Thursday, January 07, 2010
Obama as Bush
by Larry Geller
“I think Obama should be remembered as a great man because of the blow he struck against white racism,” [journalist Allan] Nairn says. “But once he became president…Obama became a murderer and a terrorist, because the US has a machine that spans the globe, that has the capacity to kill, and Obama has kept it set on kill. He could have flipped the switch and turned it off…but he chose not to do so.” He continues, “In fact, as far as one can tell, Obama seems to have killed more civilians during his first year than Bush did in his first year, and maybe even than Bush killed in his final year.” [Democracy Now, “Obama Has Kept the Machine Set on Kill”–Journalist and Activist Allan Nairn Reviews Obama’s First Year in Office, 1/6/2009]
What does Nairn mean by “murderer and terrorist?” From the same day’s news:
In Afghanistan, hundreds have taken to the streets of Kabul and elsewhere to protest the US killing of civilians. The incident that has sparked the most outrage took place in eastern Kunar on December 27th, when ten Afghans, eight of them schoolchildren, were killed. According to the Times of London, US-led troops dragged innocent children from their beds and shot them during a nighttime raid. Afghan government investigators said the eight students were aged from eleven to seventeen, all but one of them from the same family. [Democracy Now, US-Led Forces Accused of Executing Schoolchildren in Afghanistan, 1/6/2009]
From today’s Democracy Now:
GEORGE GALLOWAY: Well, I must tell you, Juan, as someone who, myself, on my radio shows and TV shows and so on, campaigned for the election of Barack Obama, tried very hard to persuade people on the left that they were making a kind of utopian mistake in not supporting Obama, there is a tremendous bitter disappointment here in Palestine, and indeed wider than that, at the role that President Obama is currently playing, or rather not playing. His speech in Cairo was a wonderful piece of work. It was mesmerizing. It transfixed the Arab public opinion, that finally, after the Bush years, we had some hope. But in practice, his policy—and one assumes Hillary Clinton is carrying out his policy—is exactly the same as the policy of the Bushites towards the people here. And there’s bitter, bitter disappointment about that. [Democracy Now, Viva Palestina Aid Convoy Arrives in Gaza, George Galloway Describes “Desperate” Situation, 1/7/2009]
Well, here’s why Obama is turning out to be the spittin’ image of Bush, caught by cartoonist Cameraon Cardow:
(reproduced with permission) (copyright © Cameron Cardow)
Spot on! There hasn't been any change I can believe in, even though I had hopes that some things would change. I didn't like Bush, and I don't like Obama even more, because he is more of the same with a lot of worse things added on.
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