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However, I do feel I must defend our president from the charges of "weakness" and "cowardice" and "capitulation" that are pouring in on his noble head from all sides. Many learned Thebans are advancing the idea that Barack Obama has somehow "capitulated" to "extremists" who "forced" him into this "terrible deal."
Obama had many options for avoiding this "crisis," long before it came to a head. He didn't take those options because, like all good disaster capitalists, he wanted and needed a crisis of this sort to enact the brutal economic agenda he has openly advocated from the beginning. The result, of course, will be further impoverishment and diminishment in the lives of millions of ordinary people, for years to come -- and, ironically, the eventual collapse of the monstrous system that supports the ravenous elite that Obama serves with such panache.
History affords few examples of the political elite of a country commiting such an act of national suicide in order to protect the already super-rich from the slightest impingement of their already colossal fortunes.
I suppose Easter Island might serves a pertinent precursor.
UPDATE: As you might expect, Arthur Silber has more to say on the theme of Obama's intentions, and the gruesome comedy of progressive denunciations of his "weakness." Go there immediately to get the full force of Silber's masterful (and insightful) spleen. But here is a taste:
And lots of people are celebrating or
moaning about Obama's "stupidity," "weakness," "incompetence," and so
on. I must confess to having a weakness for the popularity of this
self-deluding ploy. In the midst of horror, it's a wonderful momentary
relief to enjoy a hearty laugh. I especially like the ongoing theme at
Digby's House of Mirth and Lies: "If only Obama understood all these
issues the way I do, if only he were smart like me, none of this would
be happening!" No, I'm not providing links to all this crap. If you've
been following the latest "crisis" in even a cursory fashion, you've
seen scads of pieces repeatedly announcing all these themes. ....
I'll say it again. I suggest you slowly sound out the words this time. Maybe you'll begin to understand what they mean.
When one considers the destructive powers of the weapons at his command, as well as the bloodily murderous enthusiasm with which he uses them, and when one contemplates the enormous powers he enjoys entirely apart from and in addition to those weapons, Obama is the single most powerful individual in the entire history of humankind.
I'll say it once more. I'll bold it. Again, sound out the words:
Obama is the single most powerful individual in the entire history of humankind.
This is the goal toward which Obama diligently worked for years. This is what he wanted: the power of life and death over countless millions of people, and potentially over all of humanity. During that time, he was bracingly clear about what he would do once he achieved that cherished goal. Some of us told you all about this in the summer of 2008, and even a year earlier. Obama told you exactly what he would do. Most people convinced themselves -- contrary to all the available evidence, even when that evidence directly contradicted their illusions -- that Obama would do precisely the opposite of what he himself said he would do.
There is much more. Get the hence and give it a read.