THE FINANCIAL POLICIES of ROBERT RUBIN, LAWRENCE SUMMERS, & Timmy Geithner landed (respectively) Citi-bank, the Harvard Endowment, and THE ENTIRE US banking & FINANICAL SYSTEM (& economy) IN THE SEWER in 2008, yet Mr. Obama STUPIDLY (and almost certainly at the behest of his uber- Likudnik Neo-Con "Democrat" Chief of Staff, RAHM EMANUEL) selected the above trio of FAILED bankers and compromised financial officials to be THE CORE of his, Obama's, economic & financial cabinet!
REPEATING that pattern of FOLLOWING FAILED, FRAUDULENT Neo-Con advice, Mr. Obama is also trying to WHITE-WASH, COVER UP, and SWEEP UNDER the RUG, the 8 year long debacle of CRIMINAL CONDUCT of the Bush-Cheney administration, which we now know includes widespread, pervasive use of ILLEGAL WIRETAPS (massive tele-com surveillance) BEFORE 9-11 (!!), and WIDESPREAD, SYSTEMATIC use of TORTURE after 9-11.
And now Mr. Obama is trying to PRETEND that MASSIVE TORTURE, and MURDER of prisoners in US CUSTODY during the Cheney-Bush-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz administration of the "War on Terror" - DID NOT EXIST !!
IN EXACTLY the way the Nazis in WWII tried to pretend, for world media consumption, that SLAVE-LABOR and DEATH CAMPS "Did Not Exist"!
AND EVEN IF the President were interested in "putting the sins of the Bush administration" behind him, with NO JUSTICE done for the victims; in PURELY MACHIAVELLIAN terms, the President is creating a CATASTROPHE of the FIRST ORDER, as the steady "DRIP, DRIP, DRIP" of the Torture debacle NOW BECOMES IDENTIFIED with his own fledgling administration!!
IN AN EFFORT (at behest of his own insanely corrupted Neo-Con advisors, no doubt) to DISTANCE himself from Cheney-Bush crimes, torture, and murders of prisoners in US custody, PRESIDENT OBAMA is now making those scandals SYNONYMOUS with HIS administration!!!!
This would be like a major league baseball pitcher, AFRAID a batter will hit a home run on him... LOADS UP THE BASES with WALKS, because he was too afraid to throw srikes, and then, finally, serves up a strike that is hit for a Grand-Slame home run!
THIS IS STUPIDITY, that he, President Obama, DESERVES to be SMEARED WITH, for pushing an AMORAL, Machiavellian agenda - without having the RUTHLESS CLEARNESS of PURPOSE & EXECUTION that Machiavelli would have insisted upon!
(That is, in trying to take the WIMPY Srgt. Shulz "I see nothing, NOTHING!" whitewash avenue re Bush administration crimes, Obama LOOKS WEAK, CORRUPTED, and COMPLICIT in someone those crimes!)
Yes, we blatantly swiped the "drip, drip, drip" analogy from one of the New York Times' two (token) honest columnists, Mr. Frank Rich:
Obama Can’t Turn the Page on Bush[note: Mr. Rich's article is a "MUST READ" if only for the overview of Robert Draper's article in GQ, about then Secretary of War Don Rumsfeld BOTCHING the post-invasion phase of the Iraq war.]
By Frank Rich, NY Times op-ed columnist
Published: May 16, 2009
< TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.
That’s why the president’s FLIP-FLOPS on the release of detainee abuse photos — whatever his motivation — is a fool’s errand. The pictures will eventually emerge anyway, either because of leaks (if they haven’t started already) or because the federal appeals court decision upholding their release remains in force. And here’s a bet: These images will not prove the most shocking evidence of Bush administration sins still to come. >
[note 2: Mr. Rich, those who are held, and/or tortured or murdered in US prisons, are "PRISONERS" - the word "detainees" creating a MISLEADING image of someone "DETAINED" for a relatively short period of time, i.e. a PURE government/media PROPAGANDA term.]
Mr. Rich's notions that it will be IMPOSSIBLE for President Obama to (heed his Neo-Con advice) and WHITEWASH TORTURE and other CRIMES of the past 8 years are seconded by John Cussak:
< Only now is the knowledge starting to give rise to the widespread outrage and calls for accountability that such CRIMES against humanity deserve. Growing numbers of citizens are demanding the independent INVESTIGATIONS and PROSECUTIONS of the members of the Bush administration responsible for the VITIATION of FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL PRINCIPLES like habeas corpus and the flagrant violation of both international and domestic laws against torture. The pundits, hacks and shills who dismiss these calls for investigation and prosecution -- integral to any serious definition of accountability -- disgrace themselves and their country. >
[Note: In brilliant if understated writing, ConsortiumNews.com's Robert Parry reminds us of what President BILL CLINTON got for SWEEPING Bush-1 IRAN-CONTRA, Iraq-gate/BCCI, and other CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS out of Washington DC, and under the rug, in 1993: He, President Clinton, got in return an EIGHT YEAR JIHAD of relentless Republican attacks and investigations that saw VINCE FOSTER and JIM McDOUGAL DEAD, saw Web Hubbell, Susan McDougal, and others IMPRISONED for doing 1/1,000th what Bush brothers, themselves, had gotten away with (in the S&L scandals); and Clinton saw his own staffers WRONGLY and FALSELY ACCUSED of "TRASHING WHITE HOUSE PROPERTY" in January 2001, when Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer, and the ENTIRE DC press-corpse JOINED the Bush-GOP in making FALSE ACCUSATIONS of DESTRUCTION OF WHITE HOUSE PROPERTY - without ONE photograph to substantiate WEEKS' worth of SCANDAL-mongering headlines & articles!
< President Clinton made clear he saw historical truth as less important than his hopes for Republican cooperation on his domestic agenda. But this willingness to sweep major scandals under the rug left the White House back door ajar for a restoration of the Bush Family dynasty a half dozen years later – with disastrous consequences for the American Republic. >