Ever since Obama stepped up to be sworn in as President he has shown himself to be either two-faced or confused or just wanting to keep everyone happy.
In his latest about face he has indicated that he may set up a ‘bipartisan’ commission into the Bush administrations interrogation techniques and has not ruled out taking action against lawyers who set up the ‘legal’ guidelines for the use of torture; this after having announced earlier that their would be no prosecutions against people who merely believed they were protecting their country and obeying orders. However, one should not, judging from past performance, be holding ones breathe waiting for a prosecution against any person. He’s already as good as ruled out prosecution, quite contrary to the UN Convention Against Torture which the US is a signatory to, against CIA operatives that have used torture.
But, as I say, this is just the latest in a long line of doublespeak from President Obama. In the three months since he’s been President, Obama has waffled about withdrawing ‘combat troops’ from Iraq yet leaving a military presence there for years to come; he has waffled about finding a way to talk to ‘moderate elements’ of the Taliban in Afghanistan yet earlier was telling the world he would be sending in some 17,000 more troops to clean up the Taliban and asked his allies also to send in more troops. Obama has said he is willing to give talks with Iran a go yet his Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, still insists, despite the total lack of evidence, that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
For all the talk of making peace and setting things right after the tumultuous Bush years, the bottom line is; the Middle East is no better off than it was under Bush and it seems like Central Asia is actually going to be worse off than it was under Bush especially as the war has now been expanded, under Obama, to include Pakistan.
No, Obama isn’t confused. Yes, he is two-faced in as much that he says one thing knowing full well that he intends to do something else and, yes, he’s doing this in order to keep everyone happy. Problem is though, it’s far too transparent. The war in Afghanistan is about to expand rapidly and the Middle East is likely to blow particularly if Israel under Netanyahu attacks Iran. And, despite Obama’s waffle about warning Israel not to attack Iran, you just know that the US military in the region is ready to give support to Israel just as soon as Netanyahu launches the initial attacks.
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