Alexander Cockburn Cocks And Aims At Obama

Alexander Cockburn once again is taking dead aim at the fuzzy wuzzy liberals and blaming them for lacking a backbone. He sees no difference between an Obama-Biden ticket from that of McCain-Palin. He believes both candidates will continue fighting in Iraq and escalate fighting in Iran. He charges Obama with failure to end torture and says, “I have yet to identify a single uplifting intention to which he has maintained a constant if it has presented any risk to his progress.” Cockburn further charges Obama “has been the negation of almost every decent progressive principle.” And, Mr.Cockburn urges those seeking a progressive movement in America should check out the Barr and Nader candidacies.

Alexander Cockburn has been a strong voice for progressive ideas, but his criticism of Obama and reference to Barr and Nader is shocking. Barr is a libertarian who is against union rights, against health insurance, against women rights, and Mr. Nader has been the one who gave the world eight years of George Bush. Hasn’t Cockburn learned anything yet? Supporting Nader is an invitation to eight years of McCain-Palin!

Well, let’s examine his criticisms. He charges Joe Biden is a “poster boy for Israeli intransigence.” Actually, Joe Biden was the first candidate in years who stood up to AIPAC and told them they do not represent American Jews. Obama’s call for a Middle East meeting with Kurdish, Iraq, and Turkish leaders has been hailed in Turkey. Obama made clear he supports negotiation with the Taliban, hardly what one would expect from someone who just wants to escalate the fighting in Iran. He has made clear he will talk with Iran leaders without preconditions. He most probably supports the Saudi Arabian initiative for peace with Israel.

In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt ran on a platform of cutting government expenditures and balancing the budget. Famous last words. Obama HAS to be middle of the road. He is a BLACK man running in a mainly white nation. Sorry, Mr.Cockburn, he could not run on as an all out liberal given the problems facing African Americans in American society. He will change and will appoint people to regulatory agencies that will aid union organization. He will push through a national health insurance plan–actually, the final plan will be closer to that of Hillary Clinton than the one urged by Obama. There will be a public works program to provide jobs. There will be Supreme Court justices who defend civil liberties and women rights.

A vote for Ralph Nader in 2000 led to the Iraq war and horrible damage to American civil liberties. How can Cockburn even mention that man’s name as one anyone should support?

  • Obama Fan

    Wow, Cockburn really needs to learn how to hold back. Much of what he is discussing is beyond the grasp of many voters. People need to get more educated about politics and citizenship in this country. Personally, I have been watching political videos on Howcast for a while now and they have really helped me understand politics and how to decide on the next pres.