Has President Obama lost Europe? And has power corrupted him to the point that he has betrayed not only his professed ideals, but his Nobel Peace Prize? Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Matthias Rub finds the events leading up to his administration’s confluence of scandal too suspicious to be written off as mere coincidence.
In just one of a series of articles critical of Obama from Europe, For the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Matthias Rub starts off this way:
With drones and spies: The White House is leading a secret war against its opponents. It also has journalists in the crosshairs. They are persecuted as ‘co-conspirators.’
It has taken months, even years, for the apparently collectively-hypnotized Western public to want to notice, never mind want to question, the secret drone war waged by President Barack Obama. Didn’t the politician with the messianic rhetoric promise that, under his leadership, America’s wars would abate, and that through dialog – especially with the Muslim world, he would restore the superpower’s tarnished image across the globe? Not to mention that Obama, who portrayed himself as a figure of great historical transformation, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office.
It is now known that by December 2009, when Obama accepted the Nobel Prize in Oslo, he had already ordered more secret drone attacks than his predecessor George W. Bush during his entire eight years in office. After three years of the White House under Obama’s command, twice as many terrorist suspects (and hundreds of innocent civilians listed as “collateral damage”) had been killed by drones as had been imprisoned in Guantanamo under Bush. Meetings between Obama and his top advisers, during which the president uses a “Kill List” prepared for him by the intelligence agencies and approves whether or not to pull the trigger on the next suspects in the Hindu Kush, the Arabian Peninsula, or the Horn of Africa, are held on “Terror Tuesday,” in the jargon of the White House. That Obama’s drone war will free or even secure America and the world from the lash of Islamist terrorism is something hardly anyone believes anymore.
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