Michael Moore’s Open Letter To President Obama On Afghanistan

AfghanistanQuagmireMichael Moore on Huffington Post:

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).

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4 Comments on "Michael Moore’s Open Letter To President Obama On Afghanistan"

  1. tonyviner | Dec 1, 2009 at 2:19 am |

    This letter might be effective if I thought that Obama had any real control over what happens on Tuesday night, he will have to run it by his sponsors.

  2. GoodDoktorBad | Dec 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm |

    Some of the most truthful and intelligent words to come out of Micheal Moore, who often, in some ways, makes his causes look silly with his “big mouth” style.
    The issue of race in the Obama election was a distraction to us all. Obama is just a man on par with other men (pick any race). He was raised up by the political system, now he must serve it. The “people” are, at best, secondary now. He can no longer spend time among “the people” as one of them. He's a high ranking lackey, who as a man, also has interests of survival for himself and his family and friends. I'm sure he doesn't have any interest in becoming the next JFK and friends. To significant extent, he does what he is told by interests beyond our public comprehension in most cases. Sad but true.

  3. one truth teller.. made me happy 🙂

  4. one truth teller.. made me happy 🙂

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