Later tonight Obama will give his farewell speech and brag about what a magnificent job he’s done. And my Facebook feed will balloon with “Four More Years” memes and teary posts of what a fine man Obama is and how beautiful his family is. (For all I know, Stalin had cute kids. Doesn’t matter.)
So here’s my reminder of how many people Obama KILLED just in 2016. He authorized the dropping of at least 26,171 BOMBS on people in seven countries. Men, women, and children bombed to death.
And these aren’t crappy bombs like the ones we see the aftermath of at a marathon run or an airport baggage area. These are the best, most destructive bombs your money can buy. Ultra high explosives that vaporize concrete walls and kill kids sleeping in their beds.
Obama kills more people during his golf game than any ‘Most Wanted’ terrorist kills in an entire, miserable career of death-making.
And this chart is just 2016!
There’s seven more years of similar or worse bombings and civilian deaths from the misty-eyed President who chokes up at the thought of those poor kids in Sandy Hook. As long as it isn’t Sandy Hook, Iraq that is.
If I believed in hell, at least I’d have the satisfaction of thinking Obama will rot there next to G. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Osama Bin Laden, and the rest of the people who think justice and a better world flows from killing and dominating people.
Instead, I get to read about how people think Obama is a wonderful man.
Sometimes I feel like I live among Jihadists who love the killing, and are completely certain it’s both necessary and justified.
I mean, we can’t let other countries run their own affairs. We have to bomb them until they do what we say, and sell us their resources for cheap. Because, freedom & democracy!
Screw Obama and the new killers who will replace him.
Some day we’ll abandon this ridiculous system and anthropologists will marvel at how billions of people could openly endorse evil just because it was sold to them as a “lesser” evil.
School children will ask, “But how could they believe it was a good thing to kill people? How could they love the people responsible for so much death?” Likely their teachers will give the same answers we’ve gotten about centuries of superstition, slavery, and the oppression of women. “Well, kids, they had very primitive beliefs and they just didn’t know any better.”
For the record, some of us know better.
Following yesterday’s mass killing of five people at Ft. Lauderdale airport, allegedly by Esteban Santiago, who served in Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011, I wonder if Mr. Trump will issue the following press release:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of all US veterans re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Because there’s a long list of US military veterans who are mass murders.
According to one article:
Micah Johnson, who killed five police officers in Dallas in July, 2016 completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan;
George Jo Hennard, who killed 22 in Killeen, Texas, in 1991 had served in the navy;
Michael McDermott, who shot seven people in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 2000, also served in the Navy;
Robert Flores was a veteran of the Persian Gulf war who shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002;
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, killed 13 when he went on a rampage at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009;
Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, had served six years in the U.S. Army, where he became a psychological operations specialist;
Radcliffe Haughton, an ex-marine, killed three women, including his wife, at a spa in Wisconsin in 2012;
Aaron Alexis, another Navy veteran, killed twelve at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013;
Ivan Lopez-Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, killed three at Fort Hood in Texas in 2014;
And, of course, Timothy McVeigh, whose truck bomb killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995, was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
So a person with very little training in statistics, or who just wanted to personally benefit from any animosity toward the US military (or toward Muslims) could capitalize on public fear and call for a total and complete shutdown of all US Veterans re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
Or, (heaven forbid) we could take a deeper, unbiased look into rational, ’cause and effect’ reasons why certain bad things are happening.
But would honest investigation reveal that US politicians sending young men and women to bomb other people in their own homes could cause life-long psychological problems for those young veterans?
Would it reveal that the people who were bombed tend to want revenge?
Would it reveal that the US getting cheaper natural resources from the barrel of a gun as a path to higher corporate revenues, and that the empowerment of co-operative brutal dictators in those foreign countries might NOT be in the true interests of regular Americans?
Just blame those damned Muslims, and maybe US veterans too. And keep the wars going!
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