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The End of the Obama Administration

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Tonight's Afghanistan escalation speech marks the end of the Obama administration. Instead we are witnessing the birth of the second Lyndon Johnson administration as President Obama joins a long line of American presidents who place imperial war above all other goals.

Yes, he campaigned on a platform of expanded war in Afghanistan. But we hoped, stupidly it seems, that that was just campaign rhetoric. We hoped that, once elected, he would come to his senses and at least not escalate a hopeless and destructive conflict.

But he has proved us wrong. While on most other issues that mattered to us -- torture, detainee abuse, civil liberties, civil rights for gays, healthcare reform, the economic well-being of the majority of the population, economic domination by the banks and other hyper-wealthy -- he has proved that his campaign promises were primarily rhetoric. But he has proved that when it comes to war and destruction, he is a man of his word.

From this day forward, Barack Obama is and will be the president of war and occupation. The myth of change, and even of intelligent administration, is over. All we are left with is the Audacity of Disgust.

Today I regret voting for Barack H. Obama. It won't happen again.

 

Stephen Soldz is psychoanalyst, psychologist, public health researcher, and faculty member at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and is President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He was a psychological consultant on two of (more...)
 

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Where do we go from here is the question we are le... by Stephen Soldz on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 7:50:01 PM
For years I have kept a little notebook of people'... by kristinelark on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:11:15 PM
If America is not going after oil or non-Christian... by Herstory on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:29:07 PM
Well said. I heard tonight canned, recycled George... by John Lorenz on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:38:28 PM
doesn't deserve the respect of an opinion. Go to t... by Dak on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 10:19:14 PM
How stupid was that ????? What a mistake ?? ... by Jon Ross on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 10:39:43 PM
for Obama's resignation or impeachment..........ei... by Ernest on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 5:08:38 AM
What an irony that Obama's having told the truth f... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:03:21 AM
It is YOUR party that is the best at lying and war... by John Lorenz on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 11:40:41 PM
All these bloggerscrying because Obama isn't pulli... by Liberty Bell on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:13:09 AM
President Obama's speech last night regarding Afgh... by Blaine Kinsey on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:15:53 PM
has always appealed to me. Obama appealed to me. B... by Nick van Nes on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 5:59:13 PM
"Today I regret voting for Barack H. Obama. It won... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:06:53 PM
There was a choice for for real Progressives to el... by Stanimal on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:43:34 PM
Now you know why the Special Interests essentially... by Anton Grambihler on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 12:42:52 AM
Americans love wars until we lose them.Few of them... by Jason Paz on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 1:51:38 AM
Nothing changes with the advent of power. Of cours... by Caronome on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:26:38 PM