It is of course not surprising that a president of the United States glorifies imperialism, but when listening to what he is saying, compared to what the US is doing, can’t be dismissed as nothing else but hypocrisy. Obama begins to talk about how the US have taken away terrorist safe havens, strengthened the nonproliferation regime, resolved the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy. He even goes as far as by talking about how the US have “opened relations with Cuba” and “helped Colombia end Latin America’s longest war”. Nonproliferation is something Obama chooses to talk about just few days after that was revealed that Colin Powell wrote by email last year that “The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands”, referring to nuclear missiles. The US have indeed opened up relations with Cuba, and would even allow US banks to operate in Cuba. The history between Cuba and the US is a long one, where the US have trained terrorists to carry out attacks against Cuba. Terrorist attacks against Cuba have cost 3478 lives and have left 2099 permanently disabled. The US have chosen to establish relations with Cuba just to get what they want, what they never managed to achieve through terrorism and financial warfare. Obama did nonetheless extend the embargo against Cuba by signing the Trading With the Enemy Act. So Cuba is still considered an enemy. When it comes to the revolutionary war in Colombia, of course the US would like to end it. The US is aware of that FARC and ELN would never be defeated by the reactionary government of Colombia nor the US imperialist forces in the country. On the other hand, see how the US is directly responsible for sectarian civil wars in Libya, Iraq and Syria, where they didn’t agree with their governments policies. It’s not that strange that the US wanted to bring peace to their puppet state in Latin America.
Another statement in his speech, a false claim where of that US assistance is helping people “feed themselves, care for the sick, power communities across Africa, and promote models of development rather than dependence”, is completely nonsense. The US imperialists will not provide help to anyone for free. The imperialists will always suppress African nations who is struggling for independence. When Muammar Gaddafi posed a serious threat to the imperialist world order’s dominance over Africa, with the idea of an African currency based on gold and independent from the US Dollar, it led to his death and the destruction of Libya. Where is this “development, rather than dependence” Obama speaks of?
He continues “I believe that as imperfect as they are, the principles of open markets and accountable governance, of democracy and human rights and international law that we have forged remain the firmest foundation for human progress in this century”. This comes from the same man that under his leadership developed The Disposition Matrix, informally known as a kill list, where the US have the right to render, torture and even kill suspected enemies of the United States government, without trial. The Disposition Matrix even goes beyond existing kill lists and is intended to become a permanent fixture of US policies. Remember when Obama first became president and promised to close the camp in Guantanamo Bay. As we know, it never happened, and it will never happen, as it serves the interests of US imperialism. We all know by now how the US authorities imprison black men and women, killing unarmed black men and women and still let the murderers within the racist police force get away. Poverty can’t be separated from the principles of open markets. To have a US-president speaking about human rights is like having a pedophile speaking about children’s rights.
Obama is later contradicting himself by saying the following: In developing countries, labor organizations have often been suppressed, and the growth of the middle class has been held back by corruption and underinvestment. Mercantilist policies pursued by governments with export-driven models threaten to undermine the consensus that underpins global trade. And meanwhile, global capital is too often unaccountable — nearly $8 trillion stashed away in tax havens, a shadow banking system that grows beyond the reach of effective oversight.A world in which one percent of humanity controls as much wealth as the other 99 percent will never be stable. I understand that the gaps between rich and poor are not new, but just as the child in a slum today can see the skyscraper nearby, technology now allows any person with a smartphone to see how the most privileged among us live and the contrast between their own lives and others. Expectations rise, then, faster than governments can deliver, and a pervasive sense of injustice undermine people’s faith in the system.
Welcome to capitalism, president Obama.
He continues: So how do we fix this imbalance? We cannot unwind integration any more than we can stuff technology back into a box. Nor can we look to failed models of the past. If we start resorting to trade wars, market distorting subsidies, beggar thy neighbor policies, an overreliance on natural resources instead of innovation — these approaches will make us poorer, collectively, and they are more like to lead to conflict. And the stark contrast between, say, the success of the Republic of Korea and the wasteland of North Korea shows that central, planned control of the economy is a dead end.
What is laughable is that he just explained how the US is working. The US is always engaging in trade wars and market distorting subsidies against other countries. The US Dollar is based oil, so the US economy is indeed over-reliant on oil and several wars and coups staged by the US have been about their global dominance over oil.
That a US-president attacks the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) while praising their south Korean puppets is nothing new either, but the imaginary image made up is of a new calibre. Obama can speak how much he like about social progress, but that doesn’t change facts. The US is considered to be the richest country in the world, but still 18 homeless per 10,000 people. South Korea that Obama consider so successful also have the same social problems. If Obama ever went to the DPRK himself, he would know that the economy and social progress is flourishing without capitalism in the DPRK, despite the countless embargoes imposed by the imperialists. While empty houses outnumbers the homeless in the US by five times (and similar in other capitalist countries), housing is provided free of charge to all citizens of the DPRK by the revolutionary government. As you know, capitalism only provides basic services necessary to live a decent life if you can afford it, and would rather have empty houses without generating money, then have people living there for less than what the capitalist intend to earn. As the government of the DPRK is subordinated to the Korean people, there would never be any issues that capitalism brings. When did we ever vote for capitalism and its continuous problems such as unemployment homelessness? While the US makes things that homeless people often are doing, illegal,homelessness would never be accepted in the DPRK, neither by the people nor its government.