The co-author of a book on the Untold History of the United States says President Obama has been a significant disappointment to liberals. Peter Kuznick says Obama has been far too willing to project military force worldwide. For instance, Kuznick says Obama has guaranteed that repositioning forces from Europe to Asia will not be undone by defense department cuts to help balance the budget.
"And he has committed that the Asia pivot will not be in any way affected by any cuts in defense spending. We're not showing any signs of cutting back and being wiser in our use of force in the pacific."
Kuznick and famed Director Oliver Stone argue that Obama has also been too hawkish in his foreign policy and not quick enough to get out of Afghanistan.
"We're disappointed with his approach to the drones and targeted assassination. He has gone far beyond what certainly Bush imagined. And he's setting a very dangerous precedent here. People should not for a second believe that we're the only country that has drones."
Kuznick says he hopes to see more signs of change duuring Obama's second term. Hear a GLT interview with Kuznick and another Oliver Stone at wglt-dot-org. Kuznick and Stone will speak at ISU tomorrow (this) evening. Kuznick also notes Obama recently referred to the U.S. as "the indispensible nation", which Kuznick views as a continuation of harmful "American exceptionalism" that encouraged external military adventures. Kuznick says the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary is an encouraging sign. And He says he hopes Secretary of State John Kerry will rediscover who he used to be as he takes the cabinet position helping guide U.S. foreign policy. Kuznick says Kerry has tacked too far to the right in recent years. Kuznick and Stone will speak at ISU Thursday evening.
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