I so hope that the public is becoming at least a little wiser to the cynical manipulation of the world's politicians, if we don't wise up soon it's downhill even faster for all of us.
If you haven't read Naomi Klein's book 'The Shock Doctrine', you need to get a copy NOW.
Damian Thompson of The Telegraph is in no doubt about what is going on...
Barack Obama is easily clever enough to understand the effect of his comparison between the environmental challenge facing America after the Gulf oil spill and the terrorist challenge it faced after 9/11: a subliminal equation of heartless British oil executives with homicidal Islamists. But he’s also unscrupulous enough not to care.
This is how he put it: “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.” Nice.
I wondered recently how an expensively educated kid from Hawaii plunged into the filthy pool of Chicago machine politics and emerged smelling so sweet that America elected him president. David Remnick doesn’t address the question in his hagiography, and I’m not sure anyone knows the answer. But if there were any doubt about where Obama served his apprenticeship, then today’s little elision between a terrible accident and meticulously plotted mass murder clears it up.
Mayor Richard Daley – the father, not the son – would have been proud of Obama. It may be windy in Chicago, but if there’s one thing the boys from the Democratic machine learn it’s how to blow a dog whistle loud enough for the right people to hear. Sure, it’s a fairly obvious device, but then so was referring to BP by its former name, British Petroleum. It’s often the cheap tricks that work best, eh, Mr President?