Obama Adopts Nixon’s Tactic

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Barack now not only owns two wars, a failing economic policy but torture policy as well. After saying that the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning was “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid”, State Department Spokesperson, P.J. Crowley, was forced to resign early this morning. Some may not remember Richard M. Nixon’s firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973 during the Watergate scandal but it precipitated a firestorm in Congress and the eventual resignation of Nixon from office. I doubt that either the Republicans or the Democrats are that principled these days, this does, however speak volumes about Barack and his loyal supporters who have the audacity to call themselves progressive and liberals.

Glen Greenwald also reminds of the Bush administration “firings” and what Barack had asked us to do:

Remember when the Bush administration punished Gen. Eric Shinseki for his public (and prescient) dissent on the Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz plan for Iraq, and all good Democrats thought that was so awful, such a terrible sign of the administration’s refusal to tolerate any open debate? And then there was that time when Bush fired his White House economic adviser, Lawrence Lindsey, for publicly suggesting that the Iraq War might cost $100 billion, prompting similar cries of outrage from Democrats about how the GOP crushes internal debate and dissent. Obama’s conduct seems quite far from the time during the campaign when Obama-fawning journalists like Time‘s Joe Klein were hailing him for wanting a “team of rivals”, and Obama was saying things like this: “I don’t want to have people who just agree with me. I want people who are continually pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

He further makes the point that Barack has now embraced the policies of of those who instituted world wide torture and illegal eavesdropping. He has refused to prosecute them and given them cover of full presidential immunity and given cover to Manning’s abusers. Yet from the apologists, we get lockstep support of the very same policies that they said they would not tolerate and tell those of us who dare call out Barack, to STFU because he’s a Democrat.

Besides embracing Reagan and his economic, anti-worker policies, he’s now taken a page from Nixon’s playbook. Where is Barack’s sense of justice? His sense of morality? His support of the law and the Constitution? Nixon would be proud.


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    • TMC on March 14, 2011 at 3:00 am
  1. He is not someone of very high character. He has posed as a liberal, to be able to win elections, His being a member of Reverend Wright’s church was obviously an action to dupe voters.

    Obama, so far, has succeeded  in triangulating liberals and many progressives to wallow in apathy. He will ultimately go down in history as one of the country’s worst prseidents.

  2. when they feel like it.  She can’t sue the corporation in a court of “justice” in the municipality in which both of us pay taxes to yet can’t use because she is after all an “employee at will”.  Not to mention my former Soviet born boss who in 1984 said America was just as communist as the Cold War Russia he was brought up in.

    • Edger on March 14, 2011 at 4:29 am

    A setup. A cynical manipulative power play.

    No card carrying ‘republican’ would never have had a hope in hell of putting all this stuff over on people the way Obama has managed to do, and at the same time seduce them into believing they’re supporting radical change.

    He knew what he was doing from the day he let the corporatist oligarchy recruit him.

    They needed more and better lies. Obama had a great stage presence and delivery, and was more than willing to deliver for them.

    Worse than Bush. Much worse.

    Not dumb enough to not know what he was doing, he was open eyed willing all the way.

    He belongs in prison.

  3. Obama, commenting on the family killed in the West Bank:

    The office of President Barack Obama said: “There is no possible justification for the killing of parents and children in their home.”

    But I suppose it’s justified to take out a wedding with drones and Hellfire missiles….

    And then there’s the Bradley Manning statements… I am really ready to see him move out of the White House. Today. Now. Immediately.

  4. Obama personally, he is almost irrelevant.  

    Just as Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and so on were almost irrelevant as well. All were replaceable parts, with only very slight leeway to do anything one way or the other, as the wholly owned whores that they all were.  

    I realize some here will try to protect this one, or that one, for which an atrocity or three should serve as response.

    The American system is so broken that we don’t even know who is really in charge, but surely the CIA, and military, and corporate power is a pretty big hint.

    So, we will never change anything by replacing one replaceable part with another, we need systemic change instead.  

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