The Obama Syndrome

The Obama Syndrome

Surrender at Home, War Abroad

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Random House, Inc.
“Our country has borne a special burden in global affairs. We have spilled American blood in many countries on multiple continents ... Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.”
—Barack Obama, West Point, December 1, 2009

What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama’s election campaign have rapidly receded—the honeymoon has been short. Following the financial crisis, the “reform” president bailed out Wall Street without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leaders and representatives mired in the corrupt lobbying system, the plans for reforming the healthcare system lie wrecked on the Senate floor. Abroad, the “war on terror” continues: torture on a daily basis in the horror chamber that is Bagram, Iraq occupied indefinitely, Israel permanently appeased, and more troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than under Bush. The fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the political terrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for a Republican surge and triumph in the not too distant future.

Baker & Taylor
Argues that the Obama administration has not offered much of a change from the George W. Bush years, citing the Wall Street bailout, a health-care bill with no teeth, an escalating war on terror and the continued appeasement of Israel. By the author of Bush in Babylon. Original.

Norton Pub
A merciless dissection of Obama’s overseas escalation anddomestic retreat.
“Our country has borne a special burden in global affairs.We have spilled American blood in many countries onmultiple continents ... Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering.We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.”
—Barack Obama, West Point, December 1, 2009

What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, arguesTariq Ali, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama’selection campaign have rapidly receded—the honeymoon has been short.Following the financial crisis, the “reform” president bailed out WallStreet without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leadersand representatives mired in the corrupt lobbying system, the plans forreforming the healthcare system lie wrecked on the Senate floor. Abroad,the “war on terror” continues: torture on a daily basis in the horror chamberthat is Bagram, Iraq occupied indefinitely, Israel permanently appeased, andmore troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than underBush. The fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the politicalterrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for aRepublican surge and triumph in the not too distant future.

Blackwell Publishing
What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues Tariw ALi, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama's election campaign have rapidly receded. Following the financial receded. Following the financial crisis, the "reform" president bailed out Wall Street without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leaders and representatives bought by the lobbying system, the healthcare reform bill was quickly eviscerated, public education delivered to the market and the big banks rewarded with light-touch regulation. Abroad, the "war on terror" continues: torture on a daily basis in Bagram, Iraq indefinitely occupied, Israel permanently appeased, and more troops and drone attacks in Af-Pak than under Bush. Obama's failures are paving the way for a Republican surge, white his own supporters become increasingly despondent.

Baker
& Taylor

Argues that the Obama administration has not offered much of a change from the George W. Bush years, citing the Wall Street bailout, a health-care bill with no teeth, an escalating war on terror, and the continued appeasement of Israel.

Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2010
ISBN: 1844674495 (pbk.)
9781844674497 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 320.97309 ALI
Characteristics: x, 156 p. : map ; 20 cm

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