front of bullets and tossing stones? Only Israel faces threat? Really, Mr. Obama?? Really??

Within hours, Bibi rejected the 1967 borders. Everyone knew this would happen. Everyone. This was the initial set up for failure. This, coupled with the back-asswards thinking of attempting to premise negotiations about a Palestinian state with a threat that the US will thwart any attempt to appeal for statehood and where discussion about the defining relevant disagreements (Jerusalem and the right of return) are left to be addressed at the end, rather than the beginning of the negotiations… and further confounded by refusal to recognize the Palestine unity leadership now forming insures that negotiations, or the mere suggestion of them, are a farce. Such a blatant display, I again question, is either based solely in stupidity or is a purposeful intent to foment war.

Bibi has been positioning the country for war over the past few months and has been flexing intentional muscle across borders with Lebanon and Syria in the past two weeks. Bibi is facing caravans and flotillas intent on breaking the blockades and freeing Gaza. Bibi is facing refugees tired of encampments and second citizen status. Bibi is facing an onslaught of Nations no longer willing to be idle in the face of Israel’s abuses.. and very willing to support the call for a Palestinian state. The lies and deceit.. the posturing of Presidents with speeches that no longer border on the absurd but have stepped over into the dark side of psychosis will no longer contain the charade of politics and the chase for Jewish payola.

Obama must become aware that the game of words is over. The games of posturing and the money chase are over. He can no longer promise all manner of aid packages to the world to prop up the false folk hero image of a US that cares. Change is coming and it is coming not because of Barack Obama. It is coming in spite of him. Promising jobs to Egypt and elsewhere in order to fool these people into support for more corporate despotism while the US turns to rust and dust will gain only resistance from there and from here. There is not enough support anywhere to sustain US involvement in another war and there is no support for another Israeli war against an unarmed population whether Mr. President supports it or not.

If he is as intelligent as has been claimed, Barack Obama will act swiftly to erase as much as is possible of the portrait he painted of himself with this ridiculous speech. He will act to prevent Israel and the US from causing WWIII (I believe the Intifada, which now has his name on it, is inevitable) I’m not holding my breath for he continues to press Israel (5/23) to accept the 1967 borders with land swaps. I am praying for the people of Palestine who will soon, once again, be brutally assaulted by the sociopathic actions of the Netanyahu government. Their blood will also be on Mr. Obama’s hands.. though I suspect he will make another speech somehow absolving himself.. even making himself out to be a folk hero of sorts….

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