It ain't so easy, is it Mr. President? You made it all seem so easy to do during the election campaign. Like your predecessors, you had pat solutions to complex problems. Now, faced with the reality of the office and the world, suddenly it becomes far more difficult. You criticized President Bush during the campaign [but surprisingly timidly], and you were immediately labeled this or that by people prone to prejudice and bigotry [not only the racial kind]. Naivete is par for the course when running for president. You cannot know everything, and many things you are not permitted to know or are shielded from knowing. So, making the wrong predictions and promises is par for the course. Those are "givens."
What is most alarming to me about you, President Obama, are the judgments you have made AFTER you have been in office for awhile. Frankly, I thought you would be more proactive in fighting for a single-payer health care system. It does not take a person to the far left to conclude that health care is a rite, and that all people should have equal and fair access to the best health care. Mr. President, you gave in by not taking the leadership role immediately, and became yourself a pawn of the big pharmaceutical and insurance companies who bought off both Republicans and Democrats. You had a ruddlerless ship of state on too many issues, with health care being a big one.
On Gitmo, you seemed to have the correct perspective about closing that embarrassing and horribly undemocratic place where torture and no legal basics were in place. But again you failed. You came into office with an idea, but no plan. Since your election there has been no significant overall direction on what to do with the illegal prison at Guantanamo. Swift action, with a well-thought-out plan would now have that hole closed. Instead, you are being Mickey Moused by people from the left and the right.
I realize that you faced a necessary distraction in Iraq to a war and a place that was left a terrible mess by your predecessor. It will not stand as a democratic nation, and civil war between at least three factions is inevitable. The American invasion of that sovereign nation was disgraceful and could not be sustained. However you ignored Afghanistan for almost a year while you tried to neatly bundle the move to close America's misbegotten presence in Iraq. The Taliban have resurfaced as a strong force in Afghanistan. You bear part of the responsibility. It is not enough to state that Bush horribly mismanaged both Iraq and Afghanistan (which he did), and that he let bin Laden get away at Torah Borah (which he did), but it has been "show time" in Kabul and the rest of the country for months and months.
There is much, much more to take you to task for, Mr. President, but suffice to say you have lacked the proactive leadership that you displayed in the campaign to get elected. You have now painted yourself in a corner, which is exactly what the profiteers of war and health care wanted. Perhaps it is time for you to take the bull by the horns, begin to act on the principles that got you elected, and not fall prey to timidity so that you MIGHT increase your chances to be re-elected. You are going in the wrong direction, whether it be on principles and morality, or on chances for re-election. You were elected as a progressive. Act like one. And do it with proactive determination. You have forgotten who elected you and you joined the timid people in the House and Senate who are nothing more than pawns of big business and the military-industrial complex. Get on with what needs to be done, and do it as a progressive! Your critics will always be there no matter what you do.