The U.S. is apparently getting ready to launch yet another invasion and occupation, this time in Central and South America, under the "No Change" leadership of Dick Cheney's cousin. Five-Deferment Dick, the man who loved war as long as he didn't have to go, and his cousin Barack Obama, a man who also managed to avoid military service but now has no compunctions about sending other Americans again and again and again and again to foreign countries to attack, brutalize, occupy, destroy, torture, annihilate the unarmed civilians around the world, all in the name of preserving the American Empire.
Probably the only "good" thing that came out of Bush and Cheney's eight-year campaign of international war crimes in the middle east is that it kept their evil little minds and armies occupied with slaughtering the people in the middle east, giving the folks in Central and South America a little breathing room for a change. After all, for over a 100 years the U.S. has repeatedly attacked, invaded, overthrown governments, murdered civilians, tortured, disappeared, stolen resources of Central and South America under various phony doctrines used to justify the quest for Empire.
In the middle east it is the "War On Terrorism." In Central and South America it used to be "The War Against Communism," but then it became "The War On Drugs," and now there are signs of it mutating into "The War Against Illegal Immigration," although it's also sometimes referred to as "The War Against Leftist Guerrillas," not to be confused with the domestic "War Against Obesity."
Has there ever been a nation so in love with war as the land of the free, home of the brave, sea to shining sea known as the U.S.A. The government always comes up with these catchy names to disguise what's really going on. And all that's ever been going on is that the U.S. steals everything of value, all the resources, all the wealth from Central and South America, and uses its military to murder anyone who tries to stop them.
The wealth and plunder goes to the corporations, the insiders and CEOs, and they pay a big percentage to the politicians who support these wars. Do you know why there is cocaine on all the U.S. money? Because the cocaine money comes to the U.S., is taken by the U.S., or at least a big chunk of it is. War on Drugs my Ass. It's more like a gang war to see who gets the profits from selling drugs: the actual growers/traffickers, or the U.S. politicians with their big fat military. We're such a disgrace.
Obama's looking less like Gandhi and more like his cousin Dick. Less like Bishop Desmond Tutu and more like Idi Amin. Is there a war that Obama does not like? Is there a continent he does not want to invade? They just announced this week that Obama surprisingly gave into every single thing Israel demands -- again -- including the right to continue the Israeli genocidal policy of extermination of the Palestinians. If it involves slaughter and war, Obama is so there.
We already know that the U.S. was behind the coup in Honduras. We trained and financed the thugs that staged that coup in the School of the Americas in Georgia. Hillary Clinton came out immediately and held a tea party for the gangbangers who have taken control, insisting that it wasn't really a "coup," it was more like a surprise party for the President who was kidnapped and taken out of his country, forbidden ever to return. Surprise!! Here's your new home!
Now Obama's negotiating a deal with the thugs and criminals running the dictatorship in the nation of Cocaine -- excuse me, the nation of Columbia -- so that the U.S. can take over Columbia's bases, move our troops and military equipment there, and presumably prepare to attack every single government in South and Central America that Idi Obama decides he doesn't like. Our new "peaceful" President is massing troops along the border with Poland. For what purpose, one might ask, other than for more war?
Is that why Obama refuses to help people keep their homes, refuses to create jobs programs for real Americans, why he refuses to support a national healthcare program for the citizens? Because he wants to take all the money that remains and use it to start more wars. Like his cousin Dick. If these men -- Bush, Cheney, Obama -- wanted to be "warriors," then why didn't they go put their butts on the line, sign up for military service and go to war when it was their turn? No George -- snorting lines in urine-drenched piss-hole saloons in West Texas doesn't count.
From the Guardian Co., U.K.: Outcry in South America Over U.S. Military Base Pact.
"South American leaders are due to square off tomorrow over a plan to increase US access to military bases in Colombia, a deal that has damaged Barack Obama's attempt to mend relations with the region."
"A diplomatic firestorm has been ignited, with a summit in Argentina pitting Colombia – which has sought closer co-operation with Washington – against its neighbours who fear the US presence will threaten leftist governments."
"Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, has led the denunciations, claiming US imperialist aggression was blowing "winds of war". ... "Bolivia and Ecuador's socialist leaders have condemned the bases plan and even the more centrist governments of Argentina, Brazil and Chile have expressed unease."
"Washington and Bogotá have scrambled to defend the pact, which is close to being finalised, as a mere administrative tweaking of their decade-long military co-operation to combat drug traffickers and leftist guerrillas. The proposed 10-year lease will give the US access to at least seven Colombian bases – three air force, two naval and two army – stretching from the Pacific to the Caribbean."
"The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said there was no intention to expand the number of permanent personnel beyond the maximum permitted by Congress: 800 military and 600 civilian contractors." [NOTE: AGAIN, THE U.S. HAS ALMOST AS MANY "CONTRACTORS" INSIDE COLUMBIA AS WE HAVE "OFFICIAL" MILITARY PEOPLE. THAT MEANS, JUST LIKE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THAT WE ARE USING PAID PRIVATE MERCENARIES, RUNNING DEATH SQUADS IN THESE COUNTRIES AND PRETENDING THAT THEY ARE OPERATING INDEPENDENTLY. THEY REPORT TO GOD, LIKE ERIC PRINCE WOULD CLAIM]
.... "But a region scarred by memories of CIA-backed dictatorships in the 70s and 80s has balked at the prospect of "gringo" boots and aircraft stationed on their continent, notwithstanding goodwill for the new occupant of the White House. ..."
"Washington has not fully explained its mandate nor the scope and nature of its operations, wrote Adam Isacson, of the Centre for International Policy, which monitors US initiatives in Colombia. 'The United States is creating a new capability in South America, and capabilities often get used.'"
"Colombia's US-supported military has won plaudits at home for pushing back Farc guerrillas but has also provoked dismay over its human rights abuses and a cross-border raid into Ecuador last year. "
Remember: the real reason the Republicans want to snuff grandma instead of paying for her healthcare is because they want all the money to go to war. And, apparently, so do Obama and his Democrats.
"The feuding will test Brazil's hopes of moulding Unasur, which was founded last year, into a vehicle for regional integration along the lines of the EU." [AND A BIG P.S.: THIS IS THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE. SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER FOR MUTUAL ECONOMIC BENEFIT, SHARING RESOURCES, TRADING WITH EACH OTHER. THE U.S. WANTS TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING SO THE U.S. CAN CONTINUE TO CONTROL AND EXPLOIT THE ENTIRE REGION].