YESTERDAY Hillary Clinton revealed that she will formally end her campaign for the White House on Saturday, and throw her full support behind her Democratic rival Barack Obama.
She said in a letter: ‘I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.’
Clinton, who was viewed as a sure thing at the start of the campaign, has been destroyed by the desire of the working class in the US for ‘change’.
This desire has been driven on by a situation where millions of workers wages and jobs have been cut, and millions more have had their homes repossessed, while at the same time hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in a bloody and failed attempt by the big bully, US imperialism, to enslave the Iraqi people and steal their oil.
This desire for change excluded another four years of a Clinton as president, since the Clinton NAFTA free trade deal saw millions of American workers jobs exported, and much of the New Deal safety net dismantled.
Clinton’s bid was stymied from the start, as millions showed their desire for change, by themselves changing and sweeping aside old prejudices as they voted for the man who will be the first black US president.
However, major sections of the US ruing class also appreciated that the US needed a change of leadership, something that would have to look very radical and spectacularly different, a black president of the US, not part of any ruling political dynasty, if the interests of US imperialism which were badly battered under Bush, were to be better served.
They hope to have a completely new broom that can be used to sweep around the world to try to resolve some of the intractable problems that the US ruling class have created for themselves in the Middle East and the Gulf in particular.
This is the role that has been marked out for Barack Obama, who has already said that he is ready to speak to the Iranian and Syrian leaderships to try to make a deal for the American ruling class.
However the foundations of US foreign policy will remain unchanged.
Obama, a few days ago spoke to the representatives of the Zionist lobby. He insisted that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel, and said he would work to ‘eliminate’ the threat posed by Iran.
The Israel prime Minister Olmert, whose forces recently invaded the Lebanon commented: ‘His appearance was very impressive. His words on Jerusalem were very moving.’
Obama declared an ‘unshakeable commitment’ to Israeli security, adding: ‘I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel’.
He continued that talks with Iran would take place at ‘a time and place of my choosing, if and only if it can advance the interests of the United States’, adding ‘I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, everything,’ he repeated.
For good measure he concluded: ‘Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel. Do not be confused.’
The Zionists were not confused as they heard him declare: ‘Any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognised, defensible borders, and Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and must remain undivided.’ The applause was rapturous.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat remarked ‘Senator Obama has closed all doors to peace.’
The Palestinian leadership have been shocked by Obama unmasking himself to reveal a Zionist.
This is nothing to the shock and anger that tens of millions of US workers will feel when they find out that a President Obama cannot deliver any of the jobs, wages, pensions, and healthcare that he has been promising.
His betrayal will be the catalyst for the US working class to break with the Democrats and launch a workers party to take the road of the struggle for socialism in the US.