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Obama supports marriage equality

It is kind of sad that the President announces his support for marriage equality after the North Carolina election. I’m not sure that his support would have changed anything, but it might have. I think that many Blacks who opposed same sex marriage would have thought about the issue a little more deeply. Marriage equality is important. It is another step in the long road toward equality for everyone in this great nation of ours.


Here’s what the President said:

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

By |2012-05-10T23:51:24-04:00May 10th, 2012|Civil Rights|Comments Off on Obama supports marriage equality

Obama Says Don't Question My Patriotism

Thank you, Senator Barack Obama. Even though you stated the obvious, it needed to be said again. Obama directly responded to Senator John McCain and his ridiculous charges from yesterday. McCain knows that he will lose on the issues, so he plays these games.


With less than three months to go before the election, a lot of people are still trying to square Senator Obama’s varying positions on the surge in Iraq. First, he opposed the surge and confidently predicted that it would fail. Then he tried to prevent funding for the troops who carried out the surge. Not content to merely predict failure in Iraq, my opponent tried to legislate failure. This was back when supporting America’s efforts in Iraq entailed serious political risk. It was a clarifying moment. It was a moment when political self-interest and the national interest parted ways. For my part, with so much in the balance, it was an easy call. As I said at the time, I would rather lose an election than lose a war.

Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and to brave Iraqi fighters the surge has succeeded. And yet Senator Obama still cannot quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment. Nor has he been willing to heed the guidance of General Petraeus, or to listen to our troops on the ground when they say — as they have said to me on my trips to Iraq: “Let us win, just let us win.” Instead, Senator Obama commits the greater error of insisting that even in hindsight, he would oppose the surge. Even in retrospect, he would choose the path of retreat and failure for America over the path of success and victory. In short, both candidates in this election pledge to end this war and bring our troops home. The great difference is that I intend to win it first.

Obama finally states that we all love America. We may have different views on how to get America back on her feet but we all love America. (See video below.)

I feel I have to say something about McCain’s constant talk about the Surge. McCain acts as if a great military strategy has been carried out when, it fact, more has happened beyond what the U.S. did. The Sunni leaders decided to kick Al Qaeda out of their country. We helped, but it was their idea. It has been called the “Awakening.” This started before our Surge. Without the cooperation of Sunni tribal leaders we would still be in deep doo-doo. Yes, the Surge worked to control violence in Baghdad but it has also separated neighborhoods. As we barricaded off Sunnis and Shittes, we caused people to be forced out of their homes.

This is not mentioned by McCain at all. McCain would never mention that a group of Sunni leaders that supported the Awakening were recently blown up. The picture that John McCain paints– that America has kicked ass and taken names under the great leadership of General David Petraeus– is overly simplistic and only partially true.

By |2008-08-19T21:56:02-04:00August 19th, 2008|Election 2008, Military, Music|Comments Off on Obama Says Don't Question My Patriotism

What Happened to the USS Cole Investigation?

USS Cole

When I read this, I couldn’t believe it. I thought that the guys who plotted the attack on the USS Cole were caught, sentenced, and now behind bars. I guess I missed something. Some of those who were caught were thrown in jail only to be later released.

So, what kind of cooperation are we getting from the Yemeni government? The bad kind, I guess. This is why I don’t believe that we are truly waging a war on terror. We should do what is necessary to protect our citizens. I know that the Israeli government would take out these suspects if the Yemeni government would not do the “right” thing.


From Washington Post:

Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.

Jamal al-Badawi, a Yemeni who helped organize the plot to bomb the Cole as it refueled in this Yemeni port on Oct. 12, 2000, has broken out of prison twice. He was recaptured both times, but then secretly released by the government last fall. Yemeni authorities jailed him again after receiving complaints from Washington. But U.S. officials have so little faith that he’s still in his cell that they have demanded the right to perform random inspections. (more…)

By |2008-05-11T01:33:53-04:00May 11th, 2008|Al Qaeda, Bush Administration, Foreign Affairs|3 Comments
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