I can’t help but reflect on how difficult the world is becoming. President Obama is trying his mightiest, but the problems he is trying to resolve seem insurmountable. President Bush left this nation in a terrible state, due largely to two things: our involvement in unwinnable and unnecessary conflicts in the Middle East and a laissez faire economy that let capitalism run amuck.
Afghanistan: what to do with a country that was ignored largely by the Bush people and is now festering? Lots of us think we should leave, but that raises terrible, unthinking charges that Obama and the Democrats are “soft,” and this leads to political timidness. Meanwhile, Iraq is still in chaos. Perhaps the most heroic action for Obama to do is to plan for the most advantageous withdrawal from those countries as is practicable. Is there really a threat to our ‘homeland’ if we leave?
Our economy: Again Capitalism has failed us, but Obama refuses to pull out a New Deal type program to win back jobs. Sadly, this country still refuses to accept any program that has even a hint of socialism. And we’re the worst for it.
The solutions to these two problems call for boldness and political courage. President Obama has been right in taking his time and looking at all options, but the time to act is now, Mr. President.