Monday, May 07, 2007

Republicans Defect to the Obama Camp

"Last week a surprising new name joined the chorus of praise for the
antiwar Obama
– that of Robert Kagan, a leading neoconservative and
co-founder of the Project for the New American Century in the late
1990s, which called for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Kagan is an
informal foreign policy adviser to the Republican senator John McCain,
who remains the favored neoconservative choice for the White House
because of his backing for the troops in Iraq.

"But in an article in the Washington Post, Kagan wrote approvingly that a
keynote speech by Obama at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs was
"pure John Kennedy", a neocon hero of the cold war.

"In his speech, Obama called for an increase in defence spending and an
extra 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 marines to "stay on the offense"
against terrorism and ensure America had "the strongest, best-equipped
military in the world". He talked about building democracies, stopping
weapons of mass destruction and the right to take unilateral action to
protect US "vital interests" if necessary, as well as the importance of
building alliances. "Personally, I liked it," Kagan wrote. . .

"Financiers have also been oiling Obama's campaign. In Chicago, his home
town, John Canning, a "Bush pioneer" and investment banker who pledged
to raise $100,000 for the president in 2004, has given up on the
Republicans. . .

"According to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics in
Washington, Obama and Clinton have vacuumed up more than $750,000 in
individual contributions from former Bush donors.

From the Progressive Review Undernews

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