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A speech by an Irish lawmaker scorching Barack Obama as a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the century” as well as lamenting the “unprecedented slobbering over the Obama family” has become a global sensation on YouTube, collecting well over a million views in just three weeks.
Clare Daly, a member of the United Left Alliance in Parliament representing Dublin North, went on a no-holds-barred mission to flay Obama following the conclusion of the G8 summit last month in Northern Ireland.
“Is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award?” Daly asked of Obama. “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.”
(Click on the video below to watch Clare Daly blast Obama:)
She continued: "He has just announced his decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition, including jihadists, which will fuel the destabilization of the region, continue to undermine secularism and set back conditions for women. President Obama is, in essence, stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by supplying it with arms and to hell with the thousands more Syrians who will lose their lives and the tens of thousands who will be displaced as the war continues.
"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 held nothing back about media coverage, unloading "on the unprecedented slobbering over the Obama family to which the nation has been exposed in recent days."
"It is difficult to decide which is worse, the outpourings of President Obama and his wife or the sycophantic fawning over them by the political establishment and sections of the media," she explained.
"While we had separate and special news bulletins by the state broadcaster to tell us what Michelle Obama and her daughters had for lunch in Dublin, there was very little questioning of the fact that they were having lunch with 'Mr. Tax Exile' himself [a reference to U2 lead singer Bono]. The statement that Mrs. Obama was glad to be home was barely challenged even though 'home' is a country she has been in for less than one week and to which her husband has only tenuous links."
Daly made it clear she was not being critical of the American people, but specifically just Obama.
"People in this country are very fond of our American brothers and sisters," Daly said. "We stand far more shoulder to shoulder with them by making valid criticisms of their president who has broken his election promises rather than just pimping this nation as a tax haven for their corporations. I am sure the Americans would far prefer their multinationals to pay their taxes at home rather than offshore here so that they could develop their health care and would not be wasting money on arms being sent to slaughter people in other countries."
Daly also flayed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, saying, "The taoiseach (prime minister) has turned a blind eye to [Obama's] activities. He spoke of the G8 summit being an opportunity to showcase Ireland. Is it not the case that he has showcased us a nation of pimps prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head? We were speculating this morning about whether the taoiseach would deck out the Cabinet in leprechaun hats decorated with stars and stripes to mark our abject humiliation."
"I think your comments are disgraceful," Kenny responded. "I think they do down the pride of Irish people all over the world who are more than happy to see this island being host to the G8."
"It's beneath you to say that the American president should not be a party to keeping that process alive and visible," he added.