June 24, 2011
Obama begins his speech by claiming Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Like his predecessor, the government, and the corporate media, he does not offer any evidence but simply states it as fact.
The events of September 11, 2011, were not included on Osama’s FBI poster. According to the FBI, Osama was wanted in connection with the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, not the attacks of September 11.
Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI, admitted years ago that there is no evidence connecting the Saudi to September 11. “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.” Tomb said in 2006. “Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 9/11.”
Obama states the nation was unified when it invaded Afghanistan in October of 2001. Polls revealed at the time that more than 90 percent of Americans supported the invasion. National polls, however, do not reveal that Americans were bamboozled through relentless propaganda by the government and the real reason for going into Afghanistan was kept secret. Americans were not told that the government had planned to invade the country prior to September 11, 2001.
They were also not told at the time that the United States had no intention of capturing Osama bin Laden and putting him on trial. Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, said two days after September 11 that the Taliban would turn Osama bin Laden over to the United States if it provided evidence of his complicity in the event, which Osama denied on two occasions, September 18 and the 28. In late September, General Hamid Gul, the former head of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), gave several interviews in which he stated Osama bin Laden was not responsible for 9/11. Gul said he believed the attacks were perpetrated by the Israeli Mossad and renegade elements within the US Air Force.
“Deliver to United States authorities all the leaders of al-Qaeda who hide in your land,” Bush ordered in his now infamous “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists” speech of September 20. He ignored the Taliban offer to turn over Osama because there was no evidence against him.
The U.S. had a plan to invade the country and overthrow the Taliban “before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest,” the BBC reported in late 2001.
In 1995, Unocal signed an $8 billion deal with Turkmenistan to construct pipelines as part of a plan for two pipelines designed to transport oil and gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and into Pakistan. The U.S. was working with the Taliban – a strident Wahhabi sect created through a collaboration between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI following the Afghan civil war – to support the pipeline deal, but by the middle of 2001 they were threatening the Taliban with “carpets of bombs” if they didn’t accept a deal on their terms.
Obama then states that al-Qaeda had “escaped into Pakistan.” He does not bother to mention that the U.S. and the Pakistanis secretly airlifted Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters out of the besieged Taliban stronghold of Kunduz, in Northern Afghanistan, in late November of 2001. When word of the mission went public, thenDefense Secretary Rumsfeld lied about it. “Oh, you can be certain of that. We have not seen a single – to my knowledge, we have not seen a single airplane or helicopter go into Afghanistan in recent days or weeks and extract people and take them out of Afghanistan to any country, let alone Pakistan,” he said during a Pentagon briefing. As Seymour Hersh noted at the time, the airlift would never have happened without Rumsfeld’s approval.
Obama claims the U.S. had to stay in Afghanistan so long because of a “resurgent Taliban,” but he says nothing about the fact that the U.S. was paying them off. “In a continuous flow of money, American tax dollars end up paying members of the Taliban and funding a volatile environment in Afghanistan,” Project Censored reported. “The funding of the insurgents, along with rumors of American helicopters ferrying Taliban members in Afghanistan, has led to widespread distrust of American forces. In the meantime, the US taxpayer’s dollar continues to fund insurgents to protect American troops so they can fight insurgents.”
In his speech, Obama pledges to bring home 10,000 soldiers by the end of this year and 23,000 more by the end of next summer, right before the 2012 presidential election. In other words, he has pledged to bring home the 30,000 troops he ordered into the country in December of 2009. According to Pentagon figures, there were 94,000 U.S. personnel in Afghanistan as of May compared with 92,000 in Iraq. Obama’s drawdown – heralded by a complaint corporate media as the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan – represents just over a third of all service members currently occupying the country.
The United States never plans to leave Afghanistan or Iraq. It plans to expand its wars in Pakistan and now Yemen, Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Obama, as commander-in-chief, will head up an invasion of Libya tentatively planned for October. The wars will expand, not contract, until the empire collapses in upon itself from the stress and contradictions.
Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro’s speech was simply more Orwellian Doublespeak directed at the plebs as the Republicans get ready to pick their establishment vetted presidential candidate – more than likely Rick Perry – and head into the dog and pony show next year.
For the New World Order, war is peace. Obama’s latest bout of polished teleprompter reading is merely another example of that.