No man's a jester playing Shakespeare Round your throne room floor While the juggler's act is danced upon The crown that you once wore The king is dead, the king is dead The king is dead, the king is dead Long live the king
Elton John The King Must Die
I don't know if its right or wrong (Additional troops) . What I do know is that it's different from what Obama promised when he won the slot to represent the Democrats and it's different from what he promised in his presidential campaign in 2008.It was Jeffrey that reminded me that his stance on the Iraq War was what differentiated him with Hillary Clinton. Yes I know this war is a bit different. But make no mistake about it, it's Obama's war now. Let me elaborate on that. One thing we human beings of all cultures should know by now and do not is campaigning is really self evaluation. It's all about projecting what is there and making illusions of what is not there or hiding what is there. If we all live by a simple rule don't tell me what you are going to do but show me what you have done, Obama would have never been elected. So if you read the dilemma in the Nightline story It's easy to say he is being hypocritical. For me, he just has a better viewpoint of what he once criticized. You see, Obama seduced voters by his charm and his rhetoric and not by his deeds. Instead of accounts of past deeds. He has had no history of getting anything done. What is of course beautiful is that history of none achievement was intact when the Nobel Peace Prize was designated to him. What many do not realize is that "Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by February 1 "
Ask yourself what date did he take over the White House? What did he accomplish before Jan 2009 to deserve the prize? Many win elections. Many who win elections are crooks. Barack was too busy writing books than actually doing deeds worthy of being written about in books. Barack was too busy writing books than actually living life and getting perspective. Hillary Clinton was for the war and Barack was against it. Differentiation. The thing is she was there for the Kosovo. Rwanda and Bosnia conflicts. She was there in the sense that she saw her husband agonize over the reality of his decisions. Obama just took the ideal made popular by Culture Club (War War Stupid).
You may have heard the saying " be careful what you wish for, you may get it. "Now that Obama has had to deal with this and weigh out all sides, he finds himself acting hawk when he was talking dove in the campaign. As a member of the Illinois State Senate in the earlier part of this decade all he did was stay neutral on most issues. "In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator."
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/us/politics/20obama.html?_r=1&oref=slogin So this Obama based on his record before he joined the US Senate ( not his books) was neither Fire nor Ice but lukewarm water. Who knows maybe prolonged exposure to troops and people who respresent the troops erased some of that idealism and replaced it with some practicality? The Clintons went through their hippie protest stage and you may check the record yourself if from 1992- 2000 if they ran the White House like they were at Woodstock. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/tom-hayden-look.html To further illustrate the difference between idealist Obama and the current Obama I'd like to quote from one of my favorite movies.
In other words, back seat driver is the easiest job in the world.
If you are reading this blog, you know what the campaign was like. Obama was supposed to be the one with fresh ideas. It was change we can believe in. Nobel Peace Prize then troop escalation. Maybe even Obama realizes that idealism and rhetoric sometimes have to give way to reality. Ed