by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, February 10, 2009
The language is softened and deceptive. The strategy and tactics are not. The “war on terror” continues. Promised change is talk, not policy. Just look at Obama’s “war cabinet,” discussed in an earlier article. It assures:
— the “strongest military on the planet” by outspending all other countries combined;
— continued foreign wars;
— possible new ones in prospect; on February 7, vice-president Joe Biden outlined continuity of the Bush administration’s policy toward Iran, including “preventive” wars under the National Security Strategy; demands also that Iran abandon its legal nuclear program meaning nothing going forward will change;
— permanent occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is planned;
— a reinvented “Cold War” with Russia; perhaps also with China; “draw(ing) a new ‘iron curtain’ (between these) formidable Eurasian powers” to prevent their alliance from challenging America, according to F. William Engdahl;
— an “absolute” commitment “to eliminating the threat of terrorism (with) the full force of our power;”
— inciting instability for imperial gain, especially in resource-rich parts of the world;
— militarizing America; keeping Bush administration police state laws in force; dealing with a deepening economic crisis by preparing for hard line crackdowns should popular unrest arise; and
— readying for another major false flag attack?
Three times in his final week in office, George Bush warned: “Our enemies are patient and determined to strike again. There’s still an enemy out there that would like to inflict damage on America – Americans. And that’ll be the major threat. The most important job (for) the next president is….to protect the American people from another attack.”
Late last year, similar talk came from figures like then Senator Joe Biden. In October, he told a Seattle audience that “We’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test” Obama’s mettle. He called it a “guarantee (and a) promise” and assured “tough (and) unpopular” decisions would follow.
Others like Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Joe Lieberman gave similar warnings. The UK Defence Ministry said Britain is teeming with extremists who’ll attempt another London “spectacular,” perhaps at airports, Parliament, Whitehall or Buckingham palace. Press reports circulated with London’s Al-Quds Al-Arabi suggesting a forthcoming attack that will “change the face of world politics and economics.” The London Times said Obama got “ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.”
Other media reports and from officials believe a new attack will rally popular support behind the president, but Ron Paul warned earlier that America “is determined to have martial law (to get people) fearful enough that they will accept the man on the white horse.” It’s an old tactic as far back as Plato. Reflecting on terrorism, false flag or real, he said: “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears (as) a protector.”