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  •  Who is Representing "Washington" Here? nt (6+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:33:47 PM PDT

    •  The better question is who is "Washington" (9+ / 0-)

      Representing?  Sadly it's all too obvious.  

      Extending the Blessings of Civilization to our Brother who Sits in Darkness has been a good trade and has paid well, on the whole; and there is money in it yet, if carefully worked -- but not enough, in my judgement, to make any considerable risk advisable. The People that Sit in Darkness are getting to be too scarce -- too scarce and too shy. And such darkness as is now left is really of but an indifferent quality, and not dark enough for the game. The most of those People that Sit in Darkness have been furnished with more light than was good for them or profitable for us. We have been injudicious.
      Injudicious indeed.

      Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

      by No Exit on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 06:14:56 AM PDT

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      •  That is Barack Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        You are accusing of carrying the White Mans burden here.  Thoughts you needs the reminder

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

        by Mindful Nature on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 06:55:54 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not sure what your point is... (11+ / 0-)

          Are you suggesting that because Barack Obama is black he cannot be engaged in representing the interests of plutocrats interested in exploiting Latin America at the expense of Latin Americans?

          President Obama seems perfectly willing to take up the white man's burden in exactly the sense you mean; ie. willing to sacrifice the interests of the native population to commercial us interests as defined by the .01%.

          In all fairness, providing the .01% military backing has long been part of the POTUS.  One might almost say it has always been with minor fluctuation in intensity given the presidents personal preferences.

          Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

          by No Exit on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:28:19 AM PDT

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      •  Who is Washington? Good question. (4+ / 0-)
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        The more I look at the US in Latin America, the less I believe that the civilian government is running things. We saw this in Haiti, when President Clinton was publicly supporting President Aristide and the CIA was trying to bring him down--including staging violent demonstrations against a US naval vessel.

        Again in the 2009 Honduras coup, President Obama said he was against it and the Ambassador, Hugo Llorens was calling it a military coup, other US forces were propping up the dictatorship.

        Who is Washington? Is it President Obama? Or is it the Pentagon and the CIA?  

        •  Our country has historically (6+ / 0-)
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          supported fascism over democratic leftist governments, if it means supporting capitalism over socialism.

          We are far more concerned about supporting the "free market" than we are about supporting a "free people".

          "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

          by ZhenRen on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:50:52 AM PDT

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