“Then Circe took me by the hand and bade me be seated away from the others, while she reclined by my side and asked me all about our adventures. ‘So far so good,’ said she, when I had ended my story, ‘and now pay attention to what I am about to tell you- heaven itself, indeed, will recall it to your recollection. First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men’s bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass these Sirens by, and stop your men’s ears with wax that none of them may hear; but if you like you can listen yourself, for you may get the men to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast, and they must lash the rope’s ends to the mast itself, that you may have the pleasure of listening. If you beg and pray the men to unloose you, then they must bind you faster.” – Homer, The Odyssey, Book XII
Barack Obama must be exhausted with all the changes he’s already given us these days but to name the new Defense Secretary he used all his creative intelligence: Robert Gates
Not even three weeks after the “historical victory” and Barack Obama’s change has already shown its real face; and it ain’t pretty! From Boeing and Chevron as his National Security Adviser to Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team headed by ex-CIA officials tied to rendition program (kidnapping and torture), warrantless wiretapping and the notorious weapons of mass destruction fraud that lead to the illegal war of aggression against Iraq and resulted in the genocide of well over one million innocent human beings.
Obama has often praised bipartisanship and he’s keeping his promise; he’s assembled some of the worst characters of the Clinton and Bush II regimes and thanks to the state-corporate media’s propaganda (this time helped shamefully and irresponsibly by large sectors of the progressive left) the next US president will be able to count as never before on the support of his victims.
Meanwhile Bush-Obama’s War Secretary Robert Gates could approve plans for a major build-up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20. Why waiting when nothing has changed?
Selling a president is not different from selling any other product and the Obama brand has become popular. A little gem:
After designing a website similar to that of Barack Obama, Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has now hired two of the US president-elect’s advisors to help him in his election campaign.
The New York Times writes the banal truth when it points out, “Mr. Obama is planning to govern from the center-right of his party” but large sectors of the progressive left in the West are still in Wonderland. After having campaigned for Mr. Change and contributed to one of the most successful brainwashing campaign in recent history, the major “anti-war” movement organizations in the US and UK and many prominent leftists continue to project their delusions and try to intimidate those few skeptical voices that have been alerting to the dangers of this madness. Once again Cassandra has been called names.
Influential intellectuals, activists and other members of the Western politburo keep repeating, “change has come”; it will be much easier now to put pressure on the US administration with Obama in the White House. Obama begs to differ:
The president-elect has told some Democrats that he expects to take heat from parts of his political base but will not be deterred by it.