Samantha Power: Idealism in service of empire
March 27, 2020 at 2:45 PM - Views: 48 #293521
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She credits Obama for “banning violators of human rights from entering the United States”, even as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the man known as the “Butcher of Gujarat” for his failure to stop the mass killing of Muslims in the state when he was the chief minister in 2002, is allowed back into the US under Obama’s watch. Modi had been previously banned from the country.
Obama might have “ended” torture, as Power notes, but she makes no reference to his administration’s preferred method of war: drone strikes. During this presidency, Obama had ordered 542 drone strikes that killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians. He also reportedly told a senior aide: “It turns out I am really good at killing people.”
It is then extremely odd that Power, who posits herself as someone who is almost always conflicted by the use of American force, doesn’t express even an iota of discontent or dissonance to the immense violence of his presidency.
Obama might have promised to run a transparent administration, but not only did his government turn out to be among the most secretive, his office also oversaw an unprecedented crackdown on journalists in matters of national security. In 2014, his administration reportedly set a record for denying and censoring requests for government information, the kind of data Power once requested herself to write her first book. She says nothing about this, either.
March 27, 2020 at 3:15 PM #293526
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And when I say “dispute”, I mean I am yelling “TOTAL BULLSHIT”on this assertion: Obama had ordered 542 drone strikes that killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians.
Those drone strikes killed far more than 324 civilians- probably the majority of the victims were civilians. Hell, Obama fired missiles into a dozen wedding parties just on the off-chance that a single “bad guy” might be there.
If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.
March 27, 2020 at 4:02 PM #293531
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Honestly, I do not see how my opinion of Obama could be any lower.
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March 27, 2020 at 6:19 PM #293560
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Samantha Power: Shill for Empire
March 27, 2020 at 5:14 PM #293543
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He is pure evil with a pretty smile.
March 27, 2020 at 7:16 PM #293586
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Americans celebrate wealth, and they should.–Barack Obama
He certainly lived up to that.
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March 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM #293602
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