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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Contempt For Obama

As I've made abundantly clear, I'm no fan of Obama. However, I have been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in regard to his motives. I thought it quite possible that he meant well, but has been caught up in the constraints of the office and the political realities in the USA. However, I'm no longer willing to give him that benefit of a doubt. I now have contempt for Obama. He's a moral degenerate.

What pushed it over the line for me? It was some things he said in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, a speech that he gave just a few short days after announcing an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. He justified that escalation by saying that sometimes nonviolence doesn't work. As an example, he gave Hitler and Germany. He's right. A nonviolent campaign wouldn't have stopped Hitler. He had to be opposed with military force. But look what Obama's doing. He's comparing the war in Afghanistan to the war to stop Hitler. However, the comparison isn't apt. In this war, we're more in the role of the Nazis than anything else. We're the country that's invaded Afghanistan, the country that has forced a government on those people run by a CIA asset whose brother is a drug lord, the country that's made it clear that we're going to stay until we've bent them to our will.

Politics is said to be the art of the possible. Okay, I'll go along with that. But what was possible in regards to Afghanistan and the Peace prize? If Obama really feels that the war in Afghanistan is necessary, then he should have declined the prize. That would have been the honest thing to do. It is even possible that, had he handled it right, he could have accrued some political capital. But, no. He had to have his prize, so he conflated war with peace, just like every other president before him. Of course, that implies a definition of peace that is quite different from what you would find in the dictionary. When American politicians talk, peace is a state where the other nations of the world passively accept the dominion of the USA.


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