Dear Mr. President


Congratulations, but stop the killing!

Dear President Obama,

     This being my first letter to you on this blog, I  congratulate you with all my heart on becoming President of our really fine country.    You’ve done good things so far.  You’ve stopped torture; you’ve set out to close Guantánamo; you named excellent envoys in George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke.   But now I must ask you something.  This is what I wrote in the website www.whitehouse.gov:
     Are you going to continue the irresponsible unmanned bombing missions over Pakistan?   I just read that today we killed 10 people.   We said we had killed 5 “insurgents”.   That leaves 5 non-insurgents, right?  Please do something to stop the killing.

Sincerely, VNV

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Invading Pakistan
December 2, 2008, 7:43 pm
Filed under: Afghanistan, Bush, news, Pakistan, peace, politics, U.S.A., war | Tags: , , ,
Dear Mr. President,
     Since we attacked Afghanistan because it was harboring terrorists, what’s to stop India from invading Pakistan for the same reason?  After all, for the past few weeks, we have been commiting what used to be considered acts of war against Pakistan ourselves, killing many civilians there with our clever little drones.   Don’t you think India will feel that’s the least it can do?   You have always wanted us to be an example to the world.   Well, the proof of the pudding…
 
Inquiringly, VNV


Mess of Potage
Dear Mr. President,
    I just read today’s Press Briefing.  What a bleak bunch of news!  The Disaster Relief Fund is being depleted.  There are fears we may not have enough money to help our own people through these miseries!  And the Red Cross is having to borrow money to assist people in disasters right now in the U.S.
    Meanwhile, the Taliban is taking over whole towns and villages.  Pakistan and Afghanistan are at logger heads.  Maltreated Guantanamo prisoners have apparently been hidden away when the Red Cross came to check on them.  And your disapproval rating is the worst since disapproval ratings were measured.
    Well, I should think it would be!  You’ve traded our inheritance for a mess of potage (or Mess o’ potamia), Mr. President.  There’s nothing left!
 
Sincerely, VNV


Hope for the New Year
December 31, 2007, 6:58 pm
Filed under: Bush, ethics, Iraq, news, Pakistan, peace, politics
Dear Mr. President,
     What a year it has been!  A year of some hope for Iraq, but a year of the highest casualties for our brave young men and women over there.  A year of hopes dashed for Pakistan.  A year of hopes dashed for Kenya.  A year of great sorrow for Dafur.  A year of tragedy for Bangladesh.
     It has been such a sad year for so many that I almost feel guilty over my own private joy.  My life is so abundant that I can only give thanks.  In my thoughts I am trying to waft some of my joy over to you, so that you, with the power at your disposal, can start bringing joy to the world in that you finally start working for peace.
    That is my hope for the coming year. 
Sincerely, MS


Benazir Bhutto
December 27, 2007, 5:34 pm
Filed under: Bush, crime, ethics, justice, news, Pakistan
Dear Mr. President,
     Benazir Bhutto is dead.   It is heartbreaking that this brave woman has been murdered.  Here is what you said about the assassination: “We stand with the people of Pakistan in their struggle against the forces of terror and extremism. We urge them to honor Benazir Bhutto’s memory by continuing with the democratic process for which she so bravely gave her life.”

Standing with the people of Pakistan may well mean supporting a ruthlessly honest investigation of Musharraf’s possible involvement with this murder.   Are you willing to do that?   You haven’t really been “standing with the people of Pakistan” so far, have you?   Instead, you’ve been standing with a military dictatorship.

Sincerely, MS