“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Obama Commits US to War and Goes to Rio for Weekend
Where is the Outrage?
Obama, the affirmed cream of the American crop, commits the US to war and goes to Brazil, a country that just said it wants no part of this war. Why is Obama taking the family for a weekend in Rio? Does that self-proclaimed mutt, Obama, stand for anything?
The incoherence of US policy is stunning, the media reaction incomprehensible and yet the potential consequences disastrous. Did you ever think the term "US Interests" would make you sick?
How about US interests in housing, jobs, bailing out big banks, democracy in Wisconsin and trillion plus federal deficits? What are the US interests of our legions of 19 year old IED-fodder scattered across the shitholes of Islamadom?
Where is the cry of "We don't need your fucking wars" to be fought by the US underclass for whom and for what? Why do we care about another Arab tribal war in Libya? Armed men opened fire on crowds of antigovernment protesters Friday in Yemen's capital, killing an estimated 45 people and injuring hundreds—prompting yesterday, is that in "US Interests"?
What are current "US Interests" in Egypt or Saudi Arabia? Are we bored with Egypt this week? Need a weekend break in Rio?
WASHINGTON — In a Paris hotel room on Monday night, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy in a turbulent Middle East. She criticized the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates for sending troops to quash protests in Bahrain even as she pressed him to send planes to intervene in Libya.
Only the day before, Mrs. Clinton — along with her boss, President Obama — was a skeptic on whether the United States should take military action in Libya. But that night, with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces turning back the rebellion that threatened his rule, Mrs. Clinton changed course, forming an unlikely alliance with a handful of top administration aides who had been arguing for intervention.
Within hours, Mrs. Clinton and the aides had convinced Mr. Obama that the United States had to act, and the president ordered up military plans, which Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hand-delivered to the White House the next day. On Thursday, during an hour-and-a -half meeting, Mr. Obama signed off on allowing American pilots to join Europeans and Arabs in military strikes against the Libyan government.
The president had a caveat, though. The American involvement in military action in Libya should be limited — no ground troops — and finite. “Days, not weeks,” a senior White House official recalled him saying. NY Times