So Much for Voting to End Wars

Debra Sweet | November 3, 2015

“[T]he Obama team never planned to outlaw the policies, despite what some of his supporters on the left may have thought when he took office.”

Updated February 2016

Eight years ago, people were so over George Bush, and so ready for an end to the Bush regime's wars, that they began hoping Obama would follow through on early promises to stop them.

Charlie Savage, a New York Times reporter who has covered a lot of the "war on terror," has a new book out called "Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency."  The Times' review starts: "[The Obama] administration managed mostly to provide new legal underpinnings for many of the national-security policies (including warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay and drone strikes) that were first adopted under Mr. Bush. As a result, Mr. Savage decides, President Obama will some day be seen 'as less a transformative post-9/11 president than a transitional one.' And indeed, in some areas like surveillance, the Obama team never planned to outlaw the policies, despite what some of his supporters on the left may have thought when he took office." 

World Can't Wait said more than five years ago, "Crimes Are Crimes No Matter Who Does Them."

The reality in 2016 is:

None of this will end without struggle — protest in the streets, arguments in civil society — especially on the part of people living in the most powerful country, with the biggest military ever.

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Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait.