……though I have not read all there is to read, both sides of every story, all the details that are known, the things that aren’t yet known but are thought to be known…
So, in all honesty, this is an off-the-cuff, quick reaction to snippets heard today, while racing around the various floors of the hospital trying to help people piece their lives back together. God what a day. I’ve been on the verge of a migraine since 8:30 a.m. Not a good way to try to take care of those in need.
I heard a bit of news on the way to work (at 5 am no less), then again at lunch, and briefly at 6 pm as I was trying to coherently type up the evaluations of the day.
Here’s what I’m having a REALLY difficult time with:
…there are those condemning President Obama because he is considering military action against Syria.
…many of these same condemner-types ridiculed him for not doing enough in Libya…for “leading from behind”…for not being on the ball.
…many of these…well, I better be nice here, because I was just about to let loose with a string of invectives that would not be considered suitable for those with delicate constitutions…ahem…as I was saying…
…many of these “naysayers” were pretty darn quick to laud good ol’ George W. for jumping headfirst (which one should NEVER do) into the quagmire of Iraq in search of the ever-elusive pile of Weapons of Mass Destruction, better known as WMD’s.
So, I guess, in this case that what’s good for the goose (that would be ol’ G. W.) isn’t what’s good for the gander (being Pres. O.).
It really defies logic doesn’t it.
How can you be attacking the President for not doing something big enough, soon enough, and in front enough…as in Libya, just a wee bit of time ago? And then decide that NOW, what he is considering is something too big, too soon and too much in front?
Do you see how I’m a tad bit confused here?
It’s because the President is President Barack Obama. Even though now he is only thinking of doing what they criticized him for NOT doing last time, somehow it’s wrong this time and they are criticizing him for even thinking the way they wanted him to think last time.
GOOD GRIEF. Did you read that last run-on sentence? None of that makes any sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that, my dear friends, is PRECISELY my point. These people DO NOT MAKE ANY SENSE. Period.
What is happening to this country?
And how can these people (the very ones who have the cheekiness to criticize the President for doing what they wanted him to do just a short while ago) sleep at night after looking at an image of rows of children…DEAD…
….DEAD….over 400 children…
How can they sleep at night, knowing that even though NOONE in their right mind in America truly wants and desires to enter into another war in another country in which there is no earthly and humanly way possible to effect a good outcome…even though NOONE wants that…the deaths of children–innocent children who were some parent’s pride and joy, some parent’s little angel, some parent’s raison d’etre–require society to stand up, step in and say ENOUGH. Enough Bashir Al Assad…You have simply gone too far this time. If not us, then who? Who will speak for the children?
But playing political football is a repulsive, childish, immature, response that should mark these people (the hypocritical criticizers of the President) as what they are…..cowards hiding behind false indignation.
There is an excellent post at www.stonekettlestation.com entitled “Red Lines.” He, as usual, makes excellent points. In this case, there are no easy answers. There are no good outcomes. People will die. People are dying. People have been dying. And many of those have been and will continue to be children. And we cannot stop all the death in the world. We cannot police the entire world. And what exactly becomes the reason to step in? And who decides that reason?
And would you want to be President Obama right now?
And be faced with choices that will ultimately end badly, no matter the choice made?
I cannot imagine a worse job to have than his. I simply cannot. He has the weight of the nation, maybe even the world, on his shoulders.
Now is not the time to criticize. Now is the time to come together, to resolve to try to make the world a better place, a little bit at a time, to speak for the children. Now is the time to show what a democracy can do……..that when civilized, caring, compassionate, intelligent people come together to present a united front, then perhaps good can come out of it.
I know…I’m an idealist. I see the world through rose-colored glasses. That whole Eternal Optimist vs. Insane One thingy from a few posts back.
I envision a United States government, which when faced with tough decisions, when faced with horrific actions of dictators/bad dudes…actually sits down, all at the same table and comes together to formulate a plan, an option that would attempt to do good in the world, to be of service to those in need, to take care of all the Universe’s children….
….for free and for fun.
What a wonderful world that would be.
Louis Armstrong had it right, didn’t he?
I see skies of blue….. clouds of white.
The colors of a rainbow…..so pretty ..in the sky
I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow