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Obama Caesar on the legions' missions

By Michael J. Smith on Sunday January 6, 2008 04:05 PM

Doug Henwood, he of the long memory and the gimlet eye, posted on lbo-talk today a wonderful piece by arch-reactionary Robert Kagan about a speech Barack gave back in April to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (a funny-sounding organization to a guy who once lived in Chicago):
Washington Post - April 29, 2007

Obama the Interventionist
By Robert Kagan

America must "lead the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good." ....

Obama's speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs last week was pure John Kennedy, without a trace of John Mearsheimer. It had a deliberate New Frontier feel, including some Kennedy-era references ("we were Berliners") and even the Cold War-era notion that the United States is the "leader of the free world." ... Personally, I like it.

.... His critique is not that we've meddled too much but that we haven't meddled enough. There is more to building democracy than "deposing a dictator and setting up a ballot box." We must build societies with "a strong legislature, an independent judiciary, the rule of law, a vibrant civil society, a free press, and an honest police force." ... Obama proposes to double annual expenditures on these efforts, to $50 billion, by 2012.

... Obama wants to increase defense spending. He wants to add 65,000 troops to the Army and recruit 27,000 more Marines. Why? To fight terrorism.

He wants the American military to "stay on the offense, from Djibouti to Kandahar," and he believes that "the ability to put boots on the ground will be critical in eliminating the shadowy terrorist networks we now face."

"Boots on the ground"! Wow! That is the classic DLC touchstone.

The whole delightful thing:


Comments (2)

Michael Hureaux:

Why am I not surprised? Because I read the Black Agenda Report, which has kept a wary eye on the Oba (by funny coincidence, the first three letters of his last name are also the Lucumi/Yoruba word for "king")for a couple years now.

Any friend of Brzinski is no friend of democratic renewal. Obama is a shill for corporate America in sepia. Period.


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