Obama's Roll-back Strategy

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    Obamas Rollback Strategy: Honduras, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan (and the Boomerang Effect) | The Ruthless Truth blog by Prof James Petras
    Obama’s Rollback Strategy: Honduras, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan (and the Boomerang Effect) | The Ruthless Truth blog

    Global Research, July 9, 2009

    The recent events in Honduras and Iran, which pit democratically elected regimes against pro-US military and civilian actors intent on overthrowing them can best be understood as part of a larger White House strategy designed to rollback the gains achieved by opposition government and movements during the Bush years.

    In a manner reminiscent of Ronald Reagans New Cold War policies, Obama has vastly increased the military budget, increased the number of combat troops, targeted new regions for military intervention and backed military coups in regions traditionally controlled by the US . However Obamas rollback strategy occurs in a very different international and domestic context. Unlike Reagan, Obama faces a prolonged and profound recession/depression, massive fiscal and trade deficits, a declining role in the world economy and loss of political dominance in Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia and elsewhere. While Reagan faced off against a decaying Soviet Communist regime, Obama confronts surging world-wide opposition from a variety of independent secular, clerical, nationalist, liberal democratic and socialist electoral regimes and social movements anchored in local struggles.

    Obamas rollback strategy is evident from his very first pronouncements, promising to reassert US dominance (leadership) in the Middle East, his projection of massive military power in Afghanistan and military expansion in Pakistan and the destabilization of regimes through deep intervention by proxies as in Iran and Honduras.

    Obamas pursuit of the rollback strategy operates a multi-track policy of overt military intervention, covert civil society operations and soft-sell, seemingly benign diplomatic rhetoric, which relies heavily on mass media propaganda. Major ongoing events illustrate the rollback policies in action.

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    James Petras most recent books Whats Left in Latin America coauthored with Henry Veltmeyer (Ashgate press 2009) and Global Depression and Regional Wars( Clarity press 2009 August)

    James Petras is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by James Petras

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    He has?

    Interesting. I didn't know that
     
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    Obama's rollback strategy so far has been to roll out his personal narrative and hope the tyrants of the world sympathies with his sympathy.

    A sad prediction on my part, it won't work.
     

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