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Obama: Drill, Brazil, Drill!

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff are mobbed by primary school children as they arrive for a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia March 19, 2011. Obama is on the first leg of a three-country tour of Latin America.
Energy Policy: While leaving U.S. oil and jobs in the ground, our itinerant president tells a South American neighbor that we'll help it develop its offshore resources so we can one day import its oil. WHAT?!?

With Japan staggered by a natural disaster and a nuclear crisis, cruise missiles launched against Libya in our third Middle East conflict and a majority of U.S. senators complaining about a lack of leadership on the budget, President Obama decided it would be a good time to schmooze with Brazilians.

His "What, me worry?" presidency has given both Americans and our allies plenty to worry about. But in the process of making nice with Brazil, Obama made a mind-boggling announcement that should make even his most loyal supporter cringe:

We will help Brazil develop its offshore oil so we can one day import it.

We have noted this double standard before, particularly when - at a time when the president was railing against tax incentives for U.S. oil companies - we supported the U.S. Export-Import Bank's plan to lend $2 billion to Brazil's state-run Petrobras with the promise of more to follow.

Now, with a seven-year offshore drilling ban in effect off of both coasts, on Alaska's continental shelf and in much of the Gulf of Mexico - and a de facto moratorium covering the rest - Obama tells the Brazilians:

"We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

Chess

Raymond Davis: Trap for Kiyani and Obama

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Raymond Davis
Radiating Raymond Davis was a 'cluster bomb' which not only hit Pakistanis killing three people as well President Obama and his administration. There is no doubt that some elements in the US establishment could not stand and have not accepted a 'Blackman' in a 'White House'. The Clinton camp with Robert Gates included made President Obama lie on tv channels about 'diplomatic immunity' which he never had. Who is undermining President Obama?

Raymond has achieved almost all the objectives of the sub contracted parties (India-Israel) who hired Raymond. For example:
  1. They have managed to successfully discredit all major political parties and its leaders and proved them as US and foreign collaborators/agents
  2. They have managed to discredit the civilian governments, military establishment, judiciary as well as the agencies
  3. Raymond was on a radioactive mission and he himself was radiating
  4. He has radiated his lovers and enemies
  5. He has also pointed to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the corrupt Pakistani elite across the board
  6. He has proved that US friendship is cancerous and toxic
  7. Americans living in the USA are the most ignorant about the outside world and their media is the most biased, controlled by a small ethnic racist and blackmailer minority
  8. USA is an occupied country and need to win another war of independence from Wall Street Bankers, and racist supremacists.
  9. A unilateral declaration of independence from Israel is a way forward because US taxpayers are paying very heavy price financially and human cost of this toxic friendship?
  10. Raymond was a symbol of US imperialist mentality and some one else somewhere else might pay the price of this 'halal rescue' arranged by the filthy Zardari - Sharifs regimes in Pakistan.
  11. Afghanistan is a magnet for the empires to come and die it has become a suicide spot for the super powers.

Bizarro Earth

Five-Mile Wide Suspected Oil Slick Spotted Just North of Deepwater Horizon Explosion Site

A suspected oil slick has been spotted around 20 miles north from the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Several people reported seeing a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water several miles long just off the coast of Louisiana, to the National Response Center.

Officials have confirmed there is a five-mile wide spill of some substance in the Gulf of Mexico, but have not yet identified it.

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Another slick? Several people have reported seeing a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water several miles long just off the coast of Louisiana
Casey Ranel, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said the agency sent out a cutter this morning to collect samples of the substance.

An airplane is also expected to fly over the area to give officials a better idea of what's in the water.

Camcorder

Ron Paul: Libya Reaction: Where's the Authority?

In this C4L update, Congressman Ron Paul comments on how President Obama's actions on Libya are violating the Constitution, ceding authority and sovereignty to the United Nations, and weakening the United States. Action by the American people to return government to its constitutional limits is critical if we are to change our course.


Vader

Obama the Vacillator meets Christ the Redeemer: Sightseeing tour of Brazil ends while bombs and cruise missiles continue to pound Libya

As U.S. and British air strikes and cruise missiles pounded Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli palace, President Barack Obama was on a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer hilltop statue.

He also visited Brazil's famed City of God slum as the biggest military intervention in the Arab world since the Iraq invasion entered its second day.

The President's wife Michelle and daughters joined him on the five-day visit to Latin America prompting the trip to be branded a 'vacation' by right-wingers.

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President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha spent their final night in Brazil touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox & Friends, said: 'What is happening with the President while all of this is going on? He's going on vacation. He's going to Rio.'

Republican Newt Gingrich has mocked Mr Obama for his lack of leadership over Libya by publicising his final four March Madness picks as rebels battled for their country.

During his sightseeing tour of the slum, Obama kicked a soccer ball with pint-sized boys and swayed to the beat of a samba performance at a makeshift community centre.

Residents crowded sidewalks, rooftops and balconies to wave as Obama's shining black SUV rolled through the narrow streets.

War Whore

Libya Airstrikes: The Psychopathic Women Who Called for War

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Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R)
That a diplomatic team led by Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power advocated military action against Gaddafi may be a footnote in the Libyan conflict - but it is a significant mark of our nation's evolution, argues John Avlon.

The Libyan airstrikes mark the first time in U.S. history that a female-dominated diplomatic team has urged military action.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and the influential Office of Multilateral and Human Rights Director Samantha Power to argue for airstrikes against Libya. Their advice triggered an abrupt shift in U.S. policy, overturning more cautious administrations' counselors.

The circumstances under which the U.S. decided to attack the Gaddafi regime reveal an internal evolution of strategy. Until last week it was assumed the North African uprising against dictatorships would overwhelm the Libyan dictator. But in the absence of an established no-fly zone, he successfully turned the tide against rebels in the eastern half of his nation by strafing his citizens.

In a strange reversal of international stereotypes, French President Nicolas Sarkozy took the lead in arguing for military intervention and organizing an international coalition. (In 1986, French President François Mitterrand had resisted allowing U.S. planes to use French airspace when President Reagan bombed Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi's palace in retaliation for sponsoring terrorist attacks.) Sarkozy's arguments took on more urgency as it became clear that the Obama administration's inaction was itself a decision that could prove politically pungent at home and disastrous for the people of Libya.

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John Boehner to President Obama: Define the mission

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Boehner also said the U.S. has a “moral obligation" to stand with those who seek freedom.
House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that President Barack Obama must "better explain what America's role" is in the Libya offensive before further military action is taken.

It was the speaker's first public remarks since the U.S. and allies launched an air and sea attack on Col. Moammar Qadhafi on Saturday.

"The president is the commander-in-chief, but the administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is, better explain what America's role is in achieving that mission, and make clear how it will be accomplished," the Ohio Republican said in a statement. "Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved."

Though he was largely critical of Obama, Boehner also said the United States has a "moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people."

Boehner was phoned into a meeting with administration officials Friday, an aide said, but Boehner did not speak, nor did the White House ask anything of him. On Saturday, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough called Boehner and other congressional leaders about the situation in Libya, just before Obama announced that missile strikes had begun.

The White House did, however, respond to Boehner's comments Sunday: "The president answered all those questions already. ... The very thing he's saying we need to do," the president has considered.

Bizarro Earth

UN investigator: Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing with settlement expansion

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A protester in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on Feb. 18, 2011.
U.S. academic Richard Falk spoke to UN Human Rights Council as it prepared resolution condemning settlement building in East Jerusalem and West Bank.

Israel's expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and eviction of Palestinians from their homes there is a form of ethnic cleansing, a United Nations investigator said on Monday.

United States academic Richard Falk was speaking to the UN Human Rights Council as it prepared to pass resolutions condemning settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The "continued pattern of settlement expansion in East Jerusalem combined with the forcible eviction of long-residing Palestinians are creating an intolerable situation" in the part of the city previously controlled by Jordan, he said.

This situation "can only be described in its cumulative impact as a form of ethnic cleansing," Falk declared.

Israel declines to deal with Falk or even allow him into the country, accusing him of being biased.

In a related discussion on Israeli policies towards the lands it seized in the 1967 war, Israeli and Palestinian delegates clashed over the recent killing of members of a Jewish settler family in the West Bank.

Life Preserver

Liberal Democrats in uproar over Libya action

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John Larson wants the president to seek approval on U.S. enforcement of a 'no-fly' zone.
A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) "all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president's actions" during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq - only to be blocked by his own leadership - asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren't impeachable offenses.

Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn't object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for American participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone during a White House Situation Room meeting on Friday, sources told Politico.


Bizarro Earth

Bahrain Opposition Ask UN to Stop Pro-Democracy Crackdown

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Bahraini Shiite mourners chant slogans during the funeral of slain Issa Abdali Radhi on March 20.
Manama, Bahrain - Bahrain's opposition asked for UN and American intervention in the government crackdown on the Shiite protests trying to loosen the monarchy's grip, in a brief protest Sunday in the capital that disbanded before police could arrive to break it up.

The 18 opposition legislators protesting Sunday at the UN offices in Manama resigned last month to protest the crackdown on the month-long revolt, inspired by the pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world. Bahrain's king declared martial law last week, and a Saudi-led military force from other Gulf nations is in the country to back the Sunni monarchy.

In the five-minute protest, the lawmakers appealed to the UN to stop the violence against protesters and mediate talks between the opposition and the monarchy; they asked the U.S. to pressure the Gulf force to leave.

"They should return home. There is no need for them to be here since this a political, not a military problem," said Jassim Hussein, a former parliament member of Bahrain's largest Shiite group Al Wefaq.