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Obama Snarls at the Left, But Winks at the Right

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford


    Obama's press secretary's assault on the Left also represents a presidential "wink" to the Right, "reassuring the corporate world that Obama will not yield an inch to the Left in this election season." Once again, the president shows that he regards the Left as either his flunkies - or his enemy.

    Obama Snarls at Left and Winks at Right


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    "Gibbs' remarks were a naked threat to Left Democrats that there will be repercussions for criticizing the president on war, on jobs - on anything."


    In the months after Barack Obama won the presidency with near-total support of Blacks and the white Left, a New York Black activist was fond of telling audiences to pay attention to the First Black President's face, not necessarily his actions. According to this theory, the president had to pretend he was in synch with the corporations and conservative whites, but he's really a good "brother" with Black folks interests at heart. Just look for "the wink." That presidential wink at Black folks was supposed to be the signal that Obama is working his game to our benefit.


    Obama has been doing lots of winking as president, but all his signals are designed to please the other side. He almost injured his eyeballs winking at Republicans when he stacked his administration with Bush holdovers and Wall Streeters. He winked till his eyelashes nearly fell out at the insurance and drug companies as he arranged for their continued dominance and super-profits in health care. Obama winked his way into a much larger war in Afghanistan and beyond. He's got that wink, alright, but it's always in the wrong direction.


    It takes a lot of winking to run a Center-Right Democratic government, so Obama has underlings to do some of his winks for him. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's right eye was twitching ferociously as he excoriated "the professional Left" - whatever that is - for making "crazy" demands for such things as "Canadian healthcare." The attack was, of course, a huge wink to the Right, reassuring the corporate world that Obama will not yield an inch to the Left in this election season. He is winking at "the markets" - a euphemism for the super-rich - that they can rest easy.

    "He was warning labor to watch what it says at the October 2nd march on Washington for jobs."


    Gibbs' remarks were a naked threat to Left Democrats that there will be repercussions for criticizing the president on war, on jobs - on anything. You will be punished. This was not a wink, but a snarl.


    Robert Gibbs was not engaging in an emotional outburst; his statements were as cold and absolutely calculated as candidate Barack Obama's fawning praise of Ronald Reagan just before the Nevada primary. Like all press secretaries, Gibbs' job is to relay and define the administration's message, and to keep the press on-message. It was no coincidence that Gibbs had his anti-Left tantrum in an interview with The Hill, the newspaper that covers Congress. Gibbs was warning Democrats - like the 112 that voted against Obama's war funding bill, including three-quarters of the Congressional Black Caucus - that they had better get back in line. He was warning labor, which has been repeatedly snubbed and betrayed by this White House, to watch what it says at the October 2nd march on Washington for jobs, called jointly with the NAACP.


    Obama knows that labor, and even the timid Black establishment organizations, must do something to show their constituents they are not mice. The president is telling them to scurry back to their holes and be silent. We shall see if they are mice, or grown women and men.


    For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.


    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    "I is what I is": "What's yall problem?" LOL

    Release the Kagan: Neocon Nabob Hired by Team Obama

    http://www.chris-floyd.com/

    Excerpts:

    "...Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the newly appointed head of the international forces in the country, has hired two experts known for their strong emphasis on fighting corruption, Frederick Kagan and Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster."

    "That's right; Frederick Kagan, the neocon architect of the Iraq "surge," the epitome of the armchair warriors who have sent thousands of human beings (including their fellow Americans) to needless death and plunged millions more into needless suffering, has been hired by the Peace Laureate Administration to serve as guide and counsel to the Laureate's newly appointed military supremo."

    "It goes without saying that Kagan -- yet another spawn of the Project for a New American Century, that gaggle of bloodthirsty Beltwayers who openly longed, in September 2000, for a "new Pearl Harbor" to scare the American public into supporting the group's hyper-militarist agenda -- is not an expert on "fighting corruption" or on Afghanistan, just as he knew nothing about Iraq. He is an "expert" on one topic only: churning out bullshit to justify war. And that is exactly why he has been hired by Obama and Petraeus."

    "And once again, we are left to wonder: How many times, and in how many ways, must we be shown the true nature of the Obama Administration -- its absolute, steely determination to perpetuate and expand a militarist empire, no matter what it costs in human life abroad and internal rot at home -- before we can see and acknowledge the reality before us? So much sound and fury is expended on the hair-splitting differences (or the appearance of differences) between our political factions, but the fact remains is that they are all one party: the party of imperial power. As Andrew Bacevich noted recently"

    "...And that is why Obama is happy to employ figures from the Bush Regime, like David Petraeus (and his death-squad wingman, Stanley McChrystal), like Robert Gates, like the odious toady Frederick Kagan -- because he and they are part of the same system, the same agenda. This is the underlying reality of American politics today."

    Bombshell !

    Barack Obama conclusively outed as CIA creation

    http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-barack-obama-conclusively-outed-as-cia...

    Note: Wayne Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.  He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

    As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

    Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club.

    Obama's Trilateral Commission Team...

    ...is the title of story #22 in Censored 2010. It names 11 members of the Trilateral Commission appointed by our President of "change you can believe in". As with Jimmy Carter, it's not a case of Obama choosing the Trilateral Commission, but rather a case of it--specifically the despicable Zbigniew Brzezinski, choosing him.

    To quote Leonard Cohen:

    Everyone knows that the dice are loaded.
    Everyone rolls with their fingers crossed.
    Everyone knows the war is over.
    Everyone knows the good guys lost.

    A "Marketing Dream": Wake up sheeple

    Well worth 32 minutes

    This speech by Pilger is outstanding.
    I highly recommend spending 32 minutes listening to it in its entirety.
    Thank you for posting it.

    Winking Blinking and Going Blind

    Thanks Mr. Ford for your apt description of the wink festival that is going on inside the beltway and all the blinking and going blind that happens these days. When the Obama campaign spit out the “Yes We Can” slogan he was winking at the Oligarchs (who he was referring to with the Yes We Can mantra). Who knew???? They Knew. The nation blinked and black folks went BLIND!!! The “Yes We Can slogan” was a wink to the Big Rich Ballers that Obama would do nothing to keep them from pimping us all like two dollar tricks (Say What).

    When Obama took office and retained more that a few of the Bush cabal he was winking at the Project for a New American Century (thanks Enlightened Cynic) the nation blinked and black folks went BLIND!!! By keeping all the Bush goons Obama was assuring the Project for a New American Century jackals that there would be never ending perpetual WAR!!!

    When the health care deform got shoved down our throats Obama was winking at Big medicine the nation blinked and black folks went BLIND!!! By doing so he was letting Big medicine know that he was never going to let any single payer plan get any support form his administration (that’s just not right).

    When Obama put the same crooks that helped start the financial disaster in charge of supposedly cleaning up the mess that Wall Street Gangstas made he was winking like mad at the financial services/to big to fail banks that they would be bailed out and the taxpayer would get screwed (OMG). End results (let me guess) the nation BLINKED and black folks went BLIND!!!

    When the Obama administration announced recently that 75% of the oil that has been spilled into the gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well owned by BP had JUST disappeared (No He Didn’t), he winking furiously at BP that he was working hard to get them off the hook for the monumental environmental disaster they had created (you’re kidding me right). So guess what the nation will do???? And guess what black folks will do???? Just wait for it……………..BLINK AND GO BLIND!!!!

    As a nation we need to do less blinking and start staring these clowns down, and black folks need to kick the Obama chronic and stop going BLIND behind every thing this man says and or does.

    Peace

    S Murph

    HA! The "Magical Negro" makes 75% of the Gulf oil disappear

    Great post Murph. Timely. I was thinking of how to link this and you provided the segue:

    Senior NOAA Scientist Admits He Lied That Gulf Spill Oil Is Gone, Puts Administration’s Spill-Disclosure “Credibility” In Question
    Published on 08-20-2010

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-10191-0-6-6--.html

    "Bill Lehr, senior scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented a radically different picture than the one the White House had presented to the public earlier this month. He contradicted his own reports from two weeks ago that suggested that the majority of the oil had been captured or broken down. “I would say most of that is still in the environment,” Lehr told the House energy and commerce committee.” So just how many other thing are the President and his crony corrupt “scientist experts” lying about?"

    It strikes me that anymore, these m***f***kers simply just don't mind telling outright, wholesale, unvarnished, unadulterated NAKED LIES! They just don't give a fuck no mo. Talk about some straight up gangsta shit. There use to be subtle propaganda, but not anymore. Take the "Combat" troops have left Iraq when in fact 50,000 troops remain and a shit load of private mercenaries poised to come in. They invent a dictionary a month with their new propaganda phraseology. Webster's ain't got jack on the War Parties.

    http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/19/state-dept-confirms-plan-to-escalate-...

    http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/19/none-dare-call-it-combat-us-troops-st...

    BTW, is that Obama or David Blaine in the Oval Office? Next week Obama will be levitating a la Blaine. LOL

    p.s. Murph, are you sure they are not going blind from mental masturbation? LOL

    "It goes without saying that

    "It goes without saying that Kagan -- yet another spawn of the Project for a New American Century, that gaggle of bloodthirsty Beltwayers who openly longed, in September 2000, for a "new Pearl Harbor" to scare the American public into supporting the group's hyper-militarist agenda -- is not an expert on "fighting corruption" or on Afghanistan, just as he knew nothing about Iraq. He is an "expert" on one topic only: churning out bullshit to justify war. And that is exactly why he has been hired by Obama and Petraeus."

    All the best

    David, guide on jobs for 15 year olds for teens.

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