When President Obama took office in 2008 many expected him to depart sharply from the politics of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. But for varying reasons, this has not taken place. This paper will analyze through the example of Obamas Drone War a few – though probably not all – of those reasons.
Starting with a comparison of both Presidents, or rather by viewing the development of U.S. counter-terrorism policies under both Administrations starting from the attacks of September 11 2001, it will be shown that Obama did in fact not depart from many policies of Bush, but adapted and modified them. Additionally, that these policies represent an expansion of presidential power, rooted in the events of 9/11. Weiterlesen