Cornel West Names Obama as ‘War Criminal’

Jon Queally writes at Common Dreams:

Philosophy professor, social critic and activist Cornel West says that like Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, there is no way to avoid the conclusion that President Obama—due to his execution of foreign wars and direction of clandestine military operations overseas resulting in the direct and foreseeable death of innocent people—should be called out for what he is: a ‘war criminal’. Appearing on Tavis Smiley’s radio program on Thursday, West said: “We’ve been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people. It’s been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.”

“I think we have to be very honest,” he said.

“… dropping bombs on innocent people. It’s been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.”

A once ardent supporter of the president—campaigning strongly for Obama during his presidential run in 2008—West has been critical of a number of aspects of the president’s policies since taking office, including his refusal to adequately address poverty in the United States even as his administration acted mightily to save large financial institutions and Wall Street banks.

West’s comments on US foreign policy came as Smiley spoke about the ongoing confirmation process of John Brennan, Obama’s nomination to run the CIA and chief architect of the ongoing drone assassination program and what the radio host termed the president’s “license to kill”.

“Let us not be deceived: Nixon, Bush, Obama, they’re war criminals,” West said. “They have killed innocent people in the name of the struggle for freedom, but they’re suspending the law, very much like Wall Street criminals. The law is suspended for them, but the law applies for the rest of us.”

Just this week in Afghanistan, five children were killed and five more wounded when a suspected missile from a US drone exploded in Kunar province. Four adult women were also reported killed in the attack along with a number of adult males who may or may not have been the intended targets.

Making the point, West concluded, “You or I, brother Tavis, if we kill an innocent person, we’re going to jail. And we’re going to be in there forever.”

You can listen to the complete exchange between West and Smiley below:

13 Comments on "Cornel West Names Obama as ‘War Criminal’"

  1. Mad props to Dr. West. Unlike the rest of the so called “left,” who have given the Obama regime a free pass, as it were, to continue and solidify the draconian policies of the Shrub regime they so decried, this guy actually has the balls to speak the truth about what is happening. We need more people, especially from the black intelligentsia, to speak up and resoundly condem these atrocities, just like they did when that nefarious cretin, the shrub was in office.
    It really looks to me, that Obama was essentially brought in to quell disent from the left. The bastard is literally getting away with murder, and then some. At least when the shrub was doing this shit, there was an outcry from so called “liberals.” What buncha cunts.

    • Go to Black Agenda Report.

    • Hadrian999 | Feb 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

      the 2 party system illusion of choice is a genius move by the elite. two parties. with a classic dictatorship eventually people rebel, but when you alternate between between 2 tribes/teams every few years various groups get to feel like they won so they dont rebel. both teams are owned by the same people so the overall direction of the government doesn’t change just the costume the pilot is wearing.

      • lifobryan | Feb 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm |

        Well said! I like Pepsi. Or is it Coke? Tough to tell the difference to be honest. Coke used to taste like Pepsi, but now it is completely “Classic.” Thank goodness I’m on the right side.

        • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Feb 20, 2013 at 8:02 am |

          I want the one with aspartame. I might die of cancer, but I’ll be skinnier than that corn-fed diabetic in the next grave over. There are no other choices. Drink up!

  2. While West deserves credit for finally getting it right, the direction his adminstration was going was obvious BEFORE the Inauguration with The Usual Suspects from psuedoprogressive think tanks like Center for American Progress running the transition team. (CAP concept was a hipper DLC) Dropped out of progressive movement after watching them follow Obama like a herd of fucking sheep into supporting him in war, supporting his moves to restrict civil liberties (the progressive enthusiasm for gun control is pathetic) and health control structured to protect and enhance 0.001% profit.

    I don’t take political ideology seriously.

    Modern political ideology is just memes put out by contending groups of elites to create pseudo-tribal norms, created to persuade people to act against any reasonable definition of their best interests in order to “belong” to these groups, paid for by people who usually no more believe in what they are pushing than you or I do.

    • Of course, the direction the Obama regime was headed was obvious long before this last inauguration. I admit, I was taken in, I even voted for the guy the first time, and was happy and totally incredulous that he “won.” It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had been played. Have sepnt the better part of the last four years calling him out for the corporate state tool that he is.
      And yes, there is no doubt in my mind, that as you suggest, modern political ideology is all theater for rubes created by ruling elites to maintian the staus quo.
      Still, I think it is important that people like Dr. West speak out. It may actually motivate previously quiet progressives to look at what’s happening and then maybe do something.

  3. Every POTUS since at least Bush I has been a war criminal according to international law.

    But then again, one must point out the absurdity of thinking that there could ever be objective laws governing war that could be enforced other than the biggest, baddest countries on the block enforcing what is OK and what isn’t according to their whims and interests.

  4. zombieslapper | Feb 21, 2013 at 12:36 am |

    But, but, I was listening to the Stephanie Miller show this morning and most of the Democrats calling in said he was going down in history as one of our greatest presidents. And they all supported drones, too.

    • Yep, no shortage of slack-jawed mouth-breathers, sheeple, zombies, whatever you wanna call ’em.

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