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by Stephen Lendman
His legacy is deplorable, serving wealth, power and privileged interests at the expense of most others.
Independent historians will remember him as an unindicted war criminal, Wall Street tool, demagogic serial liar, along with wrecker of hopes and dreams of millions of Americans enduring mass unemployment, underemployment, poverty and deprivation under protracted Main Street Depression conditions he did nothing to alleviate.
He lied during his first General Assembly address, claiming “determin(ation) to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad.”
Instead, he delivered misery to growing millions, harshness to whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, lavish handouts to corporate crooks at the expense of beneficial social change he’s fundamentally against.
Promising “real change,” he delivered betrayal throughout his tenure, a despicable record harming millions worldwide, waging multiple wars on humanity at home and abroad, facilitating the greatest wealth transfer from ordinary people to America’s super-rich in its history.
On September 20, he delivered his final General Assembly address – as demagogic and duplicitous as his first. It made painful reading like all his remarks, entirely lacking candor and straightforwardness, substituting misinformation and Big Lies for hard truths.
Regression, not progress, defined his tenure. He lied claiming he returned America “(f)rom the depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time” to global growth – only for the privileged few at home and abroad.
He lied about a new chapter with Cuba. Economic blockade remains largely unchanged, political relations uneasy because Washington wants its sovereign state recolonized.
He lied claiming America helps “people feed themselves, care for the sick, power communities across Africa, and promote models of development rather than dependence.”
He lied saying US dominated world financial institutions are more representative. They’re more controlled by powerful monied interests.
He lied saying America led the way in “protect(ing) our planet from the ravages of climate change. He noted Middle East turmoil without acknowledging America’s responsibility.
“(G)overnments muzzl(e) journalists and (quash) dissent,” he said, not explaining his police apparatus operates this way in America.
“Terrorist networks…prey upon the minds of our youths,” he noted, failing to explain Washington’s responsibility for creating and supporting them.
Claiming today’s post-Cold War world is “less violent and more prosperous than ever before” flies in the face of reality.
He hyped the importance of “accountable governance…democracy…human rights and (observance of) international law” – notions America reviles.
Saying “(the) integration of our global economy has made life better for billions of people” mocks horrific suffering worldwide from US imperial wars, neoliberal harshness and tyranny.
“(A)chievements” he cited don’t exist, most people in America, the West and elsewhere enduring harder than ever hard times under uncaring ruthless regimes, many claiming democratic credentials.
He outdid his predecessors in turning America into a plutocratic, militaristic gangster state, the world’s most reviled nation for good reason.
Mass murdering people makes enemies, America’s deplorable record far surpassing any previous rogue state in history.
Obama claiming it’s “a force for good” ignores its pure evil. Waging endless wars at home and abroad threaten humanity like never before.
Its rage for dominance may kill us all, especially with neocon lunatics in charge – Hillary scariest of all if she succeeds Obama, what’s most likely looking ahead to next year, perhaps an apocalyptical one with her in charge.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.