Careless Words and Callous Deeds

It has lately become usual for right-wing columnists, bloggers, and jingo lawmakers to call for the assassination of people abroad whom we don’t like, or people who carry out functions that we don’t want to see performed. There was nothing like this in our popular commentary before 2003; but the callousness has grown more marked in the past year, and especially in the past six months. Why? A major factor was President Obama’s order of the assassination of an American citizen living in Yemen, the terrorist suspect Anwar al-Awlaki. This gave legal permission to a gangster shortcut Americans historically had been taught to shun.

The cult of Predator-drone warfare generally has also played a part. But how did such remote-control killings pick up glamor and legitimacy? Here again, the president did some of the work. On May 1, at the White House Correspondents dinner, he made an unexpected joke: “Jonas Brothers are here tonight. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words: predator drones. You will never see it coming.” The line caught a laugh but it should have caused an intake of breath. A joke (it has been said) is an epigram on the death of a feeling. By turning the killings he orders into an occasion for stand-up comedy, the new president marked the death of a feeling that had seemed to differentiate him from George W. Bush. A change in the mood of a people may occur like a slip of the tongue. A word becomes a phrase, the phrase a sentence, and when enough speakers fall into the barbarous dialect, we forget that we ever talked differently.

Reprinted from Huffington Post with permission of the author.

10 thoughts on “Careless Words and Callous Deeds”

  1. Go to http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk for the scoop on Wiki…a CIA/Mossad front fm day one…Scott Creighton-American Everyman blog…recalled in his article how Wiki was started up in Dec '06 and in Jan '07 Time Magazine was already getting the narrative out there; saying that in March thousands of classified documents will be out there for you to pour through as long as " you don't buy into some of the conspiracy theories brewing out there portraying Wikileaks as a front of the CIA or some other intelligence agency"….John Young of Cryptome which worked with Assange called their scam early..The truth is out there…

  2. If we lose our internet freedoms you should at least know how it was done…The "why" and the "who" almost answer themselves…

  3. Does that statue still stand at Ft Dix? It is/was an infantryman with fixed bayonet with an attched title stating “The Ultimate Weapon”.

    I would imagine bayonets do have the profit magin one achieves with drones and missiles.

  4. Does that statue still stand at Ft Dix? It is/was an infantryman with fixed bayonet and attached the title "The Ultimate Weapon". Perhaps bayonets do not achieve the profit margins provided by drones & missiles.

  5. But yes, the drone joke was ugly but what can you expect? The american people have been programmed for war for some time…Now torture ( Jack Bauer ) and killing innocents ( mostly ) by remote control is cool..We don't manufacture much anymore…we shuffle paper, make movies and bomb people..

  6. lawmakers to call for the assassination of people abroad whom we don’t like,

    I would greatly appreciate it if bloggers/columnists/writers of every sort would, when writing passages such as the above, put the word "we" in quotation marks. This emphasizes the word's euphemistic context, as I'm sure that I and every other reader would certainly exclude ourselves from the collective to which that word here refers.

    By turning the killings he orders into an occasion for stand-up comedy, the new president marked the death of a feeling that had seemed to differentiate him from George W. Bush.

    Only if you were naive and foolish enough to believe that any occupant of the Oval Orifice is anything other than a mindless sock puppet figurehead whose every word and deed is controlled by higher powers invisible to Us the People. Let the Sepia Sock Puppet crack all the jokes he wants, and let him think that he's in control if it makes his pathetic excuse for an ego feel better. The simple fact of the matter is that he has ZE-RO say in when and against whom to launch the predator drones that he apparently considers toys. Indeed, the next (actually, first) independent word he speaks or move he makes would wind up being his last, as JFK found out the hard way when he tried to assert his independence from the people who installed him in office.

  7. You're right…JFK made it clear to the Zionists that their nuclear facility in Dimona would be inspected and they would only have a non-weaponized "peaceful" nuclear program..he also didn't give the CIA the air support ( and maybe the 82nd airborne, 2nd Marine division, etc ) that they wanted when their Cuban patriots couldn't get the job done..( When we speak of the CIA keep in mind that we're really talking about the families and secret societies that invented, own, control and use the CIA..for the most part it's really not a normal govt agency )..the sad thing is that even though most people know that the Warren commission/9-11 commission are b.s. nothing is ever done about it….when people use "we" they mean the sewer rat oligarchy that really decides everything…don't they?

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