Τετάρτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2010

Don't drink the water... There's blood in the (black) water

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29 Μαρτίου 2010

Βρείτε τις διαφορές......και κερδίστε έναν διαμελισμένο νεαρό Ιρακινό σε μορφή puzzle, προσφορά της εταιρίας Blackwater Company.

"I' ve been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama's rhetoric; I don't see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies.
As far as disappointments, I wasn't terribly disappointed because I didn't expect that much. I expected him to be a traditional Democratic president. On foreign policy, that's hardly any different from a Republican--as nationalist, expansionist, imperial and warlike. So in that sense, there's no expectation and no disappointment. On domestic policy, traditionally Democratic presidents are more reformist, closer to the labor movement, more willing to pass legislation on behalf of ordinary people--and that's been true of Obama. But Democratic reforms have also been limited, cautious. Obama's no exception. On healthcare, for example, he starts out with a compromise, and when you start out with a compromise, you end with a compromise of a compromise, which is where we are now.
I thought that in the area of constitutional rights he would be better than he has been. That's the greatest disappointment, because Obama went to Harvard Law School and is presumably dedicated to constitutional rights. But he becomes president, and he's not making any significant step away from Bush policies. Sure, he keeps talking about closing Guantánamo, but he still treats the prisoners there as "suspected terrorists." They have not been tried and have not been found guilty. So when Obama proposes taking people out of Guantánamo and putting them into other prisons, he's not advancing the cause of constitutional rights very far. And then he's gone into court arguing for preventive detention, and he's continued the policy of sending suspects to countries where they very well may be tortured.
I think people are dazzled by Obama's rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president--which means, in our time, a dangerous president--unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction".

Απολογισμός του πρώτου χρόνου της θητείας Obama από τον Howard Zinn (1922-2010), στο περιοδικό The Nation

Ο τίτλος της ανάρτησης βασίζεται στους εντελώς άσχετους με το θέμα στίχους τραγουδιού του Dave Matthews.

3 σχόλια:

  1. Κώστα, η πρώτη φωτογραφία δεν μου ανοίγει (με κανένα browser)!

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  2. Chris, έβαλα μία παρεμφερή εικόνα. Πιστεύω να είναι όλα ΟΚ... Δείξε κατανόηση στις γκάφες του πρωτάρη :)

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  3. Μια χαρά! Συμβαίνουν αυτά μωρέ. Εγώ παλεύω βδομάδες με ένα playlist κ μισοί browser το ανοίγουν, άλλοι μισοί όχι κλπ. Απλώς είναι κρίμα να χάναμε τη μουτσούνα του ανθρώπου που νίκησε τη μάχη με το φονικό pretzel...

    Για τον Ομπάμα δε λέω τίποτα... Αφου ακόμα κ τα καρα-liberal Αμερικάνικα ΜΜΕ (βλ. Jon Stewart κλπ.) δυσκολεύονται πλέον να πουν καλή κουβέντα (μετά τους προεκλογικούς παιάνες)...

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