The Truth and the Reality about America
I know that some of my fellow Americans have enthusiastically voted for Obama three and a half years ago. Did they know what Obama had in mind? Shouldn’t changing the constitution arbitrarily, surreptitiously, without the people’s knowledge and approval, be considered treason? Certain people will tell me that the people have voted for this or that candidate. Is it only after three years that the people realize that the president is not keeping the promises he made during the election? And that he is spending $ 90 billion for alternative energy from the Chinese, while the same amount of dollars would have been sufficient to pay the petroleum companies for fifty years, as per Gov. Mitt Romney.
This is why I am calling on all Americans today to please not succumb again to Obama’s nice but empty words. If Obama would like to fulfill his dream, he should do this in his own house, as his dream is not the dream of everyone. I feel it is arrogance to impose his dream on us. Everyone has his own dream, but not everyone’s is the same as his. Now that I see the suffering of millions of unemployed people and the staggering number of food stamp recipients, I know that the healthcare he is imposing on everyone will not be sustainable. Obama, with all due respect, spoke about “change” but never cared to tell the people what kind of change he meant. The change that he dreamt of takes hundreds of years to accomplish, without upsetting the people.
I hope that the intelligent ones among our people realized by now the meaning of their choice and their vote. I knew from the beginning that Obama’s intentions were different from any American president’s before him. I also knew that his dreams would transform America as we can see it now and even more, in order to share its wealth with the entire world, at any cost, and without any consideration for the unemployed, the rising cost of living, the out-of-control cost of fuel and of healthcare.
However, at the age of over 80, having children and grandchildren, and having lived through WWII, having experience Nazism, communism, and socialism, I know that sooner or later, the American people will not tolerate Obama’s “change”. Everyone who was an immigrant or is immigrating now was dreaming of prosperity and of a better life.
Today’s media is trying to give advantage to Obama, for their own purpose, by saying that he should be given four more years – in the meantime their profits would go up.
Mr. President, I know your dream, but you cannot share it with the American people and also impose it on foreign countries, like you did it to the Arab countries. I mean – “the Arab Spring”. I myself was born in Africa and I would love to see the entire African continent being developed. It took Europe or America centuries and numerous wars to reach the level where they are today. This is why I am not happy that you encouraged Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria to change regime, while the people were not ready. Changing a dictatorship for a theocracy this is not progress. You did it without telling anybody about your intentions. Do you realize what responsibility you took upon yourself and upon the United States?
I know these countries. Under Ben Ali, Mubarak, Khadafy, the people were living peacefully, and those who worked hard were able to emerge and enhance their way of life. They had a home; there was order and stability. Do you know the situation in these countries now? They are in turmoil. Millions of people are now suffering. They are under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Not under the rule of Democracy, as you had in mind.
1. Libya: Benghazi - Atrociously killing the Ambassador and tree guards. Burning of the entire American embassy, cars, and equipment.
2. Egypt: burning of buildings and unknown equipment, and loss of prestige.
3. Tunisia: the damage is the burning of more than 60 cars parked around the American embassy, which cost more than US $ one and a half million, and burning of the American school, loss of equipment, time and prestige.
The damage is enormous, particularly the political damage. In fact, every one of the host governments could have easily prevented the attacks and protected our embassies in the tree countries, according to different news and my experience as an officer.
After we saw what happened in these countries, our policy needs an urgent overhaul.
In fact it is our own fault to believe that Obama could resolve the problem with the Arab nations by exchanging their government, which existed for years, with our Democracy. He didn’t take into consideration their way of life, which is completely different from our way of life. We can see what happened in Egypt, in Libya, and in Tunisia. Instead of democracy they went back to theocracy under the Muslim Brotherhood and Chaaria law, that even most of the Arabs themselves feared.
Then, in Iraq, after ten years of war and after we have scarified thousands of our soldiers - those who died and those who were wounded and became handicapped -, and killing over hundred thousand Iraqis, the result is not better than what we had before.
The same holds true for Afghanistan and we are not finished. The Taliban are still alive and are coming back with force and even are better trained and better equipped.
Those who cannot see these truths must be blind or are completely hypnotized and they don’t see what they are losing.
As to Syria, we have done nothing to show the way to Bashir Assad and to his father, without wars. Even as we stand now, we do not know who would replace Assad – the Al Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood? As for its neighbor, Israel, I am sure that they will eventually find a modus vivendi. In my view it is not necessary to send in our forces to safeguard the chemical weapon stockpiles, as long as Assad remains in power.
As to Iran, remember how it was with the Soviet Union. All that was needed was a strong and determined hand. But Obama did not do it. If he would have affirmed our position unequivocally, they would have yielded. With all due respect, president Obama should learn from Alexander the Great, who never changed any government or king after he occupied their country, and he let them continue their way of life. He was intelligent and governed with realism. The Persians eventually gave up and even created and sang praise songs for him. Please allow me to give you an Iranian saying, “A determined man is worth 1000 undecided.” President Obama, leave things as they are in the US, for the few months that are left. Try to fix however what you have destroyed in these Arab countries. Don’t leave your job unfinished.
Do you know how the situation is today in the countries of the Arab Spring? In Tunisia, in Egypt and in Libya the people are far worse off than they were before.
Copyright 2012 Emile Tubiana