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Obama called ‘hypocrite of the century’


A member of  the Irish parliament has sharply attacked U.S. President Barack Obama’s  policies, calling him a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the  century.”

 “Is this person  going for the hypocrite of the century award?” Left wing Member of Parliament  Clare Daly asked of Obama during a speech before parliament at the end of the G8  summit held in Northern Ireland.

 “Because we have  to call things by their right names, and the reality is that by any serious  examination, this man is a war criminal,” she was quoted as saying by The  Huffington Post.

 “This is the man  who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones, which have  killed thousands of people including hundreds of children,” Daly  said.

 The Irish  politician also criticized the Obama administration for escalating war in Syria  and sending arms to foreign-backed militants in the country.

 Obama is “in  essence stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage  for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms – and to hell with the thousands  more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced,”  she argued.

 The U.S.  president’s global approval rating has significantly declined since he first  took office in 2009, according to a poll conducted by Pew Research in June 2012. 

 The poll showed  that confidence in Obama has declined by 24 percent and approval of his policies  has fallen 30 points since 2009.  

Obama took  office five years ago, vowing to change policies of the George W. Bush’s  administration. However, he failed to keep his promises.

 During his first  term in office, President Obama increased drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, and  several other countries. The strikes left many civilians, including women and  children, dead.

 Recently, the  White House authorized arming the militants fighting government forces in Syria.  The move was criticized by some American politicians.

 Former  Congressman Ron Paul rebuked the Obama administration for “escalating” the war  in Syria.

“He [Obama] now  has agreed to send weaponry in to assist the rebels. It’s escalation, that’s a  proper word, because we’ve already been involved for quite a few months. We’ve  been supporting the rebels for probably the past two years, supposedly for  humanitarian reasons,” he said.

 “But now there  is going to be a much more aggressive approach and we’re going to send weapons.  There is a few problems with this, first off it’s war. Second thing is  presidents are not supposed to start war without permission from the people  through a congressional declaration of war,” Paul argued.

 Meanwhile, a  majority of Americans are against a military attack against Syria. A poll  conducted by Gallup last month showed that 68 percent of Americans said the  United States should not take any military action in Syria. 

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