Régis Debray on Obama
Born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, master of marketing, Obama is more cultured than a backwoodsman like George W. Bush, who so fascinated European rulers from Blair to Sarkozy. He knows that other worlds exist here below; hence the more courteous behaviour. But to consider that this correction of aim represents a conversion to multilateralism would be to mistake desires for reality—and to forget that an outsider American may be more imbued with the foundational myths of his country than someone of old WASP stock; more convinced that he must fight to defend the ontological privileges of his Promised Land by all necessary means, including the clandestine. And so cyber-sabotage and killer drones make strikes in sovereign countries.
–from “Decline of the West?” in New Left Review 80, March-April 2013