“…once he became president…Obama became a murderer and a terrorist, because the US has a machine that spans the globe, that has the capacity to kill, and Obama has kept it set on kill. He could have flipped the switch and turned it off…but he chose not to do so. In fact, as far as one can tell, Obama seems to have killed more civilians during his first year than Bush did in his first year, and maybe even than Bush killed in his final year.”—Allan Nairn
Harsh words indeed.
Readers assuming that they were taken from some “right-wing” website may be shocked to find them coming from Allan Nairn, award-winning journalist and activist, and yesterday’s guest on Democracy Now!, the voice of American Marxism. Host Amy Goodman, chairman of that network’s politburo, may herself have been a bit taken back by the savagery of Nairn’s attacks on President Barack Obama. Responding to questions posed by herself and that of her co-host Anjali Kamat, Nairn came out with both guns blazing.
First came the left’s favorite tactic: the invocation of George W. Bush.
Nairn has decided that Obama is even worse than the former president in that he has killed more people than Bush:
ANJALI KAMAT: So, Allan, what would you say is the difference between the preceding eight years under the Bush administration and this past year, as we move forward under Obama?
ALLAN NAIRN: Well, in this respect, on matters I was just talking about, there’s no substantive difference. In fact, as far as one can tell, Obama seems to have killed more civilians during his first year than Bush did in his first year, and maybe even than Bush killed in his final year, because not only has Obama kept the machine set on kill, but he had his special project, which is Pakistan and Afghanistan. He used this to get elected. He had to prove himself. He had to go through what the New York Times once called the “presidential initiation rite,” under which each president must, in their words, demonstrate his willingness to shed blood. Obama did that by saying, “I’m going to attack more vigorously Afghanistan and Pakistan.” And he’s brought chaos.
From this point on, the interview spiraled downwards, with Nairn going full steam ahead with his attacks on Obama, NATO, the United States and the non-communist world. Even Goodman appeared expressionless as Nairn’s tirade continued for minute after painful minute:
ALLAN NAIRN: …He [Obama] has squeezed the Pakistani military to attack their own tribal and border areas with extensive civilian death…in Somalia his [Obama’s] body count probably exceeds that of Bush…the issue [airline safety] is not the safety of Americans. The issue is the safety of people. All people…if you happen to be the party that is committing the largest number of killings in the world, as the US is now, then the solution is easy: stop committing the killings…the tactic of, you know, bombs in civilian places, like outside mosques, it was not originated by the current jihadists…[the tactic] grew out of the US and Saudi Arabian operation in Afghanistan to repel the Soviet invasion…when [Osama] bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center, he was basically using—the attack on 9/11, he was basically using US targeting principles…even when they’re not targeting civilians, which is probably most of the time, they [the U.S.] end up killing massive numbers of civilians.
Any one of the above quotes uttered by a Fox News anchor would have had the pundits at the mainstream media up in arms. And yet, Nairn still wasn’t finished.
Probably the best Nairn quote of the evening was this gem:
…There is evil in the world. And Obama should stop committing it. He should stop bombing, doing bombing raids that kill civilians. He should stop backing forces that kill civilians.