I recently read an article in the former Newsweek (now The Daily Beast) called Hope Isn’t Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders by Stuart Stevens July 19, 2013
If you continue to believe that Obama the Bomber has been a President who has given hope to the United States and that because of his administration the world will be a better place, I encourage you to think again. If you have the lack of hope that I do that he is going to make the world a better place to live in then read on.
No Hope in Afghanistan
As Mr Stevens says in Hope is not enough…” “In Afghanistan, over three times as many Americans have died under President Obama than President Bush, and it’s difficult to maintain that the American policy has been a success. In the last campaign, President Obama repeatedly assured the public that all U.S. troops would be out by 2014. Now we are told U.S. troops will remain for an indefinite time helping to train Afghan forces. We are negotiating with the Taliban but we aren’t negotiating with the Taliban. It’s a mess and Americans continue to die.”
As if that were not enough, do you know that Afghanistan is considered the most corrupt country in the world? In his commentary titled Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan, James Bovard writes “between 2005 and 2009, Afghanistan’s ‘corruption rating’ went from merely bad to worst in the world (except for Somalia, which doesn’t have a government), according to Transparency International.”
Mr Bovard goes on to give us a partial timeline of the Afghanistan regime and its corruption. Here are two examples:
“In August 2009, Afghanistan had a presidential election. The U.S. government hoped that the result would legitimize Karzai and spur international support for his regime. The PR exercise was marred after Karzai’s team was caught stealing a million votes. Regardless of the pervasive vote fraud, the Obama administration still insisted that Karzai was a ‘legitimate’ leader.”
“In September 2010, the New York Times revealed that the CIA had been making secret massive cash payoffs to top Afghan government officials in order to protect them from corruption…One U.S. government official explained, ‘The corruption we need to combat is the corruption that undermines the fight against the Taliban.’ Thus, as long as the officials who were accepting the secret payoffs appeared to be anti-Taliban, there was no problem.”
(The “Other” War)
Mercenaries will be in Iraq forever it seems, the “war on terror” and the “war on drugs” continue to dump money on arms merchants and war lords and expend the lives of US troops as well as the innocents (aka “collateral damage”) murdered by drones, bombing and the inevitable horrors of war.
No Hope from Broken Campaign Promises
If you think Obama the Bomber is worthy of your vote you are either a fool or fooling yourself. He has lied to the public, admitted to extra-judicial assassinations (aka murder) of United States citizens, welched on his campaign promise to close down Guantanamo and will not release nor give trials to those “detained” there.
In 2008 he said “We will not ship away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far off countries, or detain without trial or charge prisoners who can and should be brought to justice for their crimes, or maintain a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of the law.” I am sure the Guantanamo Bay prisoners would like to see that happen.
He has overseen and therefore allowed the most draconian measures of the VIPERS, the TSA body gropes at airports, and the wholesale delving into the privacy of US and European citizens via the PRISM program of the NSA.
On the issue of Domestic Spying Obama is quoted as saying in 2008; “We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” What are national security letters take a look at Stasiland in the USSA-National Security Letter.
In 2005, he made a very strong comment regarding the onerous Patriot Act: “This is legislation that puts our own Justice Department above the law. When National Security Letters are issued, they allow federal agents to conduct any search on any American, no matter how extensive or wide-ranging, without ever going before a judge to prove that the search is necessary.” Later in 2008 he said “We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.”
The next time you see Obama the Bomber ask him where the VIPERS get the authority to do searches of persons and their property without any due process of law?
He accused Bush and Cheney, and rightfully so, of undermining liberty in the pursuit of a war and delivering a false sense of security to the nation. He said “[W]e’ve seen an Administration put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. The Democratic Party rejects this dichotomy. We will restore our constitutional traditions, and recover our nation’s founding commitment to liberty under law.” After one full term and a half, there is no evidence that Obama has done any better, fear, uncertainty and doubt cloud the US horizons.
What did he say about ending the “War on Terror”? “This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands. In America, we’ve faced down dangers far greater than Al Qaeda by staying true to our values.”
No Hope for Whistleblowers
In 2009 Obama said “Often the best source about waste, fraud and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism . . . should be encouraged rather than stifled.”
NOTE: As of July 25, 2013, Obama Promises Disappear from Web. “Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, has effectively disappeared sometime over the last month.” Possible reason? “administration’s ethics agenda had, as part, the former Obama the Bomber pledge to protect whistleblowers. “It may be that Obama’s description of the importance of whistleblowers went from being an artifact of his campaign to a political liability.”
Ask Edward Snowden how he feels about being pursued by the US government for his whistle blowing. Snowden is a “former technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who leaked details of several top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.”
Mutt Rummey (aka The Mormon) was a lunatic, a stark-raving madman, admittedly out to conquer the world and make the United States safer for billionaires and to use the rest of its citizens to pay for it their enrichment. Yet it is difficult to see how Obama the Bomber has made the United States a better place for either its citizens or the rest of the world at large than would have the Big Buffoon Rummey.
Obama has broken so many campaign promises that even his supporters may have difficulty keeping track of them. I did a search for “obama broken campaign promises” and came up with 1.2 million hits. Run through the list, the critics are out there letting him know.
19 Huge Broken Campaign Promises of President Obama