USA: Obama Administration
Thanks to a remarkable communication campaign, the Anglo-American empire succeeded in restoring the image of the United States as a democratic and authoritative country that George W. Bush had tarnished. Arousing a groundswell of sympathy throughout the world, Barack Obama is skillfully enacting his role as first Black president of the USA, using his charm and elegance to pursue through different methods the same rapacious policies as those of his predecessors. He granted full immunity to the Bush Administration, prolonged the occupation of Iraq, expanded the one in Afghanistan, used the economic crisis to intensify the exploitation of the Third World by the IMF and the World Bank, compelled the funds invested in foreign contries to seek refuge in Anglo-American tax havens, took advantage of the ecological crisis to set asymmetrical economic norms, manipulated the fight against pandemics to impose a supranational authority, etc.
Richard Stengel was sworn in as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the US State Department on Tuesday, 15 April 2014.
During his career as a journalist, he was a press correspondent in South Africa. Then he became director of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and finally managing editor of Time Magazine (since 2006). Under his leadership, Time acquired a markedly political profile, in the service of the government’s "noble" causes.
In 2008, he served (...)
In the globalized world, every conflict is linked to the others. So what is happening now in Ukraine is reflected in other regions. For Thierry Meyssan, Washington’s rantings are not intended to make war with Moscow, but to urge Europeans to cut off their arm to the greatest US advantage. Similarly, the abandonment of the Geneva process can be a way to sidestep Saudi interests and focus on a settlement in Palestine.
17 March 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing economic sanctions against a dozen Russian and Crimean officials.
The United States intends in this way to punish those responsible for the independence of the Crimea.
The list names two advisors to President Vladimir Putin (Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev) and a minister (Dmitry Rogozin), as well as four Russian parliament members Leonid Slutsky (Chairman of the CIS/Eurasia Integration Committee), (...)
According to the New York Times Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposed trimming the active-duty Army personnel down to its 1940 level .
The Army would be reduced to 440,000 men (against 566,000 before the budgetary cuts and the present number of 490,000).
The Navy will retain its current 11 aircraft carriers, whereas a twelfth one would be needed to sustain U.S. seapower.
The Air Force will see the elimination of its entire A-10 Fleet, and it’s sole remaining U-2 Spy Plane, in favor (...)
The power of a state is measured by its ability to defend itself and to attack on one or more fronts. In this context, Washington is trying for the first time to show it can overthrow three governments simultaneously: Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. If it succeeds, no government would be henceforth able to resist it.
According to the London-based Reuters news agency, the U.S. Congress in a secret vote approved funding for military assistance to "Syrian rebels" until the end of the fiscal year, ending September 30, 2014 .
It does not appear to have been a secret session of Congress, but rather a secret meeting in the course of the normal session.
The agency specifies that the assistance consists of small arms, including anti-tank rockets, but would exclude anti-aircraft material.
Mr. Vice President,
members of Congress,
my fellow Americans:
Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than 8 million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. (Applause.) An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most (...)
For the first time, during the 28th session of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, Secretary of State John Kerry gave vent to criticism against the Muslim Brotherhood.
He declared on November 20th 2013: "That Tunis fruit vendor who self-immolated and started a revolution in Tunisia – there was no religion, nothing, no extremism and ideology behind it. And he got slapped around by a police officer, he was tired of corruption, and he wanted an opportunity to lead his life by being able to (...)
Timothy Geithner, former Treasury Secretary from 2009 to January 2013, has announced his intention to join the Warburg Pincus Placement Fund.
During his mandate, Timothy Geither handled the second USD350 billion bailout installment. He reorganized the automobile industry to the detriment of the employees. He came under fire for his role in the Libor scandal and for that of the bonuses for AIG (American International Group, Inc.) top staff.
Close to the English Crown, he was member of the (...)
A number of elements have been revealed about the personal links between the Muslim brotherhood and the Obama Administration. They permit a better understanding of the role played by the Brotherhood during the ’’Arab Spring’’.
1. On the day he took office, president Obama invited Ingrid Mattson to say prayers at the National Cathedral, in her capacity as President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the association of Brothers and Sisters in the United-States.
2. The assistant (...)
In a book published this morning, journalists Mark Halperin and John Hellemann scrutinize the 2012 US presidential campaign opposing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Having good connections in both camps, they report the remarks made by both candidates. According to the journalists, Obama likes to joke with his colleagues about the drone assassinations he orders. Thus, he is supposed to have stated ’’I’m really good at killing people’’.
The White House having declined to comment, the spokesperson (...)
According to the current Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Ray Odierno, the budgetary cuts targeted soldier training in particular. Taking the floor on October 20th 2013 during an Army conference, he revealed that only two brigades (between 6 000 to 10 000 men) are currently combat ready.
To appreciate these numbers, one must realize that in an army section (8 to 13 men) which is placed in a combat situation, if one of them is unfit, he will put the lives of the others at risk.
President Barack Obama named, on October 17th 2013, Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security , replacing Janet Napolitano who became president of the University of California.
Jeh Johnson is the grandson of sociologist Charles S. Johnson, famous for his works on segregation and for being the first black president of Fisk University.
Mr. Johnson is a long-standing member of the Democratic Party. He served as special counsel to John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, and subsequently the major (...)
The Obama administration has made of the LGBT cause (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) one of it’s foreign policy priorities. The goal is to use this issue to sell the idea that the United States is a free country.
With this in mind, the State Department has appointed various openly gay ambassadors (John Berry to Australia, James Brewster to the Dominican Republic, James Costos to Spain, Rufus Gifford to Denmark, David Huebner to New-Zealand and Daniel Baer to the OSCE, Organization (...)
Obama’s rhetorical exercise in ‘peace talk’ at the United Nations General Assembly impressed few delegations and even fewer Americans: Far more eloquent are his five years of wars, military interventions, cyber-spying, drone murders, military coups and the merciless prosecution of patriotic truth tellers. If his ‘peace message’ fell flat, the explicit affirmations of imperial prerogatives, threats of military interventions and over two dozen (25) references to Israel as a ‘strategic ally’, confirmed the suspicions and fears that Obama was preparing for even more deadly wars.
Mr. Secretary General,
ladies and gentlemen:
Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. Divisions of race and religion and tribe were settled through the sword and the clash of armies. The idea that nations and peoples could come together in peace to solve their disputes and advance a common prosperity seemed (...)
The White House released a photo of President Barack Obama discussing the situation in Egypt with his national security team on July 3, 2013. However, the Secretary of State is absent from the photograph.
According to CBS, John Kerry did not attend the meeting because he was relaxing aboard his yacht, Isabel [photo].
At that point, the State Department claimed that Mr. Kerry was busily working on the Egyptian issue ... from his yacht. Thus, he is supposed to have spent his time on 3 (...)
While the international press plays up the information leaked by Edward Snowden as a revelation concerning the PRISM surveillance program, feigning to have discovered what everyone should already have known for a long time, Thierry Meyssan is particularly curious about the meaning of this rebellion. From this perspective, he attaches more importance to the case of General Cartwright, who has also been indicted for espionage.
At a press conference on 25 June 2013, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno announced that the army would face a 14% reduction in troops by 2018. However, he said, if the "sequestration" continues into Fiscal Year 2014, this first measure could be expanded to 31%.
The Army has a force strength of 570,000 men. The organizational change will whittle it down to 490 000 (corresponding to the elimination of 12 combat brigades). If the 2014 budget is further restricted, the number (...)
The U.S. Senate on 25 June 2013 confirmed billionaire Penny Pritzker as the new Secretary of Commerce.
This position, which is crucial for international free-trade negotiations, was difficult to fill.
Penny Pritzker is one of the heirs to the luxury Hyatt Hotels corporation. Her family is one of the richest in the United States with an estimated $ 20 billion fortune.
After John Kerry and Joe Biden, Penny Pritzker is the third billionaire cabinet member of Obama’s (...)
April Haines, 43, has been appointed CIA deputy director, replacing Michael Morell.
Ms. Haines served as legal adviser to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee (where she met Joe Biden and John Kerry) and as legal adviser to the National Security Council (where she met John Brennan).
It is she who drafted the guidelines for the controversial drone strikes.
In the absence of CIA director John Brennan, it is she who will be acting head of the agency.
Deeply involved in the attacks of (...)
President Obama has appointed Susan Rice as National Security Adviser. At the end of 2012, Susan Rice was forced to withdraw her candidacy for Secretary of State in the face Republican lawmakers’ rabid accusations that she was hiding the truth about the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. In the end, the position of national security adviser is not subject to the approval of the Senate.
Russia too had indicated that she would not take kindly to a Rice DOS appointment.
She will (...)
The X-47B drone, the size of an F/A-18 is operated from an aircraft carrier.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama is going all out, but neither he nor any other President of the United States can promise the total defeat of terror, because "We will never erase the evil that lies in the hearts of some human beings." He announced this in his speech on the "comprehensive counterterrorism strategy."
Despite the setbacks suffered by Al Qaeda and its affiliates, "the threat today is more (...)
President Obama plans to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary of state for Europe and retired Gen. Douglas E. Lute as ambassador to NATO.
Victoria Nuland was George W. Bush’s ambassador to NATO and spokesperson for Hillary Clinton. She is married to historian and Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan, who—like herself—switched from the Republican party to the Democratic party.
Nuland is accused by Republican senators of having helped Hillary Clinton to hide the truth about the (...)
Good afternoon, everybody. Please be seated.
It is a great honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791 — standing guard in the earliest days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century.
For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans, and served as our compass through every type of change. Matters of war (...)
While the Syrian Arab army has lost Rakka, leaving de facto a northern part of the country under Turkish control, the United States has been sending contradictory signals. Have they have chosen to continue the war by proxy or are they gearing up to impose on their allies the peace agreement they have negotiated with the Russians?
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you for an extraordinarily warm welcome, Charlotte. I am really honored to be here.
Senator Tim Kaine, thank you very, very much for your generous words of introduction. Tim, as he mentioned, has only been on the Foreign Relations Committee, I guess now for a total of a few weeks, but I can, based on his testimony a moment ago, positively commend him on his voting record. (Laughter and applause.) He’s (...)
Mr. President, tell us who your C.I.A. Director is and we will tell you who you are! No remark could be more appropriate in view of Barack Obama’s decision to place an apologist for torture and drone assassinations at the helm of the top U.S. intelligence agency. Analyst Nil Nikandrov fills out John O. Brennan’s profile, a man who enjoys the President’s "implicit trust."
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