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Mr. President, you will lose your sleep about the decision you have made. You already had   confessed     about it   because   if not, you would not have said the opposite. Yes, you will.   You   ordered   a killing. Not the US (What an arrogance, really. To disseminate    his personal responsibility over the whole population of     the     country- that is   worthy of Louis the XIVth with   his   "I am the state'), neither that Navy Seal- you. You     did it    and that will haunt you at night. It would be wise to acknowledge that. Lincoln did.   He took the responsibility for the war   and   expressed remorse together with perseverance. But when told that the dead would have voted     for him, he replied   (and here is   Honest Abe in all his glory),   " No, they would   have voted against." Mr. President why didn't you express at least a human remorse about the death as it was?   Whom did you want to please this time? I saw your face when you watched that TV and you certainly did not seem    happy   at   all ( BTW, why did you  have to watch it? Who told you to? Who told you to drag other people with you? What was a political pressure that even Hillary was to be there and   after   that she had to explain   herself   for a truly human gesture?) Mr. President, why did you humiliate yourself?  


I   can understand   when a person in power exercises a controversial or even immoral decision. There are numerous examples. But it is for the first time     as     far   as   I know the person in power wants to play it both ways- he wants to   take a responsibility and also avoid it by disseminating and playing down. The   true   leader   does what he has to do or what he thinks he has to do but he does not command the rejoice and he   is not afraid to   say that the deed was dirty. It was dirty, Mr. President; you did a dirty job. Maybe   for   those   who told you or for those whom you wanted to please or for those whom you don't like but have to follow, but you did a dirty job and   you should acknowledge that; many rulers   did the same thing in the past. They all lost their sleep, sorry, even the worst ones we know about.    Your lack of education     backfired, Mr. President. It continues to backfire again and again. What will be the consequences of       that   morbid rejoice we witnessed?   You said you did it for us. We shall see.


I would like to speculate also about   another   aspect.   History does not like the witnesses of the dirty deeds. Mr. President, you might face a     perspective   of becoming   a politically inconvenient person. Those masters of yours,     those whom you    have been so eager to please, they    know the drill. They know that after the time passes    and the dust settles you will be remembered    as the one who "did not lose the sleep about it.'   That will be     quoted,   remembered, used by those other powerful people who deal with them.   You may become a political     liability in their eyes.     No matter where you go and what you do from now on the shadow of those killed   will follow you whether you want it or not. Of course, there were many     like that before you, as I have mentioned,   but you were the first  one who openly gloated about it in a democratic environment.   I question    your wisdom, Mr. President and     your political practices. I guess in the discussions you held the political     advantages for you were one of the strongest arguments for the action.   I would argue that it was     a wrong   perception.   The   horror   from an   open execution   is not a driver anymore- it is a spiritual brake. Many     people will think about it again and again, examine their heads, so to speak,   and   that uneasiness will not play in your favor   at all. The execution of the Duke of Engyienne haunted Napoleon I up to his last years in exile and Napoleon was   not a person who would avoid responsibility.   But it was a blunder, a real blunder and he   thought about it again and again..   Maybe you should think about it, Mr. President if you had not thought   yet of drones you have sent and wars you have escalated.     Maybe it is   the   time for some soul-searching. I know, Harry Truman   sanctioned     the nuclear bombardment and   that decision is still   being debated here.   But 66 years had passed and if we still rejoice the way we do now, won't it tell you that  there's   something    fundamentally wrong with our perceptions?   Tell you what; maybe you will not lose your sleep about it.   But I certainly     had lost it     after     I read your interview because   you broke my heart.   Not    for the first time, I must admit.


Mr. President in your book "The Audacity of Hope' you claimed to love this country. I daresay I love it too. It is a tough statement     because    there is no such thing as an unconditional love.   But I love it and that love tells me to be careful in judgments,   to   check my perceptions again and again, to examine my head before telling others to do the same, to   cut the slack and let it go sometimes. It also tells me that     the   only   way to exhibit this love is to   believe in myself and make my opinion heard   or that may be too late. This country stands like a rock on the people's opinions -- E Pluribus Unum.   So I examined my head and    my     message is this: it wasn't worth it to do what you did.   It wasn't wise.   You please, think about it.



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