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The Obama Syndrome : Surrender at Home, War Abroad - Ali Tariq

The Obama Syndrome

Surrender at Home, War Abroad

By: Ali Tariq

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“Our country has borne a special burden in global affairs.We have spilled American blood in many countries onmultiple continents ... Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering.We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.”
      —Barack Obama, West Point, December 1, 2009

What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, arguesTariq Ali, apart from the mood music. The hopes aroused during Obama’selection campaign have rapidly receded—the honeymoon has been short.Following the financial crisis, the “reform” president bailed out WallStreet without getting anything in return. With Democratic Party leadersand representatives mired in the corrupt lobbying system, the plans forreforming the healthcare system lie wrecked on the Senate floor. Abroad,the “war on terror” continues: torture on a daily basis in the horror chamberthat is Bagram, Iraq occupied indefinitely, Israel permanently appeased, andmore troops to Afghanistan and more drone attacks in Pakistan than underBush. The fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the politicalterrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for aRepublican surge and triumph in the not too distant future.

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Prefacep. ix
An Unprecedented Historical Eventp. 1
President of Cantp. 37
Surrender at Home: A One-Dimensional Politicianp. 75
Dispatches from the Emergency Roomp. 119
A Note on Yemenp. 131
Per Capita Total Current Health Care Expenditures, US and Selected Countries, 2007p. 147
Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9781844674497
ISBN-10: 1844674495
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 14.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1