The Obama Syndrome Review

by: Ana Milanes

In the Obama Syndrome, 2010, Tariq Ali establishes the impending doom Obama faced since Bush’s bailouts and the outcomes of war were present when he took office.

In ‘An Unprecedented Historical Event”, Ali presents the idea of Obama followers having the false illusion that he could undo what was done. Ali seems to be defending the helplessness of a president coming into a complicated situation and then flips the switch into a personal dislike. Ali analyzes a speech made by Obama about Reverend Jeremy Wright, a man with slave-owner views, claiming the analysis is overall uncreative and obvious.

In the next chapter “President of Can’t” he makes the bold claim that there were “no fundamental breaks in foreign policy” between the Bush and Obama terms. Obama’s occupation in Japan, Ali feels, is unnecessary and costly for the United States. The only credit he awards the president is the vanishing of “American imperial dominion”. Obama’s phrase “This is God’s vision” leaves Ali wondering why God would reveal to him his vision. He wraps up by making a comparison to Woodrow Wilson, on ‘one hand he’s a moral Christian, and on the other he has armies invading Russia, Mexico and Haiti’.

In the later portion of the book, Ali questions whether Obama keeps his own hidden agenda. He points to facts that could very well be coincidence and suggests they may be something else. His laid back ideals don’t take him far in the military realm, leaving him to make wrong choices according to the author. His basic critique is that the president was elected because of an advantageous situation, being recent president let down and his overall personal charm.

Ali, Tariq. The Omaba Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad. London [u.a.: Verso, 2010. Print.

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 9:48 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Very good Ana.

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