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Same Shit, Different Day


Occasionally politicians and policy makers have a way of telling the truth.
 
On Valentine’s Day one year  George W Bush made the comment "money trumps peace."
 
Madeline Albright said that half-a-million dead Iraqi children was "worth it."
 
Now Obama is going to Egypt to give a speech and even before he said anything someone let the cat out of the bag.
 
Same shit, different day.
 
"Our policies are a reflection of our interests and our alliances and while they may change moderately from administration to administration, the underlying interests are simply not allied with the policies that many Muslims around the world would like to see the United States pursue," explained Jon Alterman, a former State Department adviser, at a recent forum in Washington. "We’re going to have to agree to disagree, and that’s the first task for the President – to frame U.S. policy in a way that takes some of the passion out of the widespread hostility for the United States."

You got that right, our policies and interests "may change moderately from administration to administration,[but] the underlying interests [that will not change] are simply not allied with the policies that many Muslims around the world would like to see the United States pursue, [so] we’re going to have to agree to disagree."

Except that the policies that make up our imperial hubris are not something those on the receiveing end can "agree to disagree" on. If my policy and interests means your suffering then it is horribly and perversely misantrhopic to dismiss your concerns and say you just need to learn to accept it.

And notice that Alterman, a Bushite, also admits that what Obama’s "task" is, is "to frame U.S. policy in a way that takes some of the passion out of the widespread hostility for the United States."

We are not going to change anything. We will just do a remix of the same old song and dance and cross our fingers that the audience is too stupid to notice.



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