12 June, 2009 – MRZine – Monthly Review
Barack Obama’s Cairo speech heralds a shift from the Islamophobic rhetoric of the Bush regime, but not from the long-term aims of the U.S. empire.
Predictably, Barak Obama’s speech in Cairo came under hysterical criticism from the right. Sean Hannity screamed that Obama gave ‘sympathizers of 9/11’ a voice on the world stage, Charles Krauthammer derided the apologetic tone, and Sen. James Inhofe called it ‘un-American.’ At the same time, Bill O’Reilly called the speech a ‘big success,’ and David Horowitz wrote that conservatives should support Obama on this.
What explains this strange schizophrenia among conservatives?