Obama’s Painful Long Goodbye

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by Stephen Lendman
In another press briefing after his last hurrah, Obama hyped America’s fantasy democracy, its press agent media serving up fake news for powerful interests while suppressing vital truths, and maybe for last official time bashing Russia – among other issues discussed.
Obama: “…(I)t is in America’s interest and the world’s interest that we have a constructive relationship with Russia. That’s been my approach throughout my presidency.”
Fact: In the post-Cold War era, Obama and his neocon infested administration did more than the Clintons and Bush/Cheney to create and sustain adversarial bilateral relations – irreparable with him in office, hopefully possible to change under Trump, though very much in doubt with powerful dark forces allied against him.
Obama: “…Putin…escalat(ed) anti-American rhetoric…return(ing) to (a Cold War) adversarial spirit…hammered home when Russia went into Crimea and portions of Ukraine.”
Fact: Washington obstructed Russia’s good faith efforts for cordial bilateral relations – not the other way around.
Fact: No “Russian aggression” exists, not now or earlier. Putin didn’t invade Crimea or other “portions of Ukraine.” Obama lied claiming otherwise.
Obama: Sanctions were imposed on Russia “because the independence and sovereignty of…Ukraine (was) encroached upon, by force, by Russia.”
Fact: In February 2014, Washington ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government, replacing it with illegitimate Nazi-infested putschists – a flagrant violation of international law.
Fact: US (and EU) sanctions on Russia are illegal. Security Council members alone may impose them, not individual or groups of countries on other nations.
Obama: “…Russia continues to occupy Ukrainian territory and meddle in Ukrainian affairs and support military surrogates who have violated basic international law and international norms.”
Fact: False on all counts! Donbass freedom fighters reject fascist rule – as should everyone. They deserve universal support in their struggle for democratic rights.
Obama shamelessly blamed Putin for US START II violations. Earlier he announced Washington’s intention to spend a trillion dollars (likely much more) over the next 30 years, upgrading its nuclear arsenal – instead of taking steps to reduce and ultimately eliminate it altogether, cooperatively with Russia and other nuclear powers, to save humanity from the scourge of possible mass annihilation otherwise.
Obama: “(I)t is important for the United States to stand up for the basic principle that big countries don’t go around and invade and bully smaller countries.”
Fact: America bullies, threatens, terrorizes, rapes and destroys one country after another. Among world powers, no nation works harder for peace and stability than Russia.
Obama: “America (plays a) vital role…around the world in preserving basic norms and values, whether it’s advocating on behalf of human rights, advocating on behalf of women’s rights, advocating on behalf of freedom of the press.”
Fact: No nation in world history did more harm to more people over a longer duration than America. None are more contemptuous of democratic values and rule of law principles – none more guilty of genocidal high crimes of war and against humanity, none a greater threat to its survival.
Obama lied about supporting a smooth transition of power. He and other pro-Hillary dark forces have gone all out to delegitimize Trump, denigrating him as a Kremlin agent, a threat to national security, wanting him undermined, impeached, or prevented from serving by more sinister means – the stuff commonplace in banana republics or despotic monarchies.
Will it work? On January 20, Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th president. How long he’ll serve is another matter entirely. 
A likely more tumultuous and dangerous period than currently approaches.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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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.