Right after Obama began his SOTU speech with a plea asking civillians to emulate his military, the military justice system whitewashed the Haditha Massacre and its coverup. That was one of many war crimes committed by US troops that led Iraq to reject Obama’s effort to continue the military occupation by refusing to continue the exemption of US troops from Iraqi law.

Michael Munk

“Unmarked NATO warplanes are arriving at Turkish military bases close to Iskenderum on the Syrian border, delivering weapons from the late Muammar Gaddafi’s arsenals as well as volunteers from the Libyan Transitional National Council who are experienced in pitting local volunteers against trained soldiers, a skill they acquired confronting Gaddafi’s army.”

-Philip Giraldi, formerly of the CIA, in the American Conservative

“The United States appears to be using a strategy in Syria that it has perfected over the years, having succeeded most recently in Libya: arming small paramilitary groups loyal to U.S. interests that claim to speak for the native population; these militants then attack the targeted government the U.S. would like to see overthrown —including terrorist bombings — and when the attacked government defends itself, the U.S. cries “genocide” or “mass murder,” while calling for foreign military intervention.

“This is the strategy that the U.S. is using to channel the Arab Spring into the bloody dead end of foreign military intervention.”

-Shamus Cooke in Truthout

“How can you pretend to vehemently oppose the slaughter of foreign civilians, the deprivation of due process, a posture of Endless War, radical secrecy, etc., when the President behind whom you’re faithfully marching is an aggressive advocate and implementer of those very policies?”

-Glenn Greenwald poses a simple question

Occupation

We must recognize that no one beholden to Big Money can lead America towards being a truly democratic republic.