US presidential candidate Barack Obama arrives in London to meet Gordon Brown next week. It’s part of his tour of key US allies, including France, Germany, Israel and Jordan.
This comes amid growing concern among his supporters that he is moving closer to the neoconservative agenda.
Obama has made great play of the fact he opposed the Iraq war. He had promised to pull US troops out of Iraq. But after meeting military commanders Obama now says he would retain a “residual” US presence there and “redeploy” any spare troops to Afghanistan.
After the Republicans attacked his pledge to negotiate with Iran he said that the country represents a “grave threat” and called for “aggressive diplomacy”.
Veteran black Democrat Jessie Jackson has also criticised Obama for blaming black fathers for not taking “personal responsibility” for their children. Jackson pointed to the high levels of unemployment and poverty among black people as the main problem that Obama is ignoring.
Across the globe there are hopes that if Obama is elected he might halt the endless war agenda of George Bush’s years. Now these hopes seem set to be dashed even before the presidential election gets seriously underway.