Any misconception that Barack Obama is running in the 2008 election as an “antiwar” candidate should have been cleared up Tuesday in what was billed by the Democratic presidential campaign as a “major speech” on national security and the US war in Iraq. Speaking before a backdrop of massed American flags at the Reagan Building in Washington, Obama made it clear that he opposes the present US policy in Iraq not on the basis of any principled opposition to neo-colonialism or aggressive war, but rather on the grounds that the Iraq war is a mistaken deployment of power that fails to advance the global strategic interests of American imperialism. (Obama must have read his foreign policy adviser's book "The Grand Chessboard" which basically lays out the plan for a more "reasonable" approach and use of American imperialism.) What emerges from the speech by the junior senator from Illinois is that the November election will not provide the American people with the opportunity to vote for or against war, but merely to choose which of the two colonial-style wars that US forces are presently fighting should be escalated. Full Article... Liberals and democrats are looking sillier all the time for backing a man of "change" who pledges to continue the status quo. I guess this should be a big sigh of relief to those among us who tend to view the world through a neocon tinted lens though. At least Obama will keep "international" intervention and nation building operations going somewhere. Oorah!