Posted by msrb on July 8, 2009
submitted by a reader
What would the graduates at New Economic School in Moscow call the U-S President?
“Bullshit Barack!” That’s probably what the graduates at New Economic School in Moscow will call the president once the novelty of his visit has worn off, and they have read the Russian translation of his speech on US-Russia relations.
The speech was probably the worst example of total utter nonsense, contradictory thoughts and factually incorrect statements, ever strung together using meaningless words, that was delivered by a head of state, anywhere, anytime. The speech uttered by the president must have sounded as hollow and disingenuous to a Russian audience, old and young, as it would have to any other audience.
Take the following examples:
Great wealth has been created …
But where is it? Who has it? Show them the wealth! Demonstrate to the people where the wealth is actually accumulated, and at what cost to the environment and the lives of ordinary people!
Economic growth has NOT eliminated ignorance, poverty, ill health and social conflicts. In fact, the exponential growth economy is fully responsible for creating and exacerbating all of the environmental, human and social ills.
To begin with, let me be clear: America wants a strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia. This belief is rooted in our respect for the Russian people, and a shared history between our nations that goes beyond competition.
The fact is America wants a “neutered” Russia, one that cannot object to America’s empire-building.
In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries.
Do you mean the US is not dominating or demonizing other countries like North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan… to name but a few?
The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chess board are over.
So why does the United States still maintain 737 military bases around the globe, and militarily occupies two sovereign countries, namely Iraq and Afghanistan [and venturing into Pakistan,] ILLEGITIMATELY? http://www.alternet.org/story/47998
The pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game — progress must be shared.
How does the word “power” enter your thought system and comes out of your mouthpiece disguised as “progress?”
Please! Don’t insult the Russian students’ intelligence! The pursuit of power has never been more of a deadly and intense zero-sum game than now. As the world’s natural resources dwindle, energy and raw materials become scarcer, and the GDP in China, India, Brazil, Indonesia … surges upward, the “pursuit of power zero-sum game” becomes deadlier than ever before. Who are you kidding Mr. President?
We have to ask whether extremists who have killed innocent civilians in New York and in Moscow will show that same restraint. We have to ask whether 10 or 20 or 50 nuclear-armed nations will protect their arsenals and refrain from using them.
Clearly this “mindset” also negates the Russians. It goes against what General Leonid Ivashov, former Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces, said about 9/11.
“The organizers of [the 9/11] attacks were the political and business circles interested in destabilizing the world order” because they “were not satisfied with the rhythm of the globalization process or its direction.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=1788
Yet another deadly important issue the president and top Russian thinkers strongly disagree on.
… progress must be shared.
So far the only part of the “progress” the US has shared with other nations is the “cost.” America is externalizing the cost of its failed empire-buildings to other nations, in what is the most egregious example of moral hazard.
I believe that the free market is the greatest force for creating and distributing wealth that the world has known.
Free to rip off the nations? If anyone disputes your words, tell them about the size of Wall Street blackmail, and smile at the same time so they might believe that nonsense, too.
Together, we can build a world where people are protected, prosperity is enlarged, and our power truly serves progress.
Together we have driven the world to the edge of eminent collapse, and you, Mr President, have the audacity of chutzpah to talk about “future,” “prosperity,” and the weapon of “power,” disguised as a tool to make “progress.”
You’ll excuse the sinister readers, if they don’t believe a word of that nonsense, Mr President.
The text of President Obama speech in Moscow was from an Associated press report, dated 7 July 2009.