…the latest Anti-Empire Report from Bill Blum. He takes up the astonishing lies and historical misrepresentations Obama made in his recent European trip to re-ignite the Cold War. It was a jaw-dropping performance, as the Peace Laureate heartily defended the Hitlerian war of aggression against Iraq, and the war crimes in Serbia of his Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton. It was Clinton, you remember, who, before launching that splendid little war, rejected a Serbian peace offer that would have given him everything he demanded to “protect” Kosovo — save for a free pass for a complete military occupation of Serbia. Clinton then proceeded to pulverize Serbia’s civilian infrastructure in a vicious bombing campaign that ended with an agreement which… gave Clinton everything he asked for except, er, a free pass for a complete military occupation of Serbia. In other words, Clinton took the original offer — but only after killing hundreds of innocent people, just to show everybody’s who’s boss.
Here again we see the reality of the “progressive,” “liberal,” “centrist,” “moderate” (or whatever) side of the American imperium: behind their noble words, their evocations of the “common good,” of justice, freedom, and human rights, there is the same murderous, pointless quest for dominance.