Open Forum: Words, acts — and Obama
The Hellfire air-to-surface missile is a thermobaric weapon that has been condemned by world-wide human rights groups. What makes this weapon so awful is that, unlike conventional ordnance, the thermobaric explosive has a longer lasting shock/blast radius because it massively feeds off the oxygen in the surrounding blast area. This is what makes it ideal for bunker-busting and killing people who may be taking refuge in basements or other reinforced areas.
These deviously efficient qualities make this weapon of choice for Obama’s drone war not only a true weapon of terror, but it also opens a deeply moral dilemma due to the enlarged blast radius that, of course, will take out innocents as well. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama made sure to get photographed sitting in front of a monitor, deep in thought, as he supposedly oversaw each and every drone attack against our nation’s enemies. That’s great propaganda for him, but what about the American family Obama killed without due process?
The Hellfire missiles that Obama unleashed on Anwar Al Alaki in Yemen also took out the man’s children. Were these children incinerated in the blast, torn to shreds by flying debris, or, so often with this type weapon, was the air sucked out of their lungs leaving them to die in excruciating pain? Of course, there was no BDA (bomb damage assessment) released to the public because an adoring press didn’t care. “Obama the Warrior King,” was the only image presented after the illegal killings.
With all of the uproar about the Guantanamo Bay detention center being illegal during the Bush years, you have to wonder why those shrill, hysterical voices went silent when Obama abused the power of his office and had Americans killed. This isn’t doing 60 mph in a 55 mph zone. He had American children killed!
Democrats who hysterically scream about the Republican “war on women,” war on science, and war on the environment should take a good look at the very real body-count racked up by your president, a count that includes kids.
The targeted killing of Al Alaki was unprecedented. Obama did this with his “pen and phone,” got away with it, and now he is “on a tear with ObamaCare,” scribbling the law as he goes, while blaming everyone but himself for the abject failure of his unwanted program.
Obama has proven he is the least skilled president to ever hold the office. Ronald Reagan accomplished much with a major adversary in House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Bill Clinton accomplished much with the bomb-thrower Newt Gingrich, a man so obstinate and selfish even Republicans can’t work with him.
So if we are to believe Democrat claims that John Boehner is dumber than a stump, how is it that Obama cannot outmaneuver him? How is it that Obama cannot work with anyone? His “annoyed” body language around Vladimir Putin is unbelievable and unbecoming of a head of state.
Obama has shown no diplomatic skills anywhere. He backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He installed chaos in Libya that resulted in the death of our ambassador. He was unable to negotiate bases in either Iraq or Afghanistan. In Pakistan, he had to go around their government to get bin Laden. The Chinese see him as nonexistent, as do the Syrians on both sides of their civil war.
Forget about world leadership, what about a modicum of diplomacy? None. Obama does not have the skill! The only people in the world he has indicated he will negotiate with are the mullahs of Iran, even to the point of alienating many in his own party. Obama is wonderful at finger-pointing and making outlandish claims of success, outrageous accusations, and out-of-touch comments, but he is wanting severely in diplomatic skills.
When the mainstream media did not hold his feet to the fire on the Al Alaki killings, it emboldened Obama to further criminal activity. That ridiculous nonsense about a video starting a spontaneous riot in Benghazi, the very real IRS scandal and his words, “There isn’t a smidgeon of corruption [there],” and up to 27 new ObamaCare laws, written by him.
Wow, it’s hard to reconcile Obama and his words: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president.” (March 31, 2008, Lancaster, Pa.).
B.J. Evans resides in Winchester.