Friday, May 30, 2014

You Have No Idea How It Pains Me

But the press and pundits on the right have put me in an untenable position.

They have labelled certain statements made by President Obama during the recent West Point commencement as being an insult to the military.

I don't know if they are jumping the gun or lying, but they are wrong.

And now I have to defend POTUS.

As Dr. Smith used to say "Oh the pain, the pain!"

Here’s my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will. The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership. But U.S. military action cannot be the only -- or even primary -- component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

That is no insult.  Far from it.  It is the assurance that every citizen, never mind politician should give our military.  We should all vow that we will not use the power of the U.S. Military unless absolutely necessary.

Now don't go off on a tangent here - "Bush did this...."  "Obama did that....".  We are talking about the commencement speech.

This highlights a problem I have with some on the right.  President Obama does eough stuff wrong without anyone having to make shit up.  And when they do make stuff up, it just draws away from the real problems.


Maggie Goff said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you!!!!!!

JihadGene said...

Oh, the pain! ;)

Yer Marine said...

I have gone by the headline of "You have no idea how it pains me..."

But finally I have to give my retort.

"You have no idea how it pains me..."

"No, but I bet you're gonna tell us!"

Anonymous said...

Oh, but I do know how much it pains you. Once I even had to defend George McGovern, and even after all these years it still pains me.

Keep up the good work. It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.