By Carole on Jun 23, 2010
As we await the result of the meeting between President Barack Obama and General Stanley McChrystal over the latter's comments about the former in a recent magazine article, the phrase "someone had to say it" comes to mind as it has many times in the past week. With virtually every issue facing the nation, the president's leadership and decision making abilities have been coming up short and, like the child who stated the obvious in the classic fable, someone had to say that the Emperor has no clothes.
Although General McChrystal didn't criticize Mr. Obama himself, he did call the period last fall when the president was deciding whether to approve more troops "painful" and said the president appeared ready to hand him an "unsellable" position. McChrystal also said he was "betrayed" by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner in Afghanistan. He accused Eikenberry of raising doubts about Karzai only to give himself cover in case the U.S. effort failed. "Now, if we fail, they can say 'I told you so,'" McChrystal told Rolling Stone magazine. And he was quoted mocking Vice President Joe Biden. Several in the general's inner circle made sharper comments about the president and others in his administration. (source) Whether too much honesty from the top commander in Afghanistan and his staff costs the general his job remains to be seen. Certainly there are more issues in play regarding military riles and protocol, but when it comes to the content of what was said and the fact that it was said by experienced military men, someone had to say it.
Then there's Federal Judge Martin Feldman who in his ruling against the Obama administration and its six-month moratorium on new deep water drilling wrote that the Justice Department failed to "cogently" make the case for a blanket moratorium. "The court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium," the judge said. (source) So it seems that Emperor Obama and his henchmen cannot destroy a regional economy with a wave of the royal hand but no actual facts to back up their decisions and someone had to say it.
Also speaking out is Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) who recently claimed President Obama told him privately that the problem with securing the border is that Republicans "won't have any reason to support" immigration reform. "In other words, they're holding it hostage," the senator said. (source) The White House has denied the president made the statement but as the he said/he said conflict plays on, it certainly makes sense that this president who seems to care more about politics defending our borders would think that way and someone had to say it.
And let's not forget Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) who during a congressional hearing referred to the BP escrow fund to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf as "a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown - in this case a $20 billion shakedown." While sympathy for the oil giant responsible for the spill is not warranted, concern over this federal government's actions is. To threaten a corporation with criminal prosecution of an as-yet uninvestigated accident in order to extort a huge pile of money that the government will administer as they see fit sends a chilling message to us all and someone had to say it.
After 18 months of any criticism of President Obama and his administration being dismissed as political posturing, racism, or too complex for us common folk to understand; even the mainstream media can no longer hide the truth. This Emperor has no clothes, no leadership ability and no plausible solutions to the issues we face and someone had to say it.
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