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Much has been said about the strong personalities who will feature in President-elect Barack Obama’s national security “team of rivals.” But Obama has already made it clear that “the buck stops” with him. Pepe Escobar argues that instead of “change,” what America has in fact brought is an Obama vision that may not be too dissimilar from the war on terror framework.

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Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of Globalistan and also Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge both published by Nimble Books in 2007.