Writing for a site like Restoring Truthiness it should go without saying that I am an unquestioning subscriber to liberal ideology. However, I must admit sometimes it is hard to blindly support ideals that suggest taxing the rich fixes everything and the government knows best. But every once in a while I am able to hold my dreadlocked head high. One such moment happened on the Republican’s Super Tuesday when President Obama slammed Mitt Romeny and Rick Santorum about their comments on Iran. In a press conference, not intentionally timed to be in the middle of a day he and his campaign knew would be dominated by news coverage of Republican candidates, the President berated the GOP candidates for campaigning on possible war with Iran.
“[T]hose folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities. They’re not commander in chief,” said Obama, “There’s no doubt that those who are suggesting, or proposing, or beating the drums of war should explain clearly to the American people what the costs and benefits of war would be.”
“Take that war mongers,” I wanted to scream as I waited in line to extend my unemployment benefits, “Take your military-industrial complex and stuff it, death dealers.” My heart welled with blue pride as my Commander in Chief locked my heart into a Guantanamo prison cell of enchantment and threw away the key all over again.
Here is a President you can be proud of. He was able to simultaneously denounce the GOP for beating the drums of war while reassuring Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that we would go to war if he needed us. Only a true leader could make taking two completely different paths look so easy. That is a man you could follow; unless he came to a fork in the road.
President Obama was commenting on the audacity of Romney and Santorum’s assertions that he has a track record of appeasement and limp-wristedness when dealing with enemies of America. They offered an alternative to his casual nature and supported a more talk-quietly-but-carry-a-big-stick approach. His statement cut right to the heart of their attack by pointing out that they are not commander in chief and therefore cannot completely understand the costs of their decisions. He has never been so right. They are not commander in chief and cannot fully grasp the costs associated with going to war or ending one for that matter.
Not like President Obama, who fully understands what it means to make decisions that affect the world. Like when he nearly destroyed the United States’ relationship with Israel by telling them to stop settling their own land and advocated for a Palestinian state. Or when he sent letters to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and shook hands with Hugo Chavez. Or when he restarted a relationship with Vladimir Putin and sent envoys of diplomats to Syria to start a dialogue with Bashar al-Assad. Or when he began talks with Afghani President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban.
Yes, maybe the loss of three years of peace talks with Israel is regrettable. And the Ayatollah and Hugo Chavez still think we are the great western devil and the extension of an olive branch made us look weak. And maybe Putin is fixing elections to remain in power and Bashar al-Assad is committing crimes against humanity. And maybe the Taliban is openly asking Afghanis to kill Americans because we burned a Koran (which President Obama immediately apologized for) and Karzai is obviously corrupt. But the point is these new guys don’t have nearly the level of experience that Mr. Obama has when it comes to making the big decisions. I know those crazy conservatives are saying that that is a good thing, but lucky for me I don’t have to worry about that. I’m blue all the way and I don’t let pesky things like facts get in the way of my thinking.
- Pressure Mounting as Officials Preach Patience On Iran Sanctions (usnews.com)
- Roundup: Putin claims victory amid allegations of fraud (globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com)
- Hugo Chavez: Obama’s a ‘clown’ president (disclose.tv)