A Rough Guide to Obama, on $2.3 billion a day

 By Richard Sanders, coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

Did you know that President-elect Obama: voted for every one of President Bush’s Iraq-War funding increases?

believes Bush’s “surge” in Iraq has “succeeded beyond our wildest dreams” and

has proclaimed his “absolute” belief in the “War on Terror”?

criticized the Iraq War because it is “unwinnable,” not because it is illegal, immoral and has killed one million Iraqis?

will probably leave 140,000 private contractors (mercenaries) and as many as 60,000 to 80,000 regular US troops in Iraq?

praised President Bush, Sr., and the 1991 Gulf War saying: “I think that when you look back at his foreign policy, it was a wise foreign policy. In how we executed the Gulf War…. I think George H.W. Bush doesn’t get enough credit for…his foreign policy team and the way that he…prosecuted the Gulf War. That cost us $20 billion dollars. That’s all it cost. It was extremely successful.”

is willing to bomb Iran and that he won’t rule out a first strike nuclear attack?

wants to send an additional 10,000 US troops to fight the war in Afghanistan?

wants to expand the Afghan war with unilateral air strikes to bomb Pakistan?

supported Israel’s war against Lebanon?

supports Ballistic Missile Defense?

favours military expenditures on warplanes that he says “provide the backbone of our ability to extend global power.”

voted for the Patriot Act II, the Wall Street bailout, building a border wall with Mexico and immunity for corporations that conducted electronic eavesdropping on Americans?

wants continued sanctions against Cuba?

called President Chavez an “enemy of the US” and wants sanctions against Venezuela?

Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other examples from Obama’s statements, his voting records, his financial backers and his selection of advisors and staff that expose very regressive positions on foreign policy and domestic issues. (Check out the links to an initial list of articles below.)

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