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Obama Defeats Antiwar Movement


Here is a nice piece by my friend Glen Ford: "First Black President Defeats U.S. Antiwar Movement" (read at http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/first-black-president-defeats-us-antiwar-movement). Please give it a read, ZNet comrades. Nothing surprising of course.  This is exactly what I predicted in my Obama volume last year. It’s no small part of why I wrote the book (which I wanted to title "The Audacity of Deception").  And  I recall my second favorite author (after Noam Chomsky) writing the following in May of 2008: "What is Obama’s attraction to big business?  Precisely the same as Robert Kennedy’s [in 1968].  By offering a ‘new,’ young and apparently progressive face of Democratic Party – with the bonus of being a member of the black elite – he can blunt and divert real opposition.  That was Colin Powell’s role as Bush’s secretary of state. An Obama victory will bring intense pressure on the US antiwar and social justice movements to accept a Democratic administration for all its faults.  If that happens, domestic resistance to rapacious America will fall silent." See John Pilger, "After Bobby Kennedy (There Was Barack Obama),” Common Dreams (May 31, 2008), read at www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/31/9327/ 

Nicely predicted! I’m finding that the satisfaction of telling so-called left liberals "I told you so" on Obama is real but rather fleeting. Same on the financial crisis/recession, the empire budget, instiutional racism. and so much more…
 

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