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Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick: Obama's empire

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Obama is about to enter his second term as heir of Bush's strategy of global domination. While withdrawing US forces from Iraq, Obama has simultaneously deepened his commitment to the empire. In some cases, he pursued his promises, proposing to close Guantanamo and launching a plan to give terrorist "detainees" civilian trials, and then quickly backed away as his political foes attacked. Obama ignored warnings about the Afghan quagmire. Pushed by his handpicked advisers, including Republican holdover Robert Gates, and generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, he tripled the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. By 2011, the United States was spending $110 billion on military operations. Elsewhere, Obama quickly became the world's leading drone warrior, employing more predator drones in his first nine-and-a-half months in office than Bush had in the previous three years.

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