Sunday, October 26, 2008

Counterpunchers against Obama

A conversation in the comments here illuminates some of the fears the conservative Right has of an Obama presidency. Fact is, no one knows what he will be like, and the speculations abound far and wide... However, for those who call Obama a radical leftist, there is no better antidote than to go check what known and established radicals are saying about him.

So here is one, from the notorious counterpuncher Alexander Cockburn:

Obama's liberal defenders comfort themselves with the thought that "he had to say that to get elected". He didn't. After eight years of Bush, Americans are receptive to reassessing America's imperial role. Obama has shunned this opportunity. If elected, he will be a prisoner of his promise that on his watch Afghanistan will not be lost, nor the white man's burden shirked.

...In the event of Obama's victory, the most immediate consequence overseas will most likely be brusque imperial reassertion. Already, Joe Biden, the shopworn poster boy for Israeli intransigence and Cold War hysteria, is yelping stridently about the new administration's "mettle" being tested in the first six months by the Russians and their surrogates. Obama is far more hawkish than McCain on Iran.

One wonders if this is a last minute push by the genuinely rabid Left to get Obama elected. No better reassurance to all Obama sceptics than a rant against Obama by an anti-war anti-Zionist schmuck...

Counterpunch, by the way, endorsed Ron Paul when he was still in the running, comparing him to a gift from Santa Claus:

You may not like the gift wrapping but the contents are what you wrote on your wish list: End the War, Bring the Troops Home Now, No War For Oil, or for Israel, Do Not Attack Iran, Restore The Constitution and The Rule of Law, No to The Patriot, Homeland Security, Military Commissions Acts and No to The Homegrown Terrorism Act, No To Torture, Rendition and Illegal Military Prisons and there's even some extras that most of us wouldn't mind seeing like putting an end to the Illegal Federal Reserve and doing away with the illegal personal income tax on wages.

That all of these goodies happen to be the essence of Congressman Ron Paul's, Republican Presidential candidate from Texas, campaign platform is surely a shock to any leftist's/progressive's system.

Ah be careful what you wish for, you just might get it...The only question is will you accept this gift?

Perhaps the wrapping paper isn't right, perhaps there are some extra things in the box that don't fit your political criteria but hey, it's the thought that counts, isn't it?

Normblog opines, here.


At 6:03 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norm quotes Pilger, who I just recently was introduced to, via this article full of lies, outrageous metaphors and comparisons and utter stupidity, bigotry, and slander masqarading as intelligent commentary. Ad a dash of Darth Cheney anti Anti-Americanism and anti nuclear Evironutism, and the picture is complete.

Pilger is a zero, with no credibility with nothing but hate and lies to whip up the ill informed propagandized masses.

At 6:06 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said... is the article recently promoted in the Guardian by Pilger....

Under cover of racist myth, a new land grab in Australia

Claims of child abuse are proving a fertile pretext to menace the Aboriginal communities lying in the way of uranium mining

At 10:21 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope people on the loony left vote for Nader and McKinney in swing states. It could be enough to push McCain into the winning position. In Bush v. Gore, they only had one nut to vote for (Nader). Now they have two.

At 1:47 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Nader as a protest vote.

At 9:12 AM EDT, Blogger Roland Dodds said...

Having the Counterpunch crew upset over an Obama presidency is good news in my book. Now if he could only bring that same level of contempt in the hearts of our enemies.

At 12:25 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would like to know where the American Left is going....I suggest this article as a quick primer.

The Shadow Party

By Jamie Glazov | Tuesday, August 29, 2006 … 67243B964A

At 12:26 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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