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Welcome to Orwell's world 2010 : Comments

By John Pilger, published 15/1/2010

Only the terminally gormless remain true to the Obama brand of 'world peace'.

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Next week: how to nail jelly to the ceiling.

John's articles have got more fantastical every time. Where does he get his information? National enquirer?
Posted by Shadow Minister, Friday, 15 January 2010 9:42:31 AM
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I'm not a fan of Clinton and have been disgusted by the spin around the Peace Prize for Obama when weighed against to his actions in office but the fact that both Clinton and Obama are mentioned in this piece but George Bush escapes mention just does not sit right.

There is a lot of spin by US Democrats in office however they were not in office when either Afganistan or Iraq were invaded which are the two countries focused on in this piece.

R0bert
Posted by R0bert, Friday, 15 January 2010 10:03:44 AM
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GOOD ARTICLE
even if Pilger, that black sheep set apart from yes-man commentators, wrote it.

When all is said and done the US military needs a mission (no matter what) as a crucial tool in US foreign policy and domestic economic policy. If the US military is not seen to be doing something useful, preferably fighting, its budget will decline - jobs US wide would be lost.

In the past the US military was based throughout Europe in the Cold War, occupied Vietnam and now Iraq as well as Afghanistan. US allies are reluctant to use THEIR militaries so willingly.

However with a budget of around US$750 Billion for 2010/2011 the US military keeps a large part of the US economy going. Obama's Democrat electorates are now targeted by defence companies in order that these electorates and their Congressmen become reliant on military spending. Arms companies building factories in electorates means jobs amongst the voters - improving chances for reelection for local Congressmen. This also increases the electoral support base for the compliant President - who is now Obama.

So what Eisenhower admitted about the military-industrial complex decades ago still holds. Its a juggernaut that snares US Presidents and also our dependent country.

Pete
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 15 January 2010 5:26:52 PM
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According to Webster Tarpley the US had operatives in Afghanistan well before 911.

JFK spoke of the Military Industrial Complex's power and our media over the decades have failed to expose it.It now has so much power that it determines which party gets in and who will be the next president.Obama has failed to repeal all the repressive presidential orders of Bush.Obama has brought in a new one called preventative detention.Supposedly for terrorists,it allows the authorities to detain someone indefinitely just on the suspicion of being one,with no legal recourse.The USA is almost a totalitarian state and the oligarchs won't relinquish that power easily.
Posted by Arjay, Saturday, 16 January 2010 8:31:25 AM
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"In 2001, the Taliban tried three times to hand over bin Laden for trial, reported Pakistanís military regime, and were ignored."

"More than two months before the Twin Towers were attacked...Niaz Naik, was told by the Bush administration that an American military assault would take place by mid-October."

John, can you cite original records for these claims? I note a lack of support for many of your claims. Do you expect us to believe anything you say without evidence?
Posted by Stezza, Saturday, 16 January 2010 8:20:00 PM
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Pete's right. Much that I love Pilger, he's OTT too often - but not this time.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Otherwise, crash on regardless :)
Posted by CJ Morgan, Saturday, 16 January 2010 9:25:51 PM
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