Obama Shows his True Colours
OK, I really really tried to like Obama. Really. He’s new, he’s different, he said many sensible things. Superficially at least he seemed like he might be a Washington outsider with the skill and conviction to change this country’s course from the national suicide mission it is on. His recent drift to the right (the idea that he is moving to the “centre” when in fact he is drifting toward policies opposed by 80% of Americans is ludicrous on the face of it) was disturbing enough, but now he’s crossed the line into the narcissistic neocon sickness that has infested Washington.
I am referring to his comments after returning from his triumphant world tour. Obama said that the US must reassert its world leadership and “the world is waiting for the United States to reengage.” He continued on with a lot of blather about how he was going to send more troops to Afghanistan and how the Pakistani government needed to help more in the fight against the Taliban. Yaargh. First of all, I’m pretty sure many people in the world want the USA to butt out, not “re-engage.” And since 1945 the USA has been the greatest Empire the world has ever seen, with military bases and military forces spread over the entire globe. When, exactly, did we disengage to begin with?
It’s just more of the goddamn same basically, the USA is the good guys and if we just try hard enough, why, we can mold the world to out liking! At least the pre-Bush imperialists like Clinton and Roosevelt understood that if we were going to rule the world, we have to be subtle about it…and very clever and precise about how and where we intervened. Since Bush we have been in comic book land where we just have to shoot all the bad guys and everything will magically work out all right. Trillions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dead, and Iraq and Afghanistan turned into two of the worlds premier failed states…and all Obama can say is we have to try harder?
The world doesn’t want the USA to re-engage, they want the USA to lead by example, not lead by invasion. That is what is so sad and ironic about America’s foreign policy. There are good things about the American revolution, human rights and constitutional government are among the greatest contributions America has made to the world. And no, the USA doesn’t get sole credit for same, but goddamn it the founding father had some good points and tried to implement them. And two hundred years later we’re trying to force those good points down other country’s throats with cruise missiles and helicopter gunships. Right. “Humanitarian invasion” is an oxymoron.
Yet Obama now thinks our overseas adventures are a good idea, they’re just not being prosecuted right? No, interventionism is a terrible idea and is causing far more problems than it solves. Ron Paul had the balls and the brains to say that the USA’s overseas adventures were bad for the country, is it too much to ask that the so called opposition party takes the same stance? Apparently not. Since the Reagan years the Democrats have more or less completely joined forces with the Republicans, the differences between their party platforms are trivial. And Obama is just more of the same. I was thrilled when he actually talked about pulling out of Iraq, now that he is planning on pulling out of Iraq and sending the troops to Afghanistan, not thrilled.
I wish I didn’t feel compelled to say it, but Obama is what we used to call an Oreo Cookie in my younger racist days. It means black on the outside but white on the inside. I mean it more politically than literally, but Obama has all the liberal trappings down pat, but at heart he’s just another of the rich elite working for the rich elite. The fact that he is black and comes from a non-traditional background means nothing if he is in bed with the ruling elite. In fact no matter what the result of the election, Obama is set for life. I am hard put to think he wants what is good for America, he’s just another politician climbing aboard the gravy train. If elected I hope he proves me wrong, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
I apologize for the tone of this post, but it just pisses me off that the guy who got the Democratic nomination by promising change is morphing before our eyes into just another Washington tool. Oh well, maybe I should just go with the flow and pretend we are living in a Hollywood movie. My choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. I’m pretty sure it’s a public domain publicity photo too. Tomorrow: How to Survive a Nuclear Attack.)