Obama And Empire

     The Anti-Empire Report
Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

                                          August 5, 2008
                                           by William Blum

[Abbreviated by Doug Bracewell]

Obama positions:

threatening, several times, to attack Iran if they don't do what the United States wants them to do nuclear-wise;

threatening more than once to attack Pakistan if their anti-terrorist policies are not tough enough or if there would be a regime change in the nuclear-armed country not to his liking;

calling for a large increase in US troops and tougher policies for Afghanistan;

wholly and unequivocally embracing Israel as if it were the 51st state; totally ignoring Hamas, an elected ruling party in the occupied territory;

decrying the Berlin Wall in his recent talk in that city, about the safest thing a politician can do, but with no mention of the Israeli Wall while in Israel, nor the numerous American-built walls in Baghdad while in Iraq;

referring to the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez as "authoritarian", but never referring similarly to the government of George W. Bush, certainly more deserving of the label;

talking with the usual disinformation and hostility about Cuba, albeit with a token reform re visits and remittances. But would he dare mention the outrageous case of the imprisoned Cuban Five[1] in his frequent references to fighting terrorism?


While an Illinois state senator in January 2004, Obama declared that it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." But speaking as a presidential candidate to a Cuban-American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."[2]

Obama's terms of withdrawal equals no withdrawal. Has he ever said .. that anti-American terrorism in the world is the direct result of oppressive US policies? Instead he calls for a troop increase and "the first truly 21st century military ... We must maintain the strongest, best-equipped military in the world."[7]

Obama is not so much concerned with ending America's endless warfare as he is with "succeeding" in them, by whatever perverted definition of that word.

Obama, one observer has noted, "opposes the present US policy in Iraq .. [because it]  fails to advance the global strategic interests of American imperialism."[9]

In 2004 he declared: "There's not that much difference between my position and George Bush's <Iraq> position at this stage."[10]

And has he ever dared to raise the obvious question: Why would Iran, even if nuclear armed, be a threat to attack the US or Israel? .. Instead, he has said things like "Iran continues to be a major threat" and repeats the tiresome lie that the Iranian president called for the destruction of Israel.[8]

as a US Senate candidate in 2004 he threatened missile strikes against Iran[11]


One of Obama's chief foreign policy advisers is Zbigniew Brzezinski, a man instrumental in provoking Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, which gave rise to a generation of Islamic jihadists  and more than two decades of anti-American terrorism.   Asked later if he had any regrets about this policy, Brzezinski replied: "Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea."[13]

Another prominent Obama adviser -- from a list entirely and depressingly establishment-imperial -- is Madeleine Albright, who should always wear gloves because her hands are caked with blood from her roles in the bombings of Iraq and Yugoslavia in the 1990s.


In summary, it would be difficult to name a single ODE (Officially Designated Enemy) that Obama has not been critical of, or to name one that he has supported. Can this be mere coincidence?

The fact that Obama says he's willing to "talk" to some of the "enemies" more than the Bush administration .. will not amount to little more than a public relations gimmick.



Since taking office in January 2005, he has voted to approve every war appropriation the Republicans have put forward.

He also voted to confirm Condoleezza Rice -  In doing so, he lacked the courage of 12 of his Democratic Party Senate colleagues who voted against her confirmation.

In 2005, the other Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, compared American torture at Guantanamo to "Nazis.   Obama stood up in the Senate and ... joined the critics, thrice calling Durbin's remark a "mistake".[12]

In March, Obama said that "he would return the country to the more 'traditional' foreign policy efforts of past presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan."[14]

Well-known conservatives like George Will, David Brooks, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Scarborough, and others spoken favorably about Obama's candidacy [15] Writer Norman Solomon has written: "These days, an appreciable number of Obama supporters are starting to use words like "disillusionment." But that's a consequence of projecting their political outlooks onto the candidate in the first place. The best way to avoid becoming disillusioned is to not have illusions in the first place."


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