Friday, February 29, 2008

America, the Beautiful

No one would consider Bob Geldof a Bush supporter. The ex-Boomtown Rats rock star has been vocal in his criticism of Bush as well as his support for Africa. After joining Bush on his latest visit to Africa, Geldof had the chance to spend some time with the President while Air Force One was cruising Africa from its East Coast to its West Coast and as a result he wrote a diary about this whole experience. It is not entirely flattering to the US President, but it is honest and more importantly, it recognizes what a great country America really is. Here are a few excertps from

"Geldof and Bush: Diary From the Road" by Bob Geldof

The Most Powerful Man in the World studied the front cover. "Geldof in Africa — 'The international best seller.' You write that bit yourself?"
"That's right. It's called marketing. Something you obviously have no clue about or else I wouldn't have to be here telling people your Africa story."

It is some story. And I have always wondered why it was never told properly to the American people, who were paying for it. It was, for example, Bush who initiated the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with cross-party support led by Senators John Kerry and Bill Frist. In 2003, only 50,000 Africans were on HIV antiretroviral drugs — and they had to pay for their own medicine. Today, 1.3 million are receiving medicines free of charge. The U.S. also contributes one-third of the money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — which treats another 1.5 million. It contributes 50% of all food aid (...). On a seven-day trip through Africa, Bush announced a new $350 million fund for other neglected tropical diseases that can be easily eradicated; a program to distribute 5.2 million mosquito nets to Tanzanian kids; and contracts worth around $1.2 billion in Tanzania and Ghana from the Millennium Challenge Account, another initiative of the Bush Administration.

So why doesn't America know about this? "I tried to tell them. But the press weren't much interested," says Bush. There are always a couple of lines in the State of the Union, but not enough so that anyone noticed, and the press really isn't interested.

"We're trying to build a humanitarian mission that would train up soldiers for peace and security so that African nations are more capable of dealing with Africa's conflicts. You agree with that dontcha?" Indeed I do. The British intervention in Sierra Leone stopped and prevented a catastrophe, as did U.S. action in Liberia. Later, in public, Bush says, "I want to dispel the notion that all of a sudden America is bringing all kinds of military to Africa. It's simply not true ... That's baloney, or as we say in Texas — that's bull!"

....As for the rest of the world, for all their oft-spoken pieties, they seem to be able to agree on precisely nothing. Meanwhile, the rape and killing continue, Khartoum plays its game of murder and we won't even pay for the helicopters that the U.N. forces need to protect themselves. Pathetic.

"See, I believe we're in an ideological struggle with extremism," says the President. "These people prey on the hopeless. That's why this trip is a mission undertaken with the deepest sense of humanity, because those other folks will just use vulnerable people for evil. Like in Iraq."
I don't want to go there. I have my views and they're at odds with his, and I don't want to spoil the interview or be rude in the face of his hospitality.

"Mr. President, please. There are things you've done I could never possibly agree with and there are things I've done in my life that you would disapprove of, too. And that would make your hospitality awkward. The cost has been too much. History will play itself out." "I think history will prove me right," he shoots back. "Who knows," I say. He is convinced, like Tony Blair, that he made the right decision. "I'm comfortable with that decision," he says.

(...) Bush has an M.B.A. He thinks like a businessman in terms of the bottom line. Results. Profit and loss. There is an empiricism to a lot of his furthest-reaching policies on Africa. Correctly, he's big on trade. "A 1% increase in trade from Africa," he says, "will mean more money than all the aid put together annually." He's proud that he twice reauthorized the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a modestly revolutionary Clinton Administration initiative that enabled previously heavily taxed exports to enter the U.S. tax-free. (...) the beneficial impact of AGOA on such places as the tiny country of Lesotho, and its growing textile industry, has been startling.

The Bush regime has been divisive — but not in Africa. I read it has been incompetent — but not in Africa. It has created bitterness — but not here in Africa. Here, his administration has saved millions of lives.

The US has saved millions of lives not only in Africa, but also in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and anywhere else in the World were there was a need. Who else would have done it if not us - France, the European Union, the UN? Maybe even Michelle Obama can now be proud of her country...regardless of her husband political fortunes.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who cares about facts?

Senator Barack Hussein Obama said in an interview with MSNBC that if Al-Qaeda would establish a base in Iraq after he's pulled out the troops from there, then he will reassess the situation and possibly send troops back into Iraq....Now that's a "strategery" (to borrow a term from the sitting President)!
In other words, flee from the face of the Jihaddis in Iraq, leave that country in a total mess and ripe for more bloodshed and possible Genocide and handle Al-Qaeda a victory. Then, when it becomes clear that the power vacuum left by us has been filled by empowered Islamic-Nazis, send the troops back in....Hmmmm....Wouldn't it be simpler to just finish the job since, you know, we're already there? Kill the Jihaddis, stabilize the country and enable some sort of political process to take place (things that are happening on the ground in Iraq as a matter of FACT) and only THEN leave?

Senator McCain responded to this latest naivete by informing Obama that he "has news for him: Al-Qaeda already IS in Iraq", to which the "hope of the world" replied that Al-Qaeda is in Iraq because "G. Bush and J. McCain invaded Iraq".....They must love Obama down in People's Republic of East Village because his reasoning seems to take a page right from the book "Blame America First" by The Far Left.

But the facts contradict Obama's axiom. Back in 2007 George Tenet, the former CIA Director presented proof that the Jordanian monster Al-Zarqawi has spent time in Iraq prior to the invasion and the 911 Committee included in its report documents according to which Bin Laden and Saddam had been in touch about ways to attack Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaeda had a presence in Iraq regardless of the 2003 US invasion, but who cares about the facts?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tell me who your friends are....

There is a Romanian say that goes something like this: "Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are". About 5,000 miles separate Romania from the US, but the words ring close to home during our Election year.

On the Republican side, John "Wayne" McCain is most likely the nominee (and hopefully the next President of the United States).
On the left, the battle still rages on between two personalities - Madame Hillary R. Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama. I say between two personalities and not two candidates because by now it is pretty clear that the two have almost indigo views on most issues. This is not a contest of ideas. It is a popularity contest and one that Hillary is about to lose.

They both want a bigger role for the Government, see it as a tool for income redistribution, will want to push this country towards a European-style Socialism and will be weak and ineffective against the Islamic-Nazi global movement. The differences between them are minute and are of of style not essence. They're both scary and dangerous for this country.

But lets take a closer look at who cheers for them, who hopes that one of them will be the next President and who their friends are....And once you know that, RUN to the other side!

Barack Hussein Obama's wife, Michelle caused a controversy recently when she publicly declared that she has never been proud of her country (until today, that is, when her husband stands to be the Democratic nominee). As ridiculous and down right stupid this Remarque is, it only testifies to the her hypocrisy.
Barack Hussein Obama is a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The Church has a so-called "Black Value System" which is little more than a credo of racial separatism. The Church's (recently retired) pastor - Rev. Jeremiah Wright - believes strongly in "Black Separatism" and admires...Louis Farrakhan. Jeremiah Wright is a friend of Obama's. He's actually more than just a friend; he married the Obama couple back in 1992. During Wright tenure as pastor, Obama's church magazine gave Farrakhan the 2007 lifetime achievement award for "social justice"(!!!). Although Obama said that he disagreed with the decision, clearly his friend wholeheartedly supported it. Tell me who you friends are, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama....
Louis Farrakhan is a vicious hate monger. A racist, homophobic and vitriolic anti-Semite, he epitomizes everything that is wrong in the black community. Obama may not call Farrakhan his friend, but Farrakhan surely thinks of Obama as a friend. Otherwise why would he support him and call the Illinois senator the “hope of the entire world”? Obama may not be too pleased with Farrakhan's embrace, for political reasons, but the Arch-Racist must have reasons for thinking that his and Obama's views are similar. We all know Farrakhan's views (about Jews and Judaism, about whites and in general about what an awful place the US is). Do we really know Obama's views?
Zbigniew Brzezinski was Jimmy Carter’s National Security adviser and is now advising Barack Hussein on Foreign Policy matters. I guess that being the advisor of the worst President in this country's post war era made Brzezinski's resume stand out from the crowd, but the more pressing question is: Does Obama have similar views on Israel as his new-found friend? You see, Mr. Brzezinski has recently came out defending a book which decries "the power of the “Israel lobby” in Washington". Farrakhan also thinks that the Jews and especially the Israel lobby in Washington are controlling this country (if not world)....Tell me who your friends are....

Obama's lip service statements in favor of Israel notwithstanding, all evidences point to the fact that his Administration will view Israel as a problem rather than an ally in the war on the Islamic-Nazi scourge. Not really convinced? Although I cannot name Ralph Nader a friend of Obama's (especially since he now announced that he will run against the Illinois Senator in November), he stated on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Barack Hussein was "pro-Palestinian when he was in Illinois before he ran for the state Senate." Obama did not deny that.

It probably was at the same time when his wife, Michelle, was really not proud of her country...It must have been a trying period for the poor Obamas; confused about right and wrong, barely making six figure salaries and living in upscale "white" neighborhoods....Really tough times...But don't you worry...Now that Barack Hussein Obama is running for President (and cleaning Hillary's clock while at it), Michelle is finally proud of her country, Barack saw the light and understands how important Israel is as an ally of the United States, hope is all around and new Age of Messianic Peace and Progress is upon the world.

And if you believe that, please stop whatever it is that you're smoking and wise up!

Tell me who your friends are and it'll say volumes about who YOU are, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ted Kennedy and most of Holywood will vote for Obama. RUN, don't walk, over to the right side!