Will Obama really change anything?

 It is understandable that after 8 years of the most odious rapacious vile and corrupt administration in American history people would be very eager to see change.

However amongst all the hand-wringing back-slapping and enthusiasm that has greeted the election of Barak Obama no-one seems to have thought through what an Obama Presidency will actually mean.
Some indication of the course he might take can be gleaned from, whom he chooses as his political idols; firstly there is FDR the man who interned thousands of Japanese-American during World War 2 then, Harry S Truman the man who started the Cold War and dropped the two Atomic bombs killing hundreds of thousands at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and finally JFK who authorised J Edgar Hoover to spy on Martin Luther King and nearly started a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
 
Then there is the endorsement from old Bush family friend and war criminal Colin Powell. Obama assures us that the man who lied repeatedly to sell the Iraq war, and covered up the My Lai and Halabja massacres will have senior position within an Obama administration
 
Barak Obama mythologies that most of his donations come from small $100 and $200 donors. The truth however is that he is the first democratic nominee to have received more corporate money than the Republican Party (mostly from wall street), they must have some confidence in his allegiance to power.
 
 
Obama in the Senate has voted for every increase in funding for the Iraq war that George Bush has asked for. Obama has already stated as President he wishes to increase man power of the American army by 20,000. He wants to increase US military spending (more than the next 20 countries combined).He says he wants to have an Iraq style surge in Afghanistan. He has given no definitive time-table for withdrawal from Iraq, no date for the closure of Guantanamo bay. Israel will be given unconditional backing and American tax-payer funds to carry-on its murderous campaign against the Palestinians.
 
The Patriot act will not be revoked nor will the Military commissions act. In fact Obama has already given an undertaking that no member of the Bush Administration will face even and investigation never mind charges for illegal wire-tapping, torture, breaches of the Geneva Convention or most seriously the lies that lead to the slaughter of one million Iraqis
 
Obama proposes no alternative economic model to the ravenous neo-liberal economic one which has so devastated both the American and World economies.
 
The truth is that the American imperial project will go on.  Out will go the crude transparent propaganda of the neocons and the inarticulate ravings of George W Bush.  In will come the grandiose rhetoric about spreading democracy and humanitarian intervention which will masquerade the real intentions of plunder for corporate profits and resources.
 
The Democrats have started more wars in American history. Under the previous incumbent Clinton  one million Iraqis died under medieval sanctions, Yugoslavia was bombed because of a  non-existent campaign of genocide, a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan was bombed as it was (falsely) accused of manufacturing Chemical weapons and mud huts in Afghanistan were blown up because again falsely Bin-Laden was supposed to have been living  there.
 
The parallels between Obama in 2008 and Tony Blair in 1997 are striking. Blair was elected in a tide of optimism against a corrupt and ineffective predecessor.  Blair (like Obama) came with empty platitudes and sound bites disguised as a  message of hope and change telling the people of Britain, a new dawn had broken. Within weeks he was implementing a ruthless programme of neo-liberal policies that were beyond even Thatcher's wildest dreams. He cut benefits for the disabled and then privatised all UK government services.  He became a warmonger and left the most hated Prime Minister in history.
 
Obama is offering those same empty platitudes with a few pompous celebrities hitched to his coat-tails
 
The American empire has found its new poster boy .In truth Obama offers no change from the neo-con Bush project just a more articulate voice. American jobs will continue to be exported and, dirt-poor people living in mud-huts in far –off countries will continue to be killed by American weapons of war under Obama. All in the name of democracy of course.
 
Martin Luther King is quoted as saying "do not judge a man by the colour of his skin but by the content of his character.” Unfortunately it seems that America has done the later and believes that Obama will be different from other bourgeoisie imperialist politicians simply because he is black. They will soon learn a harsh lesson
 
 
 
 

 

 

Comments

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Anonymous

I don't think that americans really elected Obama because he was black.  As an American from the southern state of Virginia I have repetedly heard resism spouting from the mouths of both blacks and whites.  Though it is true that he was elected in retaliation of the Bush regime, I honestly believe that americans like myself, elected Obama for the working population (many of whom were resistant to support him because he is black skinned.)  So that tax cuts would be given to the poor and not to the affluent elite as Republicans are so fond of doing.  Last summer, while visiting family in the States, I over heard a college educated white man inform a someone that electing a Black president would insight the epocolipse, and that he thought that Obama himself was a terrorist.  Now, I'm not a huge fan of many of the things the democrats have accomplished either.  Somehow, It is a great relief to know that I can listen to our new president speak with out wanting to bash my head against the wall, I know that this is a selfish reason to vote for a candidate.  Sometimes you must choose for the lesser of evils, which is all our bi-partisen system allows for.

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Anonymous

Politicians obviously never change anything as politicians aren't in charge, progress and technological development are, so there x x

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Argyll

God this is an unnecessarily complicated form just to post a wee comment, but still;
I think your comments about previous American Presidents are very generalised, particularly Kennedy's actions during the Cuban crisis.  Yes, America is a powerfull military industrial complex, and yes you can point to Obama's appointees as being in some ways, 'more of the same'. But why don't you just give him a chance, frankly, I interpret what's happening in Gaza right now as a good sign!!!!??? What do I mean?; Well, why is it happening now?? I would say because, through it's comms channels, Israel has gleaned that it wouldn't get away with it two months from now, and so is making the most of the last days of Bush's presidency. It could all have been a lot worse, as the extortionate price of oil a few months ago testified, surely an attack on Iran was a serious proposition at that point in time, and if the straight of Hormuz had been blockaded, who knows what would have kicked off.......

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By badgermeat

 George Bush dragged America's name through the mud of world opinion. The think tanks and boffins knew they needed to put a more acceptable face on Imperialism, to make it look like there would be real change and either Hillary or Obama fit the bill. In the end, the rhetoric of Obama seemed the sweeter and the fact that he is the first black President has given false hope to millions who are crying out for real change. America is not going to stop its many illegal wars and operations simply because of one man, at best he will slow the machine down a little whilst using soft and inspiring words. We don't need a new president, we need a fairer system. Homage to Catalonia anyone?

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Noam

Obama was elected mainly thanks to a well oiled and financed propoganda machine. For the majority of the worlds populations, it is the US foreign policy which is of interest. Don't expect to see any great change in the forseeable future.

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Anonymous

 i dont think so

Re: Will Obama really change anything?

By Anonymous

And Alan Hennrichs (a.k.a King-Robert-the-Douche) spews out another one of his longwinded and highly boring extremist rants against the US. His schtick is always the same; the United States is thoroughly and unredeemably evil and anything and everything a US president has ever done has been part of some secret conspiracy to bring darkness to the world.
I can only hope that one day he'll pull his head out from the back of his skirt and realize that blind dissent against America is not a valid substitute for blind patriotism for America.