Comment | Barack Obama: an out of control psychopath with a God complex

Barack Obama's ascent to the presidency four years ago was cheered by billions around the globe, hopeful for a new era of peace and justice. Alas, says Yvonne Ridley, we have been conned.

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Barak Obama, “the most dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful”.

The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a nation, inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even prompted the US President to declare, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”.

It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of killing the teenager, to be arrested and charged with second-degree murder after enormous pressure from the public.

Zimmerman – the captain of a Neighbourhood Watch group – pursued Trayvon because he said that he thought he was acting “suspicious” and “up to no good”. Yet that is exactly the same excuse used by President Barack Obama as he justifies ticking off names on a “kill list” for drone attacks.

While Obama called on federal, state and local authorities to work together as part of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon, just who is going to investigate the President for his extra-judicial killings? He is a man out of control, and while his predecessor justified his actions with a catch-all “God told me to do it”, this president thinks he is God, making decisions about who should live and who should die.

One of those who did die in a drone attack was teenager Tariq Aziz. He wasn’t on Obama’s kill list but, like Trayvon, he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both kids had much in common, they were about the same age, loved sport and were deeply loved by their families.

Trayvon came from Florida and Tariq came from the rugged tribal areas of Waziristan in Pakistan. When Obama casually ticked a name off the now notorious kill list he also sealed the fate of Tariq. And the 16-year-old’s death wasn’t a one off – his cousin had died some months earlier, in the same brutal way in April 2010 by one of Obama’s drone attacks.

Of course we rarely get to know the names of Obama’s victims. Some apologist in the West Wing will tell journalists in such casual tones, as if reading a weather report, that a “senior al Qaida commander” was taken out in a drone attack. There’s no one to challenge the statement, no one to ask for proof because the press pack essentially couldn’t care less about the fate of olive-skinned folk in Pakistan, black kids in Somalia or Arabs in Yemen.

No one even bothers to ask: “How can you be so sure the target was al Qaida, and were there any civilians killed?”

But we know about Tariq thanks to british peace activist Jemima Khan who has joined the growing global campaign against US drone attacks. She had met young Tariq three days earlier in Islamabad at a protest about the “plague” of the deadly, remote-controlled planes.

Jemima wrote in a Daily Mail piece last month:

“I was there to distribute digital cameras so that the people from Waziristan could record the damage and death caused by drones, as part of a campaign to prove that innocent civilians are dying”.

She went on to add:

“Tariq, a keen amateur photographer, was given one of the cameras before he left to return home. Three days later he was dead. Like his cousin, who had died in April 2010 and whose identity card he clutched when we met, he was blown to pieces by a drone strike. The appalling irony of how his young life ended will stay with me forever”.

It is important to note that not one single leader anywhere in the world has supported Obama’s drone policy, but neither has one had the backbone or guts to stand up and object, either. As Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

The time to be silent is over, for as long as Obama’s killing spree goes unchecked it gives a green light to his enemies to commit more atrocities in their own backyard. America’s friends need to stand up to the US President and tell him that what he is doing is immoral and illegal.

If he was the head of a banana republic the UN Security Council would be meeting right now to bring about regime change, with the International Criminal Court on standby with a writ to charge Obama with war crimes.

But the USA is not a banana republic – not yet, anyway – and Obama is the head of a superpower and supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went to Cairo and convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with the Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia. However, the government of Israel no doubt feels emboldened and empowered by such belligerence from its main sponsor and supporter in the heart of the Muslim world.

Looking back at that historic day all I can visualise is a fox being heralded and saluted by his victims as he struts up the ramp into the chicken coop.

We don’t know how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be killed, but according to the New York Times he has “placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical”.

There is huge hypocrisy in the media and from the so-called liberal left when it comes to this particular White House incumbent. The tame journalists who make up the Washington press pack ignore the fact that several times a month around 100 members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to discuss who should live and who should die.

This murderous secret nomination process was the invention of the Democrat Obama Administration, just as the Democrat Bill Clinton Administration brought kidnap and extraordinary rendition flights to the world. Republicans must look on enviously at how the Democrats get away with breaking international laws and conventions without being challenged.

It is almost beyond belief that this kill list has been sanctioned by a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize and ran his US Presidential campaign on a human rights platform. Remember Obama’s declaration that he wanted to close down Guantanamo, end torture, stop secret renditions and raise the bar in fairness and justice? He clearly doesn’t.

In Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, Obama’s killing machines are not even clinical or always on target; thousands of innocent men, women and children have been taken out by his drone attacks. Their blood is on the US President’s hands, and even his own people are sickened by the hypocrisy and double standards coming out of the White House.

America’s outgoing Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, a man with more backbone and guts than his predecessor, has revealed that he regards the drone strike-driven policy of his government to be unacceptable. Rather tellingly, he has complained to colleagues that “he didn’t realise his main job was to kill people”.

This was revealed in another article published this week in the New York Times, one of the few US media titles finally to adopt a critical stance over Obama’s foreign policies.

I can only assume that Obama’s killing spree has gone largely unchecked by ordinary Americans because they haven’t a clue what this president is doing in their name. This is sad, because Americans do care about justice and fair play; they showed this when they rallied and demonstrated after the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who thought he was “up to no good”.

Trayvon’s killer will now stand trial for his actions and his fate will be decided by a judge and jury looking at openly presented evidence. That is real justice, not the shoot and kill version which is coming to define Obama’s presidency.

Many of us who cheered when the first non-white president moved into the White House were hoping for a new era of peace and justice, but we have been conned. The true Barack Obama is an out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded God complex, and he’s running America. This makes him the most dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful. And that should make every right-minded person in America and beyond shudder with disbelief.

A shorter version of this piece can be found at cageprisoners.com

Yvonne Ridley

Yvonne Ridley is a British journalist and a patron of the London-based human rights NGO cageprisonners.com as well as being the European president of the International Muslim Women's Union and the Vice President of the European Muslim League. Her website is www.yvonneridley.org and she's on Twitter @yvonneridley.

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NativeSon
Jun 1, 2012 10:20

It is the divinity and psychopathology of White supremacy which results in the death of both Pakistanis and African American teenagers. It is therefore telling that sections of the white left neglect this politics of race, choosing to label an individual (in this case, significantly and African American individual), as a psychopath with a God complex.

The effects of neglecting the politics of race in this instance serves the interests of white supremacy in two ways. First, it deflects from the ideological roots of the deaths of both Trayvon and Tariq (and many others like them). Secondly, it deflects attention from the system of white supremacy and privilege which gives many writers on the white left the platform to espouse their views in the first place.

Calling Obama a psychopath with a God-complex may appear radical and bold on the surface, but upon reading this assertion within its socio-politcal context, it is little more than white denial dressed up in a crude headline that wouldn’t look out of place on Fox News.

Sbrown
Jun 1, 2012 11:55

I first believed the argument stated Obama is the world’s most dangerouse man because he is the world’s most powerful man – a line that would be difficult for anyone to dispute. However what is written suggests his danger or threat is not from his office and the institutions that underpin and reproduce its behaviour but instead from his pathology – which through the articles unclear references to his race seems to be implicit. I’m sorry but Ms. Ridley are you a racist? A thought for Ceasefire’s editorial.

RFS
Jun 1, 2012 12:22

I absolutely agree with the previous commentors – this article is extremely problematic.

As stated above referring to Obama as an ‘out of control psycopath’ is a racially insesitive and crude statement at best. You have written an article that lazily relies on charged and thwart white supremacist language and as such, you have undermined the validity of your position.

RFS
Jun 1, 2012 12:23

@NativeSon, I really couldn’t have said it ay better.

dk
Jun 1, 2012 12:48

two things:

1. zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty. he has been charged. we don’t know the facts about trayvon martin.

2. edmund burke never said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” this is such a common error that even wikipedia corrects it!

Yvonne Ridley
Jun 1, 2012 12:59

No, I am not a racist – I’m in a mixed race marriage with a mixed race daughter from a previous marriage.
Edmund Burke said many variations on a single theme which is why there are several differing quotes attributed to him – if I did my research based purely on one source like Wikipedia I’d never have qualified as a journalist … a job which I trained four years for in the 70’s.
I state quite clearly that Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence will be decided in a court of law which is as it should be. I would question anyone who puts themselves above the law regardless of their culture, skin colour, religion or background.
Forget Obama’s skin colour and focus on what he is doing and how he is doing it with regard to these murderous zone strikes.

RFS
Jun 1, 2012 15:20

Yvonne,

Being in a mixed marriage doesn’t prohibit you from taking part in racist actions – white supremacy is in fact a system such as capitalism or patriarchy for instance.

I am quite troubled that you have failed to see how the language you employed is infact racially insensitive and I am equally troubled that your defense is based on your own personal life choices.

Also, the idea that we can or should ‘forget Obama’s colour’ is ludicrous – and I would argue an extension of your own privilege. For non white people, colour is not something that can just be ‘forgotten.’ As you can see from the above comments, no one has defended Obama’s drone attacks; what has been objected is your offensive language and framing of Obama as mad.

In the same light that you urge us to recognise your arguement, I think it only right that you take ownership of your comments, which happen to be offensive.

Referring to a black man as as an ‘out of control psychopath’ in the racialised context we currently live in is not acceptable by any measure. I urge to research the long and damaging relationship b/w black people and the development of psychiatry, and bear it in mind next time you think it appropriate to write such an aritcle.

Yvonne Ridley
Jun 1, 2012 15:42

@RFS – perhaps it is you who are racist – the majority of people who’ve read this article do not come to your conclusion. You must ask yourself why. if I think someone is out of control I will say so regardless of their skin colour, ethnicity, culture, class or background. I don’t discriminate but sadly you do. And you can drop the white supremacy line – I’m a working class miner’s daughter from the north east of England so don’t even try and put that one on me, pal.

RFS
Jun 1, 2012 16:09

Yvonne, I have not accused you of being racist; I do not know you and thus I do not know whether you are racist or not. Again, what I have said that the language you used in the above article is racially insensitive and crude.

Whether the majority of people came to my conclusion is not my concern – the minstream position on the Obama administration’s foreign policy isn’t objection, does that make it any less troubling?

I would very much like for you to quote my ‘discrimination’ from anything I have said above.

I would also like to say that your class does not absolve you of your racial privilege. We know that working white men can execute patriarchal behaviour for instance, and I maintain that your article and following comments show that you are acting within your privilege.

But if you would like further clarification of what white supremacy actually is pick up some Audre Laude or bell hooks both of whom will let you know what.

I will end by saying this: you do not know Obama personally, your objections should be against his administration, which along with every other US administration has a sustained history of aggressive foreign policy. If your position were based on this, as opossed to refering to a black man as an ‘out of control psychopath’, I don’t think anyone would object.

NativeSon
Jun 1, 2012 16:55

I think whiteness affords people the luxury of “colour blindness” (in not taking Obama’s ethnicity into account when attacking his personal ego and psychological stae of mind.

Using a marriage to a non-white person as proof of not furthering white supremacy is quite frankly insulting. Lots of white male “ex-pats” marry African/Asian women and are still deeply racist. Lots of men marry women and are still deeply sexist.

These two assertion display not only your ignorance of race politics, but also a manifestation of white denial which is common in the European-led liberal NGO sector

Bryan Reed
Jun 1, 2012 18:33

First, the fact that this author thought that because Obama is not white America would become “nicer” is incredibly racist against white people. Second, what is it with this non-white thing, there are black and white Americans who died on 9/11 and have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq together, despite differences in the past blacks and whites in America are united as Americans internationally to combat Islamic extremism. Thirdly, this Yvonne woman is British, she is not a US citizen, she doesn’t vote or pay taxes, her opinion does not matter at all. If we vote Obama out it will be because of the economy, but whomever replaces him will continue to use drones to kill those who wish us harm.

Also, I think RSF is an idiot. There is absolutely nothing wrong with calling a non-white person a psychopath. You actually sound like those racist liberals that see everything in a race based way. You’re even more ridiculous than the author.

hr
Jun 1, 2012 20:29

the only people who can claim that obama has a case of a god complex and is subsequently a psychopath are people that believed that one single man because of his race would provide and act as saviour for 500 years of history and politics. no president has the capacity to single handedly challenge an entire system based on the exploitation and murder of millions and millions of people globally – including within america. obama is propped up by an administration, by lobbyists, by his enemies as well as his allies, by an economic base that profits and sustains the US from war. he is not and never was an infallible man – and whilst he has to be held accountable for his actions, reducing him to a pathological argument actually undermines the work that is being done within the US by many to do just that. he is, however, no different to his predecessors and in the case of pakistan – drone attacks are not new. whilst they are continued from the previous administration, the use is symptomatic of decades long of nasty geopolitics that has led to pakistan and afghanistan’s difficult, turbulent, unstable and devastating present. obama is, after all, the american (and not the world’s) president – he has like those that will come after him will continue to hold up a heinous foreign policy as they have always done at the expense of human life. obama after all is part of a white supremacist capitalist imperial patriarchal system that because of him being black does not exempt him from actually suporting or sustaining this system.

secondly, i’m actually confused. you say you will call folks out irrespective of race but you make mention of his race. furthermore i’m actually not sure about the comparison here between zimmerman and trayvon martin? what other comments have pointed out is your own white privilege that cannot be disputed. race IS definitive of our positions, of our life experiences – just as class, gender, sexuality, ablity (as in able-bodied people), geo-political location etc are. anyone entirely dedicated to undoing any system of domination must be willing to assess and understand how our positions within these frames help us to sustain or dismantle them. questioning and reaaaaally looking at ourselves can help us to break them. your assumed inability to not be implicated in racial privilege that can be normatively racist based on the fact that you are married to a non-white man and have a mixed child is symptomatic of this privilege. a privilege that can be as simple as negating the historical use of particular types of language. in addition to audre lorde, bell hooks, i’d recommend you take a look at this simple post. a how-to guide by a brilliant and radical white feminist who has written on the topic of white privilege:

http://persephonemagazine.com/2011/02/it-gets-racial-sometimes-a-gals-guide-to-breaking-down-your-privilege/

i hope that it somehow helps you to further engage with your identity and your position to further the work you’d like to.

Yvonne Ridley
Jun 3, 2012 17:12

What makes me really sad in all of this is not one of you feels able to condemn Obama and/or his Administration for the indiscriminate, extra-judicial killing of innocents in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The real subject has either being deliberately ignored or sidelined while you try and score points about who is and isn’t guilty of an ‘ist’.That, in itself, speaks volumes about those of you who are so hellbent on being politically correct your trampling over the bodies of the dead to push forward your points of view. Shame on you all – regardless of your faith, sex, colour, ethnicity etc. Innocent people are being murdered by Obama’s decisions – wake up.
And I might not live in America but I still pay taxes to the IRS – an insignificant detail for the benefit of Bryan Reed.

j
Jun 4, 2012 14:59

I do not think the author of this piece was racist to call Obama a psychopath. However she perhaps did not pay enough attention to the race politics of the killing campaign itself and of the wars of the US in general. It is very apparent that the life of a brown-skinned person is worth less than that of a white person. Obama’s role in this is not to be an individual monster, but to be head of a killing machine permeated by racism. The fact that Obama himself is not white is simply one of those strange ironies, and a reminder that individuals cannot change the nature of a system.

Peace
Jun 6, 2012 2:04

I detected no racism from this article. I think the readers may need to appreciate what is being said rather than what they think is being said.

Murder is murder.

Obama quoted the Quran where it tells us that killing one person is like killing the whole of mankind.

I pray that God Almighty forgives him and all of us for the sins committed – Ameen and Amen.

Peace

ZLJ
Jun 6, 2012 12:51

Drone attacks are truly awful but I would still rather have Obama as US President instead of Mitt Romney seeing as the the Republicans are pretty much the only people who say Obama is too soft on terror. I dread to think what would happen if he enters the White House. I’m probably too naive but I also can’t help thinking Obama has been forced into this position by his political opponents and the all powerful US Military.

Alan Marshall
Jun 17, 2012 20:41

Ted Bundy was a psychopath. As was Adolph Hitler, Jeffrey Dalmer, Charles Manson and Richard Speck. Idi Amin, The Green River Killer, The Boston Strangler, Richard Ramirez (The Nightstalker), and on and on.

A psychopath is a psychopath regardless of their race, religion, or any other irrelevant factor. With that said, the author’s point is so ridiculously obvious. Obama is out of control in a way that is destroying human lives each and every day in a multitude of ways. Arbitrary drone strikes where innocents are viewed as collateral damage is deplorable. If Bush were doing this there would be protest marches in every major city throughout the U.S.

Common folks. Sooner or later you just have to get off this race thing with Obama and see things as they are. The guy is an arrogant, holyier-than-though narcissist who is hell bent on doing whatever he wants without the approval of Congress or the American people. That’s not leadership, folks. That’s a mortal man playing God.

Seth Liebert
Jul 4, 2012 0:37

Yvonne – I haven’t read through all of these comments, but from what I’ve seen you’re taking a lot of criticism which is really uninformed. I’m not so sure most people really understand the definition of psychopath. And while that may be an erroneous assumption, I’m going to define it anyway. Most people think of Ted Bundy or Jack the Ripper when they think of a psychopath. But not all psychopaths are violent. A psychopath is merely a person with a very limited range of emotions, which are shallow and short-lived. They don’t regard other people as other people, rather as tools for their benefit. They have no conscience and no remorse or regret, and are incapable of compassion or empathy. But that doesn’t make them violent. Around 1% of the general population of the US and UK are estimated to be psychopaths, and while that may seem low, it means you probably know one or two. I can think of a few I’ve known. And they blend in with ordinary people. They are mostly concentrated in prisons and in positions of power – corporate boardrooms and political office. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that Barack Obama was a psychopath because he fits the general mold – superficial charm and affect, arrogance, and narcissism.

What bothers me about people who cry foul when you call Obama a psychopath is that many of these same people would have said or perhaps did say the same thing about George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove. And they were/would have been right. Psychopaths are manipulative and the ones who are intelligent often wind up in top positions. So it stands to reason that many leaders around the world are psychopaths. But here in America, politics has become a team sport. We scream and holler about atrocities committed by members of the opposite team (party), but turn a blind eye to those committed by members of our own team, sometimes even defend them. If George W Bush had done what Obama has done (the NDAA, the Individual Mandate, drone strikes, out of control deficit spending), American liberals would have been outraged. In fact, much of what Obama has done has either been very closely related to what Bush did, been a continuation of Bush’s policies, and in many cases been much worse. The NDAA is a horrible extension of the Patriot Act, he has continued and expanded the warrantless wiretapping policies, the drone strikes are cold-blooded acts of war much like those committed by Bush, he has used gay marriage as a political tool, pushed his will on the people without regard to the rights of the minority, sidestepped the Constitution, and has taken deficit spending to levels that would make even Bush blush. But he talks a good game and SAYS all of the things that liberals love to hear. And he just seems like such a good guy. So American liberals have been taken in by his charm (which is exactly what happens when one encounters a charismatic psychopath). Americans need to realize that many of their politicians are psychopaths (Mitt Romney is definitely a psychopath), so maybe there can be some real change.

PS – please stop playing the race card, everyone. It is really getting old. It’s insulting to those of us who do not support Obama’s socialist/fascist (no, that is not a contradiction in terms as many of you will think. Just think of what the word “Nazi” stood for) agenda, and it makes you look like a fool. It’s not always about race. Sometimes it’s just about principles. If Obama were white, I’d be saying all the same things about him, just like I did when Bush was in power.

your subconscious
Aug 30, 2012 11:36

congratulations fuck puppets who suck obamas homophobic dick, you all fail… you are all closet racists who promote ‘white guilt’ over individual responsibility, support cover ups only in the case of non caucasians. you are butt hurt that somebody sees you for what you’ve been hiding, which is a racist and hypocrite because you are too selfish to care that not everybody supports your racist views. you support an obvious misogynist, latent gay, conservative. obvious is obvious, and that it reflects on you.

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Truthisliberty
Feb 25, 2013 9:38

Im a man of color and God doesn’t judge based on color. As Jesus said “you’ll know a tree ny its fruit wether it be good or evil” A man who mandates death without evidence and due process, a man who mandates people of conscious to bribe women with birth control. Is a man whose fruits are evil. People calling you racist are absurd. How Satan knows how to hide and push aside being exposed by his followers labeling objection as racism.

John Henry
Mar 12, 2013 21:26

Obama is only a person in a POSITION OF POWER…the man himself is not powerful. Let’s be clear on that. Once his term is over, his position returns to one of commoner once again.

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