Obama is the only second Democrat to win a second four-year White House term since World War II, when television networks projected he would win the bellwether state of Ohio where he had staged a pitched battle with Romney.
He delivered a victory speech to a crowd of supporters in Chicago, urging them and all Americans to continue to “sustain” their hope.
Obama told cheering supporters early Wednesday that “the best is yet to come” for the United States as he stormed to a second term by defeating the Republican Mitt Romney.
“Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,” Obama said, “and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”
He added that he would “return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
“We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet,” Obama told the cheering crowd.
“We want to pass on a country that’s safe, and respected, and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth and the best troops this world has ever known.”
He congratulated Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan on a “hard fought campaign”.
“We may have battled fiercely,” Obama said, “but only because we love this country deeply… because we care about its future”.
Obama, 51, the first African American president of the US and a powerful orator, said in his victory speech that he looked forward to taking to Romney in the weeks ahead to take the country forward. “I want to thank every American who participated in this election,” Obama told the crowd.
The nation, he told the gathering, “moves forward because of you… because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war, over depression”.
The US presidential election is not directly decided by the popular vote, but requires candidates to pile up a majority – 270 – of 538 electoral votes awarded state-by-state on the basis of population.
A candidate can therefore win the nationwide popular vote and still be deprived of the presidency by falling short in the Electoral College. Obama’s double talk, double standards and double games
Having read these following statements of the US President Barack Obama, it occurs to me that this distinguished lawyer and the world preacher of Human Rights and Democracy seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth. I hope that I am wrong.
Is the American examples of Freedom and Democracy still worth following?
Here are some quotes of the American leaders’ statements, ideals or could be “the double talks” as well as facts about American aggressive military (imperialist) actions around the world that could give you a clear picture and might help you to decide what would you like to do!:
“There is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America.” – BARACK OBAMA, Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009.
“We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jul. 12, 2006
“America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal. And we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words, within our borders and around the world. We are shaped by every culture. Drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept, E pluribus unum: Out of many, one.” – Barack Obama, speech, Jun. 4, 2009
“No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other. That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed, confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice, government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people, the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas. They are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009.
“We should be more modest in our belief that we can impose democracy on a country through military force. In the past, it has been movements for freedom from within tyrannical regimes that have led to flourishing democracies; movements that continue today. This doesn’t mean abandoning our values and ideals; wherever we can, it’s in our interest to help foster democracy through the diplomatic and economic resources at our disposal. But even as we provide such help, we should be clear that the institutions of democracy – free markets, a free press, a strong civil society – cannot be built overnight, and they cannot be built at the end of a barrel of a gun. And so we must realize that the freedoms FDR once spoke of – especially freedom from want and freedom from fear – do not just come from deposing a tyrant and handing out ballots; they are only realized once the personal and material security of a people is ensured as well.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Nov. 20, 2006.
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.” – BARACK OBAMA, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20. 2009.
“In an interconnected world, the defeat of international terrorism – and most importantly, the prevention of these terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction — will require the cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists wherever they may exist. But we should know that our success in doing so is enhanced by engaging our allies so that we receive the crucial diplomatic, military, intelligence, and financial support that can lighten our load and add legitimacy to our actions. This means talking to our friends and, at times, even our enemies.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Nov. 20, 2006.
“The most powerful military in the world cannot invade, kill or capture a network or destroy every loose weapon on the planet. The best response to this network of terror is to build a network of our own — a network of like-minded countries and organizations that pools resources, information, ideas, and power. Taking on the radical fundamentalists alone isn’t necessary, it isn’t smart, and it won’t succeed.” – JOE BIDEN, speech, Aug. 7, 2006.
“There is an international disease which feeds on the notion that if you have a cause to defend, you can use any means to further your cause, since the end justifies the means. As an international community, we must oppose this notion, whether it be in Canada, in the United States, or anywhere else. No cause justifies violence as long as the system provides for change by peaceful means.” RICHARD NIXON.
GUANTANAMO – THE DEADLY JOKES OF AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM
“There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world. Instead of building a durable framework for the struggle against al Qaeda that drew upon our deeply held values and traditions, our government was defending positions that undermined the rule of law. Indeed, part of the rationale for establishing Guantanamo in the first place was the misplaced notion that a prison there would be beyond the law – a proposition that the Supreme Court soundly rejected. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter-terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, May 21, 2009.
“To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend – because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists – because living our values doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger.” – BARACK OBAMA, Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009.
But after more than two years since BARACK OBAMA ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, this Tortures Camp seems to be still operational until now.
“We must never alter or forget our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable. But in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009.
“Violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children or to blow up old women on a bus. That’s not how moral authority is claimed, that’s how it is surrendered.” – BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009.
FBI files detail Guantánamo torture tactics:
Captives at Guantánamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed. The accounts of mistreatment were contained in FBI documents released as part of a lawsuit involving the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties group.
In the 2004 inquiry, the FBI asked nearly 500 employees who had served at Guantánamo Bay to report possible mistreatment by law enforcement or military personnel. Twenty-six incidents were reported, some of which had emerged in earlier document releases.
Besides being shackled to the floor, detainees were subjected to extremes of temperature. One witness said he saw a barefoot detainee shaking with cold because the air conditioning had bought the temperature close to freezing.
On another occasion, the air conditioning was off in an unventilated room, making the temperature over 38C (100F) and a detainee lay almost unconscious on the floor with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been pulling out his hair throughout the night.In October 2002, one interrogator squatted over a copy of the Qur’an during intensive questioning of a Muslim prisoner, who was “incensed” by the tactic, according to an FBI agent. On another occasion, an agent was asked by a “civilian contractor” to come and see something.
“There was an unknown bearded longhaired d (detainee) gagged w/duct tape that had covered much of his head,” the FBI document said.
When the FBI officer asked if the detainee had spit at interrogators, the “contractor laughingly replied that d had been chanting the Qur’an non-stop. No answer how they planned to remove the duct tape,” the report said.
After an erroneous report of Al Qur’an abuse prompted deadly protests overseas in 2005, the US military conducted an investigation that confirmed five incidents of intentional and unintentional mishandling of the book at the detention facility.
It acknowledged that soldiers and interrogators had kicked the Qur’an, had stood on it and, in one case, had inadvertently sprayed urine on a copy. An FBI agent called W also heard that female interrogators would sometimes wet their hands and touch detainees’ faces in order to disrupt their prayers. Such actions would make some Muslims consider themselves unclean so they would stop praying.
The detention of terrorist suspects at Guantánamo Bay has been strongly criticised by human rights groups. As of November 2006, out of 775 detainees who have been brought to Guantánamo, approximately 340 had been released, leaving 435 detainees.
Of those 435, 110 have been labelled as ready for release. Of the other 325, only about 70 will face trial by military commissions, criminal courts run by the US armed forces. That leaves about 250 who may be held indefinitely.
THE US WAR ON TERROR = THE US WAR FOR OIL AND HEGEMONY
Remember, folks: the causes and reasons for war are often remembered far differently than as stated or widely understood at the beginning of the conflict.
The United States of America inherited Britain’s imperialist ambitions. Starting from a group of colonies in “New England” it expanded by stealing land on which Native Americans had lived for tens of thousands of years (killing millions of them in the process). It also stole half of Mexico. In 1898 the U.S. expanded its imperialist program overseas when it annexed the Philippines to benefit American companies wanting to exploit the land and the people. Since then it has maintained the same predatory attitude to the rest of the world. It will not stop until it has gained control of the entire planet or it has been destroyed (or destroys itself).
Skipping over a long history of U.S. imperialist aggression against other countries, we may note that the U.S. did not go to war in the Persian Gulf in 1991 to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi aggression (to which its ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, had given a green light) but rather to move military forces into the area and to establish military bases so as to exercise greater control over the area’s oil. Talk of removing “that evil dictator Saddam Hussein” is simple obfuscation. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are lying to the American people when they pretend to be outraged at the actions of the Iraqi dictator (whom the U.S. supported right up until 1991, including Saddam’s use of chemical weapons against the Kurds). In fact it is control of Middle Eastern oil which is the primary motivation for U.S. military plans for that area.
“Our enemies are fully aware that they can use oil as a weapon against America. And if we don’t take this threat as seriously as the bombs they build or the guns they buy, we will be fighting the War on Terror with one hand tied behind our back.” – Barack Obama, speech, Feb. 28, 2006
Under the guise of hypocritical declarations of “war of Liberation” to liberate Iraq from the West so-called Dictator Saddam Hussein that turned out to be the killing of millions of Iraqi people indiscriminately, “war to hunt for Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and Talibans” in Afghanistan that turned out to be the killing of hundreds of thousands of Afghan people indiscriminately and the “humanitarian” war to “save” the Libyan people from the West so-called Dictator Gaddafi that turned out to be the killing of hundreds of Libyan people indiscriminately and now the Zionist and US-led imperialists covert operation in Syria, the U.S-led western civilization regimes were in fact aiming to occupy Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and squeeze these countries out of their natural resources as well as gain control of the world oil reserves and international oil trade and dominate the whole Middle East and Africa by their military powers (and ultimately the whole world). Either Syria or Iran could be the next target.
The people in the corridors of Power in Washington and the US-led western civilization regimes leaders are awfully silent about millions of innocent people including old men, women, children and babies who were and are being killed by their war machines in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia in their so-called War on Terror as well as in their covert operations in Syria … and the worst thing is that they merely call those innocent victims as collateral damages.
The US-led western civilization regimes “War on Terror” (THAT IS ACTUALLY THE US WAR FOR OIL AND HEGEMONY IN THE WORLD) buries all presumption of innocent. This could mean that the US-led western regimes forces have been and are killing many innocent people including old men, women, children and babies in the Muslim countries freely at will!
But when a few of their men killed, they would make noises around the world including forcing the UN to make a resolution to apply a severe punitive economic sanction or launch an allied western military action against the country where the accident took place by deploying all kind of deadly war machines to terrorize the people of that country and hunt the culprits. If they couldn’t find the real culprits, it is almost certain they would produce scapegoats and send them to the infamous US Guantanamo Torture camp.
Obama’s NATO War for Oil in Libya
What do you call it when the full force of a US/NATO aerial bombardment is coupled with political support for a ragtag rebel group that, when victorious, promises to hand over its oil resources to its Western backers? A war for oil.
Don’t believe for one moment that the US backing for Libya’s opposition was about freedom.
According to Robert Dreyfuss in his article “Obama’s NATO War for Oil in Libya”, flouting international law and going far beyond the UN resolution that permitted a limited military effort to protect civilians in Benghazi, a decision that was promoted by human rights advocates inside the White House and by certain misguided liberals such as Juan Cole, the Obama administration is in the final stages of imposing forcible regime change against the Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi. It was an operation gleefully backed by the kleptocrats of the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, none of whom like freedom very much, but who engineered the Arab League endorsement of the attack on Libya.
Was the US/NATO campaign closely coordinated with each advance by the rebels? In an article in today’s Washington Post, headlined, “Allies guided rebels’ ‘pincer’ assault on capital,” we learn that every inch of the rebels’ advance was facilitated by pinpoint military attacks by NATO. It quotes a Pentagon spokesman: “We have a good operational picture of where forces are arrayed on the battlefield.” Some revolution!
And listen to this. In the New York Times, in a piece headlined, “The Scramble for Access to Libya’s Oil Wealth Begins,” the rebel leader who heads the opposition Libyan oil company, which was formed with support from the Arab Gulf kleptocrats, says that Libya’s new leaders, a combination of wealthy defectors, tribal chieftains, and Islamists, plan to favor their NATO backers when handing out access to Libya’s oil.
“We don’t have a problem with Western countries like Italians, French and UK companies. But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil,” said Abdeljalil Mayouf, a spokesman for the Libyan rebel oil company Agoco.
Helpfully, the Times points out: “Russia, China and Brazil did not back strong sanctions on the Qaddafi regime, and they generally supported a negotiated end to the uprising. All three countries have large oil companies that are seeking deals in Africa.”
And this: “Colonel Qaddafi proved to be a problematic partner for international oil companies, frequently raising fees and taxes and making other demands. A new government with close ties to NATO may be an easier partner for Western nations to deal with.”
STOP BEING STATE TERRORISTS
“We can invade everyone from Grenada to Afghanistan, but if anyone spills a drop of our blood, it’s terrorism.” – PAUL CHRISTOPHER, The Lucifer Gospel.
A Historian and WWII veteran, Howard Zinn on President Barack Obama: “If you want to end terrorism, you have to stop being terrorists!!”
“It’s not right to respond to terrorism by terrorizing other people. And furthermore, it’s not going to help. Then you might say, “Yes, it’s terrorizing people, but it’s worth doing because it will end terrorism.” But how much common sense does it take to know that you cannot end terrorism by indiscriminately dropping bombs?” – HOWARD ZINN, Terrorism and War.
“Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.” – NOAM CHOMSKY, 9-11.
“We can’t accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate.” – RUDOLPH GIULIANI, CNN interview, Sep. 11, 2002.
“Terrorism is the price of empire. If you do not wish to pay the price, you must give up the empire.” – PAT BUCHANAN, Where the Right Went Wrong.
“Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life.” – ALAN KEYES, speech, Apr. 21, 2002
“The big threat to America is the way we react to terrorism by throwing away what everybody values about our country–a commitment to human rights. America is a great nation because we are a good nation. When we stop being a good nation, we stop being great.” – BOBBY KENNEDY, O Magazine, Feb. 2007. (HSH)