So what has Obama done so far? Where is this ‘change’ that has been going around apparently for the whole world to see? Only change I see is a darker tone of skin in the white house.
People are still dying in Iraq, casualties have only increased lately including those of US soldiers. Violence has exacerbated in Pakistan, the Taliban has expanded its control. The Gaza Strip and the West Bank are no better. Sure, you may say that the 100;1 ratio of Palestinian to Israeli deaths officially still happened during Bush’s last days but Obama was still president elect, and in the name of humanity, he could have said something or raised a protest. Reasonably supposing that he really knew what was going on.
The UN security council was going to pass a motion, simply a statement condemning the Israeli attacks, but even a mere statement against the war crimes being committed by Israel was vetoed by the United States. This was the same United States whose public was caught up in the wave of ‘change’ and ‘Rebranding America’ etc. Obama didn’t even raise a finger in protest. Hiding behind his ‘presidential elect’ status to absolve himself of any responsibility.
His flumbering beginnings in handling the ‘Financial Crisis’ have proven inadequate to say the least. The much harped about G20 produced nothing less than ‘heroic hypocrisy, unreliable sums, weak promises, meaningless language and self-serving commitments other than a very few worthwhile achievements’ (read more of Miles Saltiel’s report). His ‘stimulus’ packages have drawn widespread criticism from many economists (big names like Krugman and Stiglitz) as being extremely inappropriate given the current banking system.
It is increasingly looking like the boom-bust cycle will need to run its course until markets make their own recovery and Keynesian style hole digging and re-filling stimulus plans may or may not get us there quicker, but they will not work in the US is pumping its money into largely inefficient and loss making banks.
Also, where is the inquest into what happened in the Bush years? Where is all the war crime and 9/11 conspiracies that need to be investigated? The advent of Obama and his main calling card ‘change’ served the most effective purposes of brainwashing the world community into forgetting all about the previous years of US rule. It had the effect of making them think that ‘hey, here’s a new guy, let’s just forget the old guy, let’s change and move on’. But that change itself was insubstantial and mostly made up of clever and emotionally appealing rhetoric. And those of us who expected some actual substance from the man after he gained office will soon be sorely disappointed.