Obama peacenikking (_and_ no Olympics)
by fairleft2, Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 09:45:37 AM EDT
Despite his two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you gotta say Obama looks good peacenik-wise in reference to Iran and Russia.
First, he pulls back on the offensive missile 'shield' whose intent was to threaten Russia. The intent, according to the Beltway pundits, was to get Russia to back crippling sanctions against Iran. But was it? I don't know. Maybe Obama is a peacenik on this issue. Anyway, the you scratch my back I scratch yours doesn't seem to be working, cuz,
Second, Obama and Iran seem to be working things out on their own. Peacenikky! Iran has apparently agreed to export some of its nuclear fuel enrichment to Russia, and, so, no crippling sanctions? Another wait and see, but things look good today on the peace front.
And who knows, mebbe Obama told story about Daley to the Olympic selection committee. Spectacular fail by the Mayor's city, but a definite win for Chicago. We're busted, and we gotta focus on getting rid of some crime and poverty, and fixing the many horrific schools (a screw you to one of Daley's flunkies, former Chicago schools chief and clueless do-nothing Daley stooge Arnie Duncan, Obama's Education Secretary).
And, is it "I told you so" time yet? Gotta say, this -- Sorry Israel, no Iran war or crippling sanctions 4U -- looks like some damn good predicting right now. Shout out to my man, M K Bhadrakumar, he pointed me in the right direction. . . .
Side note the spectacular difference between my piece and the World Socialist Web Site's take -- Talks with Iran open in Geneva amid threats and provocations -- on what's going on and will go on between the aggressive world powers and Iran. WSWS is a superb website, but their reporting would be practically perfect if they weren't so bent on pessimism (which equals optimism for world working class revolution, I suppose). (They're also ugly wrong on the Polanski arrest, but that's another of their weak points, prioritizing art over populist/popular justice.) Anyone going to WSWS, and you should go there on a regular basis, needs to cure what you take from there with a common sense balance of optimism and pessimism. It is possible in this crazy mixed-up world for good things to happen, even when all the major players are evil capitalist pigs.
Anyway, angry grumbling right now in the the U.S. and Israel military-industrial complexes (read Jerusalem Post's Ron Rosenblum for some grumbling, scary Israeli religofascist warwetdreaming). It's all about them, and right now damn Obama doesn't seem to get that. Keep it going Obama peacenik, right out of Afghanistan and Iraq, you're on a roll! The bad guys'll get their war state back eventually, but let's ride that peace train, whatever your motivations, for awhile.
Have a great weekend. My little family gonna ride our bikes over to the little forest they were gonna raze for the Olympics tennis stadium.