This is from Alan Greenblatt's "Is Obama Following In Bush's Footsteps?" (NPR):
As a candidate in 2008, Obama signaled that he would forge a far different foreign policy strategy from Bush, whom he implicitly criticized for launching a "dumb" war in Iraq. He also pledged to put an end to torture and to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
In office, however, Obama has pursued several policies that resemble Bush's. Although Obama has put greater emphasis on Afghanistan than Iraq, his plans in Afghanistan resemble strategies Bush eventually adopted in Iraq — including a big increase in the number of troops on the ground.
Many of the counterterrorism tactics Obama has used, such as targeting financing and strengthening intelligence-gathering, are holdovers from the Bush era. In some cases, Obama has turned to Bush's old advisers and generals to implement such policies.Did people who voted for Mr. Obama really vote for him to provide Bully Boy Bush with a third term?
But that is what they got.
And, guess what, store policy does not allow for any returns.
You can make a different call in November 2012. Sadly, however, it appears no Democrat has the guts to challenge the president.
So the choice will be four more years of Barack Walker Hussein Bush Obama or the Republican or, if you are brave, an independent candidate who stands for the things we are supposed to embrace.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: