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Obama: Who is U.S. Leadership Accountable to?

January 25, 2009

looking forward

looking forward?

For the longest time, there have been rumblings about the ‘globalists’ that want nothing less than the blood of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes against humanity. In a political sense, the U.N. has little to lose and everything to gain. However, ideas like human rights are not solely the domain of politics, but rather the moral fiber of humanity, such as it is. The chief issue remains the shaky principles that such notions of rights are built on: treatises designed to make nations the final arbiters of power where right and wrong are concerned. In their minds, there can be no higher authority than themselves. This in itself, is a slippery slope. Now that the Bush administration has officially been relieved of power, the U.N. through the mouthpiece of Manfred Nowak, is now calling on renewed action. The U.N. is hopeful that the Obama administration, heavily distracted by economic blight at home, will throw the U.N. a bone.

Previously, the U.S. government had ratified the U.N. convention on torture which required “all means, particularly penal law” to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it. Further, the United Nations charter has a provision devised by the United States just after World War II with the backing of this nation. That provision says that from that time forward, no nation can use armed force without the permission of the U.N. Security Council.

terror against terror?

terror against terror?

The legalities and saber rattling are hopelessly boring and tiresome. The reality where human beings are concerned is not. The idea of following some sort of global standard of conduct used to held high by the United States, once held to be a moral compass of the world by many. The truth remains that U.S. leadership seems to react with surprise and amusement that they could be held accountable for the evil of crimes against anyone, either inside or outside the United States. Instead, we myopically point to Nazis as the platinum standard of evil while refusing to admit to the truth of the situational morality that the nation has built for itself.  Even so, reports are that a Senate report released recently found Rumsfeld and other top administration officials responsible for abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, yet another form of terrorism in a world full of terror and strife.

platinum standard

platinum standard

The United Nations has the proof of the crime, just like the U.S. and the media have highlighted the proof of crimes within the U.N. Neither institution is a paragon of virtue, subject to the hell of special interests, favoritism and politics. There isn’t a saint among them and both sides rally for your sympathetic attention and commitment.

The pressure is growing, despite President Obama’s repeated longing to look forward rather than backward, which in theory relieves the new administration from pursuing justice for the past ranging from banking avarice that has brought the economy to its’ knees to human rights abuses. There always seems to be a higher authority that somehow excuses improper conduct within politics and governance. Some are calling for President Obama to have to conduct an official investigation of Bush-era war crimes as if this lends power to recent findings. Is the public really clamoring for it, and how loudly? Who are we listening to and is the United Nations an authority over the United States? Will Americans insist on faithful execution of the law?

moral bankruptcy?

situational ethics?

While none of this is likely, it is embarrassing enough to be part of a morally bankrupt society and painful indeed to admit such a plight. “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards. … My orientation is going to be moving forward.

President Obama holds that the nation has values where his vision for America is concerned. He cites the desire to abide by the Constitution. The nation, with great necessity, looks ahead to the charisma and inspiration of President Barack Obama in an effort to absolve the nation and reform the United States to be more like the founding fathers of the nation designed. There is little question that most of the founding fathers would be overwhelmed with the current state of the nation. The rest of the world seems to highlight the reality of war crimes by American leadership.  Is it sane to dodge the issue?  Who is U.S. leadership really accountable to? ~ E. Manning

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