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  •  I have news. (0+ / 0-)
    Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has created or reconfigured at least 263 organizations to tackle some aspect of the war on terror. Thirty-three new building complexes have been built for the intelligence bureaucracies alone, occupying 17 million square feet – the equivalent of 22 U.S. Capitols or three Pentagons. The largest bureaucracy after the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs is now the Department of Homeland Security, which has a workforce of 230,000 people.
    The rise of this national security state has entailed a vast expansion in the government's powers that now touch every aspect of American life, even when seemingly unrelated to terrorism. Some 30,000 people, for example, are now employed exclusively to listen in on phone conversations and other communications within the United States.
    Since September 11, 2001, the following happened:

    Barack Obama was elected in November 2008 and moved into the White House on January 20, 2009.

    Everything changed.

    We moved from "war on terror" to "war on Al Qaeda," for example. We have a well defined enemy, now, which is the biggest difference. Unlike Obama, the neocons would never have killed Al Qaeda members. They were useful to them.

    If Obama was just like the neocons and all was still the same today, again, I guarantee you that the necocons would not be spending millions and throwing everyting including the kitchen sink to stop him from getting re-elected.

    They hate him like they hate no other. That's pretty strong evidence that Obama is not "like the neocons."

    Can you answer that?

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Mon May 07, 2012 at 09:20:31 AM PDT

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    •  You don't know what a neocon is (7+ / 0-)

      Apparently you think it is limited to the GOP or something like that. It isn't. There are numerous politicians with a D after their name and monied interests that support Democrats that are out and out neocons.

      Up until about a month or so ago nearly every single (very few exceptions) time President Obama talked about actions in Afghanistan he mentioned Al Qaeda AND the Taliban together - continuing the conflation between those two entities just as the Bush Administration had done.

      And, since you have said it more than once, find a link to the President actually saying "war on Al Qaeda".

      It's great that you want to the defend the President but it requires that you at least know something - anything at all really considering what you have said so far - when doing so.

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