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Politics of Fear Continue Under Obama

During his campaign to become President, Barack Obama promised that he would end the politics of fear if he were elected. Now, nearly a year after he was inaugurated, what are we seeing?

A) An incompetent Al Quaeda recruit fails to blow himself up on an airplane, causing only burns to himself. As a result, airport security is increased around the world, with the Department of Homeland Security purposefully establishing inconsistent security procedures, in order to cause the maximum amount of confusion.

B) Eight Americans are actually killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, and the Obama Administration doesn’t change policy at all, but continues with its plans to send tens of thousands of more Americans into harm’s way in Afghanistan.

6 comments to Politics of Fear Continue Under Obama

  • ramone

    there is no way to make flying completely safe. strip search every passenger on very flight and someone will still find a way to thwart the system. i think barrack obama knows this, but, to appease a media driven frenzy he’s willing to make a show of further security measures. politics.
    there is no stopping suicide bombers either. when it comes to war zones, apparently the media has a more realistic outlook. if they created a story around suicide bombers in afganistan maybe the president would try strip searching every enemy combatant. it’s a tough job, but, no less daunting than monitoring the entire world population that use the airline industry for transportation.
    regardless, i don’t think it’s obama that is doing the fear mongering. he’s just reacting to it.
    world peace now!
    until then, keep up the rhetoric.

  • Tom

    America blew the whole 911 reaction to “Osama’s” provocation (i still think it was an inside job).

    Most of the world (with the exception of a few children in Jerusalem dancing in the streets in joy) felt some kind of empathy or sorrow for the U.S. and for the many victims of varied nationalities who were killed that day and would have done anything to help. Had George Bush jr. been a real leader he would have capitalised on that to WAGE PEACE. Instead he introduced Cowboy Diplomacy (yee-haw) and basically fell right in to the military response that Osama WANTED (expected/hoped) him to follow. America is (as is humanity in general at this point) being undone by its ignorance, hubris, and other flaws of our species.

    Obama, though elected to BRING HOME THE TROOPS and STOP THE WAR, didn’t because the military/industrial complex has other ideas and he’s not a real leader either (but can play one convincingly). The last president (and real leader in my eyes) to stand up to this vested interest group, that Eisenhower warned us about, was Kennedy – and you see where that got him (probably brought to us by the same cabal in “our” government that fomented the 911 attack on us). In other words i don’t think Obama’s in charge of anything other than living in the White House (nor will it be the case for any of “our elected” – cough, choke, sorry, just recalling Bush 2000 – presidents to come).

    So now we have “all fear, all the time” CNN, etc. keeping Homeland Security and the Repugnant Party front and center and in our lives (FISA, Patriot Act, Miltary Commissions Act, wiretapping, spying etc. as a normal state of affairs in “the land of the free”) as often as possible and it’s been co-opted out of necessity by the Dems, who can’t seem to find a good counter stance to the “you’re soft on terrorism” charge being constantly bellowed from the right wingers (which of course has them doing exactly what’s expected by them and their ilk, via Osama) – which is DO MORE OF THE SAME!

    i swear, our government is run by a bunch of petulant middle-school-mentality self-serving cretins drunk on money, power, greed, and all the other attendant human flaws inherant in their position.

    The really disappointing thing is our laissez-fair attitude and reaction to all of it. We’re just so busy with our own lives – especially now, going in to this depression – that we’re not willing to risk anything that might topple our little part in the play. And i’m long past the “protest” stage after 8 years of Bush and the secret government we have now that just ignores its citizenry and effectively creates a police state in reaction to any and all dissent (including being okay with it – you’re STILL spied on, kept track of, etc.). What we need now is one of two awful scenarios to happen to change it back to abiding by the Constitution:
    1. It’s gotta get so bad that civil society becomes undone and we’re in the Mad Max, Cormac McCarthy Road bleak where civilization just collapses.
    or
    2. Armed insurrection by local people taking over every stage of the government all the way up to state and national level.

    Since number 2 is impractical and highly unlikely due to the fractured nature of our political landscape, i’m betting that climate change (and all its vast consequences) combined with our own stupidity, greed, etc. causes number one to be our future (and i don’t think it will take more than about the next 20 years for this to become the case).

  • qs

    Terrorism has become a perpetual cycle. It’s easy to do an near impossible to stop. It’s directed at countries that occupy the terrorists homeland, and since the U.S. has bases everywhere and its CIA, etc in every nook and cranny of every country, it’s one of the main targets of terrorism. The government’s solution to stopping terrorism is always more occupying and oppressing. So the Government can create its own demand by producing more and provoking more terrorism. More terrorism means there is more demand to stop terrorism, and we know how the government stops terrorism.

  • Tom

    Oh, sorry. To conclude – once the population of the world gets down to about 1/6 of what we have now, MAYBE those survivors can live by the Constitution, which was a pretty good idea until capitalism took it over and used the government as its “bitch”.

  • Jacob

    He has made a lot of promises.

    How about the cut the fat and no pork belly spending crap he spewed. Have you seen the defense budget? I justbread about it today.

    In all, Congress added in 1,720 pet projects, including:

    ?$5 million for a visitors center in San Francisco
    ?$23 million for indigent health care in Hawaii
    ?$18 million for the Edward Kennedy Policy Institute in Massachusetts
    ?$1.6 million to computerize hospital records in Oakland
    ?$47 million for anti-drug training centers around the country
    ?$20 million for the World War II Museum in Louisiana
    ?$3.9 million grant to develop an energy-efficient solar film for buildings
    ?$800,000 for minority prostate cancer research
    ?$3.6 million for marijuana eradication in Kentucky
    ?$2.4 million for handicap access and a sprinkler system at a community club in New York

    Here is the rest of it

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/30/tracking-taxes-defense-bill/21/

  • Peregrin, thanks for pointing out the disconnect in how our country overreacts to a failed attack and fails to react to the continuous successful attacks our troops are exposed to. I for one favor a simple “no clothing allowed” policy to prevent future attacks on planes, but really any attack that involves terrorists fucking around in the plane has had almost no chance since the other passengers learned not to take any shit from them on 9/11. It would also be reasonable for the government to “suck it up” and proceed as planned if we only get bombed once every couple of years in exchange for being able to politically and economically dominate the world.

    @Tom, but after that apocalyptic scenario, there will be no “USA” with its “constitution”. Hopefully the survivors will remember most of the good stuff, and spend some extra time specifying what their new government MUST NEVER do in the founding documents.

    @Jacob, surely you can find some more impressive pork. Only the 2 anti-drug measures seem out of line, and that’s just b/c I think the whole anti-drug war is ridiculous. They’re hardly out of line with current federal policy. I’ve gotten over the inability of congress to pass a bill that deals with only one issue.

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