Barack Obama is the embodiment of the same old “Americanism.” Since Obama was elected, leading “liberals” have talked about America returning to its true status as a “nation of moral ideals” — the words of Paul Krugman in the New York Times.
Tell that to an Afghan child whose family has been blown away by Obama’s bombs, or a Pakistani child whose family is among the 700 civilians killed by Obama’s drones.
Obama is the myth that is America’s last taboo. His most consistent theme was never “change,” it was “power.” The United States, he said, “leads the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good.”
And there is this remarkable statement: “At moments of great peril in the past century our leaders ensured that America, by deed and by example, led and lifted the world, that we stood and fought for the freedom sought by billions of people beyond their borders.”
Since 1945, “by deed and by example,” the United States has overthrown 50 governments, including democracies, and crushed 30 liberation movements. It has supported tyrannies and set up torture chambers from Egypt to Guatemala. Countless men, women and children have been bombed to death. Bombing is apple pie. And yet, here is the 44th president of the United States, having stacked his government with warmongers and corporate fraudsters from the Bush (Obama declares this war criminal a “patriot”) and Clinton eras, teasing us while promising more of the same.