Mini Rant: Obama and Anti-Colonialism
Why do people keep accusing Obama of being anti-colonial as if that is a bad thing? I am open-minded enough to consider the possibility that colonialism could have been a good thing, but I understand that this is not a mainstream view anymore. The colonial period was a bad period when a bunch of white guys went around subjugating everyone else. Hell, the Americans fought against their colonial masters and ousted them. I am open to the idea that the Americans were on the wrong side of the moral equation on that one, but I doubt Americans are prepared to accept that. Or have Neocons completely infected the foreign policy idea-sphere now such that everyone openly embraces the project of American Imperialism – a characterisation of american foreign policy that only the most trenchant anti-americans would employ? Or maybe its just more american exceptionalism: Colonialism is good when America is the colonising power, but evil when done by anyone else.