Why do Social Democrats do what they do?

March 26, 2015

On the Wars and hope and change : Andrew Taylor 03 26 15

I remember back in the days of 2005 and 2006 when being against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was very popular among the broad mass of the population. For a brief couple of years I was more popular with liberal progressive friends. It was almost chummy.

Those were the days of the anti-war marches and anti-Bush groundswell around the world before Barack Obama was elected and it became verboten to be against wars. Obama was taking care of it all you see. I became unpopular on all sides because I said US imperialism is a structure no American president could conceivably attempt to dismantle without facing a coup or a bullet. They don't run to eliminate American imperialism.

I insisted Obama wanted to set a new tone and that his ruling-class backers wanted him to set a new tone. But there would and could only be a new style of management of US imperialism. That is what Obama reached for, and where in the world are we now? A "generational war" in Iraq-Syria-Yemen and other Arab neighbours.

'Peace, peace,' they cried in rapture! But there is no peace.

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