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Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power
As Obama nears the middle of his first-term as president Paul Street assesses his performance against the expectations of his supporters. While mainstream journalists have noted discrepancies between Obama's original vision and reality, Paul Street uniquely measures Obama's record against the expectations of the truly progressive agenda many of his supporters expected him ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Routledge
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On Obama’s third day in office, he authorized his first illegal Predator drone assaults – his second strike of the day mistakenly targeted a “pro-government official, killing his entire family including three children.” Obama has kids; on day three, he kills the kids of an ally in his first war crime. No apology, no acknowledgement. In three years of Obama’s drones strikes he has killed “50 civilians for every militant killed, a hit rate of 2 percent, hardly precision.” And hardly moral. Robert ...more
In "The Empire's New Clothes" Paul Street launches a data/factoid rich polemic on prolific Barack Obama from a left of liberal position, opening his thoroughly researched argument with a frank section on getting duped, used and abused by a game changing public relations strategy. Kicking things off for the reader, Street muses on the whirlwind infatuation that carried the 44th president to the Oval office from his short lived state politics hang out. Largely thanks to the hypnotic effect of "Oba ...more
Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of six books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppressio ...more