Obama’s false tears for gun violence victims is predictably exploited to push his agenda, which are non-solutions for gun violence; his 400th ordered drone strike – which causes the murder of innocents, including children, betrays their falsehood.
President Obama’s biographer magnanimously says Obama is showing his “soft side”. Conjuring false tears to exploit others in order to push agenda is the less gracious way of putting it. He cried during the Press conference addressing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. He lent his shoulder to cry on forthe families who lost loved ones at Benghazi. He reprised the role most recently following the Navy Yard shooting. He’s outwardly shows emotion when it suits him.
Obama’s obsession for gun control is also palpably evident, despite the policy proposals being shown to not be actual solutions. He was “visibly angry” when speaking about the failure of background checks earlier this year. Referencing Chicago gun violence over the weekend in which 20 have been shot and five killed since Friday, he urged the Congressional Black Caucus to “keep marching” for gun control. Addressing the families of the Naval Yard shooting, he said gun control “ought to obsess us.” Nevermind that Chicago already has some of the strictest gun controls in the nation – or that that Washington Navy Yard is a gun-free zone as a military installation, located within Washington D.C., effectively a gun-free zone, and the shooter used a shotgun that would have been exempted on the failed so-called “assault weapons ban” Democrats proposed. Ironically, these “solutions” would not solve gun violence. Yet is “saving even one life” really the objective?
The same President Obama has ordered an exponential increase in drone strikes; strikes which kill inordinate numbers of civilians over actual terrorists – this includes innocent children. He has just ordered his 400th drone strike. Bush ordered about 50 strikes. Obama has authorized 193 drone strikes in Pakistan alone. According to Global Research, over the past 4 years Obama has authorized attacks in Pakistan which have killed more than 800 innocent civilians and just 22 Al-Qaeda officers, or roughly 36 civilians per terrorist target. A new study fromBureau of Investigative Journalism shows how many children have died in these attacks. In just two countries, Pakistan and Yemen (neither of which the U.S. is at war with), there have been 45 children killed by drone strikes. In Pakistan, the total children killed, ages 12 and under numbers 27 (2 girls and 25 boys; as young as age 3). In Yemen, the total children killed, ages 12 and under numbers 18 (13 girls and 5 boys; as young as age 1). Note: Excluded from this number are teenagers, aged 13-19; the Bureau of Investigative Journalism also lists this number.
The U.S. wasn’t specifically targeting these children for the most part. The vast majority of these children were killed tragically, as accidental “collateral damage”. How many tears has President Obama shed over this tragedy?
Addressing the Navy Yard shooting families he said once again, “Our tears are not enough… If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.” Nothing was mentioned about mental illness, though the shooter “heard voices”, thought he was being followed, and contacted police who, in turn, advised him to steer clear of these imaginary people instead of taking him in for mental health screening.
Addressing the people of Newtown, Obama said:
We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children…I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts…I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief, that our world, too, has been torn apart … we have wept with you. We’ve pulled our children tight… Newtown, you are not alone…
Imagine if instead of “Newtown”, he had substituted it with “Pakistan”; ‘Pakistan, you are not alone’. Perhaps this line is telling from his address to the parents who lost children at Sandy Hook: Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? Maybe the qualifier is “this country”.
Like the murder of innocents at the Navy Yard, and the children at Sandy Hook Elementary, the murder of civilian adults and children in drone strikes is illegal. Washington-based human rights and international lawyer, Paul Wolf, states that there is no legal or moral argument to justify drone attacks, since the U.S. isn’t at war with Yemen or Pakistan. The children have not been declared enemy combatants. One wonders how a one-year old could be rightly declared an enemy combatant? No, it must be concluded that President Obama sheds tears (or pretends to; seriously, who flicks tears away from the outside of their eyes?) when it is politically expedient to, when he has an agenda (not solutions) to push, and when he doesn’t get what he wants.
By Matt MacBradaigh. Matt is a Christian, Husband, Father, Patriot, and Conservative from the Pacific Northwest. Matt writes about the Second Amendment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, and Gun Policy issues and is published on The Bell Towers, The Brenner Brief, PolicyMic. TavernKeepers, and Vocativ.
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This article also appears on The Brenner Brief. (Original publication September 24, 2013).