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Tariq Ali on The Obama Syndrome for Democracy Now!

Clara Heyworth20 September 2010

Tariq Ali joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss his new book, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad. Is the book too harsh on the president? Goodness no, says Ali ...

I know some of his supporters might feel it's a little harsh, but I think that we've had two years of him now, Amy, and the contours of this administration are now visible. And essentially, it is a conservative administration which has changed the mood music. So the talk is better. The images of the administration are better, the reasonable looks. But in terms of what they do—in foreign policy, we've seen a continuation of the Bush-Cheney policies, and worse, in AfPak, as they call it, and at home, we've seen a total capitulation to the lobbyists, to the corporations. The fact that the healthcare bill was actually drafted by someone who used to be an insurance lobbyist says it all.

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