This is number 5.5 of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. The Daily Republic on May 19 published a private opinion alleging we fell short of that goal.
To ensure readers have confidence in our reporting, let us review who fell short.
1. Allegation: The Right Stuff column is incorrect to state the President Barack Obama has violated the Constitution, that intimations of unconstitutional actions are just propaganda.
Wow. Do I need to quote Article I of the Constitution, which says, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States?” Or Article II that states the executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States. If that is not clear, let me remind readers that 42 previous presidents understood their job was to enforce, not change, laws written by Congress.
Obviously, both Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are in violation of the executive requirements and their oaths of office by only enforcing laws they like. Do citizens want to void the separation of powers after 200 years of success? May I remind readers that Jerry Brown as California attorney general refused to defend a California law in court and the people did nothing? Wake up!
2. Allegation: The Right Stuff complained about Obama for “failing to support Georgia’s appeal against Russian takeover.” We did not say Obama. That paragraph was defining failed American leadership and included recent failures – repeated failed negotiations with North Korea by several U.S. administrations, Georgia, a former Soviet Republic that unsuccessfully sought help during President Bush (43)’s administration, and Ukraine, which surrendered its inventory of nuclear weapons (third largest in the world) on commitments signed by the U.K., U.S. (President Bill Clinton), and Russia.
The agreement specified the signatories to, “respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine”; “to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine”; “to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression.”
What respect do we earn from the world with the weakness at Syria and Ukraine? The Russian press ridiculed our “sanctions.”
3. Allegation: The Right Stuff complaint that the administration was “surrendering European security by canceling the missile radar defense in Poland” is invalid because Obama moved a site to Romania and upgraded the missiles.
Check the Internet for Missile Radar Defense Program in Poland and read CNN report of Sept .17, 2009. The Poles were forced to revise their security program and a Polish ministry official identified the shelving of the program as, “This is catastrophic for Poland.” Not only Poland, but other former allies are building new defenses, because they cannot trust the United States.
4. Allegation: Obama almost begged to keep forces in Iraq to the new regime, but Iraq refused to sign the agreement (Status of Forces Agreement). Consider Obama’s many promises to withdraw forces from Iraq immediately and realize that we do not know anything about the SOFA negotiations. If anyone believes that Iraq refused sincere offers of assistance, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale at a good price.
The truth is that after peace had become almost real by 2009, the country is now in deep trouble as anyone with knowledge of warfare expected. We spent 4,400 lives in seven years to bring Iraq peace, but terrorists killed 8,800 people last year alone and the rate is increasing this year.
Thankfully, FDR and Truman did not make this mistake.
Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.