We voted for you, Mr. Obama, and elected you president because we believed in you and your message, a seeming message of hope; we saw you as a visionary, a strong leader, and an agent of real change that would end corrupt government and transform America. But in less than two years you have proven to us that you are not the man that you purported to be and your actions are in direct conflict with your message. Yes, you fooled us once but, you know what, you will never fool us again.
We Americans continue to watch and listen as President Obama and our military leaders try to invent new, innovative justifications to somehow get us to buy into the quagmire they have created in Afghanistan. Over and over we hear this monotonous message: "We have to finish the mission; the war is critical to the vital interests of the United States; the security of our nation is at risk." They are feverishly trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the USS Titanic but it's far too late and it's not going to work.
Our president is said to revere President Abraham Lincoln. If that's so, then I think that he needs to heed Lincoln's famous quote, "You may fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." While he may think he can continue to fool the majority of the American people into supporting his misguided, unwinnable war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he is merely fooling himself.
The term smoke and mirrors refers to a presentation by which the audience is intended to be deceived, such as an attempt to trick unsuspecting prospective clients into buying into some devious financial scam. Well, we Americans have been dazzled by a continuous display of smoke and mirrors since 2000 when Bush/Cheney tried to sell us on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now we are still being bombarded with the same old justifications and excuses for escalating the Afghan/Pakistan war by Mr. Obama.