Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Dante, Mar 25, 2010.
'The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama' by David Remnick - latimes.com
I thought Obama's Nobel speech was good.
He told them point blank that military force is often the only way to stop evil and achieve peace.
This is not a song they usually hear.
I don't think that was so revolutionary an idea, but I agree..it was not what they were used to hearing. I would also bet it was not what they thought they would hear.
But coming from somebody other than a Bush, I am sure it went down like baby's fruit flavored cough syrup.
There is nothing revolutionary about it at all. It is reality.
But the Nobel Committee rarely deals in reality, it deals in fantasy-fullfillment. You are correct, this is not what thought they would not hear from Obama.
Not only them but many of his voters as well, like the MoveOn.org crowd.
Obama has adopted most of Bushs anti terror strategy (with different rhetoric and slight modifications), increased drone attacks in Pakistan, (a war crime by the way according to international law), pretty much followed the Bush plan of post successful surge withdrawal in Iraq, and followed the departing Bush recommendations to surge in Afghanistan.
Hell, if he had just said so during the campaign I may have voted for him.
There is no credible reason for him to win the prize other than just being another socialist/marxist with power that is part of their "gang".
Personally I just dont buy into all this socialist-Marxist attack. (Both those groups attempt to assume state control of all or most of the means of production.) Obama is more of a social welfare progressive (not always a pragmatic one and so far certainly not a fiscally prudent one) in the tradition of Roosevelt and LBJ.
But in the interests of serendipity I would think if we are going to throw political mud then his healthcare plan (some of which I like) would be more fascist. It is not controlling the medical means of production or creating state insurance (expanding but not creating) it is ordering the citizen to participate in the private sector in a particular way.
If I were more a wild kinda political thinker who had a burning, uncontrollable rage against Obama that is the route I would take for attack.
It's a heck of a lot more than that.
Marxist is pretty on target.
Barak Hussein and his minions will and has changed democrat rules to get his agenda passed. That is the work of a marxist.
I think you will find tap dancing on and around procedural rules is as old as democracy itself.
Though Rahm Emanuel is very minionish in a Bond villain sort of way I will concede.
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