President Barack Obama’s got a lot on his plate if he wants to keep his reputation intact.
Of course for many of us, nothing he could do could salvage his dignity, because long before he became president, he was determined to harm our reputation. You may recall that soon after he was elected, he traveled to Egypt and gave a speech that was filled with apologies for colonialism and imperialism.
It turns out that the famous cursing speech by Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, if you read it to the end, was filled with criticisms of the ”colonial” countries, of which America was only one. Obama’s friend and neighbor, Bill Ayers, involved in more than one bombing, said that if he had it all to do over again he would repeat the bombing and the concomitant killing.
I think I have mentioned that when three members of the Weather Underground, a group associated with Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were killed in a 12th Street townhouse in Greenwich, Conn., I was right across the street and felt the explosion. So you can guess how I’ve felt about Obama when I learned that Ayers put on a fundraiser for him.
OK, so Obama ordered Osama bin Laden killed. Obama has also pulled us mostly out of Iraq, where the murder has restarted with all its earlier force, so one wonders what we’ve accomplished. Have we let Iran know how deadly serious we are about their producing nuclear weapons? I don’t think so, or they wouldn’t apparently be continuing. Pro-Iranian allies have said that as long as Israel has nuclear weapons, which they undoubtedly do, Iran is entitled to them as well.
Perhaps the scariest situation is not Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. It’s something we don’t talk about very much, but we should.
A recent article in The New York Times pointed out that the internecine fighting between clans and political parties in Pakistan is reaching a boiling point. Pakistan and India have been at each other’s throats since their British-led division in 1947. The Pakistanis are largely a Muslim country, and India, about eight or nine times the size, is largely Hindu, but with a population of 160 million Muslims. Both countries, regardless of the difference in their size, are armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and it would take only a match to start a worldwide conflagration.
So we have to wonder what the Obama administration is doing to prevent a war or stop one if it starts. Each country is thought to have at least a dozen, perhaps many more, nuclear weapons.
Think about the population density in that part of the world. There are billions of people living in the triangle from the southern tip of Ceylon to the northern tip of India. There was a British show some years ago called “Oh, What a Lovely War!” This one wouldn’t be.
In fact, it might be the end, and it’s something that the president should be planning for.
Bud Stevenson, a stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]