Fourteen Points for Barack Hussein Obama

I love his name by the way and when he took the oath of office from the unprepared chief justice, his entire name was used. The New York Times has also used it liberally after his nomination and his electoral victory. President Woodrow Wilson gave a seminal speech during World War I on January 8, 1918 known as the “Fourteen Points Address.” He called for reduction in armaments, an international organisation to resolve interstate rivalries and war, less secrecy in diplomacy (open covenants, openly arrived at) and open access to the seas and trade routes. This is relevant idealism in today’s world of war, power aggrandisement, sadistic realism and utter anarchy.

President T Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

1) Quit referring to the middle class all the time and focus on the endemic poverty in America. In particular, the life expectancy gap between whites and African Americans, the income gap and the health insurance gap are monstrous and growing.

2) Declare it is American policy to recognise democratically elected governments such as Hamas in Gaza.

3) Confirm or deny the Los Angeles Times article that torture by other means will be allowed. Extraordinary rendition by the C.I.A. which is nothing more than snatch and grab Muslims and whisk them to a third country is apparently going to continue with your adminitration. I hope you have the qualities of “change” to tell the C.I.A. that their worldwide terrorist network which is much more sophiticated than Al Qaeda will be dismantled.

4) Resist the build up of troops in the creeping Vietnamization of Afghanistan. Tell General David McKiernan that there will be no more surges, no more brigades of death, no more war in that country. American forces will merely go to enclaves to preserve what territory is currently not under the Taliban but aggressive offensive operations will not be tolerated in what is increasingly looking like a war without end in that miserable, poverty-drenched country. It is also destablilising Pakistan as the Taliban are driven east into that country.

5) Reaffirm the 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq will be withdrawn in sixteen months as promised. Do not allow yourself to be sucked into the vortez of a permanent military presence in Iraq. Our departure indeed might slow down or cause Iran to consider the value of a rapprocchement with the United States.

6) Spend, spend, spend as much money as you can to end the economic stagnation in America. Recall Keynesian economics: spend, borrow, build public works.

7) Declare an objective of your administration to cover all Americans with health insurance. It is your moral responsibility to do so and it would facilitate the eradication of poverty.

8) Give an official unambiguous apology for slavery.

9) Apologise for the Vietnam War and the deaths of two to three million Vietnamese.

10) Reestablish the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

11) Actively pursue a Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty and cancel N.A.T.O. enlargement and the basing of interceptors and radars in Poland and the Czech Republic.

12) Join the International Criminal Court.

13) Apologise for the atomic genocide in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.

14) Do not pardon or even think of commuting the sentence of traitor-spy, Jonathan Pollard

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