Among many who admire Barack Obama, people like Bill Moyers, there is a growing concern that he has some big blind spots. First is the continuing escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Moyers likens this trend to the earliest days of John Kennedy's presidency, a trend that proved disastrous for America's moral standing in the world. Obama is on that same dark path as his generals on the ground do what generals on the ground always do: ask for more and more and more troops.
A second blind spot for Obama is the continuing use of Blackwater mercenaries, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in Pakistan. There is ample evidence that these people are murdering war-profiteers, and it is a blight on Obama's young presidency that they've been allowed to maintain contracts with our government.
A third blind spot is Obama's failure to begin dismantling America's outrageously costly and ineffective war on drugs. People are dying from drug-related crime everyday, not only in our country but also in other countries where the useless war is being fought with armed drones, troops on the ground and worse.
Apparently politicians these days need moral support from We the People to do the right thing. Unable to stand on their own against the tide of corporate pressure, they seem to require bullying from constituents before they'll act for the common good.