Thanks again to my friend Eideard for an insightful article. We all know that I was; am; and will remain supporter of President Obama and many of his actions and policies; but not all.
When I cast my vote for The President however, I recognized the job that I was essentially hiring him to do was beyond difficult; beyond morally wrenching; beyond psychologically twisting. I voted for him; not because I thought he was the Great Black Hope or some kind of savior. I voted for him because I trusted him to make choices and decisions for the entire nation far more than any of the other candidates. I may not like every choice he makes but it is impossible for me to micro-manage his presidency. (The Republicans have tried that to everyone’s embarrassment)
I realize that My President sits between sources of information; advice; ideas that vary and differ and that he is tasked with deciding which of these is the correct one for all of us. A difficult task on the best day; for a “Superman”. For President Obama; who is a very intelligent and moral man but let’s face it; just an other man; a human it is a life changing; soul stripping job.
I also understand where much of his intelligence comes from and advice as well. Our intelligence community is the most important part of our government that doesn’t change with each administration. The highest level; Director, is appointed by the President and is; we can only hope; somewhat in agreement with him on matters of policy but he is just a figure-head; the public face of a huge bureaucracy run by typically Conservative bureaucrats. Much power lies with “The Military Industrial Complex”. Their influence; seen or unseen; is enormous. Their pockets are D-E-E-E-P. By now, their influence is well beyond the simple ability to edit and/or fabricate intelligence etc.
So; am I excusing the violent policies and interventionist policies of The President and his administration? No. Just saying; What else should we expect as long as we are not able to reign in the powers that seek world destruction and domination. To blame any one President is a waste of time and in no way productive. The system must change before any President will be able to effectively make significant changes in the direction of our foreign policy.
Nothing sums up the warped foreign policy fantasy world in which Republicans live more than when House Speaker John Boehner recently called Obama an “anti-war president” under which America “is sitting on the sidelines” in the increasingly chaotic Middle East.
If Obama is an anti-war president, he’s the worst anti-war president in history. In the last six years, the Obama administration has bombed seven countries in the Middle East alone and armed countless more with tens of billions in dollars in weapons. But that’s apparently not enough for Republicans. As the Isis war continues to expand and Yemen descends into civil war, everyone is still demanding more: If only we bombed the region a little bit harder, then they’ll submit.
In between publishing a new rash of overt sociopathic “Bomb Iran” op-eds, Republicans and neocons are circulating a new talking point: Obama doesn’t have a “coherent” or “unifying” strategy in…
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