Addressed to Barack H. Obama
By Hermie Rotea
GOVERNING AS PRESIDENT AND CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT ARE TWO DIFFERENT ANIMALS
By now you must have already realized that campaigning for president
and governing as president are two different animals. What you said
then and what you say now contradict each other. You have flip-flopped.
For example, you stated during the 2007 campaign that Iraq was a
"stupid war" that should have not been waged. Now you have embraced it
and thus legitimized war criminal George W. Bush's illegal, immoral and
phony war on terror.
Of course you have set an
elastic timetable for withdrawal. But what the heck, you are now the
leader of the discredited Washington gang of old. In fact, you are
already even creating your own Vietnam with the U.S. military surge in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The tragedy is that America is
addicted to war in the same way that some people are addicted to drugs.
Sixty percent of the national budget is spent to produce weapons of mass destruction and finance foreign wars. U.S. military bases are all over the world.
Yet Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon failed to win the Vietnam
war. Now Mr. President, what makes you think that the United States can
war in Afghanistan where the former Soviet Union with more troops deployed there miserably failed in the 1980s?
you know that the civil war-torn country, like Vietnam, has never really been
conquered permanently and is in fact the graveyard of imperialism?
As George Santayana said, a nation that has not learned a lesson from
history is doomed to repeat its mistakes.
So Mr. President, heed the lesson of history. Wake up and stop playing
politics for expediency!
Meet Your Fellow Flip-Flopper
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has demanded the resignation or ouster of
current Speaker Nancy Pelosi for charging that the CIA had misled her
about the waterboarding torture of suspected foreign terrorist
prisoners. CIA Director Leon Panetta has contradicted her by stating
that the CIA does not condone torture of detainees.
Mr. President, political sharks who smell blood are now circling your
ship of state and maneuvering to sink it. Already Michael Steele,
chairman of the Republican National Committee, has declared that the
"honeymoon" is over and the opposition party is set for the kill. They
see the Pelosi-Panetta dispute as a good opening for the attack.
Who better than Gingrich can lead such political offensive? The
architect of the so-called "Contract with America" revolution and now a
Republican presidential aspirant, said that Pelosi should resign or be
ousted because she had lied that the CIA had not actually briefed her,
just informed her, about the waterboarding torture of suspected
terrorists, which is illegal.
As Gingrich put it,
Pelosi committed a crime because "it is illegal to lie to Congress."
Well said, Mr. ex-Speaker.
But wait a minute. Did
not Gingrich himself accuse former President Bush of lying to the
American people about his "phony war" on terror? Yes Gingrich did. That is a
direct quote from him early in the 2007 presidential campaign when he
was testing the political waters.
Bush did lie that
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He also lied that
Afghanistan was involved in 9/11 although it was Osama bin Laden
and his Al Qaeda network that had perpetrated such terrorist attacks.
Yet he used this reason and deception to invade and occupy Iraq and
Afghanistan although both countries had nothing to do with 9/11.
So Gingrich's double standard is apparent. He demanded the resignation
or ouster of Speaker Pelosi for allegedly lying about her charge that
the CIA had misled her about the torture of detainees. But he let then
President Bush get away with lying about his phony war on terror.
You Are a Changed Man
Mr. President, doubting Thomases now say that they don't recognize you
anymore. In your campaign for
president you pledged to change Washington and politics as usual. Instead, Washington has changed you.
At first everybody thought you were a far-left guy who had associated
with such radicals like Bill Ayers, the 1960s leader of the homegrown
terrorist group Weatherman who had bombed The Pentagon.
You also associated with the Rev.
Jermiah Wright who had "God Damn America!" repeatedly in his church
sermons, and who was your own pastor who had performed your marriage
ceremony with your wife Michelle, and whom you later disowned when he became too hot to handle.
Now you are being labeled as a pragmatic leader or moderate, a
middle-of-the-road guy. Whatever you really are, Mr. President, you
have in fact already embraced the shenanigans of your cowboy
predecessor from Texas, where there is a current movement to secede
from the United States because
they don't like your tax-and-spend "socialistic" policy.
Are you trying to be like Robin Hood who robs the rich and gives to the poor?
Watch For O'Reilly and Hannity
Fox Cable News led by talk show hosts Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity
have been consistently attacking you for remaking America as a
socialist nation patterned after European countries that take care of
their peoples from the cradle to the grave with their socialistic
policies. Americans are beginning to wonder if you are really charting
the ship of state in that same direction.
President, you are acting like Donald Trump in his TV Apprentice
series. You have in fact already fired some CEOs at Wall Street with
the government takeover of some giant banking, insurance and auto
corporations as the majority owner.
Your "socialistic" policy has even
provoked the birth of a modern "Tea Party Movement" in protest
against your taxation reminiscent of the historic Boston Tea Party of
1773 that ignited the events that led to American independence from
England in the crucible of 1776.
Is history repeating itself?
Have a nice day, Mr. President.
© May 22, 2009
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