George W Bush leaving

“We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards” says Obama. So, is the Bush admistration scot-free?

George W Bush leaving

Pictured above, President Barack Obama waving good bye to George W Bush who oversaw war crimes and corruption on a massive scale. Money and blood.

John Naughton writes about Obama’s possible first mistake, ‘Coming soon: Obama’s first mistake?‘. Is the new President thinking of letting the Bush administration away with just a bit of a telling off ? And does he have the right to do such?

Naughton points to Paul Krugmanin the NY Times, ‘Forgive and Forget?‘, and Mark Anderson at SNS, ‘The Bush Team: Time for Jail?‘.

So, what has Obama said so-far? Krugmanin writes:

Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration. “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,” he responded, but “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

The point is made that the oath Obama made yeasterday is not a conditional one. But further to that, as Krugmain and Anderson point at — is the decision to let the Bush admin away with crimes within Obama’s right to make?

Change in White House foreign policy?

I’m filling the following, a direct copy of the text on whitehouse.gov/agenda/foreign_policy, for future referencing.

I could comment on some points, but — besides it being unfair to do so at this early stage — I’m thinking (maybe even hoping) that these sections are clouded in diplomacy and Obama’s bringing everybody along strategy (for lack of a better phrase before 8am).

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Robert Fisk on Obama talking nonsense

Robert Fisk on Obama talking nonsense, and on broken promises of the past and future, as on Independent.ie:

If reporting is, as I suspect, a record of mankind’s folly, then the end of 2008 is proving my point. Let’s kick off with the man who is not going to change the Middle East — Barack Obama — who last week, with predictably, became ‘Time’s’ “person of the year”. But buried in a long and immensely tedious interview inside the magazine, Obama devotes just one sentence to the Arab-Israeli conflict: “And seeing if we can build on some of the progress, at least in conversation, that’s been made around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be a priority.”

“Building on progress?” What progress? On the verge of another civil war between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, with Benjamin Netanyahu a contender for Israeli prime minister, with Israel’s monstrous wall and its Jewish colonies still taking more Arab land, and Palestinians still firing rockets at Sderot, and Obama thinks there’s “progress” to build on?