Is it any surprise that people have to say things like this to Obama?
With all due respect Mr. President, we were hoping your administration would not carry on the war mongering policies of your predecessor. Instead we see amazingly that you Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009. Mr. President, do we really need another $75 billion for wars? Was there nothing in the military budget that could be cut?
With all due respect Mr. President, The United States spends more on its military budget than the next 45 highest spending countries in the world combined; The United States accounts for 48 percent of the world’s total military spending; The United States spends on its military 5.8 times more than China, 10.2 times more than Russia, and 98.6 times more than Iran. Isn’t that enough Mr. President?
With all due respect Mr. President, the downfall of every great nation in history has been unsustainable military expansion. Mr. President, the US can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. You act as if we can. Mr. President, can you please tell us how we can afford this spending?
The writer makes some great domestic economic points as well, but I’m blogging about hypocritical lying. Obama is not about to give up on America’s new policy (i.e. originating with W’s total capitulation to neo-con utopianism). He likes it and will exand on it. It will tie in with his domestic ambitions since the regimentation of war has always encourage socialism at home. But, again, I’m falling into mission drift on the point of this blog.
I’m not going to bother with the links, but it was quite plain in the race for the presidency that Obama set a timetable for removing troops from Iraq and McCain insisted that he couldn’t give a time table due to shifting realities. Well, Obama has now announced a time table and, lo and behold, it is longer than the one he campaigned on. He too knew that he had to pay attention to facts. He just also knew he would be more likely to win if he lied about it.
So of two scary war mongers voters decided they wanted the one with less integrity.
It was incredible to hear President Obama’s speech on the radio. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought he was broadcasting from an aircraft carrier. The date will shift again and the number of uniformed troops that we are oxymoronically leaving in Iraq after our withdrawal will be greater than the fifty thousand he claims.