This is from Peter Symonds report for WSWS:
The battle lines in Egypt are being drawn. On the one side, huge protests in Cairo and other cities, estimated at more than a million, demanded that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his regime immediately go. On the other, Mubarak thumbed his nose at the demonstrators and announced his intention to serve out his term of office until presidential elections due in September.
Shortly after Mubarak’s speech, US President Barack Obama endorsed his Egyptian ally’s plan to cling to office until September. In a brief White House address, Obama, who had just spoken to Mubarak for 30 minutes, reiterated the longstanding “partnership” between the United States and Egypt, spoke of the need for an immediate and orderly “transition” to democratic reform, and pointedly refused to back the popular demand for Mubarak to step down.
Obama’s aim is all too clear: to keep Mubarak in office for as long as possible while fashioning a regime to prop up bourgeois rule and uphold the strategic and economic interests of US imperialism in the region. This inevitably means relying on the military to suppress popular opposition.Beau noted that and e-mailed that for him the biggest difference between WSWS and US Socialist Worker is that US Socialist Worker (a) can't stop kissing Barack's ass and (b) US Socialist Worker can't stop being elitist and anti-working class. I'd agree with Beau on both of those observations.
And they can't stop. It's what destroyed Coward Zinn's legacy. And in an attempt to spit shine the old ass, Socialist Worker publishes some of Howie Zinn's idiotic public ravings in February 2009:
Because we are citizens, and Obama is a president. Obama is a politician. You might not like that word. But the fact is he's a politician. He's other things, too--he's a very sensitive and intelligent and articulate and thoughtful and promising person. But he's a politician. We have to remember that. Lincoln was a politician, and Roosevelt was a politician.
If you're a citizen, you have to know the difference between them and you--the difference between what they have to do and what you have to do. Although there are things they don't have to do, if you make it clear to them they don't have to do it.
From the beginning, I liked Obama. But the first time it suddenly struck me that he was a politician was early on, when Joe Lieberman was running for the Democratic nomination for his Senate seat in 2006. You may recognize that name with the same amount of distaste that I utter it--Joe Lieberman, who says he's a Democrat, who's really a Republican, and who's actually worse then both.
Lieberman--who, as you know, was and is a war lover--was running for the Democratic nomination, and his opponent was a man named Ned Lemont, who was the peace candidate. And Obama went to Connecticut to support Lieberman against Lemont.
It took me aback. But I say that to indicate that, yes, Obama is a politician. We have to understand that, and understand therefore that we must not be swept away into an unthinking and unquestioning acceptance of what Obama does. He will do some good things--he has already done some good things. He will do some bad things, and has done some bad things already.What a f**king moron. Thank God he died when he did. He already pissed away his legacy but if he'd gone on living can you imagine how embarrassing he would have been. (And I'm not in the mood for chicken s**t anyway. Coward Zinn believed 9-11 was an inside job but would ot say so publicly. He'd write it in letters to friends, he'd whisper about it with friends, but he was such a damn coward.) I also remember Coward Zinn being asked about Americans who went to Vietnam in a segment on Democracy Now and how he snickered "You mean, Jane Fonda?" and ha-ha, that was so funny. But the same Coward, at the same time, was blurbing books about Jane Fonda. Laugh at her on Democracy Now! but hail her as important on book jackets. He was a jerk.
The dumb ass endorsed Barack for president and was shocked by the response. People expected him to be independent. They were outraged. So he 'took back' his endorsement and stated he was endorsing Ralph Nader but he was a damn liar there too and refused to do a damn thing to help Nader's campaign.
But he was all over, waiving his tired limp dick in excitement over Barry Bomber.
If you don't get what an idiot Coward became or how he destroyed his own legacy, let me return to the article I quoted, Zinn's speech, for one more paragraph:
Our job is not to give him a blank check or simply be cheerleaders. It was good that we were cheerleaders while he was running for office, but it's not good to be cheerleaders now. Because we want the country to go beyond where it has been in the past. We want to make a clean break from what it has been in the past. We want to go farther than where another liberal Democratic president will carry us.
We shouldn't "simply be cheerleaders." That's offensive enough. But note this: "It was good that we were cheerleaders while he was running for office."
In 2007, Coward wrote the following and try to reconcile it with his claim that it was good that 'we' were cheerleaders all through 2008 to get Barry into office:
When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them.
We who protest the war are not politicians. We are citizens. Whatever politicians may do, let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not for what is winnable, in a shamefully timorous Congress.
Timetables for withdrawal are not only morally reprehensible in the case of a brutal occupation (would you give a thug who invaded your house, smashed everything in sight, and terrorized your children a timetable for withdrawal?) but logically nonsensical. If our troops are preventing civil war, helping people, controlling violence, then why withdraw at all? If they are in fact doing the opposite—provoking civil war, hurting people, perpetuating violence—they should withdraw as quickly as ships and planes can carry them home.
It's a good thing Coward died when he did. He was a hypocrite publicly exposing himself. Some fools still believe in the myth of Coward Zinn. Others of us have seen the truth: A lying hypocrite who whored for the Democratic Party. Kiss my ass where ever you are today, Howard.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"