Barack Obama Ain’t Nothin’ But a War Ho’

The Senator from Illinois masquerades as a “peace candidate” – and then proposes the Americans invade Pakistan, the only Muslim nation that has The Bomb. After the U.S. has propped up the military regime for generations, and stunted democracy in a country of 165 million, Obama now thinks he can just walk into western Pakistan – Waziristan – to find and kill Osama bin Ladin. In the process, he would unite all of the Right and the Left opposition to the government in Islamabad, and give the generals no choice but to brandish The Bomb. Obama wants to add 100,000 new troops to the U.S. military. Now we know where they will be going: Waziristan, a place from Hell.

Obama wants to invade Pakistan, the most dangerous place in the world.”

Senator Barack Obama believes himself to be the reincarnation of President John F. Kennedy. For those of us who are schooled in history – real history – that’s not a good thing. Kennedy tried on many occasions to assassinate Fidel Castro, and set in motion events that led to military dictatorships assuming power throughout Latin America. Kennedy, early in the month of November, 1963, gave the order to murder South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. Kennedy met his own fate a few weeks later, in Dallas, but he had already set in motion a war that would claim 58 thousand American and three million Vietnamese lives.

Barack Obama is as stupid and dangerous as Kennedy. Obama wants to invade Pakistan, the most dangerous place in the world, where Osama bin Ladin is holed up. The Pakistani regime installed the Taliban in Afghanistan, which became the incubator of Al Quaeda. President Pervez Musharaff, a general who has never been freely elected, depends on the backing of rightwing Muslim fundamentalists and the military to stay in power. And, Oh yes, the United States, which provides many billions of dollars in “aid” per year to prop up the regime.

“Barack Obama will carry us into a suicidal conflict.”

Osama bin Ladin, it is universally agreed, lives in Waziristan, in western Pakistan. Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Sen. Obama launched what he considers a bold new foreign policy initiative: invade Waziristan. Obama was clearly attempting to place himself on the hawkish side of opponent Hillary Clinton, mouthing war-mongering language designed to position him as a warrior-statesman. “When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Obama told the foreign policy establishment. The sovereignty of Pakistan will not be respected, under an Obama presidency. “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

But Pakistan has The Bomb. And there is no telling what kind of regime will replace Musharraf once he is overthrown by his own military or fundamentalist Muslim supporters when the Americans invade Waziristan, Pakistani territory. Musharraf has told them over and over again that an invasion of Waziristan would destablilize his government. However, Obama is not listening. He is more intent on out-warmongering Hillary Clinton, than making sense of the world.

“We must not turn a blind eye to elections that are neither free nor fair – our goal is not simply an ally in Pakistan,” said Obama, “it is a democratic ally.” That is a call for regime change. Pakistan is a nation of 165 million people, created in 1947 out of the wreckage of British India, to become a Muslim State, with a Muslim atomic bomb. Obama has no idea how to impose a new regime, that would be more friendly to the United States. Instead, he proposes that western Pakistan be invaded in the search for bin Ladin – a move that would unite both the Right and the secular Left in opposition to the fragile military government.

Obama is a confused man, driven by consultants and no common sense. The United States has coddled and put cash in the accounts of the Pakistani military for two generations, as a bulwark against socialist India, also a nuclear power. The Americans’ Saudi surrogates financially supported the religious schools in western Pakistan that gave birth to the Taliban, and took over Afghanistan. Obama now proposes that the U.S. fund an alternative school system in Pakistan – but under what regime? He has no idea, and not a clue about how to secure The Bomb.

Barack Obama reacts to the world’s response to imperialism in precisely the same way as his white counterparts; he proposes more war. Obama wants to add almost one-hundred thousand new troops to the U.S. military, to alleviate the shortage of manpower that Iraq attrition has wrought. In his speech to the Woodrow Wilson Center, Obama gave away their destination: Waziristan.  Obama wants a more aggressive approach to the so-called “war on terror,” to  take “the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

“Obama wants to add almost one-hundred thousand new troops to the U.S. military.”

So what we have in Barack Obama is an alternative War Party, planning an alternative War. He has told us so, and we should believe him. He is no peace candidate, and goes out of his way to prove it. The problem is, Osama bin Ladin does not have The Bomb, but the Pakistani military does. Senator Obama would destabilize a regime that is a nuclear power, and has nothing to say except that he would establish schools to replace tens of thousands of maddrassas. What a fool.

The Pakistani regime will not go down in any way that is to the Americans’ advantage. Barack Obama is talking trash that will get us incinerated. He is so intent on defining himself as War President, he defeats peace in its bed. Obama has no intention to get out of Iraq, either – how could he, if he wants to attack Waziristan, and shift troops to Afghanistan? Obama is a tricky speaker; who plays word games. Listen to him: He has “a goal of removing all combat brigades by March 31, 2008.” Sounds like withdrawal from Iraq, right?” Wrong. There are 180,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, most of them not in “combat brigades,” and about 100,000 mercenaries in the country. It is thoroughly occupied. Obama would do a cosmetic withdrawal, and then move the “combat” troops to a far more dangerous war, in Waziristan, that would quickly spread to all of Pakistan and threaten the survival of our great cities.

“My plan would maintain sufficient forces in the region to target al Qaeda within Iraq,” Obama told the fat cats at the Woodrow Wilson Center. In other words, he is not about to get out of Iraq.  Barack Obama is a liar of the first order.

Obama masks himself as a peace candidate, but he is really a son of war. He carries the “White Man’s Burden,” proudly. He will carry us into a suicidal conflict, with relish.

We must reject him.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it


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