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Obama's Speech Fumbles Elite Themes

by Anthony Wile

The speech on the Middle East given by Barack Obama the other night was yet more evidence of how the power elite is having a good deal of trouble implementing its dominant social themes in the 21st century. The speech itself was supposed to be another "historical" moment for Barack Obama. Instead it turned out to be just one more dreary, uncompelling catalogue of American policies in the Middle East. In a fast-moving news environment, the speech came across as reactive – and its policies unpersuasive.

The US President did make some dubious news. He announced he was shoveling some cash toward Tunisia and Egypt and, more importantly, he suggested that Israel return to its 1967 borders as it pursued peace accords with the Palestinians. This elicited yet more wearisome reactions. "President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus," said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the speech a "disaster." How predictable. The "protect Israel against the Arab world" meme is one we've heard repeatedly for decades.

Obama made much of the US commitment to spreading democracy in the Middle East – and this too is an ancient elite theme, that the US must lead the way for the world when it comes to moral uprightness. Unfortunately, Obama didn't mention that both Egypt and Tunisia had been destabilized at least in part by CIA trained youth movements like the AYM. Since many are aware of this – as it has been reported in the mainstream and alternative press – he comes across as hypocritical rather than committed.

He elaborated a good deal on Syria and Libya, reinforcing the idea of America as the protector for citizens who are being oppressed by their governments. But then he hardly referred to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia at all – and both countries have been jailing and torturing democracy supporters with depressing frequency. Obama didn't mention Yemen, either, even though Yemen's stubbornly murderous President Saleh has shot and killed numerous democracy protesters in the past few weeks and incarcerated many.

The absence of any serious mention of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Yemen begins to clear up a good deal of mystery surrounding these protests. Some countries are apparently to be destabilized by these Anglo-American inspired youth movements while others are not. It is apparently at least in part an effort to winnow out Middle East rulers that operate independently of power elite control.

In Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria (and the Ivory Coast too), "strongmen" did the West's bidding on their own terms. That evidently wasn't good enough. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are virtual proxies for the US. If the US ever withdrew its support for the Saudi regime, it would likely topple quickly. Not so in Libya or Syria. So the elite attacks. The Anglo-American power elite is centralizing world governance.

The Middle East, with its independent Islamic governments and unpredictable polices apparently needs to be more tightly controlled if true world government is to be initiated. Obama's speech is enlightening but not probably in the way he meant it. Like bin Laden's endless dying, the memes of the elite are increasingly obvious and unpersuasive. Anyone who studies them can start to predict them.

Assange for example. The increasingly wearisome Julian Assange – whom we believe is probably not what he seems – has released classified State Department files that show, according to the Washington Times, how "enhanced" interrogations of hundreds of captured operatives at secret overseas prisons and at the Cuban prison "amounted to one of the most successful intelligence operations in history." WikiLeaks has turned from a defender of the oppressed into a defender of oppression. Do we really need an "open source" news entity promoting torture?

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