Despite his empty promise to the American people to be more transparent than George W. Bush, President Obama has failed us, and exposing his deceptions has become a messy business.
Warmonger presidents can only hide behind the powers of their position for so long.
Eventually, those seeking out any scrap of truth will find it, often in the form of a man or woman no longer able to bear the weight of a guilty conscience.
Bradley Manning is one such human being, and he is now facing the grim possibility of life in prison.
However, the media have all but blacked out his entire ordeal, from the moment he was thrown into solitary confinement for leaking classified information regarding our involvement in two senseless wars and a deadly drone campaign that is directly responsible for killing countless innocents.
So much for transparency. The main argument for punishing him, a charge on which he was acquitted, is that he inadvertently aided the enemy, al-Qaida, currently aligning itself with the rebel fighters in Syria.
Obama’s actions in aiding them to fight Assad’s army reek of hypocrisy. Ultimately, it’s not in our nation’s best interests to fund and aid our enemies. Let’s reflect for a moment on what Manning has done. He has exposed war for what it truly is, whether we care to face it or not.
For the rest of his life he will pay for this “misstep” behind bars. The tiny spotlight on this travesty will dim until another man or woman comes forward with another uncomfortable truth.
Anyone uncomfortable with the truth that Obama didn’t keep his promise?
Sound in the Falls
As Detroit fell into bankruptcy, Cuyahoga Falls remained financially strong. Mayor Don Robart had the vision years ago to notice that revenue was decreasing, and fought to make the necessary adjustments. Today, our coffers are full of money.
His leadership helped annex Northampton Township, build the Sheraton Hotel and rebuild a super new Natatorium. He drew new companies into our city for new factories, built new roads and housing developments, and thousands of new jobs moved into the area.
Police response is fast, electric rates are low, new city trucks sparkle. Soon we will have a new, exciting shopping center to serve the former Northampton’s future growth.
The nation is feeling the effects of the worse recession since 1933. The federal government borrows so much money that the middle class will have to pay. Working hours are being cut. Other cities are going bankrupt like Detroit, so city workers see pensions evaporate.
These people no doubt wished they had worked for Cuyahoga Falls, where things are humming and our credit rating is so good.
James L. Henes
Because of an editing error, the July 28 letter “A decision for Norton,” by Becky Kornas, was miscast. The first two sentences should have read: “In response to the July 20 article, ‘Retired justice speaks against issue in Norton’: Just what we need, a few people coming into Norton and telling us how to run our city. The judge and others can stay in their own communities and keep their thoughts and announcements to themselves.”