Payment for services rendered: Obama prepares to cash in on presidency

by Patrick Martin, WSWS

An article in the Monday edition of the New York Times, headlined “With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency,” describes the ongoing discussions between the US president and groups of supporters and cronies about plans for Obama after he leaves the White House on January 20, 2017.

These discussion are “part of a methodical effort taking place inside and outside the White House as the president, first lady and a cadre of top aides map out a postpresidential infrastructure and endowment they estimate could cost as much as $1 billion,” the Times reports.

This figure was chosen after a review of the experiences of Obama’s immediate predecessors. Bill Clinton, according to this account, made the “mistake” of raising too little money initially for his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, forcing him to make repeated fundraising appeals in subsequent years.

George W. Bush raised $500 million for his library, an ample sum, but “Obama’s associates set a goal of raising at least $800 million — enough money, they say, to avoid never-ending fund-raising. One top adviser said that $800 million was a floor rather than a ceiling.”

And that is only the funding for the library, to say nothing of the forthcoming Obama Global Foundation, apparently modeled on the vast and lucrative enterprise set up by Bill and Hillary Clinton, which has raised billions over the past 15 years.

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US Volunteer in Donetsk: “(US backed fascists) do not even aim at soldiers!” (video)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Prison Planet and Di$info Jone$ are promoting the “Russia is invading” story complete with Facebook and Twitter “evidence” clearly created by those military disinfo assets working in both.

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“And the UKROP fascists, US backed fascists they just point their cannons anywhere. If it’s at Donetsk, they just point the cannon and let it fly. And they don’t care if it kills kids or old people or blows up houses, they don’t care. They’re not even aiming at soldiers. There are no soldiers anywhere around here. This is true terrorism. This is US backed, US directed, US paid terrorism. That’s what it is” “Texas”

If you are wondering why it is that our military (and Britain’s) is spending so much money and manpower setting up fake identities online so they can promote propaganda under the guise of regular citizens, ask no longer. The reality is setting in. Fascists backed by Israel, the US, Britain, Australia, the EU and other NATO powers are conducting a terror campaign in southeastern Ukraine against a civilian population opposed to the rule of our puppet dictator installed in Kiev, Porky Poroshenko.

They have been constantly shelling residential districts in Donetsk since the Minsk II agreement was signed while our media says nothing about these crimes against humanity. Instead, the MSM continually lies about the Assad government saying they are bombing civilian population in Syria.

Here is a video of a guy in Donetsk talking about the latest shelling of residential areas by the fascists supporting the Kiev regime. He is a volunteer called “Texas” and he makes it pretty clear what’s going on over there.

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In Secret Filing, DOJ Opposes Release of Hunger-Striking Gitmo Prisoner

(Here’s some more of that “CHANGE” for you lingering Obamaites)

from Common Dreams

In a maneuver described by constitutional rights experts as “rare and unusual,” the Obama administration late on Friday submitted a long-awaited filing urging a federal judge not to order the release of a hunger-striking prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, whose condition has been described by his lawyers as deteriorating rapidly.

The filing was kept under seal, though the Justice Department said a public version will be released later.

According to the Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman, “U.S. officials said the objection to freeing Tariq Ba Odah, who is undernourished to the point of starvation, and the decision to challenge his legal gambit outside of public view, are indications that the Obama administration will fight tenaciously to stop detainees from seeking freedom in federal courts, despite Barack Obama’s oft-repeated pledge to close Guantánamo.”

Thirty-six-year-old Ba Odah has been held at Guantánamo since he was 23, and has been on hunger strike for eight years in protest of his indefinite detention. He has never been charged with a crime and he was cleared for release by a multi-agency review board in 2009.  He has been subjected to force-feeding and he reportedly weighs about 75 pounds.

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A Little Insight Into the Twisted Mind of Barack H. Obama, Leader of the Free Market World

by Scott Creighton

Five days ago the Obama State Department announced their opinion of the elected Assad government in Syria: “Assad regime is the root of all evil” in Syria.

When I saw this graphic on Twitter, I thought of how fitting it was.

 

Barack Obama is not simply a liar playing a role in American politics on behalf of criminal capitalism and the corporate elites who practice it. That conclusion infers a kind of neutrality on his part, a willingness to do whatever is asked of him be it imposing crippling neoliberal austerity on the suckers who voted for him or raising them up with a real progressive agenda… were that to be in vogue for the ruling class these days.

It is my contention after all these years, that Barack Obama could no more stand by and allow a real universal healthcare program to take shape in this country than Dick Cheney could restrain himself from profiting off all the wars that he himself started. It’s just not in their DNA. Never was.

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State Department: “Assad Regime is the Root of All Evil” in Syria Because He Stands in the Way of Greater Kurdistan

by Scott Creighton

“The discovery in 2009 of a new gas field near Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Syria opened new possibilities to bypass the Saudi Barrier and to secure a new source of income. Pipelines are in place already in Turkey to receive the gas. Only Al-Assad is in the way

This video from RT is interesting on a number of levels. Among other things it shows the Obama administration is right on track in their efforts to build a new country, Greater Kurdistan, and Assad and all those Syrians who support the sovereignty of their nation are simply getting in the way.

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Obama Orders Airstrikes to Defend ISIS in Syria

by Steve Lendman

Previous articles explained what Western officials and media scoundrels suppress. ISIS or ISIL or IS are US recruited, trained, armed, funded and directed Pentagon proxy foot soldiers doing Obama’s dirty work – to destabilize and/or topple governments where they’re deployed.Using them is part of Washington’s imperial strategy for unchallenged global dominance. They’re likely to show up almost anywhere. Mass slaughter, destruction, brutal atrocities and human misery follow – notably in Syria and Iraq.

On August 2, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime.” The so-called “new” force is the old one. They’re not Syrian rebels or others supporting the rights of its people.

They’re US enlisted death squads – cutthroat killers, trained in the art of committing the most brutal acts of murder, torture and other atrocities, including use of chemical and other illegal weapons.

The Journal said Obama “authorized using air power to defend a new US-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Barack Obama: Dick Cheney’s Evolving Unitary Executive

by Scott Creighton

Kevin Zeese got one thing right when he recently sat down with Jay Paul for an interview on his Real News Network: the entire debate and voting process in congress surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was choreographed from the start.

Aside from that, he misses the point completely. Worse still, in his tried and true fashion, he attempts to spin a loss into our victory.

Watching that interview it occurred to me just how important professional “opposition” leaders like Zeese are to the establishment. While he kept saying over and over again that we “got” “an additional” 60 days to stop bad trade agreements like the TPP, TTIP and TISA, he never once mentioned the real horror behind the the TPA: it is nothing more than Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” theory playing itself out under the left cover of Barack H. Obama and right before another Bush is ushered into the oval office.

Paul Ryan and a number of others who support Fast Track trade promotion authority have been running saying that this is not that big of a deal; that Fast Track authority has been something all presidents since Roosevelt have been granted.

That’s not exactly true.

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