The Obama Administration, along with the utterly failed Democratic leadership of the US Congress, has been one major disappointment after another: the continued hypocrisy of Guantanamo, the continuation and indeed extension of the Bush-Cheney secrecy and surveillance laws, the ethical shortcomings of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, along with Obama’s medieval attitude to gender-neutral marriage, and the refusal to tame Wall Street.
The latest failure is Obama’s decision to actively increase American arms sales to an already arms-glutted world. The spin is that this will somehow help “arms control experts” to more easily monitor sales of major weapons. But the simple truth is that this has everything to do with the
frustration felt by U.S. defense and high-tech companies, who say export controls that date to the Cold War cost them billions of dollars in lost sales … “Generally speaking, we’re very happy about this,” said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, whose member companies include Boeing, General Electric and United Technologies.
We hoped that “Yes We Can” meant we could change the world. What it has come to mean is that the old military-industrial-media complex is as free to screw the world under a Democratic regime as it is under a Republican one. Goddam shame.