Dennis Loo

Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path

Dennis Loo

Dennis Loo
Location
Los Angeles, California,
Birthday
December 31
Title
Professor of Sociology
Company
Cal Poly Pomona
Bio
Author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society; Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member, co-author of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them" statement, dog and fruit tree lover. Published poet. Winner of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, Project Censored Award and the Nation Magazine's Most Valuable Campaign Award. Punahou and Harvard Honor Graduate. Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. An archive of close to 500 postings of mine can be found at my blogspot blog, Dennis Loo, link below. I publish regularly at dennisloo.com, worldcantwait.net (link below) and also at OpEd News and sometimes at Counterpunch.

JANUARY 7, 2012 6:25PM

The War OF Terror's Deadly Embrace & the Drums of War

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The media have, with few exceptions, not covered the passage and signing by Obama of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) in a fashion that would alert the populace to the momentousness of what is afoot. Even among those who know of the NDAA, many are reacting with astonishing muteness, with all too many of those who despise the Republicans still planning to vote for Obama on the sole grounds that they can't stand the GOP. If you can't stand the GOP but can stand what Obama's been doing, then pray tell what distinctions are you making that would puzzle even the angels dancing on the head of a pin? Fortunately, there are those who are appropriately alarmed.

Obama in his signing statement upon the NDAA on New Year’s Eve stated that he would never use the provisions of NDAA against American citizens. Whether he uses it or not is moot since he is not going to be president into perpetuity. If he didn’t want the law to be used against Americans, then why not veto the bill? An even more salient point is that it was his administration that asked for the inclusion of American citizens in the bill before Congress passed it. If you don’t want American citizens to be subjected to indefinite detention merely on an accusation, then why would you insist that it be put into the bill in the first place?

Obama’s words and actions can only be viewed as a calculated attempt to mislead people into thinking that what he’s doing is not as monstrous as it is. If one is not blinded by partisanship or by personality cultism, when one looks at what he’s been doing since he won the election, it is impossible to conclude anything else than that his candidacy and his presidency were a ruse in the first place to try to mislead Americans about what their government is doing. Republicans and Democrats can only continue this path of relentlessly and ruthlessly refashioning the norms of governance through considerable subterfuge and by instilling fear among the populace. In this excerpt from my book Globalization and the Demolition of Society, I discussed this from the particular angle of the “War on Terror”:

“Bush and Cheney’s approach was to use the fear of attacks to consolidate their power and control (witness the USA PATRIOT Act and illegal spying) rather than to take obvious steps that would truly help make America safer. In the spring of 2002, for example, the Bush White House slashed the Energy Department’s requests for funding to protect nuclear plants and waste against terrorism by 93 percent. The Bush White House’s priorities in response to 9/11 indicated that they were not even particularly interested in preventing another attack. Beginning in the summer of 2007, several people who supported or represented the White House made it brazenly clear that another 9/11 would in fact be good and necessary because it would justify White House policies.

“Dennis Milligan, Arkansas GOP Chairman, stated on June 3, 2007: ‘[A]ll we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [9/11], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country.’[1]

“Rick Santorum, ex-Senator from Pennsylvania, speaking on the Hugh Hewitt Show on July 7, 2007, stated: ‘Between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we’re seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public’s going to have a very different view.’[2] [Boldfacing added]

For the rest of this article, please go to dennisloo.com

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Superb, as usual. I particularly like this sentence, which describes a coven of folks here, who like to think of themselves as progressively oriented:

"If one is not blinded by partisanship or by personality cultism, when one looks at what he’s been doing since he won the election, it is impossible to conclude anything else than that his candidacy and his presidency were a ruse in the first place to try to mislead Americans about what their government is doing."

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Just so you know, Dennis, I went over and read the whole article on your website, liked it much, and posted it on my Facebook page hoping it would enjoy a wider audience.
Obama is nothing but a puppet, and his masters are pulling his strings.
Too bad this puppet will be the fall guy for the evil those masters are bringing near and dear to us all.
If you go to Scanner's blog, you can reference a video taken of a FEMA facility in Indiana. It looks like the camps are already there, just waiting for us.
Thank you mark, mission and onl. I will go and look up the things you mentioned. Thanks for reposting it Mission!
Good on Obama!
Now you Yanks can get a taste of what your frikkin' government has been doing to anyone else it felt like doing it to for decades.

It was fine and dandy for y'all to sit back and watch it done to others, eh? Hardly a voice was raised against that. Hey! They're not Americans!! Who gives a darn about some ol' foreigners?

Even now you raise your voice ONLY because your government no longer is satisfied to limit their atrocious behaviour to "others." Well now that same lovely behaviour is about to be visited upon you "exceptional" folks as well.

Enjoy the monster you've created.

You are about to gain a tremendous insight into why you are the most hated people and nation on the face of the planet.

And my country - Canada - will no doubt follow along with yours as does the tail follow the dog..... It is to weep......
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Thanks for this important article, Dennis. Now as to those who STILL insist on drinking the Obamalade, they really need to check out what this law is about. Rated!!
I always respect your take on things, Dennis, even when I disagree with it substantially, as in the present instance.


You wrote:

…with all too many of those who despise the Republicans still planning to vote for Obama on the sole grounds that they can't stand the GOP. If you can't stand the GOP but can stand what Obama's been doing, then pray tell what distinctions are you making that would puzzle even the angels dancing on the head of a pin?

I doubt you will accept any explanation from anyone about that, but I suspect, Dennis, that sometime shortly after January 20th of next year, you and all these people so anxious to agree with you, will understand with jarring clarity the distinction we are making.

I also suspect that when the truth finally hits home, many of you will react in much the same way Col. Nicholson did in The Bridge on the River Kwai, when he lamented, “What have I done?”

You well-meaning, but misguided folk will be saying, “What have I helped to happen.”
Skypixie:

In response to your comment, please see, for example, this passage from a recent article of mine about NDAA:

"Not that I think that the bill is any more acceptable by exempting American citizens, but the point is that Obama is to the right of those who proposed and passed this – and I say this as a strict descriptor – fascist law."

In other words, my opposition to NDAA doesn't rest upon the fact that it includes American citizens. You might also want to look at every other thing that I've written for the last several years on the moves by the US government and you'll see that I have opposed their actions because they are wrong and the process has been one in which they have started with the most "other" of people's and made them into the enemy (e.g., Muslims) but are doing so in order to expand their net wider and wider. That is the character of fascist and authoritarian regimes.
Sorry Dennis. I worded that VERY badly. I did not mean that you, personally, had not spoken out about this before this time. I was trying to pinch the butts of those who have repeatedly, both here and on other sites, bemoaned ONLY the "Americans" part and have shown no regard for the human rights or dignity of non-Americans.

Many of those 'voices' now being heard did not, and would not today, speak out about Gitmo and the other American sponsored 'dark' prisons around the world that the North American mainstream media will not even report on.

I've gotta learn to proof read better! ;-)
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In the part of the quote Dennis made which you chose to highlight, fRANK, there is a question:

"If you can't stand the GOP but can stand what Obama's been doing, then pray tell what distinctions are you making that would puzzle even the angels dancing on the head of a pin?"

Were you aware of that? The "question mark" at the end of the sentence should have been a clear clue.

As the leading obamamaniac on the board do you have an answer.

Of course not.

you NEVER answer questions. You prefer to just allow mealy-mouthed slogans or drivel substitute for any semblance of substance.

I doubt this is the last we will hear from you, much to the chagrin of many, in this thread.
You wrote: "Republicans and Democrats can only continue this path of relentlessly and ruthlessly refashioning the norms of governance through considerable subterfuge and by instilling fear among the populace."

I agree. There is really little difference between Republicans and Democrats in that respect. Obama's course has been to continue the way of GWB.

Sometimes I'm thinking about ... is there in reality any other way?

The U.S. is such a monster with huge economic interests all over the world and weapons to destroy that whole world... Its leaders have to act to defend those interests, which put them in the power?

Inevitably there will be more and more wars, the morality (if there is any left) will surrender in the front of money...

the recent incidents in Iran are telling that America and its allies will use any kinds of terror acts for their causes.

I think that the whole system, how people are elected to the power should be changed.
I still don't understand why the war-mongers are in power. If humans have such a potential for good, why aren't we using it? Why the killing and the quest for power? I don't see a good choice in the upcoming elections except for this. I can't bring myself to vote for someone who stands up and declares open warfare on the world. I would rather vote for the person who says they don't want to go, even if they're lying.