On Democracy Now, Ralph Nader criticized President Obama’s stark militarism:
Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says Obama’s criticism of income inequality and Wall Street excess fail to live up to his record in office. “[Obama] says one thing and does another,” Nader says. “Where has he been for over three years? He’s had the Justice Department. There are existing laws that could prosecute and convict Wall Street crooks. He hasn’t sent more than one or two to jail.” On foreign policy, Nader says, “I think his lawless militarism, that started the speech and ended the speech, was truly astonishing. [Obama] was very committed to projecting the American empire, in Obama terms.”
Nader argues that Iraq was not a victory (as Obama claimed), given that we have allowed one million Iraqis to die and essentially destroyed the country. He has sent American soldiers on “lawless militarism” and then draped them as though they were Iwo Jima heroes.
Nader calls Obama a “political coward,” because he was unwilling to even mention the Occupy movement, the major citizen movement of our time. Obama cannot utter the word “poverty,” but refers only to the “middle class,” which is shrinking into poverty. Nader asserts that Obama’s claims that he will prosecute financial fraud are vapid, given that he hasn’t done anything significant in this area for years, and he hasn’t pushed for the necessary financing to staff a meaningful financial crimes unit.