We’ve been hurt before: Jon Stewart on Obama’s Renewed Pledge on Guantanamo

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on President Obama’s renewed push to close the illegal Guantanamo prison camp.

Limbo Update
America wanted to believe Barack Obama’s promise to close Guantanamo, but the skeptical country had been hurt before.

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  1. People are disappointed in Obama because they didn’t recognize he was just another politician playing the same old game. Instead, they wanted to believe what he said and ignored what he did before he was first elected. He once made comments that showed concern for the Palestinians, but after the Reverend Wright controversy made them unacceptable he sold them down the River Jordan and tossed the candor-prone preacher under the bus. That was soon followed by his (along with Hillary’s and McCain’s) pledge of allegiance to Israel at the 2008 AIPAC conference. He was also promoting nuclear power and “clean coal” so why should anyone have expected anything different? Considering it was the lesser-evil vote that put him over the top in both elections, what does that say about his opponents? What does that say about politics in America? What’s next? How about approval of the Keystone XL pipeline?

    • People are disappointed in the politicians they vote for because they want to believe what comes out of the politicians’ mouths. When will they learn? Look at most of the choices we have had in presidential elections. They basically boil down to each voter’s interpretation of the lesser evil. Carter was one of the few exceptions, but he was out of his league in Washington where the oligarchs of both right wings on the corporate bird of prey ganged up on him.

  2. Unfortunate, but his decision-making today reveals nothing that couldn’t have been discovered by spending an hour or so researching the young Obama, beginning when he first started poking his nose around South Chicago. As long as he has had a public persona, he has yet to demonstrate he possesses a consistent moral core which animates his public decisions, or that he has ever been anything other than a creature of the financial and energy sectors. On the other hand, maybe he has…

    start here:
    Adolph Reed, Village Voice 1/16/96, shortly after Obama’s first successful election (as state senator):
    “In Chicago… we’ve gotten a foretaste of the new breed of foundation-hatched black communitarian voices; one of them, a smooth Harvard lawyer with impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics, has won a state senate seat on a base mainly in the liberal foundation and development worlds. His fundamentally bootstrap line was softened by a patina of the rhetoric of authentic community, talk about meeting in kitchens, small-scale solutions to social problems, and the predictable elevation of process over program—the point where identity politics converges with old-fashioned middle-class reform in favoring form over substance.”

    continue here:
    link to progressive.org

    a propos de rien, my brother’s take on the election, back in 2008: “It comes down to this: would you prefer to be screwed over by a college boy or a Neanderthal?”

  3. Going after the guy who’s led the fight to close the prison, instead of the people who have put the roadblocks in his way, seems profoundly misguided.

    Turning this into a discussion about whether President Obama broke his promise is a tactic being used by those who want to keep it open to deflect attention from the underlying issue. People who get drawn into that discussion and direct their outrage at the White House are playing right into their hands.

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