Obama Urged the Philippines to Go Easy When Fighting Drugs; He Lectured Duterte on Doing Things the “Right Way”
Sept. 8, 2016 (EIRNS)–Pres. Obama today, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Laos, urged President Duterte in the Philippines, to go easy when fighting drugs. Obama did this by resorting to the usual imperial code language, that the Philippines should abide by “the rule of law,” and should follow “international norms,” etc.
Duterte has acted, since becoming president, to make good on his stated priority: to eliminate drug trafficking in his nation. Obama criticized Duterte’s crackdown on dope dealers: “As despicable as these (crime) networks may be and as much damage as they do, it is important from our perspective to make sure that we do it the right way.”
Obama unctuously replied to reporters’ questions about what he and Duterte talked about in the short, casual exchange they had before an ASEAN function. Obama said that he told Mr. Duterte, “Because the consequences of when you do it the wrong way, are innocent people get hurt, and you have a bunch of unintended consequences that don’t solve the problem.”
Obama’s own “right way” to do things, is seen in the hundreds of thousands dead from his killer policies of warfare, drones, domestic economic collapse, and foreign aggression.