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.
His presidency is winding down. A contentious election—fought largely over his record and legacy—is about to be decided. With that in mind, Barack Obama recently invited the presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to the White House for a long, personal, open-ended conversation. The meeting, arranged by Vanity Fair, took place in the president’s private dining room, just off the Oval Office.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is no stranger to these precincts. She has been in and out of the West Wing (...)
President Obama has appointed Middle East Director at the National Security Council, Robert Malley, as "anti-Daesh tsar". He will coordinate and supervise all actions and all structures involved in the fight against the terrorist organization.
Robert Malley was educated at Harvard Law School together with Barack Obama, though they were not linked at the time. He started as a clerk at the Supreme Court, and then joined the Clinton administration, notably through National Security Advisor, (...)
The Syrian crisis is a good example of duplicity and politician hypocrisy. While the Security Council unanimously adopted two resolutions, the first against the financing of Al Qaeda and Daesh and the second for peace in Syria, the war continues, fueled by... members of the Security Council. Is it an inability to be obeyed by his government, or a political incompetency who does not know what to do, or even a Machiavellian desire to make war without saying it?
The last State of the Union address by President Obama was the occasion of a vigourous panegyric in favour of his country, in all points the best « on Earth » (sic). Unfortunately, his magnificent rhetoric was not based on a single convincing argument. His splendid oratory was thus unable to mask the reality of the decline of the United States, the result being that his Republican adversaries have made it the theme of their campaign.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
Tonight marks the eighth year that I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it a little shorter. (Applause.) I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. (Laughter.) I’ve been there. I’ll be shaking hands afterwards if you want some tips. (Laughter.)
And I understand that because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are (...)
US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war.
Reviewing the bidding on the United States at the end of 2015, I conclude that we are a killer nation, at home and abroad.
The segment of our society that benefits most from this role, again, at home and abroad, is the arms industry. At home, it sells the guns that are used, virtually without control, to slaughter innocent groups of people, including in churches and schools. Our corrupt and conscienceless federal and state legislators lack the courage and brains to stop it. And this is not (...)
While the war in Syria has demonstrated the inferiority of US armament compared to that of Russia, the question of the end of American hegemony should be reviewed. According to Rostislav Ischenko, Washington must quickly make the right decisions. If Washington fails to overcome its own divisions immediately, he will lose control of events.
According to Bloomberg News, General John Allen, President Obama’s special envoy to the International anti-Daesh Coalition, has handed in his resignation and should be replaced within a month .
Bloomberg presents this news as an unpleasant surprise for President Obama in a period when the United Nations are considering a global action against terrorism.
In fact, General John Allen is opposed to any agreement with Iran or Russia. For the last year, he has done everything possible to (...)
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.
Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, (...)
Shortly, the «gruesome twosome» of U.S.-Russian relations, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove, will be joined by a third neo-Cold Warrior, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the prospective Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to become the «terrible troika» of American officials clamoring for a military showdown with Moscow.
On the 13th of May 2015, the Secretary of Defence, Ashton Carter, named the new head of the Office of Net Assessment, the bureau which is charged with the planning and strategy of the Pentagon, replacing Andy Marshall (aged 93) .
He is ex-Air Force colonel James H. Baker (in the centre of the photo), instead of Andy Marshall’s protégé, ex-Navy captain Jerry Hendrix.
Even though we know nothing of the work of this new applicant, the nomination may well put an end to the reign of the « (...)
President Barack Obama created surprise by nominating General Joseph Dunford as Chief of the combined armed forces, replacing General Martin Dempsey. He also nominated General Paul Selva as assistant chief of staff.. Dunford is a general from the Marine Infantry (the « Marines »), whose career has been particularly brilliant. Most notably, he commanded the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He seems to enjoy privileged relations with President Obama.
General Paul Selva is from the Air Force, (...)
Undisputed champion of political hypocrisy, President Obama presented the Iranian climbdown as a step towards a nuclear-free world. Not only has Iran stopped all research to develop nuclear weapons since 1988, but the United States is modernizing its strike force and causing a real arms race.
While the Atlanticist press hails the new US doctrine of national security as a willingness to first explore non-military means to resolve conflicts, Thierry Meyssan has read an imperialist profession of faith and a declaration of war on the world. Readers can refer to the original document which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page to see who is right.
The crisis gripping the US state apparatus is directly threatening the survival of the Empire. This is no longer merely the opinion of Thierry Meyssan, but the subject that is shaking the ruling class in Washington to the point that the honorary president of the Council on Foreign Relations is demanding the resignation of the chief advisers of President Obama and the appointment of a new team. This clash has nothing to do with a typical opposition of Democrats and Republicans, nor even with that of the doves / hawks. What is at stake is leadership in the United States and NATO.
While Washington has no foreign policy, but several contradictory and simultaneous policies, "liberal hawks" have formed around General David Petraeus and the Center for a New American Security. Thierry Meyssan spotlights this think tank which now plays the role formerly devolved to the Project for a New American Century in the Bush era: promoting expansionist imperialism and world domination.
According to Defense One, new Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter has surrounded himself with three advisors who do not appear on the DOD organization chart. They are Michael Bayer, Sally Donnelly and Dave Copp .
Now, it turns out that Sally Donnelly, a former journalist for Time Magazine, served as advisor to the former Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. Then she joined the board of directors of Imperatis, a U.S. private army company, and founded SDB Advisors (...)
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President Obama appointed on 6 December 2014 Ashton Carter as the new Secretary of Defense.
A senior official who served under a number of Secretaries of Defense, he played a central role in the procurement of all goods and services. He was notably in charge of the F-35 program, an aircraft fighter project capable of doing everything on the cheap, but which still does not exist in its final version despite having already squandered $ 160 billion !
Mr. Carter’s appointment was (...)
Thierry Meyssan, who was the first to predict Chuck Hagel’s possible appointment as Defense Secretary, ponders the reasons behind his dismissal. They are not to be found in Hagel’s acts, but in the President’s change of policy. Moreover, he observes, Washington no longer has a specific policy and the Obama administration is carrying out dangerously contradictory actions.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a two-page memorandum last week to National Security Advisor Susan Rice, in which, according press leaks, he requested clear instructions for conducting the intervention in Syria.
Secretary Hagel would like to know who he is supposed to be targeting: Daesh alone or Daesh and Damascus?
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is keeping a low profile (3 sorties per day). It refuses to destroy Syrian military targets and simply strikes civilian facilities (...)
Since May, the White House has continued to delay the publication of its national security strategy. In fact, President Obama noted that while his team better manages events than that of his predecessor, it is unable to present a coherent analysis of the world and define its doctrine. Moreover, the expected loss of the majority in both houses of Congress would force him to find new collaborateurs.
Speaking on September 10, 2014 at a closed-door meeting of Republican congressmen, and then to members of the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney has questioned the ability of President Obama to defeat the Islamic emirate.
According to him, Obama’s policy has been to support throughout the Arab world the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood, who are the fountainhead of all terrorist groups.
Thus far, the attempt and failure of the White House to systematically bring (...)
As Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after "Mission Accomplished," media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a "mistake." But the "mistake" rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War’s disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation’s foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a "mistake" — it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, (...)
A document obtained by Judicial Watch shows that a member of the U.S. National Security Council, Mehdi K. Alhassani (photo), is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.
We already knew for
• Huma Abedin, who was deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton at the State Department;
• Farah Pandith, the State Department delegate to Muslim communities;
• Arif Alikhan, assistant to Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security;
• Imam Mohamed Magid, member of the DHS Countering Violent (...)
President Obama has nominated Mark Lippert for South Korea Ambassador post.
Mark Lippert began his career by working in various capacities for Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Tom Daschle (South Dakota) and Patrick Leahy (Vermont). In 2005, he joined the Navy Reserve at the Suitland Naval Intelligence Command, alternating with his involvement in Barack Obama’s senatorial campaign. In September 2005, he accompanied Senator Obama to Russia for an arms reduction inspection, and to (...)
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.
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