The absurd “Global War on Terror”, initiated by handlers of Supreme Court-appointed President George W. Bush in the wake of 9-11, was quickly turned into framework through which the U.S. could wage war abroad and assault civil liberties at home.
After aggressive war based on lies, secret prisons and torture, as well as illegal spying programs on its own citizens and other blatant violations of the Bill of Rights, the Bush regime and its corporate collaborators received protection (and even “retroactive immunity”) from the leaders of the Democratic Party as soon as they came to power — upon winning the House in 2006, Nancy Pelosi infamously asserted that “impeachment is off the table” and, after winning the Presidency in 2008, Barack Obama directed the country to “look forward, not backward”.
Meanwhile, last week the hapless and narcissistic Congressman Weiner (himself an errand boy for Wall St. and AIPAC, btw) was pressured to resign by these very same Democratic Party leaders.
His offense? Sexting pictures of his dick, in violation of no laws whatsoever.
This comparison “summarizes everything one needs to know about our political culture“, suggests Glenn Greenwald.
Of course, by this point Obama has his own very good reasons for overlooking or condoning certain types of offenses while prudishly condemning others. For the current Imperial Executive has not only continued the criminal trajectory of the Bush regime, but escalated and expanded it.
Under Obama, the Nobel Peace Warrior, the U.S. is now at war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, with “covert” operations in Somalia and beyond.
And in terms of assaults on civil liberties, the current administration has surpassed its predecessor in radical violations of civil liberties and the rule of law — whistle blowers are targeted by the “Justice” Department, Guantanamo is still open (despite celebrated promises to close it), Bagram’s population of extra-legal prisoners grows, U.S. citizens are targeted for pretrial assassination, and new wars are started without bothering to consult Congress. And all of this is justified by means of the continued use of the dark art of Orwellian Newspeek.
Regarding today’s expected announcement of a “troop withdrawal” from Afghanistan, ThinkProgress has posted a chart putting the numbers in context:
The “troop withdrawal” that Obama is expected to propose today will leave “far more troops in Afghanistan than it did when Obama came into office and more than at any point during former president George W. Bush’s administration.”