But it gets worse. I told you it would.
Now, with the Obama administration's stances on wiretapping, war in the Middle East, and secret and indefinite detention of enemy combatants, there's virtually no difference in Obama's stance from Bush's.
If you are surprised, you haven't been reading Simple Utah Mormon Politics. The election is over, but it's still not too late to remind you that if Ron Paul were president, these same problems would be well on the way to not being problems anymore. With Obama, they're just about as big as they ever were.
One thing that I appreciate about progressives: they are much better than
I just didn't think Olbermann could get fit to be tied over something that involved a Democrat president. I now have a great deal more respect for Olbermann, because he can.most conservatives about blaming their own when their own go against their principles. Here's some of the things they've been talking about.
The Father of Guantanamo. President Obama has ordered the eventual closure of the torture cells at Guantanamo, but, says Marie Cocco of TruthDig, what about Bagram?
[The president] must immediately reverse his own inexplicable support for the Bush administration’s policy of indefinite and secret detention as the fate for more than 600 detainees now held at the U.S. air base in Bagram, Afghanistan.Ron Paul has been unalterably opposed to renditions and torture. Obama? Well...only so-so.
Bagram is the father of Guantanamo.
When U.S. operatives under the Bush administration’s “war on terror” seized people around the globe on suspicion of terrorist ties, the prisoners often were sent first to Bagram, where, according to accounts by former detainees and human rights groups, many were brutalized before being shackled and shipped to what would become the notorious prison for alleged terrorists at the U.S. naval facility in Cuba.
Wiretapping. Part of the reason I like to watch Keith Olbermann is because he is so passionately entertaining when he gets fit to be tied. I just didn't think he could get fit to be tied over something that involved a Democrat president. I now have a great deal more respect for Olbermann, because he can. On April 7, Olbermann said
During his run for the presidency, Barack Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, argued strongly against the Bush administration‘s use of executive authority including its self-justification, its rationalization of the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.Ron Paul has always been against the FISA encroachments that Obama now supports. Yes, "you can believe in" the fact that Barack Obama will change his mind to match that of his Establishment puppeteers.
...That was then, this is now. President Obama‘s Justice Department now is not just defending Bush officials from lawsuits surrounding National Security Agency domestic spying, but seeking to expand the government‘s authority by making it immune from any legal challenge regarding wiretapping—ever. Welcome to change you cannot believe in or sue over.
Special War Appropriations. Barack Obama and a host of other Democrats were white-not mad at George Bush for requesting special appropriations for prosecuting the war on terror. Now President Obama has made his first such crow-eating request. Marketplace says:
The Obama administration sent an $83 billion war supplemental to Congress, going back on his word to only fund wars through the normal budgeting process.Ron Paul noticed that the neo-cons, who started the war, are in gleeful support of Obama's failure to deliver on the change we thought we could believe in. Congressman Paul said
...Obama promised that he would fund the war in the normal budget process, and the Democrats made the same promise back in 2007 when they took over Congress. They couldn't keep it, and the White House is now saying this is absolutely the last time they'll do this...
Some may notice that the neo-conservatives who masterminded the policy of global interventions are not complaining about the level of military and foreign spending. This is because rather than drawing down our costly interventions, Obama is largely staying the course on these issues. In fact, this week a group of leading neoconservatives met to discuss how best to support the President on foreign policy! I am disappointed and concerned that, in spite of a change in leadership, we will remain the policeman of the world...Columnist Paul Craig Roberts
is another former Bush critic who is getting a sense of déjà vu from the new Obama administration. "Now we have the Democrats, and the assault on civil liberty continues"Who do you wish was President now?