Obama: Change You Can’t Believe In
January 11, 2009, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Barack Obama, Democrats, economy, empire, fascism, imperialism, news, obama, politics

Obama stays silent on Gaza crisis – Raw Story 1/3/09 

Obama has made his position clear.  Excepts from his speeches to AIPAC are at the bottom of this post.

Obama, Powell in call for community service – Raw Story 1/9/09

What does Obama mean by ‘civilian security force’?  Video: Rahm Emanuel 2006: “This is not a draft. It’s a universal service.” – via Cryptogon 1/6/09 

Former SecDef: Obama to face ‘serious’ nuke crisis year one – Raw Story 1/8/09

Proposed Law May Allow Obama AG Holder to “Ban Guns at Will”  – InfoWars.com 1/8/09

Obama Warns Trillion-Dollar Deficit Potential – NYTimes 1/7/09

Obama’s View on Power Over Detainees Will Be Tested Early – NYTimes 1/3/09

The new president must tell the Supreme Court by Feb. 20 where he stands on a Bush administration claim of a right to indefinitely detain legal U.S. residents.

Obama Picks Anti-Torture Advocate for CIA Chief – Mother Jones 1/5/09

Obama’s Perilous Compromise with Wall Street Looters – Global Research 1/5/09

Obama econ plan to cost $675-775b – Raw Story 12/29/08

Obama, the military and the threat of dictatorship – WSWS 12/23/08

Obama, Gates And The Future Of The U.S. Military – CounterCurrents 1/3/09

Dot Earth: 11 Questions for Obama’s Science Team – NYTimes 12/31/08

Munitions they found in the hold suggest that the Germans had been right all along in claiming the ship was carrying war materials and was a legitimate military target. 

Kissinger on Obama: “A New World Order Can Be Created”  – CNBC via Cryptogon 1/6/09

Obama And That Other Ponzi Scheme – The Smoking Gun 12/31/08

President-elect’s name may emerge in Norman Hsu fraud trial

9 Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year – Deepak Chopra on Alternet 1/1/09

1. Scale out arms dealing and make it illegal by the year 2020.

2. Write into every defense contract a requirement for a peacetime project.

3. Subsidize conversion of military companies to peaceful uses with tax incentives and direct funding.

4. Convert military bases to housing for the poor.

5. Phase out all foreign military bases.

6. Require military personnel to devote part of their time to rebuilding infrastructure.

7. Call a moratorium on future weapons technologies.

8. Reduce armaments like destroyers and submarines that have no use against terrorism and were intended to defend against a superpower enemy that no longer exists.

9. Fully fund social services and take the balance out of the defense and homeland security budgets.

Specter: Holder Could Be Another Gonzo – TPMuckraker 1/6/09

Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of Holder: “After our recent experience with Attorney General Gonzales, it is imperative that the Attorney General undertake and effectuate that responsibility of independence. Mr. Gonzales left office accused of politicizing the Justice Department, failing to restrain Executive overreaching, and being less than forthcoming with Congress … I am convinced that many of Attorney General Gonzales’ missteps were caused by his eagerness to please the White House. Similarly, when Mr. Holder was serving as DAG to President Clinton, some of his actions raised concerns about his ability to maintain his independence from the president… I am prepared to give Mr. Holder a full opportunity to explain his past actions and convince the Committee and the Senate that his record warrants confirmation.

Why Did Obama’s Transition Team Ignore Bill Richardson’s Long History of Dubious Dealings? – Mother Jones 1/4/09

The wreck of Bill Richardson, who withdrew earlier today as President-elect Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, surely should have been anticipated by the Obama vetters. As previously reported by Mother Jones, the New Mexico governor has, over the last decade, left behind a wide trail of questionable business dealings, many of them involving the energy industry.

Obama’s Position on Gaza: Transcript of Obama’s AIPAC speech from June 4, 2008

EXCERPTS: Nothing reflects the face of AIPAC more than the 1,200 students who have traveled here to make it clear to the world that the bond between Israel and the United States is rooted in more than our shared national interests — it’s rooted in the shared values and shared stories of our people. And as president, I will work with you to ensure that this bond is strengthened. …

Like Eisenhower, each of us bears witness to anyone and everyone who would deny these unspeakable crimes, or ever speak of repeating them. We must mean what we say when we speak the words “never again.”

It was just a few years after the liberation of the camps that David Ben-Gurion declared the founding of the Jewish State of Israel. We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle and decades of patient work. But 60 years later, we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.

Not when there are still voices that deny the Holocaust. Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel’s destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don’t even acknowledge Israel’s existence, and government-funded textbooks filled with hatred toward Jews. Not when there are rockets raining down on Sderot, and Israeli children have to take a deep breath and summon uncommon courage every time they board a bus or walk to school. …

I have been proud to be a part of a strong, bipartisan consensus that has stood by Israel in the face of all threats. That is a commitment that both John McCain and I share, because support for Israel in this country goes beyond party. But part of our commitment must be speaking up when Israel’s security is at risk, and I don’t think any of us can be satisfied that America’s recent foreign policy has made Israel more secure.

Hamas now controls Gaza. Hezbollah has tightened its grip on southern Lebanon, and is flexing its muscles in Beirut. Because of the war in Iraq, Iran — which always posed a greater threat to Israel than Iraq — is emboldened and poses the greatest strategic challenge to the United States and Israel in the Middle East in a generation. Iraq is unstable, and al-Qaida has stepped up its recruitment. Israel’s quest for peace with its neighbors has stalled, despite the heavy burdens borne by the Israeli people. And America is more isolated in the region, reducing our strength and jeopardizing Israel’s safety.

The question is how to move forward. There are those who would continue and intensify this failed status quo, ignoring eight years of accumulated evidence that our foreign policy is dangerously flawed. And then there are those who would lay all of the problems of the Middle East at the doorstep of Israel and its supporters, as if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of all trouble in the region. These voices blame the Middle East’s only democracy for the region’s extremism. They offer the false promise that abandoning a stalwart ally is somehow the path to strength. It is not, it never has been, and it never will be.

Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.

That starts with ensuring Israel’s qualitative military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat — from Gaza to Tehran. Defense cooperation between the United States and Israel is a model of success, and must be deepened. As president, I will implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation. First, we must approve the foreign aid request for 2009. Going forward, we can enhance our cooperation on missile defense. We should export military equipment to our ally Israel under the same guidelines as NATO. And I will always stand up for Israel’s right to defend itself in the United Nations and around the world….

That work must include our shared commitment to Israel. You and I know that we must do more than stand still. Now is the time to be vigilant in facing down every foe, just as we move forward in seeking a future of peace for the children of Israel, and for all children. Now is the time to stand by Israel as it writes the next chapter in its extraordinary journey. Now is the time to join together in the work of repairing this world.  

Let me be clear. Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.

Transcript of Obama’s AIPAC speech from March, 2007




Obama Administration News Round-Up – 12/28/08


The Upcoming Obama Administration – Business as Usual – 11/22/08

Obama’s Choices Show the New Boss is the Same as the Old Boss – 11/17/08

Obama-Biden News Round-Up – 10/25/08

Obama Does Not Represent Change – he is intended to placate the ‘left’ – 7/12/08

Campaign ‘08: Why I Won’t Vote For Obama – 4/18/08

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