selection ’08: aftermath updates

obama advisers discuss preparations for war on iran
from wsws: On the eve of the US elections, the New York Times cautiously pointed on Monday to the emergence of a bipartisan consensus in Washington for an aggressive new strategy towards Iran. While virtually nothing was said in the course of the election campaign, behind-the-scenes top advisers from the Obama and McCain camps have been discussing the rapid escalation of diplomatic pressure and punitive sanctions against Iran, backed by preparations for military strikes. The article entitled “New Beltway Debate: What to do about Iran” noted with a degree of alarm: “It is a frightening notion, but it not just the trigger-happy Bush administration discussing—if only theoretically—the possibility of military action to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program… [R]easonable people from both parties are examining the so-called military option, along with new diplomatic initiatives.” Behind the backs of American voters, top advisers for President-elect Barack Obama have been setting the stage for a dramatic escalation of confrontation with Iran as soon as the new administration takes office. A report released in September (3mb PDF) from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank, argued that a nuclear weapons capable Iran was “strategically untenable” and detailed a robust approach, “incorporating new diplomatic, economic and military tools in an integrated fashion”.

dear barack:
please stop civilian casualties in afghanistan.
love, hamid
dear barack: please stop civilian casualties in afghanistan. love, hamidfrom danger room: More grim news from Afghanistan: An airstrike by U.S.-led forces may have claimed the lives of more civilians. The New York Times quotes Afghan officials as saying as many as 40 civilians were killed after a coalition airstrike hit a wedding party in Kandahar province. Details are still sketchy, and we were unable to reach U.S. Forces – Afghanistan for immediate comment. But civilian casualties have been causing serious friction between the U.S. and Afghan governments, particularly after a recent airstrike on the village of Azizabad claimed a number of innocent lives. In a statement congratulating Barack Obama on his election victory, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for a new strategy. “The fight against terrorism cannot be fought in our country, rather, our country is a victim of terrorism and we demand for civilian casualties to be eliminated,” he said.

obama urged to shape new economic order
from reuters: Political leaders urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday to help forge a new economic order to lead the world out of its worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Excitement about the election of Democrat Obama as the first black U.S. president was tempered by an awareness of the challenges he faces as the world’s biggest economy labours in recession. “We need to change the current crisis into a new opportunity. We need a new deal for a new world,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. “I sincerely hope that with the leadership of President Obama, the United States of America will join forces with Europe to drive this new deal,” he added.

bamalot: obama drafts star-studded short (shit)list for cabinet
from nbcnewyork: President-elect Barack Obama has drafted a star-studded short list of cabinet candidates… Illinois Democrat Rahm Emanuel has already accepted Obama’s offer to be the next White House chief of staff, reports NBC. The President-elect is strongly considering Robert F. Kennedy to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and is weighing Kennedy’s cousin, Caroline, for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – a move that would please Sens. Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Politico reported. If Obama chooses to oust Robert Gates as Defense Secretary, Gen. Colin Powell has been short-listed as a candidate… Sen. John Kerry is considered the front-runner for the nation’s top diplomat… Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was named as a potential candidate for Secretary of Energy in late October. Others considered for top jobs are Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell for Secretary of Energy and Chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education Joel Klein. Obama also is considering tapping high-level Clinton administration officials.

obama’s 1st appointee is son of zionist terrorist
obama’s 1st appointee is son of zionist terroristfrom paul joseph watson: President elect Barack Obama’s first appointment, Rahm Emanuel, who is set to become chief-of-staff, is the son of a member of the Zionist terrorist group Irgun, which was responsible for bombing hotels, marketplaces as well as the infamous Deir Yassin massacre, in which hundreds of Palestinian villagers were slaughtered. Revelations about Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, a Weather Underground domestic terrorist, which dogged him during the final weeks of the campaign trail, pale in significance to his selection of Emanuel, whose father, Rahm Emanuel, was an Irgun member. Irgun has been labeled a terrorist organization by both The New York Times newspaper and by the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry… Rahm Emanuel is also an enthusiastic supporter of the United States Public Service Academy Act, a lobbying group founded in 2006 in order to promote the foundation of an American public service academy modeled on the military academies – a youth corps whose students would be trained in “civilian internship in the armed forces”. This rings the alarm bells when we recall Obama’s pledge to create a “civilian national security force” that is “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military. A creepy You Tube video of a brown-shirt style Obama youth brigade chanting and marching military style emerged last month, raising fears about where the messianic cult-like status of Obama’s image could eventually lead.

rahm emanuel: israel’s bagman in the white house
from brasscheck tv: The Israeli war party wins again. Let’s see… * Rahm Emanuel was (still is?) a dual US-Israeli citizen. * He fought in the Israeli army * His father was a member of the Irgun, an Israeli group the British called “terrorist.” * Emanuel is considered AIPAC’s “go to” guy in Congress. Now he’s Barack Obama’s first White House pick, his Chief of Staff. And the US news media has nothing to say about it?

update: rahmbo accepts chief of staff job

‘impeach obama’ groups hit facebook
'impeach obama' groups hit facebookfrom afp: Barack Obama has not even been sworn in yet as the 44th president of the United States but groups are springing up online calling for his impeachment. On Facebook, an “Impeach Barack Obama” group has attracted more than 700 members and a lively debate about the Democrat’s election victory on Tuesday over Republican John McCain. Another Facebook group of the same name has 160 members and urges others to join because “we might as well get a head start on the impeachment of Obama… There are a lot of Americans out there that do not fully understand the concept of Socialism or Communism which is why they’ve elected Obama as president,” it says. Yet another Facebook group, “Impeach Barack Hussein Obama,” has 160 members. It decries that Obama “has voiced support for various unconstitutional programs such as the assault weapons ban, universal healthcare, and various schemes for wealth distribution.”

obama: all hope gone for truth & justice
from daily dose of terror: The selection of Obama as the 44th President of the U.S. was not met with any jubilation from me. Yes I know it’s historic to have a black man in the White House. Yes I know that Bush is finally gone. What makes me deeply depressed is that with Obama taking office, all the crimes of the Bush junta will get a pass and the slate wiped clean by the treasonous complicit Democrats. What about the mass murder of 3’000 Americans by our own military apparatus? Justice will not be served. The Patriot Act reversed? No chance. Wars ended? No dice. Will Obama reverse any of the crimes of the last 8 years? I see a broader war with Russia and China, an economy doomed to collapse, and a general false sense of ease among the masses since Bush is gone. Activism will remain only for those who never drank the Obama kool aid. We know the power structure would never let real change to occur, other than a cosmetic one. The criminals that have destroyed our country are still at large and will remain so. As long as we still have the Pentagon system (replete with the 9/11 criminals) America is not a free country. Dark dark days may be ahead…

obama & russia: alex jones on russia today
from infowars: Judging by Obama’s pre-election statements and the political advisers he has, one shouldn’t hope for any thaw in US-Russia relations, believes American political commentator Alex Jones.

president-elect obama: alex jones on press tv
from press tv: In a live TV appearance, investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones appears on Press TV’s Fine Print program, Nov. 5, to discuss the impact that the first black president, Barack Obama, will have on the United States’ foreign and domestic policy.

my rejected ‘i, anonymous’ for the portland mercury
from media monarchy: hey obamazoid, guess what? even if he wins, it won’t make a goddamn bit of difference. if you weren’t so busy projecting your hope & change onto obama, maybe you’d have time to look into who’s behind this guy. and i don’t mean wright, ayers, muslims or some other limited-hangout diversion. i’m talking about his chief foreign policy advisor who helped create al-CIAda. i’m talking about his skull & bones financial advisor. and i’m talking about his biggest campaign donor: goldman sachs. heard anything about them lately, you fuckin wannabe enviro-yuppie? so, moments before the (s)election, as you drive your fuckin’ car by yourself (even though you claim you’re sustainable) with your obama stickers on your bumper (which i’ll have to look at for another 4yrs like kerry/edwards stickers if the fake-ass left blows another election), just remember that the lesser of 2 evils is still evil. don’t blame me, i voted for kodos!

the men behind the man:
the obama campaign’s intelligence advisors
the men behind the man: the obama campaign’s intelligence advisorsfrom intellibriefs: Intelligence and security weren’t major themes in the U.S. presidential ballot. Even so, a number of experts dealt with the issues for the Democrat candidate. Alongside the very official Senior Working Group on National Security of the Democrat campaign an informal group came together to handle intelligence questions on behalf of the Democrat candidate for the presidency, Barack Obama (voting in the election was still underway when Intelligence Online went to press). First identified by Mother Jones’ national security correspondent Laura Rozen (IOL 579), the group has been coordinated by a former National Security Council staffer, Rand Beers (see our graph here). The lack of any burning debate on intelligence matters during the campaign rather limited the work of the members, who didn’t meet that often. Some of them could be appointed to posts in a future Democrat administration, but they won’t form part of the transition team-in-waiting on intelligence for Obama if he is elected. Numerous other figures are candidates for high-level intelligence jobs in a Democrat administration, such as the former representative of the 36th district of California, Jane Harman, who was ousted in 2006 from the post of chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by the Democrat speaker in the House, Nancy Pelosi.

obama’s treasury candidates:
old guard of the corporate elite
from steve watson: All of the leading candidates for the position of Treasury Secretary under president elect Barack Obama directly represent the old guard of the corporate elite system that has used the American economy as it’s engine to drive their march toward a global empire for decades. Under the banner of “change” whichever of these candidates is appointed to the Treasury will continue to rapidly expand the empowerment of the Federal Reserve monetary system and institute the very policies that have led us to the brink of financial ruin to move the economies of the world toward a centralized global banking system. The Leading candidate for Obama’s Treasury Secretary is current Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Tim Geithner. In 2001, after leaving Bill Clinton’s Treasury, Geithner joined the Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Fellow in the International Economics department. He then worked for the International Monetary Fund as the director of the Policy Development and Review Department until moving to the Fed in October 2003. In 2006 he became a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, Group of Thirty, which was founded in 1978 at the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation. Back in June of this year after attending the annual Bilderberg power brokers conference in Virginia, Geithner penned an article in the Financial Times in which he called for a worldwide financial overhaul and the implementation of a globalized banking system.

barack obama, neocon
from kurt nimmo: It’s too bad more Americans didn’t listen to the neocon wunderkind, Bill Kristol, before going to the polling places and voting for Barack Obama. Back in June, Kristol told the audience at an AIPAC conference there is little difference between Obama and McCain when it comes to Iran and the potential for conflict. “Obama’s not for cutting the defense budget,” said Kristol. “Obama’s not for pulling troops back from our forward positions around the world, with the exception of Iraq. Obama and McCain don’t actually differ, at least on paper, even on Iran, where they’re arguing about whether they would talk to [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad or not — and I think that’s an important dispute. Still, at the end of the day, Obama doesn’t say he would rule out the use of force.” Unfortunately, by the time election day rolled around, few people seemed to realize or care that Obama is essentially a neocon dedicated to the very same agenda as McCain, who was handled by a bevy of neocons.

congratulations to cynthia mckinney for getting 144,286 votes
congratulations to cynthia mckinney for getting 144,286 votesfrom 9/11 blogger: That means 144,286 people didn’t follow the norm and vote for the “lesser of two evils.” That means 144,286 people probably thought it was more important to find out the truth about 9/11 than making sure McCain didn’t get into office. That should say something. Congratulations to Cynthia McKinney on her run for President.

ron paul: the republican party has ‘lost their way’
from raw replay: CNN’s John Roberts talked to Ron Paul to assess the future of the Republican Party after major losses on election day. This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast November 6, 2008.

paul warns of great shift toward global govt under obama
paul warns of great shift toward global govt under obamafrom steve watson: Texas Congressman and 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul has warned that the euphoria surrounding the election of Barack Obama combined with the overwhelming fear of major international crises could facilitate a cataclysmic shift toward a new world order.

oregon win takes dems to 57 in senate
from nation: Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley, who The Nation profiled last month in a look at progressives who might take Republican Senate seats, has defeated incumbent Republican Gordon Smith in a closely contested race that took until Thursday to resolve. “This is the beginning of a transformational change for America,” Merkley told supporters after learning that he had defeated Smith by 40,000 votes. Merkley campaigned as an anti-war, pro-civil liberties progressive who criticized the initial Wall Street bailout plan, arguing that in amounted to corporate welfare at a time when working families needed help.

marijuana makes moves in massachusetts & michigan
from townhall: Marijuana was embraced in two states in Nov. 4’s balloting. In Massachusetts, voters approved a ballot initiative for a $100 civil fine to possession of an ounce or less of marijuana to replace criminal penalties. In Michigan, voters approved the use of marijuana for medical conditions, making it the 13th state in the nation to open a door for marijuana via the disputed medicinal rationale.

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