Barack Obama: This is change that there is no change.

By A Khokar • Nov 21st, 2008 • Category: Lead Story • (4,024 views)

 

U.S. policy is not about one individual, and no matter how much faith people place in President-elect Barack Obama, the policies he enacts will be fruit of a tree with many roots. Among them: his personal politics and views, the disastrous realities his administration will inherit, and, of course, unpredictable future crises. But the best immediate indicator of what an Obama administration might look like can be found in the people he surrounds himself with and who he appoints to his Cabinet. And, frankly, when it comes to foreign policy, it is not looking good.

Obama has a momentous opportunity to do what he repeatedly promised over the course of his campaign: bring actual change. But the more we learn about who Obama is considering for top positions in his administration, the more his inner circle resembles a staff reunion of President Bill Clinton’s White House. Although Obama brought some progressives on board early in his campaign, his foreign policy team is now dominated by the hawkish, old-guard Democrats of the 1990s. This has been particularly true since Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in the Democratic primary, freeing many of her top advisors to join Obama’s team.”What happened to all this talk about change?” a member of the Clinton foreign policy team recently asked the Washington Post. “This isn’t lightly flavored with Clintons.

This is all Clintons, all the time.”Amid the euphoria over Obama’s election and the end of the Bush era, it is critical to recall what 1990s U.S. foreign policy actually looked like. Bill Clinton’s boiled down to a one-two punch from the hidden hand of the free market, backed up by the iron fist of U.S. militarism. Clinton took office and almost immediately bombed Iraq (ostensibly in retaliation for an alleged plot by Saddam Hussein to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush). He presided over a ruthless regime of economic sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and under the guise of the so-called No-Fly Zones in northern and southern Iraq, authorized the longest sustained U.S. bombing campaign since Vietnam.

Under Clinton, Yugoslavia was bombed and dismantled as part of what Noam Chomsky described as the “New Military Humanism.” Sudan and Afghanistan were attacked, Haiti was destabilized and “free trade” deals like the North America Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade radically escalated the spread of corporate-dominated globalization that hurt U.S. workers and devastated developing countries. Clinton accelerated the militarization of the so-called War on Drugs in Central and Latin America and supported privatization of U.S. military operations, giving lucrative contracts to Halliburton and other war contractors. Meanwhile, U.S. weapons sales to countries like Turkey and Indonesia aided genocidal campaigns against the Kurds and the East Timorese.

The prospect of Obama’s foreign policy being, at least in part, an extension of the Clinton Doctrine is real. Even more disturbing, several of the individuals at the center of Obama’s transition and emerging foreign policy teams were top players in creating and implementing foreign policies that would pave the way for projects eventually carried out under the Bush/Cheney administration. With their assistance, Obama has already charted out several hawkish stances. Among them:

· His plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan

· In Iraq plan that could turn into a downsized and re-branded occupation that keeps U.S. forces in Iraq for the foreseeable future;

· His labeling of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “terrorist organization;”

· His pledge to use unilateral force inside of Pakistan to defend U.S. interests;

· His position, presented before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that Jerusalem “must remain undivided” — a remark that infuriated Palestinian officials and which he later attempted to reframe;

· His plan to continue the War on Drugs, a backdoor U.S. counterinsurgency campaign in Central and Latin America;

· His refusal to “rule out” using Blackwater and other armed private forces in U.S. war zones, despite previously introducing legislation to regulate these companies and bring them under U.S. law.

Obama did not arrive at these positions in a vacuum. They were carefully crafted in consultation with his foreign policy team. While the verdict is still out on a few people, many members of his inner foreign policy circle — including some who have received or are bound to receive Cabinet posts — supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Some promoted the myth that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. A few have worked with the neoconservative Project for the New American Century, whose radical agenda was adopted by the Bush/Cheney administration. And most have proven track records of supporting or implementing militaristic, offensive U.S. foreign policy. “After a masterful campaign, Barack Obama seems headed toward some fateful mistakes as he assembles his administration by heeding the advice of Washington’s Democratic insider community, a collective group that represents little ‘change you can believe in’[1]. Source: Alertnet

[1]Repaeting the old song of Habib Jalib,; Qatil kahaan Badaltay hain, faqat chehray badaltey hain—-Ajab hey apna saffar keh faslay bhi saath chaltey hain

Link: http://www.pakspectator.com/barack-obama-this-is-change-that-there-is-no-change/

42 thoughts on “Barack Obama: This is change that there is no change.”

  1. In US Presidential elections Mr Barack Obama got a splendid slide victory not on the bases of giving out his new foreign policies or the miasma of Iraq war or for that matter his purported resolve toward war on terror but the results show that 67% people voted him for his given promise of change and bring about the socio economic reforms that people were fed up with the out going Bush administration who are leaving them and their country in such a mess. Vote counted toward foreign policy or the War against terror is about 7% each only.

    This is an era of people having the controls on the taps of energy resources and people with ability to innovate. America has got the both. One may curse George W Bush to any extent; that mad man was a tyrant; a criminal and oppressor. But he was tyrant, criminal or oppressor for whom? Not for American. He proved to be oppressor of the oppressors where he flexed his muscles to expand the American hegemony; primarily in the lands with economic resources and other control points and venues. These people may say they have been subjugated and victimised by George W Bush. But for American he is the hero for his nation.

    However he and his party; conservatives in any case have not been rejected by American masses in this elections for their foreign policy or the war against terrorism. The American masses they very well know that Iraq war or the war against terrorism are just the phoney wars; basing on lies and deception. This war called as Global war against terrorism is just an enabling tool to push forward the U.S planned hegemony in the light of neoconservative Project for the New American Century, whose radical agenda was adopted by the Bush/Cheney administration. The subject project is American national project which has the due support of Barack Obama and the Democrats. Goals of this policy and achievements there of, are as sacred for Democrats, as are for Conservatives.

    So; there may see a change or say reforms in the American socio-economic fields with in the country but there may not be any change in the policy of the set American national goals in the field of foreign policy where huge achievements of George W Bush are being relished and haled truly and duly. There entire Middle East and central Asia are practically in U.S. fold; it is meeting both aforesaid ends of ‘control of economic resources’ as well as ‘Innovation ability’; and the king makers and proxy countries found in the area of U.S. operations like; Pakistan are ready to serve her majesty U.S…. so willingly.

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