Summary: The rodeo clown show that is 21st century America provides us with entertainment of a sorts, mostly dark humor. Here’s today’s episode, as the radical leftists of Team Obama continue the work of the Bush Jr Administration.
Future historians will express astonishment at the successful effort by Republican leaders to convince their followers that Obama is a radical leftist.
- Obama’s war policy is Bush’s (as is his Secretary of Defense). He’s even gone beyond Bush, authorizing assassination of US citizens.
- Obama’s economic policies — stimulus programs and bank bailouts — continue those of the Bush administration.
- His health care bill closely resembled that of Governor Romney (R-MA), which was modeled on principles developed by conservative think-tanks.
As for the radical legislation conservatives warned about:
- Climate change (e.g., cap and trade) — dead from neglect (Obama’s Solicitor General even sided with “polluters” in an important court case)
- Card-check legislation (no secret ballot for union certification elections) — dead from neglect
And today we see Obama’s policies about Executive secrecy. Just like Bush’s. It’s a small, even reasonable step viewed by itself. But the erosion of our rights is a one-way road, down which swe’ve taken many small steps during the past nine years. Here’s Glenn Greenwald’s summary:
In a 6-5 ruling issued this afternoon, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed the Obama administration a major victory in its efforts to shield Bush crimes from judicial review, when the court upheld the Obama DOJ’s argument that Bush’s rendition program, used to send victims to be tortured, are “state secrets” and its legality thus cannot be adjudicated by courts. The Obama DOJ had appealed to the full 9th Circuit from last year’s ruling by a 3-judge panel which rejected the “state secrets” argument and held that it cannot be used as a weapon to shield the Executive Branch from allegations in this case that it broke the law. I’ve written multiple times about this case, brought by torture/rendition victim Binyam Mohamed and several others against the Boeing subsidiary which, at the behest of the Bush administration, rendered them to be tortured.
The next post examines this case, providing damage assessment for those who care about such things as liberty.
For another perspective on this see “Is Obama’s Agenda Extreme?“, Bernard Finel (Assoc Prof, National War College), 4 September 2010
Posts about policies of the Obama Administration
Too see all posts about Obama go to the FM reference page Obama, his administration and policies.
- How long will all American Presidents be War Presidents?, 21 March 2008 — In the 7th year since 9/11 the only debate about the Long War is what nations America should fight. We see this even the speeches of the most “liberal” candidate, Senator Obama.
- These days all American Presidents are War Presidents (part 2), 13 September 2008
- These days all US Presidents are War Presidents (part 3), 23 November 2008
- Obama’s national security team: I hope you didn’t really believe in change?, 26 November 2008
- Obama supporters mugged by reality (and learn not to believe in change!), 9 December 2008
- Change you should not have believed in, 10 February 2009
- Quote of the Day, 20 May 2009 — Connect the dots between Bush and Obama to see the nice picture.
- Stratfor looks at Obama’s foreign policy, sees Bush’s foreign policy, 30 August 2009
- Motto for the Obama administration: “The more things change, …”, 5 September 2009
- Change, the promise and the reality, 11 October 2009
- Stand by for the Obama implosion, 9 December 2009
- Can Obama turn America into something like Zimbabwe?, 22 February 2010
- Obama, a disciple of Reagan’s foreign policy, 12 June 2010