- At today's Obama rave in Oregon, the Manchurian candidate
was loudly defended by retired US Air Force General Merrill McPeak, one
of Obama's high-profile handlers. McPeak accused Bill Clinton of McCarthyite
tactics (or was it lèse majesté?) for remarks in which Obama's
holy name was not even mentioned. Who then is Obama's new defender?
- McPeak is a Republican Bush family appointee who was
named as Air Force Chief of Staff by President George H.W. Bush in October
of 1990. McPeak took over during the time of Operation Desert Shield, and
assisted in the overall target selection and strategic planning for the
First Gulf War ("Operation Desert Storm") of January-February
1991. During that time McPeak's forces flew about 130,000 sorties over
Iraq, bombing that country back into the stone age as part of a Bush-Kissinger
operation. It was estimated at the time that if each sortie had killed
just one Iraqi, then 130,000 Iraqis had already died when the bombing stopped.
- In particular, McPeak was the mastermind of the cowardly
and infamous "bomb now, die later" strategy which targeted civilian
drinking water and sewage treatment facilities, plus civilian transport
infrastrcuture and irrigation systyems needed for farming. This was a strategy
of deliberate genocide which resulted in hundreds of thousands of delayed
action deaths caused by polluted water and concentrated among old people,
infants, and the sick. McPeak thus provided an important contribution to
the harvest of hatred against the United States, which is about to result
in the 4,000th death among the occupying forces. McPeak helped to prepare
the current Iraq debacle more than a decade in advance.
- According to recently broadcast accounts, McPeak was
also a part of the mass killing in East Timor: "Another Obama adviser,
General Merrill McPeak, an Air Force man, who not long after the Dili massacre
in East Timor in '91I happened to see on Indonesian TV shortly after that-there
was General McPeak overseeing the delivery to Indonesia of US fighter planes."
(Allan Nairn, Democracy Now, January 3, 2008) Yet, with this record, McPeak
has the gall to lecture Democrats on whom they should vote for. Among air
power genocidalists, McPeak is up there with Bomber Harris of RAF Bomber
Command and Gen. Curits LeMay of the Tokyop firestorms. Is this change
we can believe in?
- McPeak is a typical reactionary Republican, having served
as Oregon state chairman for the Bob Dole campaign in 1996. In 2000, he
enthusiastically endorsed George W. Bush, and worked for Bush as co-chair
of Oregon Veterans for Bush. Maybe McPeak should keep his election advice
to himself. Instead of pontificating at Obama rallies, he should be standing
in the dock at Nuremberg to answer for high crimes against humanity, including
genocide in Iraq.
- Maybe McPeak's admiration for Obama is due to Obama's
status as a trigger-happy warmonger who was ready to bomb both Iran and
Pakistan during his US Senate campaign (David Mendell, "Obama would
consider missile strikes on Iran," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 25, 2004).
Obama now wants to bomb Pakistan maybe McPeak is drawing up the plans
for that one already. (Jake Tapper, "Anti-War Obama Pushes Pakistan
Invasion," ABC News, August 1, 2007). Or maybe it is just that McPeak
likes Obama's plan to choose a Republican running mate or Secretary of
Defense like Hagel or Lugar. (Sarah Baxter, "Barnstorming Obama plans
to pick Republicans for cabinet," London Sunday Times, March 2, 2008).
- With the Obama campaign in desperate straits over the
last several weeks, a shocking parade of the candidate's elitist backers
have been forced to rush to his public defense. Just over the past few
days we have seen the following: Zbigniew Brzezinski (Pol Pot supporter
who created the 1979 Afghan-Soviet and 1980 Iran-Iraq wars), Jay Rockefeller
(Bush's man on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and son of genocidalist
John D. Rockefeller III), Joseph Nye (Trilateral-Bilderberger theoretician
of imperialist "soft power"), and now "Bomb Now, Die Later"
McPeak. Is this what a future Obama confrontation cabinet would look like?
McPeak, for his part, looks like Death Warmed Over.