Pat Lang notices that Barack Obama is basically a neoconservative.
Neoconism is a body of ideas as well as loyalties. The ideas expressed by Obama in Chicago are neocon words. The neocons are not conservatives and neither is Obama, but he shares their ideas in foreign policy.As you've all noticed, the popular Donkle complaint centers on the "incompetence" of the Bush administration, although I do admit that there seems lately to be a modest, though surely temporary, uptick in the portion of Americans who consider foreign adventurism itself a bad idea.
The danger of a character like Obama--or Hillary Clinton, for that matter--is that they will more "competently" execute these adventures. Now the consequences will be no less awful; in fact, they may be worse for Americans. Consider: 9/11 was a response to decades of competent American foreign policy. Competence in this formulation is carrying out imperial plans and imperial aims while delaying the inevitable results. But of course, that simply focuses the results, and it guarantees that the response will be more spectacular. A vicious indigenous insurgency in an occupied country may be a sign of an incompetent policy of occupation. A pyrotechnic attack on American native soil is what results from well-executed imperialism.