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Dear Mr. Obama: What Would Be Your Response?

September 7, 2008

We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged and to which we have now spent $400 billion and has seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.  —Barack Obama, February 2007

This is what Barack Obama had to say a year and a half ago regarding the War in Iraq.

I know what some people might say to me- member of the reviled “chicken hawk” class.

But what would you say to this man?

YouTube – Dear Mr. Obama.

It’s easy to talk about these things in generalities and abstractions- so I’m serious. What would you say to this particular man, fact to face, not anonymously on some blog no one will ever see?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. imthenimrod permalink
    September 7, 2008 5:23 pm

    Great video.

    Barack’s response:

    “Well, I’d like to thank you for your service to our country. I certainly didn’t mean to in any way diminish the sacrifices that you’ve made. My opinion simply has to be that everything George W. Bush has done since office is 100% wrong. My entire campaign relies on it. I don’t know anything about foreign policy and know less about running a military effectively. You know, if I am elected, I will be a more destructive Commander-in-chief than Bill Clinton. I don’t really have any stances on the real issues facing this nation. You know, I believe that I can win this election if I can make the American people believe that America was a terrible imperial cancer in this world until my wife and I came along. I also must make them believe that John McCain is George Bush the third. If I do not, I will lose, because I do not have any original thoughts of my own. Vote for me. I also enjoy murdering babies. Thank you for your service to our country.”

    McCain ’08, please.

  2. David permalink
    September 10, 2008 9:00 am

    Count,

    As the saying goes, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention”. I suggest you read what I have written, because I am not making this up.

    One video, of one soldier does not speak for others in the military. I was working on a project that involved some Marines (several years ago), and they did not have kind words for Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld.

    The Iraq War was staged, not for the freedom of the Iraqi people, but for strategic oil purposes. The CIA, in the 1950’s help depose the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddeq, which the US now considers a terrible move (Operation Ajax). The reason for doing this….because Iran wanted more royalties for their own oil to help build their economy. At the time, Iran was the most cosmopolitan and westernized of all the middle-eastern countries. The British didn’t like this and got the US to help stage this coup d’etat.

    I suggest you start reading more about the history between Iran and the US. It is part of the reason why we have the dreaded threat of fundamentalist Islam at our doorstep at this time. Almost every historian admits that. Iran would have looked a lot different at this juncture, and most likely so would Iraq.

    I know that you support the actions of this terrible, ignorant president that we have now, on idealogical grounds. The same way you support McCain/Palin (McCain originally called the right-wing Christians ‘agents of intolerance’). Watch out for him, his move to pick Palin was to appease the right-wing Christians. As president, he could very easily marginalize Palin from his power center, rendering her insignificant. For most VP’s in the history of US politics, that has been the case. Cheney is the exception.

    The Iraq war was a mistake, buts its not the troops’ fault. Have you not read about how our government treats the wounded (psychologically and physically), when they come back (Walter Reed) How this administration pays private companies, who in turn pay private soldiers three times the money that our regular servicemen and women get (is that not an insult to our troops?) They get discarded once they are of no use to the cause. The suicide rate of our soldiers is very high, because they get little recovery time in between tours (because we don’t have enough troops in Iraq). They are not getting the treatment they need because of health care rationing. Is that not an insult to our troops? All this from three men who managed to avoid going to Vietnam, yet they trash the records of soldiers who have served to suit their idealogical needs. These three men are UnAmerican, Unpatriotic, and Unsympathetic.

    The National Guard is severely strained because of deployments (some for their 2nd or 3rd time). The NG was established for states to be able to help themselves during times of emergency, many governors are complaining that they wouldn’t be able help themselves during such crises. Rumsfeld ignored some generals (who lost their jobs because they were trying to tell him the truth), when they said that invading Iraq successfully would take up to 500, 000 troops-Rumsfeld gave 130,000. His arrogant philosophy was

    Poverty has increased since this administration took over, infant mortality has risen because of inadequate health care for the poor (infanticide?). The living wage has decreased while prices have increased. School districts, all around the country, are going to four day school weeks to save money. There are more people going to food pantries than ever before. More hungry, more losing their homes, more without health care for their families.

    The wealthiest 1 percent are paying less taxes (percentage wise) than the middle class. We are 17th in the world for science education, when we used to be 1st. Why are you not outraged!

    Wake up, Count. More of the same is coming.

    The truth belongs to neither party, and both party’s will bend the truth to suit their needs.

  3. September 10, 2008 10:22 pm

    I don’t think I could have imagined two more pathetic responses to my simple question, one from the right, one from the left – or is it just pure cynicism?

    The challenge was to try to put into words what you would tell this soldier. He may be wrong, he may be just one; but all I was asking is, what would you say to his face?

    I myself cannot imagine saying anything else but “Thanks for your service”. If that’s ideological, so be it.

    David, protocol here is call me Count. I will edit comments that do otherwise. And if you don’t like what I’m saying, you should just really stop reading. We’re not going to convince each other of anything.

  4. David permalink
    September 11, 2008 10:55 am

    There are plenty of politicians who say “Thank you”, including Obama & McCain & Bush & Cheney etc. There are a lot of ‘chicken-hawks’ in congress, and some of them started and supported this war.

    What our soldiers need are actions that support the verbal gratitude. Anyone can say ‘thanks’ and wear a flag pin, that is not the point. True thanks comes in giving them the armor they need, the health care they deserve, and a pension for compensation of years of protecting our country, and a chance of a college degree (a lot of National Guard volunteers join to help get funding for a college education-it is their only way of funding their further education).

    A ‘support our troops’ magnet sticker doesn’t cut it. Our tax dollars spent in a responsible way to help military families, instead of them raising money to send armor to their loved ones. Also, civilians sending gift packages, and donations as a supplemental way to show gratitude to those who serve.

    If you want to find out what the congressmen and women of our country really think about our troops then go to the IAVA website. There’s a tally of who voted for and against any military & veteran spending. Check out your local congress person’s real support, instead of the PR version they like you to hear. There you will find that real support has no conservative or liberal bias.

    http://capwiz.com/iava/dbq/officials/

    As far the comment about lives ‘wasted’. Maybe Obama should have phrased it in a different way. But anytime our government puts our military into a ‘nation building’ situation (a euphemism for empire building-something that even Bush was against before he was for it), before protecting our nation from immediate threat. We are now severely over-stretched. (Iran’s nuclear intentions will have to carry on unabated-we just don’t have the resources).

    By the way, why write a blog if you don’t won’t others to read and respond? Are you doing it for catharsis? If so, why not just write a personal journal? I thought bloggers where there to open up debate? Not just have all the ones that agree with you, pat you on the back. I don’t intend to convince you of anything, but I can’t stand the partisan bickering and jingoism that has tainted our recent political landscape. My only search is for the truth, not political allegiance, I don’t belong to either party.

    My initial comment on this particular blog had no left-wing agenda, only to show the hypocrisy of the ‘pot calling the kettle black’. A republican party that has character assassinated & crushed military heroes because it suits them, and protected the ‘heroism’ of the two biggest ‘chicken-hawks’ that are running our country. Believe me, if it were the Dems, I would be saying the same thing about them.

  5. David permalink
    September 11, 2008 11:33 am

    One other point. Let us not forget what today is, and who perpetrated that horrific act. They where religious fundamentalists, who had support from the Wahabists in Saudi Arabia, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda. Where Iraq was in that equation has never been proved, only insinuated (although he has committed heinous acts on his own people, I’m certainly not shedding a tear for him).

    We should not have invaded Iraq, but now we are there, we need to see it through responsibly (they want us to start pulling out), and not abandon these poor people to a vacuum).

  6. Matthias permalink
    September 16, 2008 2:50 am

    how do you get it in your stupid mind that bombarding a foreign wealthy land with NO WEAPONS OF MASSDESTRUCTION as proofed by the VN is just?
    truly,you know why your militairy mates where killed?because of the people where mad at them and you. and not without good reason!you killed most of there families,almost half of the men killed in iraq was INNOCENT in short,WHOLE IRAQ is INNOCENT!!!
    really you will never be able to justify the useless,devestating track that war,YES EVERY WAR, leaves. WAR=DEATH=NO GOOD so why trying to say it is??!!!

    GO OBAMA GO!! IN THE NAME OF WHOLE EUROPA!!!!!!!
    anonymous from
    the netherlands

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