Carl Herman, Contributing Writer
Upon US public critical mass recognition of the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that current US wars are not even close to lawful, President Obama will be a leader among an oligarchy of War Criminals that go back several Administrations.
Until such time, Americans have the opportunity for unique heroism, intellectual integrity, and public service to explain, document, and prove that speeches such as Mr. Obama’s are tragic-comic Orwellian lies. The tragedy is the millions killed directly by unlawful war lies and indirectly by lies that allow a million children’s deaths every month from preventable poverty, the billions made to live in misery, and the trillions of our dollars looted.
“We are a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination.”
Orwellian lies 1, 2, 3: “We are a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law”:
Mr. Obama has an Oath of Office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” that guarantees “persons” rights to trial, but never ever ever to proclaim guilt or enemy status without full exercise of those rights. American justice demands respect to Constitutional rights; the very definition of the American nation is the US Constitution. The rule of law forbids extrajudicial assassination, such as the alleged assassination of Osama bin Laden (see this, this, this, and this). The rule of law forbids wars of choice, Wars of Aggression; again, the US wars are not even close to lawful.
Therefore Mr. Obama’s first three lies are to dictate “enemy” guilt rather than respect Constitutional rights (or even unalienable rights), to lie about unlawful wars and extrajudicial assassinations as “justice,” and then lie that these US crimes are “the rule of law.”
Orwellian lies 4, 5: “…and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom…”:
Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher in economics, government, and history. His hobby is research, education, and lobbying for improved public policy. A principal project of his 30-years’ experience working with US “leadership” in government, economics and corporate media was to grow the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, that led to two UN Summits (1990 World Summit for Children – the largest meeting of heads of state in world history – and the 1997 Microcredit Summit – topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize). Because US political leadership of both parties reneged on each and every public and private promise to end poverty, and US corporate media behaved as their political propagandists, Carl shifted his hobby to “follow the money.” His conclusions are explained and documented in these two articles (academic/professional voice, and more passionate citizen voice):
He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu