Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion

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"Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky

“Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA

“The writers assembled here hit ...

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Overview

"Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky

“Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA

“The writers assembled here hit hard, with accuracy, and do not pull punches."—Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History

The Barack Obama revolution was over before it started, guttered by the politician’s overweening desire to prove himself to the grandees of the establishment. From there on, other promises proved ever easier to break. Here's the book that dares not let Obama off the hook. It's all here: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. Covering all major "Obummer" categories since he took office, this fast-paced collection will delight the critical and offer food for thought for those contemplating the 2012 electoral circus—and beyond.

Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch, author of Born Under a Bad Sky and Been Brown So Long it Looked Green to Me, and co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press.

Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland. His investigative reports and columns appear in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, Common Dreams, and AlterNet.

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"The book is not organized by topic; it’s a random, if chronological, ride through a catalog of catastrophes. But it’s united by the theme of horrendously bad government in the age of Obama. It ignores the mythology and treats Obama based on his actual performance." — David Swanson, FireDogLake

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849351102
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 822,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeffrey St.Clair: co-editor of Counterpunch,author of Born Under a Bad Sky and Been Brown So Long it Looked Green to Me and co-editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, Whiteout:The CIA,Drugs,and the Press and Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.
Joshua Frank: progressive journalist, author of Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George w.Bush, and co-editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland.
Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News, was a former president of the South Carolina ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson’s South Carolina campaign manager in 1988. He s author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike.
Ralph Nader: Author of Unsafe at Any Speed, lecturer, attorney, and five-time campaigner for president of the US.
Kathy Kelly is an author, pacifist,and three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She s author of Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison.
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Table of Contents

Prelude: Barack Obama, Changeling Jeffrey St. Clair Joshua Frank 1

Marketing Hope Kevin Alexander Gray 7

Obama's Money Cartel Pam Martens 13

A Kettle of Hawks Jeremy Scahill 23

Obama's Israel Problem Joshua Frank 27

From Oscar Grant to Barack Obama Ron Jacobs 29

AIG and the System Jeffrey St. Clair 31

Orwell in Baghdad Chris Floyd 37

A Redneck View of Obamarama Joe Bageant 39

Obama and Abortion Rights Sharon Smith 41

From State Secrets to Wiretaps Sibel Edmonds 45

Obama and the Man in the Hat Jeffrey St. Clair 53

The Wall Street White House Andrew Cockburn 61

The Honduran Coup Conn Hallinan 63

Obama's Immigration Reforms Wajahat Ali 67

The Wolf at Trout Creek Jeffrey St. Clair 71

Obama's Mistakes in Health Care Reform Vicente Navarro 77

The Afghan War Question Franklin Spinney 83

Obama and Nuclear Power Joshua Frank Jeffrey St. Clair 87

The Novocaine Presidency Kevin Alexander Gray 91

Obama's War for Oil in Colombia Daniel Kovalik 101

Blowback of the Drones Gary Leupp 103

America the Pacified Kathy Kelly 109

Kagan's Disturbing Record Marjorie Cohn 113

Obama and the Nuclear Rocket Karl Grossman 115

Torturing the Rule of Law Chase Madar 119

Eat, Pray, Be Disappointed Paul Krassner 127

Let Them Eat Oil Jeffrey St. Clair 131

Obama's Sellout on Taxes Michael Hudson 141

Obama and Rendition Steve Hendricks 145

The Murdered Women of Juarez Laura Carlsen 147

Obama's Puzzling Silence Ralph Nader 151

Inside Obamanomics Ismael Hossein-zadeh 153

The US as Israel's Enabler in the Middle East Kathleen Christison 157

Obama the Deregulationist Andrew Levine 163

Monsanto's Minions Ronnie Cummins 169

The Torture of Bradley Manning Medea Benjamin Charles Davis 173

Winding Down Obama Linh Dinh 177

Sexual Politics in the Age of Obama David Rosen 181

What Has Bin Laden's Killing Wrought? Ray McGovern 193

Much Ado About Nothing Alvaro Huerta 199

The Obama Administration and Iran Sasan Fayazmanesh 201

Obama's Nuclear Weapons Surge Darwin Bond-Graham 207

Friends Without Benefits David Macaray 217

War Colleges Henry Giroux 223

Politics as the Earth Burns Brian Tokar 231

Obama's Attack on Social Security and Medicare Dave Lindorff 237

Obama's Assault on Civil Liberties Bill Quigley 243

Top Ten Myths in the War on Libya Maximilian Forte 249

War and Debt Michael Hudsen 265

Perpetual War Tariq Ali 269

Guantánamo, Torture and Obama's Surrenders Andy Worthington 273

Obama and the Economy Mike Whitney 279

The Audacity of Dope Fred Gardner 285

Black Backlash Against Obama Linn Washington 293

Coda: Occupy the System Jeffrey St. Clair Joshua Frank 301

Index 305

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Recommend it!

    A very thorough collection of articles and comments that summ up a man with a false front.
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