Obama's Demagogic UN Address + Reactions to Obama's UN Address

Stephen Lendman

He didn't surprise. His address lasted a mind-numbing 45 minutes. He made painful listening. All his speeches feature demagogic mumbo jumbo Big Lies. They drown out truth.

Two years ago, he lied about Libya. He claimed US-led NATO intervened to "cope with violent conflict, care for the wounded, and craft a vision for the future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected." He "supported the birth of a new democracy…Libyans held elections…(They) built new institutions…(They) move(d) forward after decades of dictatorship."

Truth is polar opposite Obama's Big Lies. Libya was Africa's most developed country. Most Libyans supported Gaddafi. They did so for good reasons. Libya was a model social justice society. Gaddafi used its oil wealth responsibly. He provided free healthcare, education and other vital benefits.

His Libya no longer exists. Obama transformed it. He made it a charnel house catastrophe. A dystopian wasteland. Tens of thousands were ruthlessly slaughtered. Many more were injured and/or displaced. Libyans had benefits Americans can't imagine. Obama replaced them with dystopian harshness. Mostly civilians were harmed. US-led NATO willfully targeted them. Obama destroyed Libyan sovereignty. He replaced it with instability, insecurity, and daily violence. Last year, he ludicrously said...

"...we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, (the) idea that nations and peoples could come together in peace to solve their disputes and advance a common prosperity seemed unimaginable."

It still does. America bears full responsibility. So does Obama. He deplores peace, stability and security. He wages permanent wars without end. He abhors "common prosperity." He spurns social justice. He serves monied interests only. He supports their divine rights. He permits their grandest of grand theft larceny. He hands them America's wealth. He gave bankers trillions of dollars. He lets war-profiteers benefit hugely. He supports government of, by, and for America's privileged.

This year, he prioritized selling war. The New York Times shamelessly supports it. It called Obama's address "much-anticipated." It made stomach-churning listening. According to The Times, Obama "chartered a muscular new course." He "laid out a forceful new blueprint on Wednesday for deeper American engagement in the Middle East…" He told UN members "that the Islamic State understood only 'the language of force' and that the United States would 'work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.' " He ignored America's killing machine. His lawless aggression. His culpability for high crimes against peace.

So did the New York Times. It bashed Russia at the same time. It did so irresponsibly. It's America's lead disseminator of state/corporate Big Lies. It supports wealth, power and privilege. It's an unofficial propaganda ministry. It operates irresponsibly. It features managed news misinformation garbage. It drowns out vital truths. It betrays its readers in the process.

Obama's address featured beginning-to-end Big Lies. "(M)ore people live under governments they elected," he claimed. Most so-called elections are more shams than real. Entrenched power runs things. People have no say. Obama lied suggesting otherwise. "Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of poverty," he said. Billions are ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed and ill-cared for. Human misery is unprecedented. Since economic crisis conditions erupted in late 2007, poverty increased exponentially. So did deep poverty. Obama lied claiming otherwise. He ludicrously said world economic conditions strengthened.

Millions of Americans endure protracted Depression conditions. America isn't fit to live in. It no longer has a functioning economy. Paul Craig Roberts calls it a "house of cards." US-style casino capitalism failed. Most of its citizens struggle daily to get by. Welcome to the age of inequality. Poverty [itself] is a growth industry. Over 23% of Americans wanting work can't find it. Most jobs are rotten ones. They're temp or part-time low pay/poor or no benefit service ones with no futures. Conditions are getting worse, not better. Monied interests run things. Ordinary people suffer. More than ever in modern times. Obama ludicrously claimed otherwise.

He lied accusing Russia of aggression:

"Here are the facts," he said. "After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border."

Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it. Crimea wasn't annexed. Its people voted near unanimously to join Russia. They did so in a referendum independent international monitors judged open, free and fair. Putin responsibly accommodated them. Obama lied claiming otherwise. No evidence suggests Russia poured arms into Southeastern Ukraine. Washington, its rogue Western partners, and Kiev's putschist government bear full responsibility for months of violence, instability and lawlessness. Fascist regimes operate this way. Kiev's rogue government shot down MH17. Clear evidence proves it. Self-defense forces and Russia had nothing to do with it. Or refusing access to its crash site for days. Russia didn't invade Ukraine. Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov abhor war, violence and instability. They go all-out for peaceful conflict resolution. Obama deplores it. He pursues permanent wars against humanity. He wants unchallenged worldwide control.

US policies cause unspeakable human misery. No nation in world history caused more harm to more people at home and abroad over a longer duration than America. None exceed its lawlessness. Its disdain for core human and civil rights. None more threaten world peace. America isn't beautiful. It never was. For sure not now. It threatens humanity's survival.

Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He belongs in prison, not high office. America's "choice is clear," he hyped. "We choose hope over fear." His hyperbole was polar opposite reality. "…(W)e come together to reject the cancer of violent extremism," he claimed.

US global state terrorism exceeds the worst of all other rogue states in world history. It is responsible for more genocidal mass slaughter, destruction, and human misery over a longer duration than history's worst dictatorships. Their crimes pale by comparison to America's. They do so in terms of:

bullying other nations to comply with its diktats;
targeting them with regime change for refusing;
making the world safe for monied interests;
redrawing the world's map to serve them;
letting them operate lawlessly;
handing them America's wealth;
trashing social justice;
asserting might over right;
waging permanent wars on sovereign nations;
doing so for unchallenged global dominance;
causing irreparable harm to billions worldwide for generations;
violating core rule of law principles;
institutionalizing state terror;
spreading the scourge of fascism; and
making societies unsafe to live in.

Obama lied claiming America supports "freedom of nations and (the right of) peoples (able) to make their own decisions." He deplores this notion and others related to it. He spurns diplomacy and peace. He prioritizes violence, belligerence and permanent wars of aggression. He ludicrously claimed America supports "mutual interest and mutual respect." A commitment to work responsibly to solve modern-day problems:

A pledge "to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the peace and security of a world without them." A dedication to "eradicat(ting extreme poverty by 2030." A promise "to help people feed themselves, power their economies, and care for their sick." A guarantee to "reduc(e) our carbon emissions (and increase) our investments in clean energy."

America deplores mutual interest and respect. It's responsible for egregious world problems. Its policies create extreme poverty. They exploit world economies. They cause starvation, homelessness, health problems and unspeakable human misery. Practically nothing is done to develop clean energy. To work toward replacing polluting fossil fuels and dangerous nuclear energy.

Obama lied claiming America "is not and never will be at war with Islam. (T)here is no us and them," he said. No "clash of civilizations" exists, he claimed. "(H)umanity's future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along the fault lines of tribe or sect, race or religion." America won't "send US troops to occupy foreign lands," he claimed. He ludicrously said it military might is used responsibly. America is committed to "tak(e) action against immediate threats, while pursuing a world in which the need for such action is diminished."

It "will never shy away from defending (its) interests, but we will also not shy away from the promise of this institution and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights - the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life." "…America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation."

"(W)e hold our leaders accountable," he claimed. We "insist on a free press and independent judiciary." "…(W)e address our differences in the open space of democracy - with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better." It "can help light the world…We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we're prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come."

Obama's address was beginning-to-end brazen bald-faced Big Lies. He elevated them to a higher level. His presidency gives rogue leadership new meaning. Madness defines it. Neocon extremists infest Washington. They hugely influence policies. They do so destructively.

Obama promised hope and change. He delivered permanent wars, domestic ruthlessness and betrayal. He's ideologically over-the-top. He presides over a homeland police state apparatus. He recklessly advances America's Imperium. His quest for global dominance risks the unthinkable.

Impeaching him is a national imperative. He violated public trust from day one in office. He did so throughout his tenure. He broke every major promise made. He wages permanent war on humanity. He risks heading America for WW III. He's guilty of high crimes against peace. He trashed America's social contract. His policies caused unprecedented levels of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness and human misery. He's beholden to powerful monied interests. They own him. He spurns fundamental civil and human rights. He ignores rule of law principles. He mocks democratic values. He's contemptuous of essential needs. He institutionalized tyranny. It's a hair's breadth from full-blown. It's one major homeland false flag away.

Humanity's survival is uncertain. It's up for grabs. So are fundamental freedoms. US state terror threatens them. So do America's permanent wars. They rage without end. They do so lawlessly. They cause mass slaughter and destruction. America's killing machine is the world's most ruthless. Survival hangs in the balance if it's not stopped.


Reactions to Obama's UN Address
by Stephen Lendman

He didn't surprise. Demagogic mumbo jumbo Big Lies drowned out truth. Not according to media scoundrels. The New York Times finds new ways to lie, distort and misreport. It substitutes managed news misinformation rubbish for hard truths. It's longstanding Times policy. It ludicrously called Obama a "once-reluctant warrior…" It ignored his war on humanity throughout his tenure. His naked aggression. His ravaging and destroying one nation after another.

His latest Iraq and Syrian aggression. The Times turned truth on its head. It highlighted Obama's "muscular new course." His vow to "dismantle the Islamic State's 'network of death.' " He created it. It's a valued US ally. Pentagon special forces and CIA operatives train its fighters in Jordan and Turkey. They deploy them cross-border to Syria. They do so to wage war on Assad. Obama wants him ousted. He wants US-friendly stooge governance replacing him. His latest aggression aims to do it. Don't expect Times correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Or Washington Post ones. They headlined "President Obama embraces democracy promotion once again," saying: His UN address, a previous one in New York, his September 10 statement on IS, and his September 23 memorandum on "civil society('s) (commitment) to democratic governance" potentially "shift(s) the momentum." They called it...

"...significant that (Obama) recognized that dictators are banding together to promote autocracy and checkmate democracy. (H)e left no doubt…pledg(ing) 'to stand with the courageous citizens and brave civil society groups…"

He's working for equality and opportunity, said WaPo editors. He pursues...

"...justice and human dignity all over the world,' " they added. "He saluted democracy activists." He "ordered administration officials…to make (defending) freedom fighters a priority." He opposes "foreign governments (against) freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association," he said.

When Arab Spring failed to bloom in 2011, he ludicrously proclaimed a new chapter in American diplomacy.

Throughout his tenure, he waged war on humanity. It rages out-of-control. He calls it "American leadership. He's "transition(ing) to democracy" worldwide, he said. WaPo editors lied. They claim he's...

"...forced to confront an aggressive Russia and a rampaging Islamic State… (H)e may be remembering that the United States and its allies cannot defeat Islamist fundamentalism or Russian neo-fascism without a more hopeful ideology of their own." He lied claiming "(w)e are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come."

WaPo editors ludicrously called his comments "a sound foundation for a reinvigorated, and more successful, foreign policy over the coming 28 months."

The Wall Street Journal highlighted his "diplomatic pressure…to join an international coalition against Islamic extremism. To do more to combat what he (called) the most pressing threat to global progress." "(T)he cancer of violent extremism." Their "only language…is the language of force."

WSJ editors ignored Obama's latest aggression. His support for IS and other Islamic extremists. Using them regionally for regime change. Ousting sovereign governments. Replacing them with rogue pro-Western ones.

Chicago Tribune editors twisted facts on "Why America is at war." They omitted explaining what's most important. Washington's hegemonic ambitions weren't discussed. Or its longstanding war on humanity. Obama's war is not...

"...a skirmish or a mop-up or a brief, sporadic mission," they said. It's "war…Hitting an enemy on foreign soil without an invitation is, unambiguously, war."

Tribune editors support it. Rule of law principles don't matter. It "mark(s) a new chapter in what promises to be a long, complicated war," they said. They urged more than airstrikes:

"Islamic State (terrorists threaten) the entire Middle East," they claimed. Defeating them "will take troops" on the ground. "This battle against the Islamic State falls to this generation of Americans, just as the battle against some future threat will fall to the next."

Obama asked world leaders to support his imperial adventurism. To join his coalition against Islamist extremism. He vowed to maintain military pressure against them. Daily conflict claims scores of lives. Expect death and injury tolls to increase exponentially. Obama's naked aggression assures it.

Syria's Information Minister Omarn al-Zoubi discussed his country's "drama." Some Arab states "dealt with (it) to gain profits, with a clear distinction between th(is) goal, national and pan-Arab identity." Damascus' UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari said Syria helped pioneer fighting terrorism. It coped with Israeli state terrorism for decades. It's battled Western-supported Islamic extremists since conflict erupted in March 2011. It's ongoing. Damascus supports international efforts for a common cause. It prioritizes saving lives. It wants Syrian sovereignty respected. It wants international laws, norms and standards conformed to. Al-Jaafari said "participation of Israel in the so-called 'alliance against ISIS' undermines" its credibility:

"Shooting down a Syrian warplane, which (performed) national duty in bombing terrorist organizations, by Israel practically affirms that there is an alliance between Israel and al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations and others."

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Amir-Abdollahian accused Washington of attacking Syrian civilians and vital infrastructure. He called doing it a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. He reiterated Iran's support for Syria's fight against terrorism. Its people alone should decide its future, he added. Addressing the UN's 69th General Assembly session, Iranian President Hassan Rohani spoke forthrightly. He said extremism and violence threaten regional peace and security. It's a global phenomenon, he said:

"All countries (involved) in creating these terrorist organizations should own up to their mistake and apoplexies. Our world today is replete with fear and hope. Fear of war and hostile regional and global relations. Fear of deadly confrontation of religious, ethnic and national identities. Fear of institutionalization of violence and extremism. Fear of poverty and destructive discrimination. Fear of decay and destruction of life-sustaining resources. Fear of disregard for human dignity and rights, and fear of neglect of morality. Alongside these fears, however, there are new hopes. The hope of universal acceptance by the people and the elite all across the globe of 'yes to peace and no to war.' And the hope of preference of dialogue over conflict, and moderation over extremism."

Rohani called Iran's recent elections...

"...a clear, living example of the wise choice of hope, rationality and moderation by the great people of Iran. The realization of democracy consistent with religion and the peaceful transfer of executive power manifested that Iran is the anchor of stability in an otherwise ocean of regional instabilities."

It doesn't matter. Washington targets its sovereign independence. It wants control of its vast oil and gas reserves.

It wants Israel's main regional rival removed. Netanyahu gives rogue leadership new meaning. He blasted Rohani's address. He called it "full of hypocrisy." He lied claiming Iran pursues nuclear weapons. He ignored Israel's longstanding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons arsenals. Its willingness to use them lawlessly. Preemptively. Its mass slaughter and destruction agenda. Its longstanding terror war on Palestine.

Iranian policy is polar opposite. Rohani knows what he's up against. It doesn't matter how responsibly he governs. Or his commitment to world peace, equity and justice. Or his forthright outreach to all nations responsibly. Iran remains regional enemy No. 1. It's a functioning democracy. It respects all religious beliefs. It treats its small Jewish population lawfully. It's polar opposite Israeli state terror.

[Terror is] what despotic Gulf State dictatorships inflict on their people and regionally. Their alliance with US state terrorism. Jordan and Turkey support it. So does Egypt's junta. Libya's sham government. Other regional monarchies.

Things go from bad to worse. Global nuclear war more than ever is possible. It'll be war to end future ones. There's a choice. Either prevent it or it'll end us. There's no in between.

On Wednesday, Russia and China surprisingly embraced Security Council Resolution 2178. It calls for UN Charter Chapter VII using force against Foreign Terrorist Fighters. At the same time, Moscow and Beijing said they'll challenge US military operations in Syria without more explicit Security Council approval than already. They'll veto resolutions authorizing it. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said:

"Military actions must comply with the UN Charter and the relevant Security Council resolutions. No double standards should be adopted."

Russia's Foreign Ministry said:

"There is doubt over the legitimacy of the strikes as such actions can only be carried out with the approval of the United Nations and the unequivocal permission of the authorities of the country where they are taking place, which in this case is the government in Damascus."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Obama's UN address "failed to deliver if one compares it to real facts." He presented worldviews polar opposite reality, equity and justice. America is "a country (usurping) right to use force arbitrarily regardless of UN Security Council's resolutions or other international legal acts in its national defense doctrine," Lavrov said.

His address was bizarre and then some. It was outrageously brazen. Obama ludicrously called Ebola the top international threat. He ranked nonexistent Russian aggression second. At the same time, he nonsensically said world societies today are "freer and safer."

"I didn't understand whether he was serious or not and whether there was an Orwellian element in it," said Lavrov. "Because George Orwell invented the Ministry of Truth, and it looks like this philosophy is lingering."

Obama's hegemonic worldview reflects America asserting "its (unilateral) right to use force arbitrarily," Lavrov explained. It's shockingly over-the-top. It's mindless of core international laws, norms, standards and morality. Moscow wants conflicts resolved diplomatically, Lavrov stressed. It opposes unilateral "shifting the blame," he added. It's peace, stability, equity and justice agenda is polar opposite America's.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) reports one-sidedly for Israel. It serves hundreds of Jewish community newspapers and media subscribers worldwide. It said Obama's UN address "hardly mentioned Iran's nuclear program." It was polar opposite last year's focus. He considered it then one of Washington's two major issues. "On Wednesday, he devoted just four lines to" it. His "thin coverage…drew immediate notice of Jewish groups." An American Jewish Committee tweet lied saying he "devoted only 78 words (to the) greatest threat to world peace."

By email, Francis Boyle said he's "not going to refute (Obama's litany of) lies, propaganda, half-truths and distortions." He called nonexistent Russian aggression in Europe "baloney!" He appointed himself "global sheriff." He did so against international terrorism he created. He's building "an international coalition against Russia. Boyle called it a "deliberate provocation. A deliberate insult to Russia." He's using Ebola "as a pretext to invade West Africa…" He's joining with Britain and France to stead its oil, gas," and other resources.

America, Israel and other nations know Iran has no nuclear weapons. It has no program to develop them. It wants them abolished worldwide. It wants potential nuclear armageddon avoided.

Obama is trying to "drive a wedge between" China and Russia. He's playing a losing game. "He shed crocodile tears for Islam while murdering Muslims" worldwide. He "takes out…leaders" like a Mafia hit man. He's "Godfather to the world." He's an unprecedented menace. World peace hangs by a thread at his discretion.

US stooges run so-called Afghan "transitional government." They violate their own constitution. Obama has no legal authority to wage war on Iraq or Syria. He ignores international, constitutional and US statute laws. He pontificates. He lectures Muslims while murdering them.

What about "violent Jewish fundamentalists?"
What about Christian fascists? What about "our clash against Muslim civilization?
What about direct and proxy wars against Muslim societies?
What about pitting Sunnis against Shias?
What about supporting Israeli mass murder and destruction?
What about endorsing its killing machine?
What about Big Lies substituting for hard truths?
What about decades of involvement in genocidal slaughter?
What about official policy endorsing exterminating Muslim societies?
What about Zionism's global scourge?
What about destructive Israeli Lobby Power?
What about trashing core human and civil rights?
What about mocking democratic ones?
What about violating rule of law principles?
What about waging war on humanity perhaps with intent to destroy it altogether?
What about ousting independent sovereign governments?
What about replacing them with convenient US-friendly stooge ones? Puppets serving Washington's interests. Exploiting their own people ruthlessly in the process.

Obama doesn't give a damn about fundamental rights. An honors Harvard Law grad? "Give me a break," said Boyle. He reflects hypocrisy writ large. Why would populations anywhere look to America for leadership? People aren't fools. They know US policies threaten world peace and security. They know Obama represents imperial lawlessness and then some. He exceeds the worst of history's despots. He elevates rogue leadership to an unprecedented level. His permanent war policy threatens humanity. Populations everywhere want peace, equity and justice. They want what Obama's wars prevent.
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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He has devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts since summer 2005 have included writing on a broad range of vital topics ranging from war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. He also co-hosts The Global Research News Hour, gives occasional public talks, and appears frequently on radio and at times television. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. Also visit his blog and listen to The Lendman News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. His new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" can be ordered here. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
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