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The Empire President: Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s “Neo-Con” Doctrine of Military Force in UN Speech

This is part 2 of Amy Goodman’s interview with Scahill on his film Dirty Wars: the World Is a Battlefield from April of this year; part 1 is here (29:34)  It would be difficult to give his long career of dogged journalistic courage in the face of danger  too much praise or too much credit for bringing us so much first-person reporting on the Dark Military and their Secret Wars.


This is the transcript of Barack Obama’s ‘remarks’ to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2013 (yesterday).

Among many other lies and bold agendas obscured by American Exceptionalism jingoism, he said:

We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends on the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.

We will dismantle terrorist networks that threaten our people. Wherever possible, we will build the capacity of our partners, respect the sovereignty of nations, and work to address the root causes of terror. But when it’s necessary to defend the United States against terrorist attack, we will take direct action.

This leads me to a final point. There will be times when the breakdown of societies is so great, the violence against civilians so substantial that the international community will be called upon to act. This will require new thinking and some very tough choices. While the United Nations was designed to prevent wars between states, increasingly we face the challenge of preventing slaughter within states. And these challenges will grow more pronounced as we are confronted with states that are fragile or failing — places where horrendous violence can put innocent men, women and children at risk, with no hope of protection from their national institutions.

I have made it clear that even when America’s core interests are not directly threatened, we stand ready to do our part to prevent mass atrocities and protect basic human rights. But we cannot and should not bear that burden alone. In Mali, we supported both the French intervention that successfully pushed back al Qaeda, and the African forces who are keeping the peace.

In the spirit of ‘Build it and they will come if ya force the issue’, you can read more about AFRICOM, its mission statement, and ‘failed states’ indices here.  It will give you The Shivers, then Piss You Off.  Good.

You can read David Swanson’s Top 45 Lies in Obama’s Speech at the UN here.

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