Here we go again, Obama did not end the war in Iraq, GW Bush did. In 2008 Bush signed into effect, w/the prime minister of Iraq, the Status of Forces Agreement which called for the removal of all US combat troops by the end of 2011. Obama tried to negotiate leaving as many as 10,000 US troops in Iraq but could not get al-Maliki to agree to hold US soldiers immune from prosecution for using Iraqi civilians for target practice. We were forced out of Iraq by Bush’s timeline w/the prime minister. So again, Obama did not end the war in Iraq, Bush did.
Trump was not elected due to Obama’s race. To think this is so is absurd. Trump was elected because Obama, the Democratic party and Hillary especially are worthless. Hillary lost, fair and square and it wasn’t because Obama is half-black. Obama, the self-professed “one we’ve all been waiting for” was anything but.
From The Hill: “Obama’s presidency helped set the trends for Donald Trump to amplify, with relative impunity, the oligarchy and corruption that has come to embody the federal government.” Hey, thanks Obama!
Instead of ‘hope and change’ Obama gave progressives Trump
_In Obama’s first 5 years the United States exported $30 billion more in weapons to foreign governments than George W. Bush did in 8 years. These weapons fueled unrest and violence in the Middle East. _
Obama has bombed 7 foreign countries throughout his presidency and he fully embraced the highly controversial use of drone strikes despite saying in 2008:
> “I will not waste a minute brokering Middle East peace.”
In 2008, President Obama promised to increase protections for whistleblowers. Those promises were scrubbed from his website in 2013 in favor of a war on whistleblowers against his administration. In the Obama era “there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents combined,” the Guardian reported last year.
While whistleblowers suffer, top level executives and government officials are granted impunity for violating the law.
No big bankers were punished after the 2008 economic recession they caused, but the big banks were bailed out. The individuals in Obama’s administration who were responsible for prosecuting big bankers, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former DOJ official Lanny Breuer, now all make millions working on behalf of Wall Street.
It’s time that the left in America admit that Barack Obama was a horrible president when it came to progressive politics. He was simply yet another neo-liberal Democrat who sided with corporate America, ignoring the plight of working class America.
Obama’s political and policy mistakes are more magnified over time. … he took office with broad popular support and Democratic control of Congress during a crisis, and could have claimed a mandate and moved a progressive agenda. He failed to do so.
… He [Obama] inherited a presidency with some of the largest Democratic majorities in decades at the state and national level, leaving in 2017 the party weaker than it had been in generations. The roots of the regressive conservative Republican-Trump agenda we see today are the product of Obama’s failures and what he did not do. Obama was a horrible president who simply failed to lead a progressive agenda, setting up America for many of the problems today.