Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for and and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA, raised in a modest middle income family, attended public schools, received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. After six years as a marketing research analyst, Lendman became part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring in 1999.

Since then, he has devoted his time to progressive causes, extensive reading, and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.

He is also author of the celebrated books "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity" and "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War".

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Obama: War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug

by Stephen Lendman



His record speaks for itself. Ideologically over-the-top. Lawless. Reckless. Ruthless by any standard. Reflecting the worst of rogue leadership.

Mocking democratic values. Breaching rule of law principles. Riding roughshod over responsible governance. Serving monied interests exclusively. They never had it so good.

Responsible for protracted Main Street Depression conditions. Letting popular needs go begging when most needed.

A reliable corporate tool and then some. Pro-war. Pro-business. Pro-privilege. Pro-super wealth. Anti-populist.

Anti-government of, by and for everyone equitably. Presiding over a gangster state. The most ruthless in world history. Most reckless. Most dangerous.

Exceeding the worst of his predecessors. After promising hope and change, he delivered betrayal. Straightaway.

Breaking every major promise made. Selling out to Wall Street. War-profiteers. Other corporate favorites.

Handing them trillions of dollars illegally. More on request. Letting them make money the old-fashioned way.

Waging class war. Targeting middle America for elimination altogether. Stiff-arming America’s most disadvantaged. Blacks. Latinos. Muslims. Immigrants of color.

Supporting capital’s divine right to use money to make more of it. Institutionalizing inequality. Force-feeding neoliberal harshness.

When vital stimulus is needed. When growing millions are impoverished. Millions more unemployed or underemployed.

Over half the population needing dwindling amounts of federal aid. Cutting social benefits en route to eliminating them altogether.

Transferring unprecedented amounts of wealth from ordinary Americans to corporate interests and super-rich elites.

Waging war on organized labor. Calling it shared sacrifice.  Corporate interests share. Like never before. Gorging at the public trough.

Workers sacrifice. Losing good jobs. Mostly rotten ones alone left. Earning poverty-level wages. Few or no benefits. Under gutted work rules.

Poor health and safety protections. Promised pension benefits disappearing. Losing the right to bargain collectively with management on equal terms.

Other hard-won benefits gone. Blood and lives sacrificed to win them. Disappearing in plain sight.

Destroying public education. Commodifying it. Into another business profit center. Obama’s Race to the the Top continuing the worst of Bush’s No Child Left Behind.

Depriving children of real education. Promoting school closures. Mass teacher layoffs. Wage and benefit cuts for those remaining.

Consigning millions of kids to oblivion. On their own. Out of luck. Destroying a nearly four-century tradition. Replacing it with marketplace inequality.

Hardening a police state apparatus George Bush established. Militarizing America. Making it a battleground more than ever.

Arming police nationwide with combat weapons. Using them irresponsibly. Terrorizing America’s most disadvantaged. Peaceful protesters.

Waging war on freedom. Targeting it for elimination altogether. One major false flag terrorist attack away.

Followed by martial law. Constitutional suspension. Hardening police state viciousness. Making America unsafe to live in. Without fundamental civil and human rights protections.

Endangering whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing. Journalists doing their job.

Working-class people struggling to get by. One missed paycheck away from homelessness, hunger and despair.

Rationing healthcare. Enriching insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. A “pay or die” system, according to Ralph Nader. Instead of recognizing healthcare as a fundamental human right.

Find Your Job at HireVeteran.comPutting bankers in charge of financial reform. Deform by any standard. A stealth system for global money control.

Gaming the system for profit. Legalizing grand theft. The world’s greatest ever money making racket. Complicit with privatized central banks. Making the world safe for monied interests.

While increasing poverty, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, hunger and despair.

Ignoring vital people needs. Hanging millions out-to-dry on their own. Sink or swim. Live or die.

Enforcing white supremacist policies. Terrorizing and deporting more undocumented immigrants than all previous US presidents combined.

On average 1,000 a day. Called “Deporter-in-Chief” for good reason. Telling poor, desperate arrivals they aren’t welcome.

Authorizing Gestapo-like Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) warrantless raids. Targeting communities, workplaces and other locations.

Armed with shotguns and automatic weapons. Pulling immigrants from beds. Rousting them from workplaces.

Confronting them without explanation. Often targeting US citizens by mistake. Unapologetically.

Conducting lawless searches and seizures. Making arrests based on ethnicity, race, appearance and English proficiency.

Separating children from parents. Treating immigrants like common criminals. Like terrorist threats.

Pretending otherwise. Obama’s so-called immigration reform by presidential diktat is farcical. Covering less than half the undocumented population.

Offering them pathetically little in return for demanding plenty.

Subjecting others to brutalizing treatment. Deportation with no right of appeal.

Waging state terror worldwide. At home and abroad. Big Brother is real. Watching everyone. With technological ease.

Trampling on fundamental rights. Leaving no one safe anywhere. Threatening free speech. A free press. Free thought. Intellectual inquiry.

Without them, all other freedoms are endangered. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Candidate Obama called it “the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse.” Saying whistleblowing reflects “acts of courage and patriotism.”

“Often the best source of information about (government wrongdoing) is an existing employee committed to public integrity willing to speak out.”

“We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance.”

Promising “strengthen(ed) whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.”

Stressing “(g)overnment should be transparent. (Claiming he supports) accountability and…information for citizens about what their government is doing.”

He says one thing. Does another. Giving rogue governance new meaning. Wanting total control over what’s made public.

Obsessed with secrecy. Wanting dissent crushed. Wanting people denied information on what’s most important. Affecting their lives, welfare and futures.

Inventing nonexistent threats. Fear-mongering to get people to believe them. Support police state lawlessness.

War on humanity. Imperial adventurism. Naked aggression. Against one sovereign independent country after another. Posing no threat to America or its neighbors.

Ravaging and destroying them. Turning them to rubble. Killing millions. Ousting sitting governments.

Replacing them with pro-Western ones. Puppets Washington controls. Stealing their resources. Exploiting their people. Treating them like serfs.

Deciding who lives or dies. As judge, jury and executioner. Obama’s kill list chooses targets. Anywhere in the world. Including US citizens.

Others designated for indefinite detention. Uncharged. Untried. Guilty by accusation. Due process denied. Declared enemies of the state. By presidential diktat.

Obama promised to close Guantanamo. In his first year in office. It remains open. A blight on the national conscience.

The tip of the iceberg. Torture is commonplace in US prisons. Washington operates scores of secret black sites worldwide.

In dozens of countries. On ships at sea. Imprisoning innocent victims. Many sold for bounty. Denied all rights. Brutalized. Tortured. Unaccountably.

Invoking state secrets privilege. Preventing lawsuits by victims of rendition, torture, and abuse, as well as warrantless wiretapping opponents.

Proving America is the world’s leading human rights abuser. No nation in history matches its ruthlessness. Out-of-control and then some.

Partnering with Israel’s worst crimes. Horrific by any standard. Ruthless. Genocidal. Mass murdering Palestinian civilians.

One fascist regime supports another. With billions of dollars in annual aid. Mostly military. The latest weapons and technology.

Interest free loans. Unrestricted US market access. Free entry of its immigrants. Support for its illegal occupation.

Opposing Palestinian self-determination. Despite international law calling it a universal right.

What Israel wants it gets. Death, destruction and Palestinian misery follow. Both countries deplore democracy.

Obama wages wars to prevent it. Eliminate it in sovereign independent countries. In Honduras. Orchestrating President Manual Zelaya’s ouster.

Replacing him with a fascist despot. Making Honduras the hemisphere’s murder capital. Opposing government policy risks death.

Militarized Haiti after its calamitous January 2010 earthquake. Plunders it freely. Prohibited democracy from emerging.

Months later tried ousting Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. US-backed coup plotters shut down airports. Blocked highways.

Burned tires. Roughed up the president. Failed to oust him despite Obama’s best efforts.

Removed Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo. A noted liberation theologian. Verboten in Washington. Toppled by manipulated parliamentary impeachment.

Lugo lived. Hugo Chavez died. Obama killed him. Poisoning or infecting him with cancer causing substances. Four major surgeries in 18 months couldn’t save him.

Obama wants Venezuela looking like Ukraine. Wants fascists replacing democrats.

Mindless of what most Venezuelans cherish. Chavismo lives.

Bolivarian fairness is too vital to lose. Model social justice. Real democracy.

Polar opposite America’s sham system. Neoliberal harshness. Police state viciousness. Imperial wars without end.

Risking humanity’s survival. Americans want responsible government. So do global billions.

Peace, equity and justice. What Washington wages wars to prevent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.


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14 Responses to "Obama: War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug"

  1. captain obvious  December 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

    bungholio-bama’s 1st “EO” was sealing his own personal records because he is NOT eligible.
    his 2nd “EO” was appointing a multiple FELON as Secretary of State, is ALSO a treasonous high crime.
    “presidential pardons” all need to be reviewed as “criminals aiding criminals”, then fully prosecuted.
    the whole “District of Criminals” should be on trial too, for practicing warfare against US every way possible.
    entirely possible, if only the majority of people could comprehend the full spectrum dominance tactics, there are SO MANY inter-related working parts of this machine, people lose sight of the bigger picture.

    • moneytalks  December 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Many sheeple are so myopic they cannot even see that there is a bigger picture .

  2. Gustavo  December 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    It’s the American way.

  3. FauxScienceSlayer  December 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Okay….but King Putt did get a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, before he started his many WARS.

    Barry did get TWO GRAMMY AWARDS for reading his non-auto-autobiography fiction, “Daydreaming I Had A Daddy”, Volumes 1 & 2, where he created a ‘composite WHITE girlfriend’ to further his racist narrative. Barry is a groomed, preselected, prep school sissy, half master, half slave overseer on the CIA-Progressive plantation and Holder of the crooked black snake justice whip. He may not the best POTUS puppet ever, but we don’t deserve the best.

  4. frog  December 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Pres Clinton let it out of the bag, when he stated, ‘even though I have attained the highest office in the land, I make no decisions’

    Henry Ford stated many years ago ‘ corral 50 of the wealthiest jews in the world, and you will have no wars’.

    Good to see you up and about Steven, good health.

  5. Joanna Mccain  December 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Mr Lendman,
    obama may be a lot of things, opportunist and a spoiled brat comes to mind.
    but the title of your article presupposes he is
    “War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug”…

    with all due respect Mr Lendman, were you born yesterday?, last night?
    even a child would know obama is
    AS HE IS TOLD !!!
    every president is and the last one who stood up to the marionette office handlers has his brains splattered all over Dealey Plaza.

    Obama is not to blame!!!
    You are
    I am
    and every other American in the number of 300 some millions!!!
    so stop the mud slinging and blaming a kid who was groomed to be an Ace Card (I mean race card) in “Doc Holliday” shadow cabal poker game.

    • wolf  December 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Well said

  6. Chandler  December 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    My question is Mr. Lendman, what has taken you so long to write this article?
    Repeatedly, over the past six years, this clown Oblunder has thumbed his nose at “We the People…,” insulted us, disrespected us, spent us into an abyss we may not be able to get out of, lied incessantly staring us without flinching, and has chronically violated OUR Constitution , to me, making him a traitor to this nation and tarnished its reputation.
    Clinton was impeached by the House for lying about copulating in OUR White House. Nixon was forced from office for lying about a break-in. Bush/Clinton/Bush have lied repetitively misled and done whatever they could to undermine us. Reagan lied about Contra weapons, and, at least he was confronted about it. Why do we kiss this failure of a president’s ass?!? Good article! What took ya?

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