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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nowhere With Obama

"The American empire has not altered under Barack Obama. It kills as brutally and indiscriminately in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as it did under George W. Bush. It steals from the U.S. treasury to enrich the corporate elite as rapaciously. It will not give us universal health care, abolish the Bush secrecy laws, end torture or 'extraordinary rendition,' restore habeas corpus or halt the warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of citizens. It will not push through significant environmental reform, regulate Wall Street or end our relationship with private contractors that provide mercenary armies to fight our imperial wars and produce useless and costly weapons systems."

The above is the first paragraph of an article by Chris Hedges on the Truthdig web site. I say, amen to that. It gives me no real pleasure to say this but, when it comes to Obama, I told you so. People I know of the liberal persuasion were filled with hope at the election of Obama. They really believed all that bullshit about change. This, in spite of the fact that Obama's record suggested that he's a centrist. In today's political climate, that makes him right of actual center. Or, as Hedges says, the main difference between Bush and Obama is a matter of branding. I don't see how anyone could argue otherwise.


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