View Full Version : US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal

David Guyatt
09-30-2009, 11:11 AM
The old master speaks again:


From The Times
September 30, 2009
US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal
Tim Teeman
Barack Obama is failing as President and the US is in danger of sliding into a military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal, the American essayist and intellectual.

In an exclusive interview with The Times, Vidal, 83, reveals that he regrets switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Mr Obama during last year’s campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I was hopeful,” he said of Mr Obama. “He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism.”

America should leave Afghanistan, Vidal said. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it.” Vidal, a friend of President John F. Kennedy, became an Obama backer because he “grew up in a black city” (Washington) and was impressed by Obama’s intelligence.

On Mr Obama’s plan to reform healthcare, he said: “He f***** it up. I don’t know how, because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen.”

Vidal added: "He loves quoting Lincoln and there’s a great Lincoln quote from a letter he wrote to one of his generals in the South after the Civil War. ’I am President of the United States. I have full overall power and never forget it, because I will exercise it’. That’s what Obama needs - a bit of Lincoln’s chill.” He also predicted Obama may be assassinated: “Just one lone gunman lurking in the shadows of the capital.”

America has no intellectual class and is rotting away at a funereal pace, he believes. “We’ll have a military dictatorship soon, on the basis nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being overeducated. He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is.”

Ed Jewett
09-30-2009, 04:40 PM
Tres interressant. As powerful a statement as this appears to be, I fear we are farther down that slippery slope than he intimates.

"... the rent is in arrears, the dog has not been fed in years, It's even worse than it appears, but it's alright ... Cow is giving kerosene, kid can't read at seventeen, The words he knows are all obscene, but it's alright, I will get by, I will survive...."

I think Mr. Vidal wore padded gloves for that interview.

David Guyatt
09-30-2009, 05:09 PM
I put it down to alarum fatigue. :smokin: