By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee and Author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian”
The Middle East is in flames, we’re now fighting wars on three fronts, Japan has suffered a catastrophe, real unemployment is twenty percent, the housing market is in free fall, and the country is drowning in debt. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Obama chooses to play golf, make Final FourMarch Madness picks, and party with his family in Rio.
This is madness. Did we elect the President, or “The Ultimate Sports Fanatic?” Will Obama choose the day there’s a massive earthquake in California, or a stock market crash, to honor the college Frisbee Champions?
As befuddled and detached as our President has proven to be, nothing compares to the sin of cooking up a war, and putting American soldiers’ lives at risk, to distract the masses from his disastrous reign. As everything Obama touches turns to disaster, has Obama’s cynical kitchen cabinet decided war is the perfect “Weapon of Mass Distraction?"
Wars tend to make Americans patriotic and rally behind the President. They tend to forget the economic tragedy building by the day and ignore the signs of Armageddon all around them. Mission Accomplished! Haven't we heard that before? It didn't work out too well the first time either.
Why should we risk American lives in Libya? Is Gadhafi any worse than all the other murdering, tin pot dictators we either support or do nothing about? Why not invade Darfur on George Clooney’s recommendation? Innocent people are dying there, too.
Before we start a third war, shouldn’t we all ask a few questions? Has Libya attacked us or any American interests of late? I know of no such attacks. And, by the way, who is Obama to tell Gadhafi to step down because he’s "lost the confidence of his people?" Sounds like Obama has been looking in the mirror again. Maybe the French should demand Obama step down?
Last I checked, Gadhafi is a bad guy — a murdering thug. But he’s been a bad guy for forty years. Why now? Worse, the rebels fighting Gadhafi are supported by al Qaeda. So now we’re fighting on the same side as al Qaeda — the terrorist murderers of American soldiers, women, children, and the elderly.
What’s our goal? Does anyone have any idea? Clearly our President doesn’t. Who takes over after Gadhafi? I assume radical Muslim friends of al Queda. Is that why we’re risking American soldiers’ lives?
Who is in charge? The French. Are you kidding? It’s rumored that Patton once said “I’d rather have a German division in front of me, than a French division behind me.” And, have you heard about the rules of engagement? No ground troops allowed. Funny, but I’ve never heard of a war won by only bombers from the air. What happens when Gadhafi digs in? He’s now arming a million citizens to defend him. The Arab League is condemning our bombing. What now? Mr. Obama, you’ve just created another fine mess.
Do we get dragged into a third ground war? What defines winning? Charlie Sheen? And other than the French, who is in charge — the United Nations, a bunch of lawyers, and a President whose major concern is his golf game? Are you kidding? I’ve been a patriot my entire life, but you won’t find me supporting this war.
It’s past time to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama is adding a third war? Is he mentally unstable, or just totally incompetent? And by the way, who declared war? Congress? Doesn’t that pesky document, the U.S. Constitution, say that only Congress can declare war?
There’s one more little problem with a third war. We’re broke. The USA can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. We have a $14 trillionnational debt and unfunded liabilities of $60 to $80 trillion more. Cities, counties and states are insolvent and Obama is starting a third war where we don’t belong, in the hope it will help him get re-elected by distracting the masses from the financial disaster destroying the country.
Look at Obama’s record. Two wars he promised to end, but never did. Guantanamo he promised to close, but never did. The Patriot Act he criticized, but then extended. How about the torture Obama condemned? Yet now under President Obama we torture a U.S. soldier named Bradley Manning (of Wikileaks fame), even though he’s been convicted of nothing. Twenty-three hours a day of sitting shackled, naked and freezing in his cell…and this is how we treat an American soldier who is innocent until proven guilty under Obama?
Mr. Obama, you’ve already won a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing. Are you now trying to win an Oscar for impersonating George W. Bush? Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Obama is deliberately trying to ruin this great country (and doing a good job of it), is completely and utterly incompetent, or is having a nervous breakdown in reaction to the nonstop crises exploding under his leadership (or lack thereof).
Now he’s got us in a war in which we don’t belong, based on no threat to America, with no clear definition of victory, spending billions more we do not have. It is time to ask an important question — Can this nation survive until 2012?
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com