Revisiting Obama's Speech on Race and Jeremiah Wright
by James Glaser
March 21, 2008
A couple of days ago I wrote a column about Senator Obama's speech on his minister and race in America http://www.james-glaser.com/2008/p20080319.html. In it I said that I thought Barack Obama let his friend and minister hang out in the wind. Well, I got some e-mails on that column, with some people agreeing with me and some disagreeing. One man even thought Obama's speech was "fantastic and right on point."
So tonight, I took the time to re-read the speech and listened to some clips from it to see if I was mistaken, but now I don't think I was critical enough. I have to believe that my belief in friendship, especially one that transcends almost 20 years is way different than Senator Obama's. Yes, I can see where Reverend Wright's preaching could hurt Barack Obama's chance of becoming president, but for me, a long time friendship is more important. Maybe it is that I only have a few life-long friends, and maybe the Senator has way more, and he can throw away one and not notice it. Even if I had dozens, I couldn't do that.
Here is a quote from Senator Obama's speech:
Here is one of the quotes by Reverend Wright that has been played over and over again on the television:
Maybe these words did offend some Americans, but those of us who are worried about America's foreign policies, and those of us who are anti-war can see that Jeremiah Wright was right. We did bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, neither of which were military targets. Right off, we killed about a half million innocent civilians, and in the following years the radiation from those bombs killed another half million more. We know that was wrong, and a war crime in anyone's book. Our country has supported the terrorism of Israel against the Palestinian people. Time after time we overlook UN resolutions against Israel, but want to follow anti-Muslim resolutions to the letter. And just to top things off, our CIA turned over Nelson Mandela to the South African Government.
So, here we have Senator Barack Obama's friend and minister saying true things about our government and all the Senator can say is that Reverend Wright has "views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike."
Here I am an anti-war American, and I don't think it is the Reverent Wright's views that denigrate the greatness and goodness of America, but it is the actions of our government in Washington that Jeremiah Wright pointed out, that denigrate our goodness and greatness.
What gets me, is that Barack Obama can't see that, and he won't defend his friend and his friend's correct observations about American foreign policy. Barack Obama is defending the killing of over a million innocent civilians in Japan, and thousands and thousands in Palestine, not to mention the wholesale stealing of so much of the land of Palestine. Obama's words even defend the turning over of Nelson Mandela to serve decades in prison for fighting racism.
Yes, it is true that Jeremiah Wright made many inflammatory statements that did make many American's upset, but to lump everything he said together is dishonest.
Friendship and honesty verses the chance to be the most powerful man in the world is, I grant you, a hard choice for many people. I can see what choice Barack Obama made. A man who can lie to himself, and throw a friend aside does not have what it requires to guide America back to a place of leadership in the world.
This by Richard Blum:
This from David R. Henderson on antiwar.com:
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