I woke up Sunday feeling differently about this election.
I have more hope for us, including those who are Democrats who will be voting the first or second time in our lives for a Republican. So I am back to writing about this election and our future, with tonight's debate another step that will hopefully end Obama's term in office at four years.
John McCain and Mitt Romney are not like Barack Obama. Romney, like McCain, brings us hope of reconciliation and agreement concerning our budget and the lives of those needing help the most.
Obama has abandoned the poor both here and abroad. The poor, who cannot pull themselves up from poverty but instead find themselves falling ever deeper into its dual clutches of crime and starvation.
With Obama we will have four more years of trouble in Washington that most adversely affect those in the most need. Only Romney provides us with Hope and Change, a grand plan that Obama has now abandoned for "Forward."
There are many topics worth writing about before tonight's debate.
An entire story might be written about Obama's final break with trust, the most important feature of any president. Of how his efforts on and after his own 9/11 this year have concentrated more on hiding the truth about Libya and preserving the myth of success against al-Qaida than on being open and honest about what happened in Libya and where we are going in the world.
An entire story might be written about the connections between the last two moderators, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and The Panetta Foundation. Bob Schieffer, tonight's moderator, is a member of the Board of The Panetta Institute founded by Leon Panetta. And Candy Crowley is one of this year's award winners who will both be at The Panetta Institute's largest fundraiser event of the year "honoring individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to our democracy and its most cherished principles."
But writing about those issues would detract from perhaps the most important issue for the US today. One buried in the papers late last week with the replacement of the man heading the Africa Command. One with which Ambassador Susan Rice is merely a manipulated pawn. One for which Obama's brother serves as a constant reminder of Barack Obama's worst failure as president, and most dangerous place in the world today.
Bob Schieffer chose his own topics for the debate tonight. They are imbalanced, concentrating almost exclusively on the Middle East. They do not refer at all to Africa.
The six topics, selected by moderator Bob Schieffer, are as follows: "America’s role in the world"; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Israel and Iran; "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism" (part one); "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism (part two); and "The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World."
Before you reject Africa as a critical topic for tonight's debate, treating this article as unimportant and incorrect, consider the importance of Africa to the United States and Barack Obama.
- Africa has huge oil reserves. Much of Africa's oil is superior in quality, with unproven reserves among the greatest in the world.
- Africa remains mired in war and genocide that involves some of the worst crimes against humanity ever seen.
- Africa fosters and harbors al-Qaida and many leaders who endanger the world's economy and encourage anti-American activity that appears to have increased during Obama's term in office.
- Africa is the location of Obama's most substantial policy failures.
- Africa is where Obama's father was born, and where he still has family.
- Obama sent troops into Africa. He ordered strikes against Libya, and has government personnel in Libya.
Coming on the heels of the Libya attack, there is every reason why we should focus on Africa during the entire debate. We need to ask President Obama where are we going in Africa. And most importantly, we need to find out what is happening there and where we are going wrong.
Africa Exemplifies How Obama Feels About Poverty and the Poor
As with so much of the ongoing debate, Obama's most glaring failures are buried under tons of rhetoric dealing with the Middle East and our "middle class." This debate avoids Obama's greatest failures. They are found in Africa and our inner cities.
Obviously, Obama's foreign policy failures in Africa include our recent tragic losses in Libya. But they also have a direct connection to his family in Africa and his failure to help those at home and abroad who are the most needy in the world. Those of us without Obama-type gifts and good fortune. Those of us who were not lucky enough have had labor union jobs at GM and Chrysler, thereby making his actions more politically useful.
Obama does not need to help the poor. He gets many more votes and more international exposure by promoting tax issues and his "middle class."
Although Africa and our poor represent those in most need, Obama has largely abandoned them over the past four years. Obama brings our poor to his table for another four years of hope without change. Only "Forward" for Obama and his supporters.
Forward to what? We need to look no farther than at Obama's own family to see who Obama is and what he continues to do for those of us who needed such Change and have gotten only "Forward."
The two men may share the same father, but while Barack Obama was born in Hawaii to his father’s American second wife, George — born in Kenya — was the product of Obama Senior’s fourth marriage.Today, while Barack entertains at the White House, flies aboard Air Force One and is a friend of film stars and royalty, George, 30, is to be found slumped in his corrugated iron shack which even fellow slum-dwellers regard as a hovel.
Obama's failure in Africa, dramatized by his brother's plight and the recent tragedy in Libya, is even greater because Obama has concentrated on Africa since before his term even started. Africa's people, like Obama's brother George and so many poor living in the inner cities in the United States, continue to suffer in corrugated iron shacks, broken down buildings, and gun-ridden, dead-children-strewn streets of death.
Many related questions remain unanswered at home. In Obama's home town of Chicago, the murder rate is growing as more children die in our streets. Poverty for all Americans of all colors has increased to an all-time records. Has Obama visited our inner cities once? Has he promised help? Is he useful to anyone other than those making significant money in his pitched battle over taxes for the "middle class" and the very rich? Why has he left our poor in Appalachia and our inner cities with environments that has crime growing unchecked and ever more deaths, with no plan for the future and no Hope and Change? When was Obama's last visit to Africa?
As horrendous as they are, these issues pale in comparison to the horrors of Africa. The failures in Africa are most pronounced and show that most tragically no African Spring is on the horizon. Only more death.
Tonight, I am much more interested in the utter failure of the Obama Administration in Africa, including Egypt despite his focus on this continent (in which I choose to include Egypt unlike Obama), than I am in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama wasted money on a useless war in Afghanistan, a handful of labor workers in the Midwest, rich fat cats on Wall Street, and a parade of other useless and failed projects. Five trillion dollars with both Africa and our own ghettos even worse than when he first took office.
Africa Shows How Obama Will Sacrifice Anyone to Get Re-elected
Ambassador Susan Rice is Barack Obama's principal spokesperson on Africa. She has very committed views. He turned to her when the Libyan crisis occurred last month.
Susan Rice has had a lot to do with the few US actions we have had so far in Africa over the past twenty years. She was an aide to Bill Clinton, the foreign policy advisor for John Kerry's presidential campaign, and now Barack Obama's UN Ambassador. She has become the principal spokesperson for Obama in connection Africa, including the attacks in Libya. As a "cabinet-rank" official, she sits as an equal to Hillary Clinton in the Obama Administration.
Rice has tried to focus Obama on Africa since she took office. She was undoubtedly responsible for increasing US presence there through the advisory troops we now have in Africa.
What has Rice gotten for her efforts?
She became Obama's foil. Obama placed her into harsh glare of the public eye to lie to the American people about a video and the deaths of our ambassador in Libya and others.
Africa Command Shake-up Latest Evidence of "Forward" in Africa
There is evidence that President Obama himself has recognized his leadership in Africa is lacking. And that another scapegoat is being offered for his failures.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a change in the top management of the Africa Command from Army General Carter F. Ham to Army General David M. Rodriguez. The Africa Command is the newest US Military Command, spanning all of Africa other than Egypt.
As we were warned by Lara Logan, the truth regarding al-Qaida being on its heels, as characterized by President Obama and his administration is fiction. Yet in announcing this replacement, Panetta said that Afghanistan is following a "successful campaign plan" for which General Rodriguez was "a key architect."
Given the timing of the change, it is likely that this represents an admission that his current African policies have failed. Perhaps he intends a much more aggressive approach to Africa in the future. If so, we must ask "Why now?" And of course, the answer is "Politics."
Whether Ham is at all responsible for what happened in Libya is unknown. Maybe he refused to send the troops in Italy that were immediately prepared to support the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Maybe he sought an order allowing him to send those troops and Obama and/or others refused to send them to Ambassador Stevens' aid.
But these, as with all failings, are either being swept under the rug or will be announced tonight in what is likely to become overrun by lengthy Obama speeches rather than real debate.
Ham's replacement is the man who has been instrumental in carrying out Obama's strategy in Afghanistan. The US Africa Command says so on its own website.
"He has served in a variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield," Panetta said in announcing the nomination. Rodriguez was the first commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, the corps-level command in Afghanistan. He was the commander during the surge into Afghanistan, "and was a key architect of the successful campaign plan that we are now implementing," Panetta said.
Will this mean more engagement in Africa, including in parts where we still have a limited presence? What is to happen with Africa? What will be done in the next four years to improve the circumstances for all Africans and to make the world safer from al-Qaida?
We deserve to know the answers to these questions. It is a shame that so few if any will be covered tonight.