Change We Can Believe In?

September 25, 2009

I don’t even know where to begin.  President Obama’s speech at the UN Wednesday was stunning to say the least.  I didn’t know whether to be embarrassed, upset, or angry, so much so I couldn’t even write this opinion piece till today.  I will post some quotes from his speech in this blog, but you need to read the speech, and, if possible, watch the 38 minute video to catch the nuances and tone.  The full speech may be found on the White House website.

The President again apologized for America being America not so subtly referring to Guantanamo as a torture house.  He went on to tell the world they can no longer count on the US to step in and solve world issues.  He in effect called for and endorsed the UN to become a world power.  He advocated a unilateral nuclear disarmament for the world to emulate – our adversaries strongly applauded this move.  (No wonder he will not consider upgrading or repairing our 30 yr old nuclear warheads.)  They want the US to weaken defense capabilities as it makes aggressive moves on their part to “influence” nation-states political stances – (Think Georgia).  Is this the change we can believe in?

He went on to support peace initiatives for Sudan and Dufar which is laudable.  Then he spoke to peace talks with Palestine and Israel.  This is the portion of his speech that both frightened and angered me the most.  He called for Israel to end the “occupation”, go back to pre-1967 borders, and advocated the partition of Jerusalem.  He effectively took the Palestinian posture and will be their advocate with a predetermined outcome.  President Obama completely ignores why Israel has the nation it has.  Arab countries invaded Israel without provocation intent on destroying that nation-state.  Not once did they attack but three times they attempted to eradicate Israel and the Jews from the face of the earth.  They desired to finish what Hitler started!  Israel defended herself and is using the land forfeited by Syria, Jordan, and Egypt as a buffer zone to protect themselves and their way of life.  The President went on to say “The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of Palestinians.  And – nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security.”  Excuse me?  How many times has Palestine rejected offers from Israel that benefited them over Israeli interests since 1979?  The saying is true – “Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”.  Hamas, they duly elected government of half of Palestinian (?) territory has repeatedly stated they have no interest in living as neighbors with Israel.  They never miss an opportunity to attack Israeli settlements and cities almost always attacking civilian sites and wailing “war crimes” when Israel responds militarily.  Hamas, like most terror organizations, hide behind women and children hoping they are killed or wounded so they can parade these casualties to the sympathetic world media.  Israel must have been stunned to learn they can no longer count on the US as a strong ally, and must wonder what is in store for them in the future.  As do I.  Is this also the change we can believe in?

China and India must have applauded the longest and loudest with the President’s announcement he intends to cripple the US economy by enacting strict emission standards allowing China and India to become the world’s economic powerhouses.  Is the US prepared to lose its place as the world’s innovator?  Is the US prepared to become a net importer of goods and services because legislative action such as this will make it impossible for business and industry to operate in a profitable fashion?  Is the US prepared to become a net importer of foodstuffs because farmers can no longer afford to operate combines, tractors and feedlots and deliver their products to market?  Is this the change we can believe in?

Couple this with his domestic agenda and you can see why I am very concerned with what the future holds for our nation and our very way of life.  His vision is not the kind of change I can believe in!

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