Holiday Hangover by Chris Floyd
1. Domination Fetish
President Obama promised the nation there will always be a fresh supply of new war dead to honor each Memorial Day as long as he's in charge: Barack Obama pledges to keep U.S. 'dominance' (Politico).
2. Outsourcing Atrocity
The progressive president is also re-embracing traditional American values in foreign policy: letting foreigners torture and terrorize our captives, rather than dirtying our own dainty hands. U.S. Relies More on Aid of Allies in Terror Cases (NYT).
3. All-Day Permanent Red
Arthur Silber reminds us all, once again, that the factionists feverish for war with Iran never cease their labors. In 'Pleasant Nightmares,' he points to Obama's new order to update the "Iran attack plan." Not a "defense against an Iranian attack on United States territory" plan, mind you, but a good, old, straightforward, "Here's how we'll whack 'em when we take a notion to whack 'em" plan. Or as that martyred progressive hero-for-a-season Admiral Fallon said last year, when asked about the possibility for war with Iran: ""Get serious," the admiral says. "These guys are ants. When the time comes, you crush them." (The admiral was a progressive hero, you see, because he advocating waiting to crush the Iranian ants until a few more ants in Iraq and Afghanistan were crushed first. As the glorious reign of Barack Obama is demonstrating, it don't take much to be a progressive hero these days.) The new Obama moves come in as the Israelis open up a new front in their agit-prop for an Iran hit: claiming the filthy pinkos in Venezuala and Boliva are slipping uranium to Tehran. (What, is Niger out of yellowcake?)
4. Militarism, Morality and Misplaced Reverence
And while you're at it, check out Silber's own powerful address for Memorial Day: 'No, I Do Not Support "The Troops.'" This major essay should have been broadcast as a rebuttal to Obama's holiday pledge of eternal dominance.