Wednesday, December 07, 2016

"The Legacy of Barack Obama" on CNN with Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria narrates the special documentary “The Legacy of Barack Obama” on Wednesday. Dec. 7, 2016 at 9 PM EST.

Early in the documentary Zakaria shows the GOP meeting, almost on inauguration day 2009, to plot Obama's undoing by obstuctionism in Congress.  The bailout passed merely along party lines, even though the financial crisis had developed under Bush.

The pivot for the entire documentary seems to be Obama’s opposition to Bush’s plans for war in Iraq with Saddam Hussein in 2002, when Hillary Clinton supported Bush’s plans to topple Saddam Hussein. When Bush’s war in Iraq seemed undermined by no finding of WMD’s, by 2008, Obama had some advantage in the Democratic primaries against Clinton, significant for his becoming president and the first African American.

Obama changed policy from large Armies to an “Obama’s War” of drones and kill lists of terrorists. The included his taking down of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.  But he kept a campaign promise to withdraw most troops from Iraq, a war that had made it to “Days of our Lives” under Bush.

However, Iraq’s government splintered into Shiite-Sunni sectarianism, with the Sunni’s binding with ISIS arising out of the quagmire in Syria.  The power “low pressure system” would wind up with northern Syria and Iraq being overrun, and with a new existential threat to free speech in the way the Internet could be back-leveraged to get “lost souls” in the west to target ordinary civilians.

Zakaria also covers the passage of Obamacare, which Obama got Congress to write, and Obama’s handling of climate change, after a narrative of the disappearance of an island village in Alaska.

It also covered the controversial deal with Iran.

Zakaria did not cover the debt ceiling crises.

Zakaria did cover the way Donald Trump leveraged the “populism” of middle class people left out of globalization and modernization, and the way such people tend to turn to authoritarianism.

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