Would rather like to point out Obama mistakes as one still hopeful for better future Obama executive orders and leadership, than to complain.
Closing Guantanamo, ending torture policies, restoring Executive Order 12667, directing federal regulators to grant states the right to set strict automobile emissions and fuel efficiency standards, are all positives.
1. Obama’s silence during and after US made planes and bombs were used against civilians and children in Gaza. The Israelis broke a signed obligation to respect a US law which restricts the use of military aid to defensive employ. Representative Dennis Kucinich brought this to the attention of Congress.
2. Obama insulted the Vietnamese, angry U.S. veterans, and the millions of decent Americans who opposed what Martin Luther King Jr. called "a crime against humanity, referring in his inaugural address to "those who fought and died for us at Khe Sahn", Vietnam. (see OpEdNews, Jan. 23, 2009)
4. At the State Department, while speaking of security for the state of Israel, Obama made no mention of the dire state of Arab Palestinians over the last sixty years since an unfair partition of the British mandate was forced upon them - nor recognition of the history of Palestinian Arab suffering to this day from the occupations, blockades, illegal settlements and Israeli irresponsibility as an occupying power. No change yet from the one sided and unfair stance of earlier administrations.
5.. Obama's stimulus package is being ridiculed by some of his greatest promoters. MSNBC prime time commentator Rachel Maddow gave detailed satiric and graphic attention to its large tax breaks and much smaller infrastructure spending.
China reacted quickly to the economic collapse of the West on November 9th, at a time when major infrastructure projects were being put off around the world. The New York Stock Market climbed approvingly as China announced it would spend an estimated $586 billion over the next two years — roughly 7 percent of its gross domestic product each year — to construct new railways, subways and airports and to rebuild communities.
Most Americans were expecting Obama to immediately create an infrastructure plan reminiscent of FDR’s Works Projects Administration during the great depression of the 1930s.
6. New York Times, Jan. 24, reports Obama's Secretary of Treasury Geithner accusing China of currency manipulation, as has Obama, and getting a sharp answer from the Chinese. Blaming China for America's malfeasance in managing its own economy does not sound intelligent, especially when China is also suffering, but less, for the U.S. and European fraudulent banking debacle. Confronting China while asking for her help?
7. Even more heartbreaking and disappointing is the continuing of U.S. air attacks on Pakistan territory, a supposed ally, whose president and legislature have in the past angrily condemned the strikes as a criminal and merciless taking of civilian lives, and as counterproductive to both countries aims. No change from Bush. (We had hoped candidate Obama was only just talking tough about bombing Pakistan, confronting a militarist John McCain.
"President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area" Ewen MacAskill in Washington, The Guardian, Saturday 24 January 2009
"Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people."
Is it now Obama who has set himself up for war crime charges - violating the U.S. Constitution, U.N. Charter, International Treaties, etc.?