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Obama - Cocky Ignorance

 
 
Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 12:44 pm
Cocky Ignorance
By Thomas Sowell

Now that Senator Barack Obama has become the Democrats' nominee for President of the United States, to the cheers of the media at home and abroad, he has written a letter to the Secretary of Defense, in a tone as if he is already President, addressing one of his subordinates.

The letter ends: "I look forward to your swift response."

With wars going on in both Iraq and Afghanistan, a Secretary of Defense might have some other things to look after, before making a "swift response" to a political candidate.

Because of the widely publicized statistic that suicide rates among American troops have gone up, Senator Obama says he wants the Secretary of Defense to tell him, swiftly:

"What changes will you make to provide our soldiers in theater with real access to mental health care?"

"What training has the Pentagon provided our medical professionals in theater to recognize who might be at risk of committing suicide?"

"What assistance are you providing families here at home to recognize the risk factors for suicide, so that they may help our service members get the assistance they need?"

"What programs has the Pentagon implemented to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health concerns so that service members are more likely to seek appropriate care?"

All this sounds very plausible, as so many other things that Senator Obama says sound plausible. But, like so many of those other things, it will not stand up under scrutiny.

What has been widely publicized in the media is that suicides among American troops have gone up. What has not been widely publicized is that this higher suicide rate is still not as high as the suicide rate among demographically comparable civilians.

No one needs to be reminded that suicide is a serious matter, whether among soldiers or civilians. But the media have managed to create the impression that it is military service overseas which is the cause of suicides among American troops, when civilians of the same ages and other demographic characteristics are committing suicide at an even higher rate at home.

Moreover, this is not the first time that military service overseas has been portrayed in the media as the cause of problems that are worse in the civilian population at home.

The New York Times led the way in making homicides committed by returning military veterans a front page story, blaming this on "combat trauma and the stress of deployment." Yet the New York Post showed that the homicide rate among returning veterans is a fraction of the homicide rate among demographically comparable civilians.

In other words, if military veterans are not completely immune to the problems found among civilians at home, then the veterans' problems are to be blamed on military service-- at least by the mainstream media.

Does Senator Obama know how the rate of suicides or homicides among military veterans compares to the rate of suicides or homicides among their civilian counterparts? Do the facts matter to him, as compared to an opportunity to score political points?

Perhaps even more important, do the media even care whether Senator Obama knows what he is talking about? Or is the symbolism of "the first black President" paramount, even if that means a President with cocky ignorance at a time of national danger?

The media have been crucial to Barack Obama's whole candidacy. His only achievements of national significance in his entire career have been media achievements and rhetorical achievements.

Perhaps his greatest achievement has been running as a candidate with an image wholly incompatible with what he has actually been doing for decades. This man who is now supposedly going to "unite" us has for years worked hand in glove, and contributed both his own money and the taxpayers' money, to people who have sought to divide us in the most crude demagogic ways.

With all his expressed concern about the war in Iraq, he has not set foot in Iraq for more than two years-- including the very years when progress has been made against the terrorists there.

You don't need to know the facts when you have cocky ignorance and the media behind you.
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woiyo
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 12:47 pm
Why ask the guy who will be out of work in a few months? These are dumb questions. Even if Gates does answer, there will be a new SOD in January.

Why doesn't Obama tell us what HE will do as President in these areas?
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 01:07 pm
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?
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woiyo
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 01:11 pm
engineer wrote:
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?


Where was this letter 2 years ago if is so important? Maybe Sen Obama was busy doing something else.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 01:13 pm
"Cocky Ignorance" is George W. Bush's nick name.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 01:25 pm
Dear Mr. Obama,

Please go jump off a cliff.

Thank you.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 01:27 pm
woiyo wrote:
engineer wrote:
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?


Where was this letter 2 years ago if is so important? Maybe Sen Obama was busy doing something else.

Could be. Who wrote it in his absence? Obama is not the most senior guy there, so some more senior senator should have been watching this, right? Someone from either party, someone who supports the troops?
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woiyo
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 02:06 pm
engineer wrote:
woiyo wrote:
engineer wrote:
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?


Where was this letter 2 years ago if is so important? Maybe Sen Obama was busy doing something else.

Could be. Who wrote it in his absence? Obama is not the most senior guy there, so some more senior senator should have been watching this, right? Someone from either party, someone who supports the troops?


Agree. So do nto give Obama any credit to pulling this stunt now.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 02:20 pm
engineer wrote:
woiyo wrote:
engineer wrote:
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?


Where was this letter 2 years ago if is so important? Maybe Sen Obama was busy doing something else.

Could be. Who wrote it in his absence? Obama is not the most senior guy there, so some more senior senator should have been watching this, right? Someone from either party, someone who supports the troops?


Right. This should be handled by someone with a bit of experience.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 02:26 pm
Re: Obama - Cocky Ignorance
[quote=""Uncle" Tom Sowell"]Now that Senator Barack Obama has become the Democrats' nominee for President of the United States, to the cheers of the media at home and abroad, he has written a letter to the Secretary of Defense, in a tone as if he is already President, addressing one of his subordinates.[/quote]
Damned uppity half-negro.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 02:31 pm
woiyo wrote:
engineer wrote:
woiyo wrote:
engineer wrote:
I thought that senators on the Vets Affairs Committee wrote these kinds of letters. If not them, who should be writing them?


Where was this letter 2 years ago if is so important? Maybe Sen Obama was busy doing something else.

Could be. Who wrote it in his absence? Obama is not the most senior guy there, so some more senior senator should have been watching this, right? Someone from either party, someone who supports the troops?


Agree. So do nto give Obama any credit to pulling this stunt now.

OK, but I don't give him any grief for it either. It is the duty of Representaives and Senators to oversee the military and if he is late with it, then he is late, but at least he said something. The Army has been slow to acknowlegde the needs of Veterans, IMO. To me the issue is not that Obama spoke up during a political season, it is that all the Senators and Representives in charge of Veterans Affairs and the Armed Forces have been so silent. I expect the Army to take care of their own, I expect Congress to tax us to pay for it and I expect Senators, including Obama to hold the Sec. Def's feet to the fire if it's not happening.
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 03:52 pm
http://www.athenswater.com/images/NOBAMA.jpg
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blueflame1
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 05:06 pm
Millions of Americans want answers to these questions. These are questions that never should have had to be asked. "What changes will you make to provide our soldiers in theater with real access to mental health care?"

"What training has the Pentagon provided our medical professionals in theater to recognize who might be at risk of committing suicide?"

"What assistance are you providing families here at home to recognize the risk factors for suicide, so that they may help our service members get the assistance they need?"

"What programs has the Pentagon implemented to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health concerns so that service members are more likely to seek appropriate care?"
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 07:39 pm
Obama is a marxist thief who must be defeated at all costs.

Unfortunately, Bush is a better choice than any of the three we have to choose from (note: Hillary only "suspended" her campaign, she didn't quit).
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 09:26 pm
sigh. marxist? where the heck did you pull that out from? he might be great many things, but marxist is not one of them. do you have any inkling who is a marxist? i mean, other than a gut hunch?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 09:45 pm
cjhsa wrote:
Obama is a marxist thief who must be defeated at all costs.

Unfortunately, Bush is a better choice than any of the three we have to choose from (note: Hillary only "suspended" her campaign, she didn't quit).


aaaaccckkkk...

shooter, go to bed...

RH
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2008 10:02 pm
dagmaraka wrote:
sigh. marxist? where the heck did you pull that out from? he might be great many things, but marxist is not one of them. do you have any inkling who is a marxist? i mean, other than a gut hunch?


Is that cj's own madness, or is this part of the right wing machine's attack?
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2008 05:09 am
It's a vast left wing conspiracy.


http://www.athenswater.com/images/NOBAMA.jpg
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2008 05:40 am
it isnt right or left wing


its a cj wing.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2008 05:44 am
Obama's views and thoughts of change mean to me only one thing - more of a move to the euro-way of thinking, something we tried like hell to get away from. Marxist, communist, socialist. Tell me how he doesn't fit those models (start with the "windfall" tax proposal please).
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