It was July 24, 2008, when a delirious crowd of Berliners greeted a young Illinois senator who apparently promised to end the wars initiated by George W. Bush. Europe fell in love early with that young politician, much earlier and more intensely than the United States, where Barack Obama was elected in November 2008 with an underwhelming 53 percent of the votes.
Eight years later, his presidency is coming to an end with many, too many, broken promises, and nothing makes his failure more palpable than the creeping civil war between a racist police force and the African-American people.
Yes, because there is a civil war when the losses among unarmed civilians number in the hundreds, and when someone among the potential victims, like the soldier Micah Johnson, decides to use what he learned in the Army to pay the cops back with their same currency, killing five and wounding seven in Dallas.
Not even two weeks ago, the White House announced that 116 civilians may have been killed in drone attacks around the world between 2009 and 2015. Human rights organizations estimated the total to a much higher figure, about 2,000 civilian victims of the war on terrorism.