EDUCATING HELEN THOMAS: Obama, The War President by Helen Thomas February 8, 2010

Published on Monday, February 8, 2010 by The Albany Times-Union (New York)
Obama, The War President

by Helen Thomas
President Barack Obama does have a foreign policy. It's called war.

The President has not defined any real difference between his hawkish approach to international issues and that of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

Where's the change we can believe in?

Bush left a legacy of two wars, neither of which was ever fully explained or justified. Obama has merely picked up the sword that Bush left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the struggle against terrorism, one might say, "Who cares?"

One group that cares consists of Americans who follow the rules and think we should honor all the treaties we have promoted and signed over the years.

The President gave short shrift to foreign policy in his State of the Union address, mentioning neither the lives lost nor the cost of the global hostilities that the U.S. has involved itself in. He also didn't mention U.S. policies in the Middle East, though those are the root cause of many of our problems.

While U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has a hopeful outlook for the resumption of the stalemated talks between the Israelis and Palestinians after a year of trying, Obama seems to have temporarily thrown in the towel.

Obama said he was keeping his promise to leave Iraq by the end of August.

Meanwhile, frequent suicide bombings continue in that beleaguered country.

Afghanistan is a different story. U.S. forces there are involved in manhunts of al-Qaida and Taliban leaders. But the cost in civilian life is heavy when drones are used and whole families have been wiped out to get one suspected leader.

The U.S. seems to have convinced the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan that it's their war too. The Washington Post said the loss of Hakimullah Mehsud has dealt a fatal blow to his followers.

The U.S. military web has spread to Yemen, where American intelligence teams have joined Yemeni troops in planning missions against al-Qaida elements. Scores have been killed there.

Then there's the ramped-up U.S. saber-rattling toward Iran.

In his speech, Obama warned Iran of "consequences" if it didn't play ball and co-operate on nuclear inspections. It's unclear whether those consequences are of the financial variety or of a pre-emptive military strike by the U.S. or Israel.

All this comes at a time when the U.S. has bolstered its naval presence in the Persian Gulf and the neo-conservatives are calling for "regime change" in Iran.

But neo-con Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, sees the possibility of peaceful regime change in Iran. Organic regime change could change the Iranian equation, Kagan concludes in a Washington Post article.

Iran, reacting to Western pressure or from fear of an attack, recently offered to send its uranium abroad for enrichment for industrial use.

There are new tensions in other parts of the world. China is upset with the U.S. $6 billion-plus arms sale to its nemesis, Taiwan. China's also irked at Google for its belated push-back against Chinese hacking into Google's G-mail accounts.

So while the President's Democratic base of support mutters about his abandonment of health reform and immigration reform, Obama can take solace in support from the Republican Party whenever he flexes U.S. military muscle.

And so this president takes his place among other U.S. chief executives who have sought the glory of leading the nation in military conflict. He has attained the desired status of "War President."
© 2010 Albany Times-Union

Helen Thomas is a columnist for Hearst Newspapers. E-mail: Among other books she is the author of Front Row at The White House: My Life and Times.


Sorry to post off topic - but this is VERY IMPORTANT.

The three-part video series by David Chandler called "NIST admits freefall" has been removed from YouTube. This is the series in which Chandler asks Shyam Sunder to justify NIST's false starting time for measuring the descent of WTC7 and Sunder (lead investigator for NIST) is forced to admit that WTC7 fell at Freefall acceleration for 2.25 seconds -- a distance of approximately eight stories.

This video series is vitally important, as it is tantamount to an admission of controlled demolition (at least to anyone who understands the concept of freefall acceleration).

Does anyone have any information explaining why and by whose authority this video series has been removed, and what it will take to get it re-posted?
(The message on YouTube is that it has been "removed by the user" --- but if this is the case why is it still promoted with a picture and links on - of which 'Chandler is a member)?

You rock zm....we need an

You rock zm....we need an article on this and some coverage....what's going on.
Either they admit it or they are idiots. Take your choice. If they don't admit it they ARE admitting they have lost their minds. If they do admit it they are admitting they are lying sacks of poop.
I go for both choices....

I looked for othe Videos by Chandler and got this:

This video has been removed by the user.


That's true of the link given at, but is still available via google search "NIST admits freefall".


Only part 1 actually works and it has only 121 views

Try to get ALL THREE PARTS of Chandler's videos. There are plenty of "hits" on a Google search, but most of them get you to "Video no longer available - removed by user." The only one I got to work had only 121 views. This is censorship disquised by choking off 99% but letting 1% through.

Nice words from a nice lady.

Helen calls it like she sees it! Go girl!

Educate Her!

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