Controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone blasts President Barack Obama in a new book released on October 30, exactly one week before voters go to the polls for the 2012 presidential election.
The book’s title is “The Untold History of the United States”, and it is a 784-page hardback edition described as an alternative history of the nation as seen from the viewpoint of a progressive liberal. Stone co-wrote the book with historian Peter Kuznick, and the contents will be aired as a documentary mini-series on Showtime starting November 12.
Stone and Kuznick compare President Obama to former President George W. Bush in their new book by writing, “The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse. Rather than repudiating the policies of Bush and his predecessors, Obama has perpetuated them,” according to excerpts from the book that were released in an October 29 story on Politico.com.
On the hot topic of Libya, Stone condemned Obama’s handling of the intervention by writing, “In 2011, Obama defied his own top lawyers, insisting that he did not need congressional approval under the War Powers Resolution to continue military activities in Libya.”
The two authors even compared Obama to former Vice President Dick Cheney by suggesting:
“Obama asserted presidential power in ways that must have made Dick Cheney jealous.”
“Among the greatest disappointments to his followers was Obama’s refusal to roll back the expanding national security state that so egregiously encroached on American civil liberties,” Stone and Kuznick wrote in regard to Obama’s record on homeland security and domestic terror prevention policies.
Oliver Stone announced in an interview on January 12 that he would support Texas Rep. Ron Paul instead of President Obama in the 2012 election, despite voting for Obama in the 2008 election.
On an issue popular among Ron Paul supporters, regarding American “imperialism”, Stone wrote of President Obama: “He was not offering a decisive break with over a century of imperial conquest. His was a centrist approach to better managing the American empire rather than advancing a positive role for the United States in a rapidly evolving world.”
The subjects of two of Oliver Stone’s most popular films – “JFK” and “Wall Street” – also came up in his condemnations of the Obama administration. Stone was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writer, for his 1991 film “JFK”, which was a dramatic portrayal of the life of former President John F. Kennedy.
In writing about President Obama’s decision to deploy a troop surge in Afghanistan, Stone laments, “When it finally came down to decision time, Obama didn’t have the courage or integrity of a post-Cuban Missile Crisis John F. Kennedy. He settled on a 30,000-troop increase, giving the military leaders almost everything they wanted and more than they expected.”
Finally, Stone reserved some of his harshest criticism for the president’s record of dealing with Wall Street bankers in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis by summarizing Obama’s first-term in the White House: “The biggest winner under Obama was Wall Street.”
Steven Holmes is the Los Angeles Political Buzz Examiner.
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