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How Obama killed the anti-war movement among liberal Democrats.

Obama has killed a once proud tradition among Democratic voters. The new anti-war movement is on the right.

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Barack Obama had and in many ways still has one of the slickest PR machines of any US President.

With the mainstream media in the US and Europe fully behind him, he was able to campaign as a peace president, the man of ‘change’, whilst simultaneously being at war in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine (through proxies), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan.

Oh and let’s not forget supporting regime change in Egypt that for a while led to a government led by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation proscribed throughout the secular Arab world and now once again proscribed in Egypt.

When it came to Obama, the liberals cared not for the content of his actions and policies but only for his image. He wasn’t as stupid sounding as Bush, he was smooth talking, had airs of pomposity which liberals lap up with no sense of irony, and to be fair, being the first black President of the US was a unique, yet ultimately squandered moment in American history.

Obama remains a kind of sainted figure among liberals in North America, the wider English speaking world and much of Europe. Hillary Clinton never had such an inspirational image. The same could be said of Senator Charles Schumer.

This has had the effect of making those who gravitate towards the liberal left becoming increasingly pro-war, both by design and by default.

In the United States, from the followers of Adlai Stevenson in the 1950s who wanted a ‘kinder, gentler cold war’, to the anti-war protests of the Vietnam era, to the leftists who opposed Reagan’s militarism in the 1980s, and to the anti-war protests in 2003 when Bush and Blair invaded Iraq, many on the left have a generally good record of protesting illegal, immoral and costly wars.

It must be said this applies more to the grassroots left, and often not Democratic politicians. It was after all the Democrats under Harry Truman who nuked Japan and went into Korea, it was Lyndon Johnson who escalated the Vietnam War, it was Jimmy Carter who shaped anti-secular/pro-Mujahideen US policy in Afghanistan, and it was Bill Clinton who committed a war crime in Yugoslavia and bombed Iraq as well in 1998.

Today however the grass roots liberals look more like Lyndon Johnson on steroids than they do to Eugene McCarthy or Robert Kennedy, two honest anti-war Democrats.

During the Obama years liberal Democrats hardly marched at all and now under Trump they are marching for sectarian causes rather than protesting for peace.

Obama’s paradoxical combination of hawkish policies combined with a peaceful appearance killed the anti-war movement among traditional Democrats.

Interestingly, a new anti-war movement has re-surfaced among American conservatives. For years, it was difficult to be a Republican and to be anti-war. The days of Robert Taft opposing American participation in the Second World War and the Korean War were ridiculed as old fashioned. Dr. Ron Paul was constantly slandered by the mainstream neo-con elite of the Republican party.

But under Trump, and because of the increased prevalence of anti-war conservative alternative media, the anti-war movement on the right – both in the form of Robert Taft style traditional conservatism and Ron Paul style libertarianism is experiencing a renaissance at just the point in time when the left has not only abandoned its anti-war credentials but is even excoriating Donald Trump for the mere fact that he wants better relations with the other nuclear superpower, the Russian Federation.

Increasingly, conservatives realise that Obama style wars are costly, detrimental to global peace and stability, not in America’s interest, and are motivated by a kind of neo-Trotskyite brand of ultra-liberalism that has nothing to do with putting America first or with libertarianism either.

This is why I welcome Ron Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul for sticking up for President Trump in an honest and mature way.

Senator Paul’s criticisms of John McCain are in line with a tradition of conservatism that sees people like McCain as dangerous renegades putting the interests of foreign actors ahead of those of the United States.

America still needs a strong anti-war movement, even though such movements have had little success since the 1960s, when the anti-Vietnam war movement did help to turn the tide of public opinion against the war in Vietnam.

This time though, it is to be hoped that the anti-war activists of 2017 will be more convincing than the activists of 1967. Today’s anti-war leaders are not in San Francisco with flowers in their hair. They look and talk like Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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