US President Barack Obama is not a trustworthy leader and his declaration of peace actually means an escalation of war against America’s opponents, an American writer and retired professor says.
James Petras, a professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press T on Friday, after Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons during a historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, where the United States dropped the first atomic bomb nearly 71 years ago.
Obama failed to apologize to the Japanese people for the bombing that killed about 140,000 people on August 6, 1945 during World War II. The American atrocity was followed by another atomic bombing on the port city of Nagasaki, killing about 70,000 people on August 9.
Instead Obama told the Japanese audience, which included survivors of the attack, on Friday that the horror of America’s nuclear attack should encourage countries to reconsider the use of the weapons.
“That is a future we can choose,” Obama said, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe standing at his side. “A future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”
“This is another example of the blatant hypocrisy of the Obama administration,” Professor Petras said, “because at the same time he has announced almost one trillion dollars in upgrading nuclear weapons.”
“So in fact the US is moving ahead in escalating the nuclear armament in the United States,” the academic said.
“Secondly, Obama has stationed missiles right on the border with Russia. Thirdly, Obama has stationed US-nuclear armed weapons approximate to China,” he added.
“So on a world scale Obama is moving in an opposite direction, escalating the amount of nuclear weapons available to the US by one trillion dollars, is confronting nuclear weapons against Russia and China,” the analyst said.
“We’ll leave aside the fact that the United States’ government has bombed many countries in the Middle East, Libya, Iraq, and other countries in the region, including Yemen,” he stated.
“So we can see that Obama is totally untrustworthy, that his declaration of peace really means an escalation of war,” Professor Petras concluded.