Obama’s 100 Days An Illusion

The attempt to posture US President Barrack Obama’s first 100 days in office in a positive light in contrast to George Bush’s administration is nothing but an illusion. American policy has essentially remained the same for decades now; invading foreign lands, occupation, setting up corrupt, puppet regimes and the exploitation of their resources.

Obama’s promise to withdraw its troops from Iraq is a red herring. He will leave 35000 troops in Iraq to man its huge military bases and support the corrupt regime, whilst the remaining troops will be transferred to Afghanistan and Pakistan in pursuance of its warmongering ambitions.

Obama’s much extolled announcement to close Guantanamo Bay, where hundreds of prisoners languish without charge, will now be transferred to other prisons elsewhere. Those guilty of some torture techniques such as water boarding has been granted amnesty.

In the meantime, the innocent continue to be mowed down by American drones spewing bombs indiscriminately, with the Pentagon making unverifiable claims that Taliban “militants” have been killed. When news media challenge this false claim with pictures of wedding parties or children as victims, endless “investigations” take place.

The US continues to shore up dictatorships, particularly in the Middle East, and sidelines democratically-elected governments such as Hamas. It still abuses International bodies such as the United Nations Security Council to veto resolutions against Israel for committing crimes of war.

The values that American leaders are so fond of declaring, that of freedom, democracy, human rights, equality and justice, no longer apply to their own citizens, let alone to the citizens of the occupied countries.

The change in US administration has, unfortunately, bought about no fundamental change in policy. All we have an eloquent American leader of a darker hue. The first 100 days is predictive of a belligerent, aggressive and power-hungry America that will not tolerate any challenge to its dominance and hegemony.

Firoz OsmanSecretary GeneralMedia Review Network

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