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President Obama,

How can you call your foreign policy that of 'soft power' when the world sees a hard kick to the stomach of a female protestor from a uniformed Egyptian soldier?  

How can you call it 'soft power' when we hear the harsh crack of a pistol indiscriminately fired into a crowd of Egyptian youth?  

What part of the baton falls 'softly' on an unconscious civilian lying at the feet of soldiers?

I hope to hear soon of your immediate suspension of military aid to the Egyptian government.

The recent videos on websites such as the NY Times show clearly a marked increase in brutality.  I would hope that you see these videos for yourself.  And rather than asking for explanations of the duplicitous Egyptian junta (i.e. see the Egyptian PM press conference denying use of violence despite video evidence), simply announce that 'America will oppose, not aid, an organization that brutalizes civilians'.  That ought to send a chill down the Egyptian general's backs...and if not, a Tomahawk might make a stronger draft.

To put it in simple terms, America cannot fight a war against terrorism, while our 'allies' terrorize civilians themselves.  Indeed, throughout history (and your term) far more civilians have died at the hands of 'conventional' armed forces than have died at the hands of unconventional extremist 'terrorists'.  Sadly, American arms and assistance have killed and maimed while your government has stood by to determine 'what we ought to do'.  

Unfortunately, I fully expect that you will again not take the steps required to protect Egyptian civilians, and by doing so again you will not fulfill your constitutional duty:  which is to promote democracy and protect American civilians from retribution for the actions of American presidencies both past and present.  

It pains me (though not quite as much as a baton would) that the governing principles upon which you based your candidacy have not been evident in the governance of the Executive branch - especially in the areas of Foreign Policy and the Environment.

For the record, I have included a link to the relevant NY Times blog post:

With little Regard,


Do Obama and his Foreign Policy 'Friends' walk softly...or carry a soft stick?

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and relax.

    by BOknows on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 10:27:09 PM PST

  •  This is delusional. (4+ / 0-)
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    FG, The Swimmer, allergywoman, matrix

    You would have us believe Barack Obama is not only the President of the whole world, but some kind of dictator who arbitrarily decides which countries receive US foreign aid.  But even if he had that power - which no one in their right mind with a 6th grade education in civics believes -  you demand that he use it to cut off ties to any country where anyone in a badge, anywhere in its territory abuses human rights.  That means we could effectively write off any future ties to the entire continents of South America, Africa, and Asia, much of Europe, and ourselves for that matter.  Perhaps Switzerland and parts of Bhutan would fail to make the list, but I can't think of many other places.

    A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. --The First Law of Mentat

    by Troubadour on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 11:55:07 PM PST

    •  Obama could state publicly that he'll (0+ / 0-)

      propose a cutoff of military aid if military repression continues. He won't. He'll hand legitimacy to terrorists as defending against U.S.-supported tyrants; just like every president in my fifty-three years.

      Things like this are why I want to leave.

  •  Obama Has His Hands Full With All Of Us.... (2+ / 0-)
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    The Swimmer, matrix

    plus dealing w/ John Boehner & the odious little Eric Cantor.  At some point, we have to give the guy a break.

    The universe is going to have to get in line.  

  •  All those eloquent words (0+ / 0-)

    about soft power and democracy come to naught when seeing how non-violent protesters are (mis-)handled also within the US.

    People hear what you say, of course, but they also see what you do.

    Dissolve Israel; stop distinguishing between jew and non-jew in Palestine.

    by high5 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 03:44:43 AM PST

  •  Soft power (0+ / 0-)

    is not the same as magic super power.

    Do you imagine that cutting off all military aid would, of itself, immediately change everything? It wouldn't.

    And if the Obama Administration did cut off military aid, there would be diaries popping up here within moments criticizing him for acting like a cowboy and hardening resistance within Egypt to democratic reforms.

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