I have read a few things regarding Mr Soetero’s previous life as a CIA agent, but never gave it much thought. But, after reading my friend Paul Barrow’s article, “Obama: The CIA Plant“, it begins to take a form that I can grasp and understand. Paul doesn’t go off on tangents and this doesn’t mean that Mr Obama was, in fact, “groomed” for the position, but Paul’s point is well taken: whether or not he was a CIA Plant then, he is now…
Written by Paul Barrow
A video made the rounds recently on Facebook along with links to it on other listservs featuring comments made by Australian journalist and author John Pilger in which he takes up a theme fostered lately by Chris Hedges that “ Obama is a Corporate Marketing Creation.” Hedges, who writes a weekly column for Truthdig, wrote an article in May called Buying Brand Obama and generally limits himself to the dangers in government of buying image over substance. Pilger is doing something more, however, than just proposing that Obama flirted with Madison Avenue on his way to the top. He is actually alleging something far more ominous. Pilger has insinuated that our hot and shiny new president was actually groomed for the job by the CIA.
That obviously begs the question, mommy: why does the CIA want it’s own president? Isn’t it supposed to be out overthrowing other governments?
Hmmm. He doesn’t provide us with any evidence for that, other than an allusion to Obama’s employment by an obscure international economics research publisher called Business International, which Pilger
proposes “has a long history of providing cover for the CIA with covert action and infiltrating unions and the left.” It’s true: our modern internet source of expertise Wikipedia says, that “According to a lengthy article in the New York Times in 1977, the co-founder of the company told the newspaper that ‘Eldridge Haynes [the other founder] had provided cover for four CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960′ ”
“Obama doesn’t say what he did at Business International,” Pilger says in the video, “and there may be absolutely nothing sinister. But it seems worthy of inquiry and debate as a clue to perhaps who the man is. During his brief period in the Senate Obama voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He voted for the Patriot Act. He refused to support a bill for single-payer health care. He supported the death penalty. As a presidential candidate he received more corporate backing than John McCain. He promised to close Guantanamo as a priority, but instead he’s excused torture, reinstated military commissions, kept the Bush gulag intact, and opposed habeas corpus.”
Pilger supports a view he attributes to Daniel Ellsberg, “the great whistleblower,” who said that under Bush a military coup had taken place in the United States. Said Ellsberg:
“A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, which completes the first.” See Consortium News September 26, 2007 .
That’s a mouthful coming from the author of the Pentagon Papers . This, Pilger also defended with the following facts: Robert Gates, a Bush family crony, has been retained as Secretary of Defense, and “all the Bush Pentagon officials and generals …have kept their jobs under Obama.” Obama has increased the military budget, expanded the war in Afghanistan, and like Bush has used the illusion of a threat by Iran against Europe “to justify building a missile system aimed at Russia and China.”
Chris Hedges said it much better:
“What, for all our faith and hope, has the Obama brand given us? His administration has spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks in a doomed effort to reinflate the bubble economy, a tactic that at best forestalls catastrophe and will leave us broke in a time of profound crisis. Brand Obama has allocated nearly $1 trillion in defense-related spending and the continuation of our doomed imperial projects in Iraq, where military planners now estimate that 70,000 troops will remain for the next 15 to 20 years. Brand Obama has expanded the war in Afghanistan, including the use of drones sent on cross-border bombing runs into Pakistan that have doubled the number of civilians killed over the past three months. Brand Obama has refused to ease restrictions so workers can organize and will not consider single-payer, not-for-profit health care for all Americans. And Brand Obama will not prosecute the Bush administration for war crimes, including the use of torture, and has refused to dismantle Bush’s secrecy laws or restore habeas corpus. “
But if this was just Madison Avenue on steroids, it would be easy to dismiss, because the marketing of any product including the president has become not only essential in today’s buy-me-a-new-president market atmosphere but a highly sophisticated craft that requires expertise that goes far beyond being a good organizer on the streets of Chicago or even a law professor. The deeper significance of what Pilger is proposing is that Obama might actually have been groomed for the job from the time that he was an employee at Business International.
Our president, he seems to be saying, is a CIA plant.
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