Earlier today, President Obama --with a straight face-- told the American people that great progress is being made in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda. We're "on track," he says.
But as Jason Ditz reports:
The vague claims of “progress” came with a five-page summary which made even more vague claims of progress, and both carefully ignored the grim Pentagon report to Congress just three weeks ago, as well as the equally grim, but classified, CIA report on the war.
Likewise no mention was made of the very public reports from groups like the Red Cross reporting the situation at its worst in decades, nor the open letter from top experts calling for the US to settle with the Taliban and leave as soon as possible.
No, today was the day for the administration to try to convince the American public that the continuation of the war is anything but what it really is, a disastrous commitment to a disastrous policy. Facts, clearly, have no place in such an attempt.
Exactly. Obama's comments today are an attempt to put a positive spin on a terrible situation that keeps getting worse and worse. Public relations at its finest.
But this PR isn't working, and the iron fist is beginning to be used against any vocal and public opposition to this god awful imperial war.
Last September, the FBI served warrants on the homes of anti-war activists in Minnesota and Chicago. Senator Dianna Feinstein --whose husband makes millions as a contractor for the Pentagon and the wars Feinstein supports-- has called for the Espionage Act of 1917 to be used against "threats to national security."
And a little after Obama's Orwellian word play this afternoon, came this gem:
Police arrest 100-plus anti-war demonstrators at White House fence
Washington (CNN) -- Police arrested more than a hundred protesters during an anti-war demonstration outside the White House fence Thursday.
The event was part of a rally that also was in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website has revealed secret U.S. documents about Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
"This lynch mob mentality is America at its lowest," said Daniel Ellsberg [!!!!!], a former military analyst who, a generation ago, leaked the "Pentagon Papers" to The New York Times.
And Ellsberg's right. The lynch mob mentality that tends to sweep over a country, over decent, hard-working people who should know better is but one more tragic consequence of war and empire.
Whenever a politician mixes the word "war," "traitor," and "national security" together, out comes the rope to choke dissent, liberty, and any threats to the state's parasitic, top-down order.