(Truth Out) – â€œIs the President just another Ivy League Aâ€“hole shredding civil liberties and due process and sending people to die in some sâ€“thole for purely political reasons?â€
So asked perilously liberal actor John Cusack Saturday in an article published by Truthout:
â€œMr. Obama, the Christian president with the Muslim-sounding name, would heed the admonitions of neither religionâ€™s prophets about making war and do what no empire or leader, including Alexander the Great, could do: he would, he assured us â€˜get the job done in Afghanistan.â€™ And so we have our democratic president receiving the Nobel Peace Prize as he sends 30,000 more troops to a ten-year-old conflict in a country thatâ€™s been war-torn for 5,000 years.
â€œWhy? Weâ€™ll never fully know. Instead, we got a speech that was stone bullshâ€“ and an insult to the very idea of peace.
â€œWe canâ€™t have it both ways. Hope means endless war? Obama has metaphorically pushed all in with the usual international and institutional killers; and in the case of war and peace, literally.
â€œTo sum it up: more war. So thousands die or are maimed; generations of families and veterans are damaged beyond imagination; sons and daughters come home in rubber bags. But he and his satellites get their four more years.â€
â€œUnder Obama do we continue to call the thousands of mercenaries in Afghanistan â€˜general contractorsâ€™ now that Bush is gone? No, we donâ€™t talk about them â€¦ not a story anymore. â€¦
â€œThere will be a historical record. â€˜Change we can believe inâ€™ is not using the other guysâ€™ mob to clean up your own tracks while continuing to feed at the trough. Human nature is human nature, and when people find out theyâ€™re being hustled, they will seek revenge, sooner or later, and it will be ugly and savage.
In a country with desperation growing everywhere, everyday â€“ despite the â€˜Oh, things are getting betterâ€™ press releases â€“ how could one think otherwise?â€