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might sound like a fanboy

I don't think Obama will escalate the war in Afghanistan as is feared. I see all his statements as pre-election rhetoric. He's been saying for quite some time that the war there is more important, while at the same time stressing on the diplomatic aspect of it.

As for Israel, I saw his speech at the Israel PAC and was alarmed. Very hawkish, and almost as if the whole problem was caused by the Palestinians. Am suspicious about his views on Israel, but am also open to the view that it was more political double-speak. Seeing all the election stats, it definitely seems to have worked!

about the war bills - whether he was american enough was doubted after 2 yrs of the election cycle. imagine if he had said he didnt support further spending for the troops.

he's making noises about an automakers bailout too now. the perils of populism :D

didn't know about his support for the patriot act. in the interviews i've seen of him, he has spoken about civil liberties, but no one has grilled him to lay all cards on the table.

atleast the US media is impartial - it treated mccain with great respect as war hero, and treats obama with great respect as the messaih :D

check the updates at the end too. very disappointing.

the more things change, the more they remain the same!

Obama said he'll close Guantanamo and stop torture. That was one good commitment to civil liberties.

About his populism, yeah. That's why I wrote he will say anything to get elected.

I was very disappointed regarding his stance on bailing out the auto industry. If he sticks to his word on the other dangerous things he's said he'll do..then US won't get much better.

Thanks for the Glenn Greenwald link. He's brilliant as usual. People are fooling themselves if they believe there's any partisanship in US politics.

I am worried India is going the same way - people who are fed up with Congress think the BJP is an alternative. Heh.

Re: speaking of change

i did that many many years back. then realised the BJP was as nasty as the congress.

i now worry that we are going to get 5 more years of no progress next year.

about the auto bailout - i don't like the idea myself. everyone & their uncle was telling the idiots to bring about changes for many years, but nothing was done. the downside is if the 3 close, millions will loose their jobs. the dems will cease to exist if they let that happen.

as a chinaman would say, we live in interesting times :D

"interesting times" - totally agree :)

Re: might sound like a fanboy

The Afghan war esclation is not a rhetoric -it is his primary goal. He wants to pull out of Iraq(good) but wants to move as many soldiers as possible to Afghanistan (not good).He said this as recently as last week.So it isnt just pre poll rhetoric.

Like they say,there isnt any different: McSame, McBama -just another statist -with darker skin.

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Re: might sound like a fanboy

i compared their treatment of john mccain as a 'war hero' who would do anything for the military.

rolling stone was the only dissenting voice i read.

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