The Emperor’s New Speech

The Emperor’s New Speech


The supposedly miniscule expenditure of foreign aid was mentioned as an unfortunate price we must pay as we lead the world, but the name of that number one recipient, Israel, somehow never once came up. Neither did the subject of the NDAA.


by Rufus Petersen


On the 23rd of May 2013, a superior actor, the leader of the "free world" gave an hour speech that was long overdue on lurking topics which had been dogging him from the mouth of his critics, left and right. The authenticity quotient certainly seemed high to many ears, especially as the voice of a heckling critic was inexplicably allowed to henpeck at great length.

An oft-repeated phrase came to mind: Too little, too late. What can you say about the not-so-secret mission statement of a nation which never stops attempting to rule every corner of the planet 24-7? We are incrementally attempting to stem the rate of murders we commit, just because we can since this reigning Emperor has decided to want to live up to his manufactured reputation as "kinder and gentler"? Obviously this wasn't said, but certainly the message was exactly what was projected. And while the acting was certainly much better and more believable than that of GWB, we are still left with nothing more than hollow words.

The supposedly miniscule expenditure of foreign aid was mentioned as an unfortunate price we must pay as we lead the world, but the name of that number one recipient, Israel, somehow never once came up. Neither did the subject of the NDAA.

A great speech, but it was written in context to mythologies and superimposed, invented narratives. Has any empire ever retreated from its poison and murders back into a more benevolent stance? No. Don't be fooled by the new-leaf Obama as you bend to grasp your ankles.

As long as you're not bound by racism or conventional right-wing political partisanship, Obama can be seen as a quite attractive Prez. He does a great job of coming off as a likeable guy, but that is our downfall, and just where neo-lib crap prevails. I know I instinctively cut him way more slack than GWB, but many such as myself instinctively found GWB utterly loathsome, and speaking for me it wasn't just about the usual urban-lefty hatred for mid-America flyover country. I don't know about anyone but me, but I just can't get behind wallowing, purposeful ignorance meant to be folksy.

Obama is an entirely different beast altogether, yet he's acted similarly enough to GWB in too many ways. He flies fast, hard and thoroughly though as being kinder and gentler– in the way that Dubya couldn't as a supposed "compassionate conservative". It's true that Obama didn't whack Afghanistan or Iraq, getting the most hideous NeoCon attacks into fruition, but he sure did his best to nail Qadaffi and aid the behind-the-scenes efforts at new textbook villain Assad. Obama has way more subtlety and finesse than GWB. My guess is the end result  for both of these leaders aren't a whole lot different in substance in the long run.

America's actions have only been legal because Obama and endless teams of lawyers say so. Show us one clear instance where Obamaco broke with the policies of its predecessors which constitute a repudiation of past policies, and you might see a slow timid reversal. But where the hell is that?

Make no mistake; there is no break with anything in Obama's speech– nothing that charts a new course. He doesn't even pretend to do this, but insists a new tone has been made and seems to hint that some goal was reached, some milestone passed. Oh what, the CIA (which wasn't mentioned) is passing the drone program to the Pentagon?. There is no "there" there, Mr. President. And you still ARE just asking us for your word on it that things are otherwise.

Text of speech-

Yes Mr President,This Is Who We Are:

Michael Ratner and Paul Jay analyze President Obama's defense of his drone and Guantanamo policies – a policy based on continuing US dominance in the Middle East; Obama's speech was interrupted by Code Pink's Medea Benjamin.


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Rufus Peterson, a fifty-something, bohemian Paleoconservative artist and writer living in Idaho.


  1. Don't be fooled by the Medea Benjamin performance:  it was planned.   Medea is a gatekeeper. 


    See the last part of the "Jekyll Island" video posted elsewhere:  Medea runs "controlled opposition."  


    As Obama's speech progressed and Benjamin continued her shouts without being immediately removed, the smell of rat was in the air:  something different was happening. When Obama said, "I'm going off-script, obviously,"  that sealed it:  Medea's interruptions, and even the general content, were planned and expected. 


    Obama needed a "crazy" like Medea to take him to territory where the zios will not otherwise permit him to go. Is that a bad thing?  No; at least that much was accomplished.  


    What IS a major problem is that ONLY JEWS are permitted to take these roles.  For example, only a Jew can host a blog like Mondoweiss; Phil Weiss controls commentary very carefully.  


    Just like the rules under which Palestinians/Arabs — like Joseph Massad — operate, Weiss laid down the law to commenters on Mondoweiss:  NO DISCUSSION OF ZIONIST INVOLVMENT IN NAZISM.


    Why not? If it's an historical fact, it is relevant.


    Weiss elaborated: "That incident has prompted a lot of soul searching inside the movement for Palestinian human rights, because it showed that a significant part of the community wants to talk about Israeli policy in the context of Jewish history and Jewish identity, and do so in a highly critical manner. Clearly a lot of people, including many in our community, want to have these conversations and regard them as necessary to resolving the Middle East conflict. We don’t. We are tired of serving as a platform for this discussion, including in the comment section, and don’t see the conversation as a productive one. From here on out, the Mondoweiss comment section will no longer serve as a forum to pillory Jewish culture and religion as the driving factors in Israeli and US policy."   Got it:  Jewish history and culture had and have nothing to do with the plight of Palestinians, or the corruption of American political /moral culture, or the erosion of Christian values in US Christian denominations.  

    • Medea Benjamin-Lisa Fithian-Judy Clarke and more looks like it is the same person. Don't take my word for it.Geek this out! Here she is folks!

  2. ChasMark, I tried to hint that I instantly recognized the heckler as a plant without really going there. You took it there in a way that I'd not even contemplated. Thanks for pursuing an angle thoroughly which few do.

  3. Like you, Rufus, I'm in Idaho though I'm originally from Oklahoma.  There is a sense in which short of a massive tornado in Oklahoma, Obama would never visit the state, nor is he likely to spend much time in the ski resorts or golf courses in Idaho.  
    As long as our new emporer doesn't cut funding for the military bases or school programs, I doubt very much if we care that he ever visits.  Some joys are reserved for regular people.  We don't care if he tries all the prisoners at Gitmo, or sends them back to wherever they come from.  We'd rather not be spied on by drones, but excuse us if we don't join in his paranoia.  Sometimes it's good to be small and obscure.

  4. These people are Luciferian satanists. The Ashkanazi Khazarians love to think of themselves as special, but we humans need to be aware of anyone telling us we're special. The Creator says we're all special so never let that ever divide us unless you want to help Lucifer defile us. After all, he hates us all equally. All of his followers that believe him will be "double-crossed" eventually – never rewarded. He loves to pit brother against brother!

  5. Great story, Rufus; you just wrote my thoughts exactly. Obama's speech rang hollow;  in it, he never mentioned the NDAA; nor, did he ever mention Israel as the #1 recipient of foreign aid. He's just another side of the GWB coin, only smarter and more eloquent in his speeches; but, he's still as callous and narcissistic.

  6. Anti-racists" say there's a RACE problem. They say it'll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and "assimilate" to get a brown mixture.
    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.
    If I object to my own genocide these "anti-racists" say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they're anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  7. Great comments, everyone. Dan M- hey, you've got Idaho nailed! I'm not native born either. Ya know, Obama did arrive here once- during the caucus in Boise. Where else would he be? And no need to ever be hear again.  


    It's good we're not in love with drones yet as we are with military bases. Don't get me started.