Obama’s new strategy of terror and brutality: General Stanley McChrystal

Posted: May 19, 2009 in society
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US Special Operations Team (War News Update)

Obama’s Animal Farm: Bigger, Bloodier Wars Equal Peace and Justice

By Prof James Petras
Global Research, May 17, 2009

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980’s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s rise to leadership is marked by his central role in directing special operations teams engaged in extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions. He is the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building. Between September 2003 and August 2008, McChrystal directed the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations (JSO) Command which operates special teams in overseas assassinations.

IRAQ RAIDThe point of the ‘Special Operations’ teams (SOT) is that they do not distinguish between civilian and military oppositions, between activists and their sympathizers and the armed resistance. The SOT specialize in establishing death squads and recruiting and training paramilitary forces to terrorize communities, neighborhoods and social movements opposing US client regimes. The SOT’s ‘counter-terrorism’ is terrorism in reverse, focusing on socio-political groups between US proxies and the armed resistance. McChrystal’s SOT targeted local and national insurgent leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan through commando raids and air strikes. During the last 5 years of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld period the SOT were deeply implicated in the torture of political prisoners and suspects. McChrystal was a special favorite of Rumsfeld and Cheney because he was in charge of the ‘direct action’ forces of the ‘Special Missions Units. ‘Direct Action’ operative are the death-squads and torturers and their only engagement with the local population is to terrorize, and not to propagandize. They engage in ‘propaganda of the dead’, assassinating local leaders to ‘teach’ the locals to obey and submit to the occupation. Obama’s appointment of McChrystal as head reflects a grave new military escalation of his Afghanistan war in the face of the advance of the resistance throughout the country.

The deteriorating position of the US is manifest in the tightening circle around all the roads leading in and out of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul as well as the expansion of Taliban control and influence throughout the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Obama’s inability to recruit new NATO reinforcements means that the White House’s only chance to advance its military driven empire is to escalate the number of US troops and to increase the kill ratio among any and all suspected civilians in territories controlled by the Afghan armed resistance.

The White House and the Pentagon claim that the appointment of McChrystal was due to the ‘complexities’ of the situation on the ground and the need for a ‘change in strategy’. ‘Complexity’ is a euphemism for the increased mass opposition to the US, complicating traditional carpet ‘bombing and military sweep’ operations. The new strategy practiced by McChrystal involves large scale, long term ‘special operations’ to devastate and kill the local social networks and community leaders, which provide the support system for the armed resistance.

Obama’s decision to prevent the release of scores of photographs documenting the torture of prisoners by US troops and ‘interrogators’ (especially under command of the ‘Special Forces’), is directly related to his appointment of McChrystal whose ‘SOT’ forces were highly implicated in widespread torture in Iraq. Equally important, under McChrystal’s command the DELTA, SEAL and Special Operations Teams will have a bigger role in the new ‘counter-insurgency strategy’. Obama’s claim that the publication of these photographs will adversely affect the ‘troops’ has a particular meaning: The graphic exposure of McChrystal’s modus operendi for the past 5 years under President Bush will undermine his effectiveness in carrying out the same operations under Obama.

Obama’s decision to re-start the secret ‘military tribunals’ of foreign political prisoners, held at the Guantanamo prison camp, is not merely a replay of the Bush-Cheney policies, which Obama had condemned and vowed to eliminate during his presidential campaign, but part of his larger policy of militarization and coincides with his approval of the major secret police surveillance operations conducted against US citizens.

Putting McChrystal in charge of the expanded Afghanistan-Pakistan military operations means putting a notorious practitioner of military terrorism – the torture and assassination of opponents to US policy – at the center of US foreign policy. Obama’s quantitative and qualitative expansion of the US war in South Asia means massive numbers of refugees fleeing the destruction of their farms, homes and villages; tens of thousands of civilian deaths, and eradication of entire communities. All of this will be committed by the Obama Administraton in the quest to ‘empty the lake (displace entire populations) to catch the fish (armed insurgents and activists)’.\

Obama’s restoration of all of the most notorious Bush Era policies and the appointment of Bush’s most brutal commander is based on his total embrace of the ideology of military-driven empire building. Once one believes (as Obama does) that US power and expansion are based on military conquests and counter-insurgency, all other ideological, diplomatic, moral and economic considerations will be subordinated to militarism. By focusing all resources on successful military conquest, scant attention is paid to the costs borne by the people targeted for conquest or to the US treasury and domestic American economy. This has been clear from the start: In the midst of a major recession/depression with millions of Americans losing their employment and homes, President Obama increased the military budget by 4% – taking it beyond $800 billion dollars.

Obama’s embrace of militarism is obvious from his decision to expand the Afghan war despite NATO’s refusal to commit any more combat troops. It is obvious in his appointment of the most hard-line and notorious Special Forces General from the Bush-Cheney era to head the military command in subduing Afghanistan and the frontier areas of Pakistan.

It is just as George Orwell described in Animal Farm: The Democratic Pigs are now pursuing the same brutal, military policies of their predecessors, the Republican Porkers, only now it is in the name of the people and peace. Orwell might paraphrase the policy of President Barack Obama, as ‘Bigger and bloodier wars equal peace and justice’.

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[Image above, right: An Iraqi woman examines a vehicle destroyed in an overnight raid by U.S. troops in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. Police said U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by helicopters raided the east Baghdad neighborhood, killing the man, injuring his wife and arresting four. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)]

  1. Philip says:

    Your obviously a terrorist supporter. If we take our foot of this enemy for one second then all their resources and efforts will go to Pakistan and the obtainment of their nuclear weapons and then you can say goodbye to Israel, European cities and US cities.

  2. USA says:

    What is this, Al Jazeera?
    Feel free to track me via email, bring it on your raghead skinny fuckers!

  3. Frank says:

    America = filthy terrorists

  4. Kenny says:

    Faggot, if you’re against the US you are neither right or a person.

    remember the US is still the biggest, most powerful country on the planet and there is nothing you can do about it.

  5. Ali says:

    Ok so first of Delta are psycho’s, what about they as the premier counter-terrorism team in the US alongside DEVGRU who deal with hostage crisis situations around the world? also it wasn’t Delta who committed the torture, it was the CIA and NSA personnel who did that. And you believe just leaving these places alone will solve anything? That’s how this started leaving things to their own devices? look at the terrorist attacks in the 70’s when it first properly appeared on the global front and also what happened in the prelude of World War 1 where one simple assassination caused one of the largest wars in history and world war 2 where the appeasing british (i’m british myself) and the french didn’t step in to stop as they were too scared to commit to defeating an untrained and under equipped german army at it’s weakest, but because they didn’t stop it at it’s heart the German war machine rampaged across europe and africa and caused the largest death toll in five years this world has ever seen.

    A major conflict in the Middle East (iran, israel and saudi arabia springs to mind) would result in a huge death toll and could result in other countries being pulled into this. Also the global economy would collapse as oil fields would be destroyed and we all know how important oil is to our daily lives as renewable energy isn’t mass produceable yet.

    And how are america’s policies military driven? if that was so it would be more like imperialist russia was back in the 1800’s not what is happening now. If it was we would be seeing a US invasion of iran and a US intervention in palestine.

    Interventionism which you should say is the heart of US policy does work in fact. The early Labour years in the United Kingdom saw an Amphibious Task Group solve a crisis in Sierra Leone and the rebels were disarmed and the country bought back to order with British troops withdrawing not long afterwards.

  6. UR A FUCKING MORON Mr. Petras (AKA) [Peter-In-His-Ass]. Your a Professor and wrote a thesis statmenet based on a comment made to you 20 years ago. What happened to reasearch? You wrote this article based on oponion and conjecture. Your another progressive piece of shit. Watch for a laser designator on your grape fuck face!!!!

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