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2 May 2013
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Broken Promises


WASHINGTON — According to the pundits and politicians, this election is all about the economy. We're all supposed to know that — because we're not stupid. That's why the Republicans had a "national debt clock" over their convention floor in Tampa, Fla., and the Democrats didn't have one in Charlotte, N.C.

To no one's surprise, the Dems didn't remind anyone in the Charlotte Convention Center that our national debt topped $16 trillion on the opening day of their conclave — a 50 percent increase during the Obama presidency. The so-called mainstream media played along and focused instead on the change of venue for Barack Obama's outdoor acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium — echoing O-Team claims that the move was weather-related. Republicans said the change was precipitated by fears of empty seats.

It probably isn't fair to expect the potentates of the press to remind Americans that when he ran for president in 2008, Obama blasted President George W. Bush as "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic" for piling up $4 trillion in new debt during his eight years in office. When your children and grandchildren ask how all this could happen, you're supposed to tell 'em it's "Bush's fault." At that point, they may really want to push Grandma off a cliff.

As we heard from so many speakers in Charlotte, it's also Bush's fault that Obama's 2009 promise to "cut the federal deficit in half" hasn't been fulfilled. Then it was $1.4 trillion. Now it's $1.2 trillion. But who's counting. Blame Bush. The O-Team just needs more time.

And then there's unemployment. In 2009, when he was pushing his stimulus package through Congress, bailing out hand-picked car companies and "investing in green businesses," the president told us he would cut unemployment to 6 percent. Now, 46 months into the Obama administration, it's still higher than 8 percent. Mr. Hope and Change now says that he needs four more years to "fix America's economic problems." Don't forget; it's Bush's fault.

Unfortunately for the nice people who support him, there are many other shattered vows that Obama can't blame on his predecessor. His Inauguration Day assurance that he would make government accountable and "transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made" didn't happen. Nor did his campaign commitment to "televise the debate over health care." The failure of his pledges to "get energy costs under control" and "achieve energy independence" by expanding "alternative sources" and "funding green energy initiatives" is reflected in the pain we're feeling at the pump.

And we still don't know who in the Obama administration authorized the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation or why he or she did it. No one should be surprised that none of these issues made the news in Charlotte.

What did make news was how quickly and deftly the Democrats moved to rectify two potentially damaging omissions from their party's platform — a 70-page document outlining the goals for a second Obama administration. For reasons that have yet to be explained, the drafting committee removed the word "God" from the platform and then deleted the clause, "(Jerusalem) is and will remain the capital of Israel." Both were in the 2008 edition.

Apparently, the O-Team was hoping nobody would bother to read this year's version. Bret Baier of Fox News did — and began to ask about the omissions. Within hours, Republican nominee Mitt Romney said: "It's unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama's shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. ... I find that one more example of Israel being thrown under the bus by the president." A day later, delegates in Charlotte amended their platform to restore God and Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the document. It's not clear how the original error can be blamed on George Bush.

By the time they pulled out of Charlotte, the Obama campaign machine had to be hoping that no one else parses through the platform — except the 20-plus references to Osama bin Laden's being dead and al-Qaida's being on the ropes. While they were putting God and Jerusalem back in, they should have deleted the sentence, "We have responsibly ended the war in Iraq."

Evidently, the O-Team is unaware that Iraqi air traffic controllers, trained by the United States and using radar and communications equipment provided by U.S. taxpayers, currently are facilitating flights from Iran to Syria. According to press reports — and a senior U.S. intelligence officer — the Iranian aircraft flying over Iraq are transporting weapons, Quds force special operations troops and intelligence personnel to prop up the brutal Assad regime in Damascus.

Of course, that means that the Obama platform pledge "to hasten the end of the Assad regime" is a future broken promise. Just blame Bush.

Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes in Special Operations." To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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So well written clear and to the point. Keep it up.
Comment: #1
Posted by: C Moellers
Thu Sep 6, 2012 10:00 PM
Of course Ollie fails to mention that Obama ended don't ask, don't tell. Could that be because the most professional military that the world has ever known made the conversion to a modern force with out any sign of the crisis of retention and recruitment that Mr. North predicted? Could it be that Mr. North does not want to admit that the president knew the members of the military to be stronger and more professional than Mr. North, apparently, could imagine? Does Mr. North still lack the courage and personal integrity to admit this gross underestimation of the professionalism of our armed forces?
The Iraqi government refused to extend the legal exemption for US troops. Had we stayed longer, US troops would have been subject to the laws of Iraq. Can you imagine what Mr. North and his ilk would have said if the president had agreed to have our troops subject to prosecution under the local laws of Iraq? Imagine if the local government were to charge one of our troops with blasphemy? When the foolish little man from Texas invaded Iraq in his illegal war of choice, it was quite clear that the resulting government would be Shia and close to that of Iran once we left. It should not come as a big surprise that the government of Iraq, the one we helped install, is going to make occasional decisions that run counter to our wishes. That is the nature of a sovereign government.
Yet again, Mr. North has passed up the opportunity to share with us his deep insight as to what Obama SHOULD, in Mr. North's opinion, be doing about Syria. Has the great military oracle of FOX "News" again forgotten to share his vision of the correct path?
The bottom line for the voters is a decision between two flawed candidates. For my vote, I will go with the one who has not given a war guarantee to Israel to join them if they choose to attack Iran. The decision to take our nation to war should always be made by our leaders, not by a foreign government. Our nation's foreign policy is too important to turn over to such an amateur as Romney. I suspect that Mr. North is concerned also. Notice that he gives no endorsement of Romney, just an endorsement of "not Obama."
Comment: #2
Posted by: Mark
Thu Sep 6, 2012 10:15 PM
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