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Obama - Change we can Deceive In - A listing of parallels

This grouping of items, mainly foreign policy issues, suggests that there isn't going to be much change in the years to come, with the notable exception that the pitchman, Obama, is undoubtedly a superior speaker and source of inspiration to those easily misled.

I compiled these sources for use in bombarding the pro-Obama left-wing sites, where they should be very effective. I anticipate that the most probable remarks will be of the "He hasn't had much time yet to form these changes, etc, etc."

If there are others that I have missed, please add them in the comment section below.

Change we can Believe In????

Obama's Drug war same as Bush
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Chavez_says_Obama_same_as_Bush_on_d_02282009.html

Obama defers to Military on Iraq
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Obama_deferred_to_military_s_advice_02272009.html

Obama Continuing the PNAC global domination project
http://www.projectcensored.org/articles/story/http-wwwprojectcensoredorg-articles-story-barack-obama-administration-c/

Obama increases defense spending $200billion more
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hnEgwT38exVGaQZq6YTFZVYFdMswD96JELP85

Obama may shoot down North Korea missile test
http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=6965611&page=1

Obama's Iraq plan a lot like Bush's-Maddow
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Maddow_Obamas_Iraq_plan_looks_like_0225.html

McCain and the GOP like Obama's Iraq plans
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/26/mccain-backs-obamas-iraq_n_170365.html

Obama escalating Afghanistan with troop deployment - 17k additional troops
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090217/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_afghanistan
http://www.truthout.org/021809K

Obama adopts Bush Wiretapping position before Court
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i4sj03-Gb3HZUn9lqMmn4QKH30mwD96K4SE81
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/02/28/al_haramain/

Obama Admin negotiating with Rove re: subpoenas, so HIS Presidential powers are not weakened
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Bushs_lawyer_now_encouraging_Rove_to_0214.html

Obama adopts BushCo policies on detainees and renditions
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/us/politics/18policy.html?_r=1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090221/wl_asia_afp/usafghanistanattacksguantanamoprisonjustice

Obama tries to kill Bush White House email case
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hsG0My2Q3Eu9Sj2PSupnj4xeQXxAD96G4J9G0

Obama does 180 reversal on State Secrets position - supports Bush position
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/02/10/obama/

Obama Admin threatens UK over torture information release - Bush Intimidation tactics
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5661291.ece

Obama CC's Bush on Iraq War policy changes (notifying phone-call to Bush)
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/02/obama-ccing-bush

Obama's Israel/Gaza policy approximately the same as Bush, gave approval to Gaza attacks - Chomsky
http://i1.democracynow.org/2009/1/23/noam_chomsky_obamas_stance_on_gaza
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=86336&sectionid=351020202

Obama continues Bush Pakistan missile strikes
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/23/terror/main4749317.shtml
http://www.ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/176AE47C4E229E306525756C006077C2?OpenDocument
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7889950.stm

Obama administration officials still pushing the Iranian nuclear weapons sales pitch
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Iran_has_enough_material_to_make_0301.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iAvOO6-pX7nBXC9xgOlZZqCPvprAD96JKLTO0
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-fg-usiran12-2009feb12,0,3478184.story
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-na-gates-mullen2-2009mar02,0,3656420.story
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29453246/

Obama has adopted the Shock Doctrine sales strategy to push his agenda. Must pass his spending bills now or face unmitigated disaster
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/feb/10/obama-klein-shock-doctrine
http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/02/obama-plays-shock-doctrine.html
http://market-ticker.org/archives/774-President-Bush-Is-Still-In-Office.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/04/obama-catastrophe-coming-_n_163997.html

Obama dispatches Henry Kissinger for talks with Russians
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4530042/Cold-warrior-Henry-Kissinger-woos-Russia-fo...

Obama continuing Bushs' Faith Based Initiatives
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0206/p08s04-comv.html

Obama, a regime rotation in the Empire
http://nafeez.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama-regime-rotation.html

wow, way to put it in perspective, thanks

Like Bush, Obama is not interested in investigating 9/11 and supports the ludicrous 9/11 Commission Conspiracy Theory:

Obama: "I don’t think anybody predicted 9/11"
http://www.correntewire.com/obama_i_don_t_think_anybody_predicted_9_11

Obama and 9/11: Part 1 By Michael Hasty
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4283.shtml

Obama Addresses 9/11 Government Complicity: Possible President responds to an Infowars reader
http://www.infowars.net/articles/february2007/150207Obama.htm

Like Bush, Obama stacked his cabinet with neocons, hawks and corporate insiders:

This is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House By Jeremy Scahill
http://www.alternet.org/story/107666/

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE REAL OBAMA NOW? by Sam Smith
http://prorev.com/2008/11/can-we-talk-about-real-obama-now.html

Who are the Architects of Economic Collapse? Will an Obama Administration Reverse the Tide? by Michel Chossudovsky
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10860

And like Bush like Obama on rendition:

Obama Orders Continuation Of Illegal CIA Renditions- Human Rights Watch: Illegal kidnapping and imprisonment under Bush = "basic violation", illegal kidnapping and imprisonment under Obama = "legitimate"
http://infowars.net/articles/february2009/020209rendition.htm

EDIT: Obama on warrantless wiretapping: google search gets 161,000 hits:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22warrantless+wiretapping%22+obama...

Still, I'm glad it wasn't McCain; Obama's one of those "elites" that favors investment in renewable energy, Net Neutrality and broadband access- these are technologies that are educating and empowering the People, leveling the playing field between the parasites and the productive.

http://911reports.com

Use of signing statements:

EDIT:

Obama’s Signing Statement Disappears Whistleblowers
http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/03/12/obamas-signing-statement-di...

Obama's continued use of presidential signing statements undermines system of checks and balances
http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/hotline/2009/03/obamas-continued-use-of-presi...

Sent this email to the White House:

President Obama's use of signing statements (like Bush's) appears to have no Constitutional or legal justification. As paraphrased in the Jurist, it seems clear that Obama and whoever is advising him on this are asserting that the President has the authority to decide what's Constitutional, rather than the Courts:

"In narrowing the occasions upon which he would seek to exercise this claimed power, President Obama declared his intention to follow four principles, as summarized below:

1. Inform the Congress of the administration's constitutional concerns about pending legislation.

2. Construe legislation passed by Congress as presumptively constitutional, and only use "well-founded" methods of constitutional interpretation as the basis for finding that legislation is not constitutional.

3. Provide enough specificity to make clear the nature and basis of any constitutional objection asserted.

4. Construe a statutory provision in a manner that avoids a constitutional problem only if that construction is a legitimate one."

The Constitution clearly describes the President's role as one of executing the laws passed by Congress; not the creation or interpretation of the law:

"Congress passes legislation; the president may sign or veto the legislation. If the president signs the legislation, all of its provisions become law, unless adjudged unconstitutional by the courts. If the president vetoes the legislation, and Congress overrides the veto, the legislation becomes law and the president must enforce it, unless directed to do otherwise by the courts. That is the supreme law of the land. That is our system of checks and balances. To allow the president to choose which laws to apply undermines our Constitution and the freedoms that depend upon it."

Obama would do well to get more advice on this; he may have committed a treasonous act in his first signing statement. That Bush was not impeached by a derelict Congress is no excuse for Obama to also subvert the Constitution.

http://911reports.com

military commissions, iran nukes, industry shills, torture

Military Commissions for detainees:

ACLU: Obama’s revival of tribunals strikes blow to rule of law
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/05/16/aclu-obamas-revival-of-tribunals-...

Fear/War mongering regarding Iran's alleged nuclear bomb program:

Obama Administration Statements on Iran Nukes Not Backed by Intelligence
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2009/05/14/obama-administration-stat...

Putting industry shills in charge of agencies created to protect the public interest:

Obama Picks a Clarence Thomas for the EPA
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Obama-Picks-a-Clarence-Tho-by-Rob-Kall-...

Blocking investigation of torture:

Helen Thomas Ridicules Obama Torture Investigation Stance With Bush Comparison
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/detainee-photos-obama-see_n_203...

Detainee Photos: Obama Seeks To Block Release
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/detainee-photos-obama-see_n_203...

http://911reports.com

Obama Administration asserts that US can torture w/ impunity

as well as deny human rights to human beings, simply by declaring us "suspected enemy combatants" - and this is upheld by the Supreme Court:

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Suit Seeking Accountability for Guantanamo Torture
http://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/supreme-court-refuses-hear...

Commentary:

US: Guantanamo Prisoners Not ‘Persons’
http://original.antiwar.com/fisher/2009/12/15/us-guantanamo-prisoners-no...

Dred Scott Redux: Obama and the Supremes Stand Up for Slavery
http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1887-...

http://911reports.com
http://www.historycommons.org

Obama Supports Extension of Patriot Act

ACLU: Obama’s reversal on Patriot Act reform ‘a major travesty’

http://rawstory.com/2009/11/obamas-patriot-act-extensions-major-flip-ear...