His response to the crisis in Yemen - a crisis caused by the US backed militarization of the Yemeni state, transforming it into a dependent client in the War on Forever - is to...
...militarize some more.
This is his baby:
"The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.
The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power..."
He owns it.
The NYT piece is purest hookum, of course. It's propaganda. Since they are reporting on the story, it's not and cannot be a damned covert escalation or campaign:
"The recent operations come after a nearly year-long pause in American airstrikes, which were halted amid concerns that poor intelligence had led to bungled missions and civilian deaths that were undercutting the goals of the secret campaign.
Officials in Washington said that the American and Saudi spy services had been receiving more information — from electronic eavesdropping and informants — about the possible locations of militants. But, they added, the outbreak of the wider conflict in Yemen created a new risk: that one faction might feed information to the Americans that could trigger air strikes against a rival group."
You know that constant political trope - the one about energy independence?
The NYT, in cooperation with the Obama Administration's
Because Saudia Araba, despite passing its production peak and with declining supplies and overstated reserves, still has a lot of oil. And the US martial behemoth - the largest single consumer of oil in the Americas - needs that juice. The American service, power supply and entertainment economy needs that juice. The plastics, medical and transportation industries need that juice.
For this reason, Barack Obama is perfectly willing to murder Yemeni children.
For this, Obama escalates direct US attacks, in full interventionist mode, in order to take advantage of stasis, crisis and instability engineered by the government of the US, and specifically the Obama Administration.
That makes Barack fucking Obama a very specific thing.
It makes of him a tyrant.
Not the socialist kobold of perfervid and moronic rightwing paranoia. Not the usurping black foreigner of fetid Birther fantasy. He's not a a caricature.
And I don't even mean or mean to imply that he's a domestic tyrant. He's not Roosevelt (either of them) or anti-Roosevelt. Because our sad and very real world isn't stupid, lazy, stupid, shitty Hollywood.
I mean tyrant in its native sense, of the original and hellenic intent.
A man who seizes or attempts to seize a polity in order to turn its capture to material advantage for a small group of oligarchs and timocrats.
Barack Obama is, quite literally, a tyrant.
On considering this sobering fact, an intrepid interlocutor might wonder on the urgent need of tyrants everywhere to sully the memories of the various iterations of Harmodius and Aristogeiton. Such a one might wonder, but not too loudly.
Even a lazy observer can tell why...
A whole lot of props, kudos and credits to davidly for rather insightfully making connections I failed to make.