By Chris Floyd
Now that Barack Obama is finally the "only one president" that we have at a time, I'm sure we can look forward to hearing what he really thinks about the mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza by the American-equipped Israeli war machine. His prolonged, polite reticence on this burning subject (burning with white phosphorous seared into the flesh of children, that is) will surely now give way to eloquent condemnation of Israel's brutal and blatant display of state terror. And this scorching denunciation will no doubt be accompanied by appropriate government action: cutting off or curtailing aid to Israel, supporting UN sanctions against the rogue state, providing generous, no-strings reconstruction funds to restore what American-made weapons has destroyed, and so on. What better way to demonstrate the "renewal of America's moral standing in the world"?
And so we wait, with firm hope and every confidence that the new president, calling upon the better angels of our nature, will speak forthrightly, and act boldly and justly, in addressing this horrendous crime in which America has been so complicit.
In the new spirit of respect and cooperation now wafting like sweet zephyrs across the political landscape, a new era where we are all adjured to do everything that we can to help the powerful exercise their power, we offer below a few gleanings of fact that might prove of some use to our president when, in the fullness of time and according to the dictates of his own great wisdom, he breaks his silence on the bloodshed in Gaza.