If Joe Biden really is going to be inaugurated President on January 20th, first I don’t think he will last very long with that Alzheimer’s he obviously has. So, it will probably be a President Kommie-la Harris. And if Biden is President, it will be Obama 2.0, with all the warmongers Biden is taking from the Obama administration to be in top positions.
Daniel Larison updates us on Biden’s pick to be Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who was Biden’s national security advisor when Biden was VP, and who was also the Deputy Secretary of State under Obomber.
(Blinken) stands by the false argument that Biden’s vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq was a “vote for tough diplomacy.” He was reportedly in favo of the Libyan intervention, which Biden opposed, and he was initially a defender and advocate for U.S. support for the Saudi coalition war on Yemen. In short, Blinken has agreed with some of the biggest foreign policy mistakes (of the Obama administration).
Winslow Wheeler and Pierre Sprey detail Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy, Obama’s “Under Secretary of Defense for Policy,” whatever that is, who is also not only a severe warmonger and militarist but one of those revolving door corporatist types.
Keep in mind Flournoy‘s extensive defense industry ties. In 2002 she went from positions in the Pentagon and the National Defense University to the mainstream but hawkish Center for Strategic and International Studies, which is largely funded by industry and Pentagon contributions. Five years later, she co-founded the second-most heavily contractor-funded think tank in Washington, the highly influential Center for a New American Security (CNAS). That became a stepping stone to her role as under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration. From there she rotated to the Boston Consulting Group, after which the firm’s military contracts expanded from $1.6 million to $32 million in three years. She also joined the board of Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm laden with defense contracts. In 2017 she co-founded WestExec Advisors, helping defense corporations market their products to the Pentagon and other agencies.
Though WestExec Advisors does not reveal its clients, Flournoy has stated, “Building bridges between Silicon Valley and the U.S. government is really, really important,” even a “labor of love.” WestExec is also careful not to designate Flournoy as a lobbyist, which could run afoul of Biden’s likely prohibitions against appointing “lobbyists” to senior positions. But a WestExec source did tell an interviewer, “We’ll tell you who to go talk to” and what to tell them. This simply circumvents the legalities; it is lobbying by remote control.
And Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies had an earlier article on Flournoy, asking, “Will Michele Fournoy be the angel of death for the American Empire?”
And then there is Avril Haines, Obama’s Deputy Director of CIA and Deputy National Security Advisor, who Biden wants to be his Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the position that James Clapper had. Remember him? The DNI is the one that all the other intelligence agency heads report to, including CIA director, FBI and NSA.
Here is what Wikipedia says about Avril Haines:
In 2015 Haines was tasked with determining whether CIA personnel involved in the hacking of the computers of Senate staffers who were authoring the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture would be disciplined. Haines chose not to discipline them, overruling the CIA Inspector General. Subsequently, she was involved in the CIA project of redacting the Senate report for release….
During her years in Obama White House, Haines played a significant role working closely with John Brennan in determining administration policy on “targeted killings” by drones.
Not exactly “Miss Civil Liberties,” that’s for sure.
The New York Times and Washington Post described the Obama targeted drone strike killings, which Obama escalated after Bush, and which Trump has escalated many more times as Obama. Most of the drone strikes kill innocent people, not “terrorists.”
As I wrote in my article in November of 2012,
The program in question is the U.S. President’s assassinations of “terrorists,” or “terrorist supporters,” without due process, and without the President being required to present evidence against the accused.
So really we are talking about suspected terrorists. And worse, most of those who have been murdered overseas by Obama’s drone bombings have been innocent civilians and not actual terrorists [.pdf].
To cover themselves, as noted in the earlier NYT article, the Obama Administration has defined as “militants” (and thus worthy of a U.S. Presidential execution by drone) “all military-age males” who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You see, one reason the writers of the U.S Constitution included a Bill of Rights is to protect the right of all people to due process. That means that, if the government wants to accuse someone of something, such as terrorism, the government is morally, legally and constitutionally obligated to provide evidence against the accused. All people who are accused of something have a right to require the accuser to provide evidence.
But no, when the U.S. government draws up a “Kill List” for those designated foreigners (and Americans too now, as of the Obama administration), and then fires drone strikes at the named individuals, without any due process, without providing evidence against the accused, without a trial, then the government is acting criminally.
What? You didn’t know about the Obama “Kill List”? (I assume Trump has been doing the same thing.)
As I wrote in my aforementioned article,
However, while the Times, the Post and many amongst the MSM act as spokesmen for the Obama Administration’s drone-murder program, there are nevertheless many people who still don’t know about them, about Obama’s “kill list” and Obama’s NDAA provision of indefinite detention of Americans, and so forth. In this video, an interviewer talks to Obama supporters who can’t believe that those policies are Obama’s. And in this video, the same ignorance is shown by a sitting U.S. Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
And in this video, former Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge exemplifies many Americans’ cluelessness about the Obama “kill list,” and their lack of understanding of the meaning of a government program that administers death arbitrarily without any legality or due process.
So, with the militarist warmonger ladies mentioned above in a new Biden administration, it looks like we will see more U.S. government war crimes with drone strikes, foreign invasions and occupations, and provocations of foreigners. Trump hasn’t really deescalated all that, quite frankly.
After Biden’s two weeks tops, President Kommie-la will continue the same anti-civil liberties, anti-due process policies as Bush, Obama, Trump and probably Biden, given Kommie-la’s record as a vicious prosecutor in California.