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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 06:53 AM
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An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That's the way General Washington insisted it must be. That's what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. "You're fired!," said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in' hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).

So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea -- "Let's invade Afghanistan!" Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.

There's a reason they don't call Afghanistan the "Garden State" (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan's nickname is the "Graveyard of Empires." If you don't believe it, give the British a call. I'd have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev's number though. It's + 41 22 789 1662. I'm sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you're about to commit.

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the "war president." Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line -- and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn't have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.

I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush's Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.

Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you're doing it so you can "end the war") will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you've said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone -- and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout "tea bag!"

Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.

We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can't take it anymore. We can't take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of "landslide victory" don't you understand?

Don't be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn't be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can't change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can't be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

President Obama, it's time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, "No, we don't need health care, we don't need jobs, we don't need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, 'cause we don't need them, either."

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that's what they'd do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.

All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam "might" be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish -- the full terror of which we scarcely know.

When we elected you we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn't even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God's sake, stop.

Tonight we still have hope.

Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON'T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother's son.

We're counting on you.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 07:16 AM
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1. "but we f*#&in' hate these generals,
from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption)."

And let's not forget the generals of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that, back in the early 1960s, had the brass balls to put together the treasonous Operation Northwoods plans to stage false flag terror attacks against the US and Cuban refugees which were to be blamed on Castro and the Communist government in Cuba, because they felt it would help provide public support for a US military invasion of Cuba.


In his new expos of the National Security Agency entitled Body of Secrets, author James Bamford highlights a set of proposals on Cuba by the Joint Chiefs of Staff codenamed OPERATION NORTHWOODS. This document, titled Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba was provided by the JCS to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13, 1962, as the key component of Northwoods. Written in response to a request from the Chief of the Cuba Project, Col. Edward Lansdale, the Top Secret memorandum describes U.S. plans to covertly engineer various pretexts that would justify a U.S. invasion of Cuba. These proposals - part of a secret anti-Castro program known as Operation Mongoose - included staging the assassinations of Cubans living in the United States, developing a fake Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington, including sink(ing) a boatload of Cuban refugees (real or simulated), faking a Cuban airforce attack on a civilian jetliner, and concocting a Remember the Maine incident by blowing up a U.S. ship in Cuban waters and then blaming the incident on Cuban sabotage. Bamford himself writes that Operation Northwoods may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government.

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430 /
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xiamiam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 07:39 AM
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2. why would anyone unrec this post...unbelievable...glad michael laid it out...hes right..100%
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 08:08 AM
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3. Because disagreeing with Obama = spitting in the face of Baby Jesus.
Haven't you noticed?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 11:21 AM
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6. LOL
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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 08:39 AM
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4. Nice letter. He should have left his grandmother out of it, though.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 09:15 AM
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5. K&R
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 05:52 PM
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7. We are there for the strategic route to the world's last oil reserves.
Obama has to do as he's told but I don't think anyone can get to be president of the US unless they demonstrate a willingness to forward the goals of the Empire. This war was never about 9/11 or Osama Bin Laden and it's a shame that so many Americans fell for that lie.

Good for MM for trying, but this government doesn't listen to the people, they laugh at us so it's a waste of time now as it was during the Bush administration for the American people to even try to get heard.

Obama made a lot of people nervous during the campaign when he talked about his plans for Afghanistan. Too many of us put it aside hoping for the best. But no one can say we did not get signals that the wars would go on because the MIC won't have it any other way.

The only solution is to kick out most of Congress and replace them with people who cannot be bought and forget about the WH. But, that won't be easy I know. I can't think of anything else that can be done to stop this madness.


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KansasVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 06:01 PM
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8. Oh No, Now some DU members will hate Michael Moore! +1
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MollieBradford Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-01-09 09:05 AM
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10. I hated him in 2000
nothing has changed.

What cracks me up is that he thinks Obama has changed. This IS Obama, Bill was correct, Obama and anti-war= fairytale.
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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 07:19 PM
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9. kick
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-01-09 09:10 AM
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11. "Be your mother's son?"! F*@! you for this.
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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-01-09 12:31 PM
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12. KICK AND CALL!
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