I think I may have made some kind of promise either to myself or to you people in general that I would refrain from spouting off about political things. While I am still sort of sticking to this, I must venture into this shady area for just today. And really this topic isn’t political, it’s just that basically that I don’t particularly like our current president. That’s not political, since I don’t particularly like Justin Bieber, or this lady I used to work with, or peas. It’s not a political argument, it’s just personal preference. Plus it’s my stupid blog so whatevs.
The following is a quote from a recent speech given by our current president: “Al Qaeda operatives still cite Guantanamo as a justification for attacks against the United States. Still to this day. And there’s no reason for us to give them that kind of talking point when, in fact, we can use the various mechanisms of our justice system to prosecute these folks and to make sure that they never attack us again.” Please take a moment to digest this quote in its entirety. The context is not particularly important since I can pretty much share my opinion and prove my point with this tiny little excerpt from this one speech.
My first point is around the concept of Al Qaeda “talking points.” When I first read this I really had to take a moment. Talking points?? What idiot speech writer decided it was a fair assessment to qualify Al Qaeda’s announcements, videos, etc. citing the things they hold against America as “talking points”?! Seriously. A talking point is “an idea which may or may not be factual, usually compiled in a short list with summaries of a speaker’s agenda for public or private engagements,” or more simply, “an especially persuasive point helping to support an argument or discussion.” Even this second definition cannot really be attributed to the crap the group outputs. They are not our debate partners. We are not discussing the fact that America is good, bad, elitist, whatever with them. They accuse us of evils, attack and kill our citizens, and we fight them with our badass military because we are at war. At war. Nazis are evil, they killed lots of people for bad reasons. Terrorists, i.e. Al Qaeda (since some people seem to forget) are evil, they killed and continue to kill lots of people for bad reasons. They don’t have stupid freaking talking points!
Second. The quoted statement also reveals (like many other quotes, speeches, and talking points even) that he does not have an opinion about anything. As we all know, his policies and actions against terrorists / Al Qaeda have been consistent and seem to say that he is against terrorism and wants to defend America against this evil (mostly). However, statements like this make him seem like he doesn’t support America. He is trying to straddle a line which does not exist. Mr. President: You’re either against terrorism, or you’re not. Stop trying to placate freaking enemies who hate America and stand up to them like you have some balls. Just because you close or try to close a stupid military prison is not going to change their minds about killing us. They will still hate you and all of us simply because we are American. Guantanamo is not going to make a difference. Also to me, this statement sounds like a negotiating tactic. We’ll close the prison because they say they don’t like it. Then what? They’ll stop killing? They’ll stop terror? Cool, let’s shake on it and achieve world peace! False. Get a clue, dude. And stand for something for once.
Third. I will not even really venture into my opinion about the “various mechanisms of our justice system to prosecute these folks” which I have discussed before are NOT appropriate to prosecute enemies of the state or those individuals who commit crimes against America and are NOT American citizens. Longest run-on sentence ever. Already got fired up and wrote a bunch of words about it, so I think to maintain my blood pressure I’ll skip this part and simply say: it’s still a bunch of CRAP.
One last thing: I think it’s funny he calls them “folks.” Makes me chuckle. I’m sure it’s unintentional and it’s not a big deal, but it’s kind of funny you have to admit. That’s all folks!
So in closing, while I in general disagree with most everything that comes out of our president’s mouth and most every policy that comes out of his White House, I want to be fair. No I didn’t vote for him, but yes I try to respect him as the most powerful man in our country and probably in the world. But he needs to command that respect and really earn it by standing up for things, whether I agree, whether mainstream media agrees, whether our enemies agree, or not.