US President Barak Obama has accepted nomination to run for a second term in office against Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Press TV has interviewed Mark Dankof, former US Senate candidate, San Antonio who offers his assessment of the presidential Convention speeches delivered by Barak Obama and Mitt Romney and what this is likely to mean for the American population and for foreign policy. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Economy was the most important indeed of Obama’s address, but it was nothing new when you actually deconstruct what he had to say. It’s the same things he’s been saying for the past four years now isn’t it?
That’s exactly right. It was demagoguery from start to finish both in terms of what he said as well as what he didn’t say.
The only thing left to decide is whether this Convention was worse than Mitt Romney’s Convention in Tampa last week. They probably would be running neck and neck in that regard.
But in regard to the issues that are absolutely destroying the American economy - the incredible gap in our foreign policy that continues to be run by Benyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli lobby; the problem with the bankers and the Fiat money and the Federal Reserve Board; as well as a debt that is not 17 trillion dollars - that’s just the online portion of the debt, the on-budget portion of the debt we actually have a 222 trillion dollar national debt in unfunded liability related to both social security and Medicare.
So this is an absolutely hopeless situation.
Tonight’s speech was pure demagoguery and what really topped it off for me was having the Convention being closed by a benediction by a Roman Catholic Priest who was presiding over a political convention that is comprised of a political Party that favors abortion on demand, homosexual marriage and the full inclusion of homosexuals and lesbians in the American military.
So this is just some of the travesty that was presented here tonight. The question is how many Americans are actually going to buy this and buy Mr. Romney’s shtick - it’s really hard to say, but regardless of who gets elected I think that the American Empire is headed for its final days.
Obama had made a lot of promises in 2008 when he came into office. Why aren’t those broken promises like the closure of Guantanamo Bay not being addressed, not just by the Democrat side, but also the Republicans?
Well that’s exactly right, you know, nobody wants to seem to talk about this issue of Guantanamo Bay. Mr. Obama was the anti-war candidate four years ago and yet he’s finding plenty of Islamic people to kill with his drone strikes.
There is absolutely no fairness to the Palestinians at all in terms of what Israel continues to do in Gaza and in the West Bank; and you have a situation of course with this present quagmire both in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Obama has now invaded Libya courtesy of NATO; he’s clearly intervening on a covert basis in Syria along with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation States and Turkey; and presently his policy with respect to Iran is clearly war-like with the economic sanctions and the utilization of the MEK and the assassinations of these Iranian nuclear scientists - the list just goes on and on.
About the only difference that I see with Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney in foreign policy is that if Mr. Obama is reelected there is quite likely to be a third world war and if Mitt Romney is elected it’s a virtual guarantee that the United States will go to war on behalf of Benjamin Netanyahu after the election.