Did I Mention That I'm Noble?
By Michael J. O'Shea
Is it 297 or 643 times we've heard Barack Obama toot: "I turned down more
lucrative jobs and went to work for a group of churches"? As the Church Lady
herself remarked: "Well, isn't that special?"
Young Obama nobly sets forth in 1983 for a paltry $12,000 plus a $2,000 old
car. Blessed be he.
And ignored be these: the 2,929 who graduated that same year from West
Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy -- people every bit as bright,
from schools at least as selective and even more demanding than Obama's
Columbia alma mater, and making, almost to the penny, the same $12,000 that
Obama did. But how many of them boast of how noble they were then and are
even more so now?
And that $2,000 car? Would be worth $4,320 today. Which could nab a '93 BMW,
'92 Mercedes, or '91 Jaguar. Not bad for a lad who had yet to work a lick
and whose resume today is almost as blank.
Obama repeatedly touts his "over two decades of public service," but the
military has 439 one-stars who were his college contemporaries who've served
their country even longer. But with this difference:
Fewer than one percent of career officers will ever be promoted to Flag
[that is, one-star General or Admiral]Rank.
That's what usmilitary.about.com states.
And that's fewer than 1% of all career officers -- not just all 1,427,546
men and women on active duty: fewer than 1% of all officers will ever earn a
single star. And it took them an average of 25 years to merit just that one.
Moving beyond that sole star demands even longer service if not higher
heroics: in the active-duty military today, just 278 men and women bear two
stars, only 124 have three, and a mere 34 wear four.
And yet Obama's chief political adviser beams:
people really responded to the fact that Barack gave up corporate job offers
to work in the community.
Surely that's because they don't know that each of the 875 current Flag
Officers has put in more years for less pay and infinitesimally less renown
than Obama but, unlike him, each has commanded -- commanded thousands of
troops and billions of dollars. Yet Obama knows better about Iraq,
Afghanistan, national security, and protecting American lives.
Only now does Obama confer with General Petraeus -- with 38 years serving
the US -- about the Middle East, and he confers, not to listen nor to learn,
but to announce what he'd already decided about Iraq which he'd visited once
and Afghanistan which he'd never seen and on which the Senate sub-committee
he chairs has held not a single hearing. And yet he knows, not even God
knows how, what's best.
Perhaps Obama deems his Harvard degree superior to Petraeus's Princeton
Ph.D. or Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Patrick Walsh's Tufts Ph.D.
or newly-appointed Brigadier General H.R. McMaster's University of North
Carolina Ph.D., or all the other officers with masters or doctorates from
America's most prestigious schools. Who knows? All we do know is that Obama
knows that he knows more than anyone else.
So of course he has no interest in hearing current and former commanders
* most Iraqis did, in fact, greet us as liberators
* This kind of violence is not natural among Iraqis. This is something
that has been deliberately incited by Al Qaeda in Iraq
* What we are talking about today is an ideology that thrives on
murder, intimidation, and fear.....What we are talking about are people who
worship death itself.
* terrorists also wanted to deny us the ability to help Iraqis
reconstitute their police force, so they took a 13-year-old mentally
disabled girl, had her hold the hand of a 3-year-old mentally disabled girl;
they had strapped the 13-year-old with explosives and had her walk into a
police recruiting line and then detonated her remotely
* it's ridiculous to say that the coalition created the insurgency
* forces can't be withdrawn prematurely
* a mission that's incredibly important to our nation
* We can walk away from this enemy, but this enemy will not walk away
* Fighting for this flag that's on my shoulder stands for a lot of
things. And it's true; a lot of people don't like us out there. I understand
that. But there is an awful lot of people that know that their last best
hope is in this flag.
* any of my contemporaries would welcome the opportunity to go back
and make a contribution to this extraordinarily important mission.
And go back they do, re-enlisting again and again, but Obama never asks,
Why? Why do they go back? What do they see that I don't?
Nor does Obama ask Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen why he said that Obama's
withdrawal scheme "could be very dangerous." Instead he relishes Prime
Minister Maliki's embrace and dodges the fact that Maliki was wrong about
Basra, overestimated his own military, and would have failed there had US
forces not bolstered his troops.
Commander after commander -- American as well as Iraqi -- states starkly:
Iraq has come stunningly far, stunningly fast: but it is not yet ready. It
cannot yet stand on its own. Those billions of dollars and thousands of
lives Obama decries can have been worth it with a solid, fierce, loyal ally
in the heart of the Middle East and the soul of Islam: but not yet.
Withdraw, and all could be wasted. Finish, and you help finish Al Qaeda,
Sadr, Iran, Syria, and Iraq ever again as a threat.
Yet Barack Obama insists that he is the leader American troops have been
longing for. He is the Commander expecting men and women who've seen Middle
East horrors first-hand to salute not just as their Commander-in-Chief but
as their superior, superior in everything -- intelligence, judgment,
character, honor, sacrifice, patriotism. Detroit had Diana Ross and the
Supremes, but Chicago has Barack Obama who is the Supreme.
Troopers that they are, salute they would, executing the best they could
whatever "plan" the community organizer concocts. No matter their years
studying Arabic ways and Arabic leaders and even learning some Arabic
itself: Barack reads Arabic numbers and that's Arabic enough. Soldiers have
wisdom bled from experience: Obama has revelations from on high.
And from his own Joint Chiefs -- Pelosi, Reid, Levin, Durbin, Rockefeller,
Wright, Jackson, Sharpton, Soros, and the thousands of militant
anti-military MoveOn-dot-com preeners.
Obama repetitiously extols "our brave troops" but wouldn't brave Berkeley
when it banned Marine recruiters nor brave campuses where neither recruiters
nor ROTC are welcome but are instead scorned.
Where was Obama when Abu Ghraib erupted? Where was his celebrated eloquence
arguing that those few betrayed their hundreds of thousands of buddies?
Where was he when his Democrat Senate colleague compared American troops at
Guantánamo to "Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot
or others -- that had no concern for human beings"?
How can he not see that abandoning Iraq would not only affect recruiting but
retention as well? How can he not know that Al Qaeda and Iran would crow
about defeating the US just as Hezb'allah boasted of "defeating" Israel just
two summers ago? If Israel is less secure after that, how could America not
be after aborting in Iraq? But, then, it's better for America to lose a war
than for Obama to lose face.
Barack Obama grows rhapsodic citing the Sermon on the Mount, yet he didn't
listen carefully: Christ said, "Blessed are the peacemakers" -- he did not
say the peaceniks. Blessed are those who, like God in Genesis, bring order
out of chaos. And anyone who can't see that Iraq under Saddam was chaos is
not only blind, he's dangerous.
Barack Obama still doesn't realize that America is more furious at Congress
than it is fearful of Al Qaeda -- because they trust our troops to destroy
Al Qaeda. Congress, on the other hand, they see as hopeless. If the man who
preaches Hope and Change could help change Congress, Americans might trust
him with our troops. What they dread is that he would make our troops like
Congress instead of making Congress like our troops.
The change Americans really could believe in -- if only they knew of it --
is the change US troops are bringing to and helping birth in Iraq, taking it
in just five years from deadly enemy to staunch ally. No other country ever
in the history of the world has changed so radically so fast.
Of course Obama wants to abandon Iraq: it shames his Congressional
colleagues and himself by comparison. Like Middle East dictators, the worse
they make Iraq look the better they think they make themselves appear.
Scapegoats may have originated in the Middle East, but they've been
perfected on Capitol Hill.
And so Obama tells American troops Iraq has been a waste, as he
I think it's important to recognize that, on the majority of issues that
we've faced in terms of foreign policy, not just over the past four years,
but over the past six, seven years, that my batting average is pretty darn
But Obama saw no threat before when he declared that Saddam was armed and so
sees none now when the new Iraq is in its infancy. He approves aborting a
human child, so of course has no problem aborting a budding democracy.
And thus we meet The Obama Doctrine, stage by stage.
Saddam Stage -- Saddam
* armed, yet no threat,
* teaming with terrorists, yet no threat,
* funding Palestinian suicide bombers, yet no threat,
* importing North Korean nuclear and missile experts, yet no threat,
* poised to rearm the split-second sanctions were lifted, yet no
* seducing sanctions-enforcers until those sanctions were almost gone,
yet no threat,
* corrupting Oil-for-Food in the grandest scam ever, yet no threat,
* repeatedly anti-aircrafting American planes, yet no threat,
* determined to beat Iran in their nuke-arms race, yet no threat
Barack Obama adores preaching about race, but had he prevailed the real race
would have been between Saddam and Ahmadinejad. And Libya. And North Korea.
With Saudi Arabia and others scurrying to catch up.
The Obama Doctrine, Post-Saddam Stage.
* The grass is indeed greener, so abandon Iraq and rush to
* Leave Iraq to Al Qaeda poised for a surge of its own the second the
* Abandon Iraq to Sadr and his Iranian backers and to their IEDs and
EFPs which US forces had just begun to stop.
* Let Al Qaeda and Sadr/Iran clash while tens of thousands of
* Storm Pakistan demanding that tribes turn over all Taliban along
with Osama and his Al Qaeda allies.
* Charm Pakistanis into believing that, while Bush's invasion of Iraq
was "dumb," his of Pakistan is what Pakistan has longed for.
* Enchant the oil-producing Middle East -- despite the Iraq abortion
and the Pakistan invasion -- into lowering prices so America can invest the
savings in alternate energies and thus have no need for Arabs and their oil.
* Humbly accept that Nobel Prize.
Picture the relief David Petraeus feels when hears his Commander-in-Chief
My job is to think about the national security interests as a whole and to
weigh and balance risks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their job is just to get
the job done.
Petraeus thought that was his responsibility as the new CENTCOM commander
charged with both Iraq and Afghanistan, but, since Obama has seized those
duties, now may turn out to be the ideal time to retire.
And leave America in the hands of a commander who has never commanded, who
demands depth from others but has none of his own. A novice who has nothing
to learn from commanders who went to school in Iraq, learned Al Qaeda's
ways, are destroying Al Qaeda there, and would soon have turned more of
their guns -- and Predators and smart bombs and even smarter troops -- on Al
Qaeda in Afghanistan. And destroy Al Qaeda there precisely because of what
they learned in Iraq.
But there will be no Lessons Learned for Obama: he's got life all worked
out. His troops have been trained for command along proven paths, but it is
he to whom wisdom has been revealed.
Be it 297 or 643 times Barack Obama has reminded us he's noble, the longer
he lingers the more danger -- not nobility -- shrieks to be heard.
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