Sunday, May 15, 2016

"I am really good at killing people"

The New York Times reports on May 14th, 2016, For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War

Obama "will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president  [Nobel Peace Prize Winner] in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war."

Remember, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 at the beginning of his presidency...."He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president."

In fact the Drone President is reported to have quipped to his aides "I'm really good at killing people." Joke, boast or other (who says something like that?!), thousands of humans have died from US drone strikes, including innocent men, women and children...

Is this a legacy of a Nobel Peace Prizewinner?

"Your breath first kindled the dead coal of wars
And brought in matter that should feed this fire;And now 'tis far too huge to be blown outWith that same weak wind which enkindled it."
King JohnAct V, scene 2, line 83, W. Shakespeare

"Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out...and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. ..And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man' --with his mouth." What Is Man? Mark Twain

"Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder." The Crisis, Thomas Paine

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