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Max Boot Confident Obama is Speaking in Code


Over at the Economic Policy Journal, RPI contributor Chris Rossini points out that neo-conservative Kommissar Max Boot is not at all worried about President Obama's "kinder and gentler" speech today before the National Defense University.

The obsequious media writes glowingly of Obama's "renewed effort to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay," "efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF's (2001 war authorization) mandate," and "setting narrower parameters for the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, to kill terrorists overseas and to limit collateral casualties."

But Max Boot is smarter than that. He sees through Obama's rhetoric during this temporary crisis to the real core of the man, the soothing Straussian, the, in Bill Kristol's famous assessment, "born-again neo-con."

Writes truth-teller Boot in Commentary:
"President Obama continued his pattern of trying to separate himself from the Bush administration—while largely carrying on, and even expanding, its legacy in the counter-terrorism fight. ...Better that Obama feign a change of course rather than actually undertake a change of course, because the course established by Bush and continued by Obama has kept us largely, although not entirely, safe since 9/11."

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