Oliver Stone: Obama's Abuses of Power 'Must Have Made Dick Cheney Jealous'
October 30, 2012 • 2:29PM

In a 618-page book he has co-authored with Peter Kuznick, The Untold History of the United States, to be released today, filmmaker Oliver Stone says that,"The biggest winner under Obama was Wall Street," and that his abuses of power "must have made Dick Cheney jealous." Stone says that he backed Obama in 2008.

Some review quotes cited in Politico:

"The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse. [R]ather than repudiating the policies of Bush and his predecessors, Obama has perpetuated them."

Obama's election "felt like a kind of expiation for the sins of a nation whose reputation had been sullied, as we have shown throughout this book, by racism, imperialism, militarism, nuclearism, environmental degradation, and unbridled avarice."

"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."

On health care: "Obama's failure to articulate a progressive vision was also apparent in the fight over health reform, which was to have been his signature initiative.... Obama's health care reform effort, marked by the inability to even refute Republican charges of death panels, was so unpopular that it became an albatross around the necks of Democrats in the 2010 election."

On a troop surge in Afghanistan: "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."

On civil liberties: "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."

On imperialism: "[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."

On military spending: "While cutting defense spending, pulling combat forces out of Iraq, and beginning the drawdown in Afghanistan represented a welcome retreat from the hypermilitarism of the Bush-Cheney years, they did not represent the sharp and definitive break with empire that the world needed to see from the United States."

The book has also been adapted into a documentary series for Showtime. It will begin airing Nov. 12.

Stone has made for a number of films dealing with recent history, most notably JFK, which dramatically portrayed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. The oligarchy's media outlets widely denounced it "conspiracy theory".