Is Obama now a neo Con?

Listening to President Obama yesteday, he sounded like a more fluent version of George Bush. His speech on how he will confront and destroy the Taliban takes place against the background of more deaths from US air attacks over Pakistan and Afghanistan. Far from ending the war in the Middle East and seeking diplomatic answers, the President is intensifying the next phase of the war, just as Mr Bush probably planned.


  1. Ian Jones
    May 7, 2009

    It would appear that the US is determined to build a firewall between China and the Middle East in order to keep the oil in western hands. Pakistan & India are the last pieces in the puzzle with Afghanistan/Taliban as the springboard to dominate Pakistan.

    We are back to the 19th century with the Americans rather than the British in control but fundamentally the same. If Britain was still the dominant country we would be doing the same thing……

  2. Robert
    May 7, 2009

    I listened as carefully as I could to Mr Obama’s election campaign and failed to identify a single specific policy proposal other than “change”. Well, he plans to raise taxes, increase spending, expand state control of bankrupt banks and car makers and intensify the war in Afghanistan. So: spend without concern about the liability being created for taxpayers and agress overseas. Not much change there. The Republic is dead, long live the Empire.

  3. Citizen Responsible
    May 7, 2009

    But how is the US going to continue to finance this war? By borrowing more from China? The Chinese are already concerned about the massive investments they have made in US treasuries.
    Last week, US congressman Mark Kirk, said that China had sharply curtailed their purchase of US treasury bonds in Jan/Feb. He is reported as saying “China has cancelled America’s credit card”.

  4. StevenL
    May 7, 2009

    More ‘fluent’ in that he says ‘rogue nations’ instead of ‘axis of evil’ and substitutes ‘weapons of mass destruction’ with ‘nuclear proliferation’?

  5. DennisA
    May 8, 2009

    Zbigniew Brzezinski claims responsibility for getting the Russians sucked into Afghanistan by arming the Taliban.

    He was Obama’s Foreign Policy advisor before the election and has been travelling extensively in the Middle East since. His son is also in the State Department.

    “The CIA’s Intervention in Afghanistan – Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser”

    Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998

    Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

    B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

    Current policy is not that of Obama, he is merely a more acceptable place-holder for the people who really run America.

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