Is Obama the New Nixon?

President_Barack_ObamaJonathan Franklin writes at Common Dreams:

Without going over the edge to Rush Limbaugh territory, the internal spying on reporters and politicization of the IRS do raise the question. Could Obama be trumping “Tricky Dick” on the latter’s home turf? Few politicians can match Richard Milhous Nixon for obsession with leaks, propagation of secret wars and creation of a list of enemies.

Let’s consider the evidence thus far and remember first that an indignant bi-partisan Congressional investigation, a ferocious press well beyond Woodward and Bernstein and a public that was riveted to the hour-by-hour testimony exposed Nixon’s dirty tricks.

Obama’s penchant for secrecy has allowed only snippets of the most deadly policies to be revealed. Without even the most basic details on essential policies including execution of Americans, targeting criteria for lethal drone strikes and offensive cyber warfare ops, it will be hard to given Nixon an even playing field in the comparison, but “Nixon vs. Obama, who was worse?” is a question that many people are starting to ask.

On the zeal for tracking down leaked information, Richard Nixon’s obsession is legendary. He reacted to the leak of the Pentagon Papers by first asking the FBI to organize secret break ins, and when the FBI refused created his own “a special investigations unit,” a secret group of top aides to combat the leaking. They were latter known as “The Plumbers.” Led by the obsession to find dirt on Daniel Ellsberg, a former aide to the Secretary of Defense who passed the Pentagon Papers information to the New York Times, Nixon’s aides organized a series of break-ins culminating in the arrests of burglars at the Watergate offices in Washington, D.C. We all know how that story ends.

Obama’s record is still a work in progress, but he shows great potential to top Nixon. Not only has the Obama administration punished leakers, but has also targeted legitimate whistleblowers to a far greater extent than any President in recent memory. Last year, the Obama administration charged John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, under the Espionage Act for telling reporters details about waterboarding torture techniques used on suspected terrorists. Kiriakou’s decision to share details (few if any of them top secret) is hardly more revealing than Ellsberg’s handing over of a vast store of Pentagon Vietnam War strategy and assessments.

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  • Juan

    Political discussions aside, it is a moot point who is worse(r).
    But, I think Barry is worser. At least with Nixon, you knew he was a scheming weasel. While Barry has this whole mindfuck I’m-really-a-good guy-man-of-the-people line of bullshit that plenty of otherwise smart people are still buying, btw.
    Regardless, anything that makes this regime, and hopefully by extetion, this entire system look bad is fine with me.

  • BuzzCoastin

    they are similar in that they are employed by the same people
    both represent as Bush family protegees

    but Tricky Dick got uppity & Poppy had to take him down
    those dirty tricks were Poppy’s
    made to look like Tricky Dicks
    as long as Obummer toes the line
    he’ll be just fine

  • Heath

    All of this streaming on your choice of misdirection, who couldnt make a reasonable conclusion?

  • Haystack

    Nixon was just the last president that we bothered to hold accountable for anything.

    • Dingbert

      Except the part when he was pardoned.

  • mannyfurious

    Nixon, while being a greasy, slimey little tentacle still managed to give uss the EPA, gave much land and rights to the American Indian, ended the Vietnam war, ended school segregation once and for all, encouraged federal funding to train poor minorities for careers and encouraged federal spending for public construction projects.

    He was downright liberal compared to these monsters.

    • godozo

      Nixon had to be liberal back then.

      First, the Liberals wouldn’t take no sh%t,
      and second the politics was more left than it was now.

      Now…it’s the Righties who take no sh%t
      and the liberals, lefties and progressives put up with disappointment after bitter disappointment with a sh%t-eating grin on their face…
      and politics has gone far to the right.

      After Iron Maggie was pushed out of power
      she was asked what she felt her biggest success was,
      she answered “Labor.”
      Reagan, were he around and “there,”
      could get that answer and say “The Democratic Party”
      and be just as right, if not more so.

      • mannyfurious

        Oh, yeah, I agree wholeheartedly. I always use Nixon as an example of how far to the right this country has lost its shit. Nixon was an animal. But even he couldn’t get away with what Dubya or Obama have done. That’s why the “liberals” or “progressives” who continue to lionize Obama make me want to fucking hurl. He’s either a jackass– a beast with little brains and no balls–or he’s just flat-out an evil person. And yet he still has people defending his presidency. And those same people who defend him will also be the first to talk about how bad Nixon was. It’s hypocritical to an obscene level.

        • Juan

          I know, man, it’s really frustrating. I have allegedly liberal friends who still support this monster.
          I think the fucker is just plain EVIL. I think you pretty much have to be to get any where near the levels of power he has.

  • jaguar

    let us support Obama

  • InfvoCuernos

    I remember seeing a news clip back when Obama was a senator and it was him and Michele sitting on thrones in Kenya on some trip to visit Africa and there was a group of Kenyans down on hands and knees bowing before them and I couldn’t believe that the US was letting this senator act like a king in a foreign country. I think he was there to promote some kind of AIDS awareness. Nobody had heard of him then, might have been his first term. Looking at that now, I can see he was just establishing his bonafides as an aristocrat so that all the other aristocrats here in US would accept him.

  • DeepCough

    Well, now that you mention it, the PPACA legislation is just the reincarnation of CHIP which was advocated by Nixon.

  • Charlie Primero

    Nixon and Obama were meat-puppet stooges barely able to perpetuate the Great Father mythos herd animals love to believe are so important.

    Lyndon Banes Johnson made both of them look like punks. That guy was a straight-up Bad Mofo.

    • Dingbert

      Truly our last great president.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    lol…laughable comparison..except for the wiretap similarity. Obama would have to take a few hundred mile walk to the left to even approach the liberalism and progressive stance of Nixon and the GOP of that era.

  • ishmael2009

    It always amazed me when people would defend Obama or Clinton before him, by saying that they had to deal with a hostile house and congress. Both presidents had extensive periods with Dem majorities and did nothing with them. It was the easiest cop-out in the book “Those nasty boys won’t let me play ball”.

  • Tuna Ghost

    He also did good stuff for Civil Rights, which I care more about than his seedier political shenanigans

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