Obama Administration Official Claims Martin Luther King Would Approve of the Global War on Terrorism

by Scott Creighton

But there is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say be non-violent toward Jim Clark but will curse and damn you when you say be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children. There is something wrong with that press.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jeh Johnson receives award from the Pentagon for spitting on the memory of Martin Luther King, JR.

In what I can only describe as a detestable perversion of our national heritage, Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel and Morehouse College graduate (like King himself), gave a keynote address (full text of that address, here)  at the 26th annual observance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Pentagon in which he concluded that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have approved of the Global War on Terror.

“I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation’s military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack,” Jeh C. Johnson

This corruption of history would have been worrisome but comical under the Bush administration. Imagine if Cheney or Rumsfeld had dared to think they could possibly have gotten away with such a ridiculous and insulting statement.  But under Obama, delivered by Jeh Johnson? It’s frightening.

On April the 4th 1967, Martin Luther King embarked publicly on the most dangerous course of action he would face. He had stood up against segregation, he had stood up for the poor and abused of this country. He had fought his whole life to liberate his people, our people. But when he chose to address the issue of the injustice of the Vietnam war, even his long-time supporters stepped away from his side. One year to the day after he gave this speech, after a year of ridicule and personal attacks from the MSM and even his former allies, Martin Luther King was killed by yet another “lone gunman”.

King knew the price he would pay.. and he paid it gladly.  Because for him, silence would have been betrayal.

Below are Kings words, in text and in digital format for all the world to hear. Draw your own conclusions. Is Jeh Johnson correct or is he betraying the living legacy of one of our greatest leaders with the apathy of his own conformist thought?

A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

“The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world.”

“… And I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today… my own government.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

I offer you the spoken word of Dr. King as a reminder. Not of what he stood for, not of what he died for… but I offer you his words as a reminder of what a leader used to be in this country. As the MSM heaps praise on the sophomoric rhetoric of Obama’s latest speech, looking for something, anything to “believe” in again, let’s remember what real courage sounded like… what it felt like. For we may not see the likes of it again in our lifetimes but we will never forget what it is and we will never accept the processed, pre-packaged corporatist substitution they are trying to sell us in its place: product Obama.

We were better than that, once. And we will be again.

Yesterday I wrote about President Obama’s wildly praised memorial service speech. I wrote about the hypocrisy of Obama’s condemning the killing of a 9-year-old child while he just signed a military appropriations bill which continues the killing of children and violence committed against their fathers and mothers in nations all across the globe. I wrote about the hypocrisy of crying over Giffords’ tragic wounds while our military refuses to classify similar scars as even being worthy of a Purple Cross. I wrote about the audacity of demonizing politically inspired violence perpetrated in America while that same justification is the basis for each and every dead U.S. soldier and civilian in the wars our leaders lied to us to start. We are at war, not for protection against terrorism. We are at war to realign the Middle East into something our corporate and banking leaders can more readily profit from. We are there to implement a political shift if not in ideology, then in function.

Martin Luther King knew all to well this same hypocrisy.

“America and most of its newspapers applauded me in Montgomery when I stood before thousands of negroes getting ready to riot when my home was bombed and said “we can’t do it this way”.  They applauded us in the sit-in movement when we non-violently decided to sit-in at lunch counters. They applauded us on the freedom rides when we accepted blows without retaliation. Oh the press was noble in its cause, so noble in its praise when I would say “be non-violent toward Bull Connor”.  But there is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say be non-violent toward Jim Clark but will curse and damn you when you say be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children. There is something wrong with that press.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jeh Johnson, one look at your face in this photo tells me you know what you’ve done. Your betrayal goes far beyond silence and it is my hope that in time it will be well-known to all Americans and you will be remembered for it.

This is the speech of a leader. This is the speech of a great American.  Accept no substitute for integrity and true conviction.

“Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all men, for communists and capitalists, for their children and ours, for black and white, for revolutionary and conservative?  Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the One who loved his enemies  so fully that he died for them?”

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11 Responses

  1. Bullseye, Scott!

    The snake feels no shame for crawling on its belly cause that’s what it has to do to survive. If Jeh Johnson was actually a snake, he would have no reason to feel shame either. He’s obviously not a snake but I suspect that he gave up his humanity a long time ago.

  2. from that picture, he looks a bit conflicted. I guess he is wondering what happens if these globalists don’t succeed in their efforts to rewrite the history of our country. he kinda bet the house on that one.

  3. Bravo, Scott. The perversion of King’s message by JJ is beyond words but grotesque, for one,comes to mind. Following the link to the text of Johnson’s speech at FDL I could hardly believe the audacity of its conclusion, daring to compare US military occupiers to “good Samaritans,” just lending a friendly hand to folks in need, to “personally stop and administer aid to those who want peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in defense of the American people.” We need a new vocabulary for this degree of doublespeak–audacity of evil?

    Thanks especially Scott for giving us the inspiring speech against war by the real Dr. King. Obviously King felt deeply for the plight of US soldiers, but killing people in their own land, bombing and burning villages? That’s devil’s work. Obviously, I would have thought. Thanks again.

    Cheers,
    Scott

  4. “We need a new vocabulary for this degree of doublespeak…”

    That is absolutely right. Exactly what I was trying to say. When I read what this man was trying to do with this speech, I was offended beyond words. I know he’s trying to please his audience (Pentagon staffers) and I know he is trying to please their bosses (MIC) but its still, just …. I don’t know what to call it… doublespeak doesn’t quite get it… its like Iago’s ultimate betrayal.

  5. Lets face it, America is a war state. With the pentagon being the U.S. version of the Vatican in Rome. I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day, the guy ahead of me in the line was a soldier on leave, all decked out in his army fatigues. When he was given his total by the cashier, a man in back of me stepped up and offered to pay for the soldiers’ purchase, and he accepted. I couldn’t help but think to myself, don’t we pay taxes for this? Would this samaritan do the same for a homeless person? Or how about the unemployed? I bet this guy could find someone out there, without looking very far, who could use some help feeding his family. But ,of course, that wouldn’t glorify the empire . I don’t see America’s love affair with violence, death, and foriegn intervention ending anytime soon. Not in our lifetimes anyway.

  6. If King was alive and saw what Zionist Israel did to the Palestinians in Gaza he would have known who the real terrorists are. And he might have had a heart attack.

  7. King’s dream was subverted in favor of a nightmare. JJ is displaying what Chomsky called intentional ignorance or delusional idealism. It would seem likely that at some time or another JJ has heard this particular speech. Listening without learning precedes speaking without thinking. King’s god dies a little more each day with every life fed to the MIC beast. Hard to tell if a recovery is still possible.

  8. I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would be in GITMO, put there by Bush, kept there by Obama.

    Intentional ignorance, delusional idealism…..exactly what Chomsky asks us to engage in and support when it comes to 911 truth.

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  10. To Norsworthy
    How JJ has come in under a hijacking
    of the goodness of Dr Kings memory, Reminds me of how Palin, and the Republican Party have infultrated the , god i hate these words,,,,,
    “the Tea Party”.

    Now, we may call it the “Grand OLD,,,Tea Party. .

  11. Can’t they feel any shame? How can they degrade MLK and think they can get away with it?

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