Who is Obama becoming? What is behind the quick evolution from senator and scholar to war leader?

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president obamaIn tonight’s edition of the New York Times online, David Sanger tells us about President Obama’s evolving thought processes involving war; i.e. when it is right and when might is proper to use. That story, Obama Outlines a Vision of Might and Right , is something for all of us to contemplate since President Obama, like President Bush and Vice President Cheney before him, has never personally seen action.

It is incredible how tough people can talk when they have never been in a situation where people are trying to kill them. Those memories always give me pause when I feel like acting or talking like a tough guy. Sometimes the difference between the quick and the dead can be two seconds and two feet. It is never that easy to control, ask anyone who has ever seen action, no matter how slight it may have been.

     

In a related story, U.N. Afghan Mission Chief to Resign , the Norwegian U.N. worker who oversaw the fraudulent Afghani election protocalls and called for new elections is leaving his position. I don’t blame him.

In this story, Under Tight Security, Iraq Sells Rights to Develop 2 Oil Fields , we learn that Iraq is now starting to sell rights to its oil fields. You will notice that the U.S. is not a buyer. I wonder why?

In this very important and insightful article, The War in Pashtunistan, we learn about a region in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is really where our troopers and marines are going. This is the crux of the problem as Obama sees it.

In this editorial, the editors of the New York Times discuss the problems soldiers face when they need psychological help.  The very fact that they are seeing a mental health professional puts their careers in jeopardy.  This must stop.  The editorial is entitled Lifting the Silence.

In this Op Ed piece a psychiatrist talks about the problems associated with treating and reacting to military suicide cases.  The piece is entitled Obama’s Condolence Problem .

And finally in this article, The Demons That Haunt the Pakistanis, we learn just how deeply Pakistanis hate us. It is a surprise, I must admit. But then maybe I am being naive.  After all, we are sending daily Predator drone flights over their country and oftentimes killing people.  That does not make for fast friends I would think.

Get informed and stay informed. An informed veteran is a comfort to his friends and a danger to his adversaries.

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

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