Obama keeps sending America's boys and girls into the meat grinder. Thousands each year are coming back in coffins; they have missing limbs, depleted uranium sickness, PTSD but they are coming back with worse.... souls depleted of their humanity... Americans voted to bring them home but the warlords have put Obama in his place as their puppet leader. I had hoped for much more from Obama but I am certain they must have a means to Blackmail him into doing their bidding. I wonder if they have a video of him doing something that could end his Presidency or something like that which prevents him from bringing the soldiers home?
Maybe Obama was the lesser of two evils but I have lost all hope that voting can change the path America and its allies are heading toward. Today, I can believe it is the work of individual human beings, each raising the light of the world... one person at a time... that can change this system we are in today. The young man in this video tells his story, you tell yours, and I tell mine... Between us, and the increase in knowledge... we can prevail. Our physical survival depends on it.
It is time that through our stories the light itself will shine itself in the dark places in me first; I understand I am a work in progress but the darkness rooted in myself rootedout, let that same light expose the dark system that has captured the imagination of our world through tee vee, violent video games and the dark priests of the world religions as they poison the next generation with their culture of violence.
I would rather Obama would have refused the Nobel Peace Prize award and given it to the young man, in the video, who truly carries the message of peace the Nobel Peace prize was created for.
You speak as though President Obama does not have to operate within a system, afterall, he cannot pass a decree and make every personal wish a law. Your political system calls for extensive lobbying behind every piece of legislation. You do not know what he is working on behind the scene. He has only been in office two years and has just passed one of the most important pieces of social legislation in American history, against a background of the most vitriolic opposition. From the reaction of the American public,one would have to wonder how a people could be so wrong headed, that social legislation that would help through better access to health care, to improve the quality of life of many Americans could be so bitterly opposed by the same Americans who sat back and watched the lives of their children being sqandered on unjust wars in silence, in the past. So effective has been the campaign to demonize President Obama that it resulted in the loss of a seat held by Democrats for over fifty years! Having overcome many of the hurdles with health care reform other changes will come, but President Obama is not a magician!
You have a right to critique,to criticize and to praise where you see fit, I am just offering another perspective.
The hugest manmade environmental disaster in the world is going on right outside my window in the harbour... I can't help but think that if trillions of dollasr were not wasted on securing the oil fields and instead were put into alternative renewable energiy that British Petroleum Gushers don't happen. If Obama had any sense, he would bring the ships and troops home and have them full time cleaning up the Gulf. And never...ever become involved in foreign entanglements again...
Health care is awesome but will never be reailized if over half of the economy is invested in wars over non-renewable polluting energy sources. Did you watch the video?
I noticed that the young soldier is still wearing a uniform. He took an awful risk to come out and say what he said. It is all true, but unfortunately, nothing will change for a long time, because at the root of the willingness to warmonger is religion and ideology, and those things do not change overnight. Any changes to the accepted way of operating will have to be made slowly. Face it, any politician that rocks the boat too muich will only survive as long as an ice cube in a frying pan, and as soon as he is ousted someone who is willing to reverse any changes made will be put in his place, because leaders govern by the consensus of the people. Very few people who were raised on religions that speak of chosen people, holy wars, them and us, and those sort of ideas are philosophically opposed to war. Most people will only oppose it when it hurts them or their families.
How sad that the maker of this video (I hope not the speaker) included the current US Administration as perpetrators of the Iraqi occupation. To put Obama and Clinton in the same group as Bush and Cheney is a Republican strategy (ok, maybe we're bad/made a mistake -- but the other guys are just as bad). NOT! From my understanding, Obama is moving us out of Iraq. Please correct me if I am wrong.
While I agree w/much of the sentiment expressed in the video, I agree w/Sagitta. As much as I wish we cld, we cannot just up and leave at this point. As for Afganistan, I think we will be completing our military mission there relatively soon. The current Administration, like it or not, has to respect our commitments. The US cannot be perceived to act in a bi-polar fashion everytime we change Presidents.