SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

If you want another reason why I grabbed a Green Party ballot on “Super Tuesday,” look no further than the video below.

If you’re saying “huh?” right now, then allow me to offer you the following:

While he was being attacked in Washington, Obama was in friendly territory in Chicago as he appeared at a forum attended by 800 members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobby. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and a hug from one of the group’s leaders.

Obama said global leaders must do whatever it takes to stop Iran from enriching uranium and acquiring nuclear weapons. He called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “reckless, irresponsible and inattentive” to the day-to-day needs of the Iranian people.

The Iranian “regime is a threat to all of us,” Obama said.

While Obama wouldn’t rule out force, he said the United States should engage in “aggressive diplomacy combined with tough sanctions” to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threat.

This is wrong on so many levels, even beyond what’s covered in the video. Either Obama is ignorant of Iranian politics or he is being dishonest. It has become fashionable to dump on Ahmadinejad in our public political discourse, and Obama’s resorting to this practice doesn’t speak highly of his integrity or of the tone (not to mention the substance) of a potential Obama administration’s foreign policy. The reality of Ahmadinejad is much less substantial and incendiary than Obama et al have been implying, according to Middle East scholar Juan Cole. After explaining at length how the Iranian president has been horribly misquoted for claiming that he wanted to “wipe Israel off the map” (or some such), Cole goes on to illustrate just how little power Ahmadinejad has in Iran:

The Iranian “president” is mostly powerless. The commander of the armed forces is the Supreme Jurisprudent, Ali Khamenei. Worrying about Ahmadinejad’s antics is like worrying that the US military will act on the orders of the secretary of the interior. Ahmadinejad cannot declare war on anyone, or mobilize a military. So it doesn’t matter what speeches he gives.

So the candidate of “hope” and “change” is shilling for votes with the same old dishonest, historically ignorant saber-rattling. Hillary Clinton is no better, either, and there’s no point even mentioning the Republicans.

The Democratic primary has remained true to the corporate media script, and Democratic partisans are now forced to choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom have populated their campaign adviser roster with the same old Washington foreign policy hacks who have brought us war after occupation after sanctions regime. I refuse to play along. I had originally intended to vote for Cynthia McKinney in the Green primary, then vote for the Dem winner if McKinney didn’t make it to November. Now, though, the stench of imperial bloodlust so reeks from the Dem candidates that holding my nose won’t make it go away. Come November, I’ll be going Green no matter who wins the nomination.

(NOTE: I found the video at Jonathan Schwarz’s place.)

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