Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
Our Nobel Peace Prize Winning President Barack Obama (“Winner: 2009 Prize for Being the Darling of the Euro Left”) has, yet again betrayed the suckers who took him seriously as some sort of Messianic Bringer of Peace.
First, it was the move (on the heels of the Nobel Prize) to increase troop levels in order to prop up a failed third world narco state with no clear plan of what to do besides get Americans killed in pointless battles. That “plan” continues and will continue forever, according to Sec’y of Defense Robert Gates, who frankly admitted that all the twaddle about “When they stand up, we’ll stand down” is a load of bushwah when he plainly stated, “We’re not leaving Afghanistan prematurely. In fact, we’re not ever leaving at all.”
Then, in a move that even the overreaching Bush Administration refused to countenance for itself, Obama voted himself the power to murder anybody on planet Earth, civilian or foreign, whom he deemed (by his all-knowing power) to be an “enemy combatant”. Just declare a person an enemy of the state and order their death. No evidence, arrest, trial, or conviction necessary. What could possibly go wrong when a Caesar, er, President has such power? But no worries, because Obama says his power to murder citizens he deems undesirable is a “state secret” and therefore cannot be investigated by prying subjects who want to know if Caesar is entirely motivated by the desire to, as he always puts it, “keep us safe.”
You might think that would be enough to get his stooges to furrow the brow and wonder if he’s really altogether trustworthy and fully in command of the whole “living in a democratic republic of ordered liberty” concept. But now in yet another breathtaking betrayal, Obama has declared that the US will support nations which make a habit of kidnapping children and forcing them to fight in some of the bloodiest battleground in the world—just so long as they are doing it to support our Grand War on Terror.
The phenomenon of child soldiers, like genocide, slavery and torture, seems like one of those crimes that no nation could legitimately defend. Yet the Obama administration just decided to leave countless kids stranded on some of the world’s bloodiest battlegrounds.
The administration stunned human rights groups last month by sidestepping a commitment to help countries curb the military exploitation of children. Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy reported that President Obama issued a presidential memorandum granting waivers from the Child Soldiers Prevention Act to four countries: Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. The memo instructed Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that it is in our “national interest” to continue extending military aid to those countries, despite their failure to comply with the rules Congress passed and George W. Bush signed in 2008.
One wonders how long it can be before the very last stooge and sucker who believed this man’s messianic hype will figure out what an empty suit he is. It is an utter disgrace to our country that we should excuse this monstrous barbarism. And it is beyond disgusting that this, like so many other outrages Caesar is practicing on us human cattle is being sold as “fighting terror”.