Sexual health educators will tell you that the “pull-out” method is not an effective method of contraception— a man can leave thousands, if not millions of unwanted “troops” inside, which can lead to unseen, unexpected and unwanted commitments as well as the always possible transmission of disease.
Coincidentally, the Obama Administration’s pull-out of American troops from Iraq shows that the lesson of a late pull-out can be applied liberally to foreign policy.
When Obama originally took office, he promised the hasty and effective pull out of troops from Iraq. That was in 2008.
Now in 2012, we’re seeing that the late American “pull-out” from Iraq still leaves thousands of U.S. troops inside the country, encouraging the possibility for further resentment, hostility and unexpected developments.
But still the President assures concerned parties in Iraq and the U.S. with his calming rhetoric, ‘don’t worry baby, I pulled out, it’s all good.’ His administration is even paying off Iraq with a nearly $1 billion gift of fighter jets— like a potentially politically damaging scorned mistress getting a settlement to keep their mouth shut.
What we’re seeing from the President is dirty, retrospective bluffing. Or, in layman’s terms, lies.
So let’s look at what else has been promised to the American public by the Obama administration that initially aroused our interests in Barack, but ended up leaving us sore, depressed, and possibly infected.
Shouldn’t be hard…
-Today is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison. President Obama promised that the military detention center would be closed by January 2010, but he’s already two years off.
-In 2008, then president-elect Obama promised that, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.” Despite this noble promise that wooed small business advocacy into initially supporting the Obama campaign, the facts directly contradict any results Mr. Obama may want to tout now, as he heads into election season. Research conducted by the American Small Business League, in fact, shows that 60 of the top 100 federal small business contractors for fiscal year 2010 were actually some of the largest corporations in the world.
You could have at least wined-and-dined us, Mr. President. Instead, you’re taking corporations to your fancy soirees. The American public feels taken advantage of. Didn’t you ever love us– or were you just saying that to get into our pants (and wallets)?
With the honeymoon over, it feels like we might have rushed into things a little prematurely— we climbed into the back seat of your car with the promise of an exciting and promising future— but now what do we have to show for it?