Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque – High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses his article “What Lies Beneath: The Essence of Modern America in Somalia’s Blood-drenched Soil;” the US “dual track policy” of simultaneously funding the weak central government and the warlords – guaranteeing some influence no matter who carries the day; how imperial hubris has convinced American politicians they have the right to decide who is and isn’t suitable to rule Somalia; and a reminder that American lives are no more important than Somali lives (which should give us pause, as over 100,000 have been needlessly killed).
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque â€“ High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses the addition of neocon Frederick Kagan to the U.S. anti-corruption team in Afghanistan, the minimal proof needed to convince the MSM that the â€œsurgeâ€ in Iraq or Afghanistan worked, the opportunity to really win hearts and minds by helping Pakistani flood victims (just kindly overlook those drone strikes in the north) and how a Democratic wartime president ends any meaningful opposition.
by (the heroic) Chris Floyd
Let us hear no more excuses for Barack Obama. Let us hear no more defenses, no more special pleading, no more extenuations. Let us have no more reciting of the “pressures” he is under, of the “many obstacles” that balk him in his quest to do us good, of the “bad advisors” who are swaying him to unworthy acts against his will. Let us be done at last with all these wretched lies, these complicitous self-deceptions that are facilitating atrocity and tyranny on a monstrous scale.
Barack Obama has ordered the murder of an American citizen, without trial, without due process, without the production of any evidence. All it takes to kill any American citizen in this way is Barack Obama’s signature on a piece of paper, his arbitrary designation of the target as a “suspected terrorist.” In precisely the same way — precisely the same way — Josef Stalin would place a mark by a name in a list of “suspected terrorists” or “counterrevolutionaries,” and the bearer of that name would die. This is the system we have now, the same as the Soviets had then: a leader with the unchallengeable power to kill citizens without due process.
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Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque â€“ High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses the media-designated â€œpost-warâ€ status of Iraq, the real â€œMission Accomplishedâ€ goal of establishing a permanent US military footprint in Iraq, Ahmed â€œhero in errorâ€ Chalabiâ€™s talent for remaining politically relevant despite a total lack of public support, why only war criminals on the losing side need worry about prosecution and how ending the US empire would improve nearly all aspects of society.
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque â€“ High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses U.S. drug interdiction in Afghanistan that is more about playing favorites than eradication, how Obama is following the game plan of the worst president in recent history, the background behind Somaliaâ€™s humanitarian disaster and the U.S. gift of 80 tons of weapons to Somaliaâ€™s black market.
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque – High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, discusses how the Obama administration maintains the Bush policy of using a â€œstate secretsâ€ privilege to prevent torture lawsuits, the suspension of British torture trials following U.S. threats of withholding terrorism information, the new business-as-usual CIA chief Leon Panetta and the little-known history and disastrous consequences of U.S. meddling in Somalia.
Chris Floyd, author of the book and the blog, Empire Burlesque, discusses the lack of â€“ and need for â€“ honest reporting in this country, how the state and media manipulate language to change or hide reality, the â€œsuccessâ€ of the surge only in prolonging the war, the phony facades of both presidential campaigns, the insanity of antagonizing Russia, Obamaâ€™s unfortunate choice of Joe Biden as VP, the complete silence surrounding our proxy war in Somalia and the spreading disaster that is â€œThe War On Terror.â€
Chris Floyd, author of the blog and the book, Empire Burlesque, discusses some antiwar activists misplaced admiration for Adm. Fallon, his characterization of the Iranian people as “ants” to be “crushed,” the de-facto replacement of U.S. ambassadors by admirals and generals, the shallowness of the American media, the obvious and yet somehow unpopular fact that foreigners are people, the ongoing American atrocity in Somalia and the Democrats’ bankrupt “liberal interventionism.”
Chris Floyd discusses the rendition of an American citizen to Ethiopia until he admits heâ€™s al Qaeda, the nearly unremarked-upon proxy war for the Warlords in Somalia, why the U.S. should leave Africa alone, the arrogant ignorance of Americaâ€™s political establishments and the distracted apathy of the American people.