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throw this one on the michael moore stack
my letter to president obama
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)

Michael Moore is a difficult guy to have as one of the voices of the liberal movement. There are some who take issue with his own methods and solutions. But sometimes, he really nails a point on the head. And here is a great example. His letter to President Obama, regarding the possibility of a troop surge to Afghanistan, made some incredible points. I recommend reading it before you read on.


I decided that I at least wanted my voice added to this issue, and had intended to just write a quick email to the White House, indicating how my feelings echoed Mr. Moore's. But that's not what I ended up writing. Because, in truth, there have just been too many decisions lately that I don't understand. And that fact is what's really making me angry.

Remember the old days, when you'd see some statement from the White House, and you'd think, "What the fuck is Bush thinking?!" Now stop for a moment and ponder this, how many times have you thought the same thing about Obama recently? More than you'd care to admit, right? Particularly if, like me, you voted for the man.

I'm tired of feeling like we're once again locked outside the cone of silence, wondering what's really going on. Transparency goes so far beyond sharing statistics. It comes down to taking the time to make sure the American public knows why its government is doing the stuff it's doing. Because until we have that window, until we have some semblance that our leaders are doing what we pay them to do, this country will always be divided and broken. It is the very lack of transparency in this administration that has everyone up in arms, liberal and conservative alike. Because it causes unpleasant flashbacks.

You know, like when you're new boyfriend/girlfriend does something that reminds you why you left the last one.

So here is what I ended up writing to the President (or his staffers rather). It's short (shocking I know), but I think it makes my point. And I think it makes a point that even tea baggers and birthers can't argue with.

Mr. President et al.,

Mr. Moore, whose letter I'm sure has already been reiterated repeatedly, has done an exemplary job of putting forth my frustrations at recent choices by the White House. I feel no need to rehash his points, but I would like to add one additional thought.
Michael Moore doesn't know everything about the state of the world's security. And I'm quite sure I know even less than he does. We all recognize that there may be things that the public isn't privy to (even some with good reason), that are impacting the choices you make. But I implore you to consider this.

If the information isn't safe for public consumption, it is even harder to swallow the consequence.

Some of us screamed into the void as the last administration stripped away our rights based on information we didnt have. But at least they said they had it. At least they admitted they had facts they were keeping from us, even if we doubted their word.

I wont pretend I have the information or knowledge to plot the best course of action to take in any foreign military engagement. But Im a pretty intelligent woman. If you take a moment to explain yourself, Im sure I can follow along.

If there are pieces of the puzzle you cant fill in, tell us what you can. If you truly believe that sending more young men and women into this situation is justified, give us some explanation. I want to see you, with your visual aids assembled, tell me what you are hoping to accomplish and when you expect to accomplish it. Do it in the Oval Office. Grab a big conference room. I dont care. Dont give me a speech; give me a lesson in military strategy. Im not asking for maps of whos being sent where. Im not expecting anything that is going to give combatants an advantage. But there must be a way to break it down for me, so that I feel some sense you have a plan with a chance of success.

I dont know what you know, Mr. President, and I probably never will. But I truly believe that, if you are not capable of performing this one service to the legions of individuals who voted for you, and you still order more troops into Afghanistan, you are not the man we thought we were hiring.

Thank you for your time,



When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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