MARCH 19, 2011THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT has taken the last eight years to learn a very important lesson. I've learned that our leaders cannot be trusted, and that lying to the American people is a regular presidential tradition. I've also taken the time to learn what is really behind Arab-American politics and have elaborated on it HERE. In that blog entry three days ago I predicted this very thing would happen.
OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...
MARCH 19, 2003
BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...
For my fellow Catholics still in the Democratic Party, or who consider yourselves "progressive" in a political sense, please wake up and smell the coffee. I learned my lesson. Will you? When you voted for Obama in 2008, I'm sure many of you thought about the Iraq War, and believed you were electing a man of peace. You were wrong. It doesn't matter whether a presidential candidate is a Republican or Democrat anymore. Not even such a man as Barack Obama will keep the United States out of entangling wars.
Now as the United States bombs Libya with coalition forces, don't think for one second that innocent women and children aren't getting killed right alongside the bad guys. The so-called "smart bombs" haven't gotten any "smarter" since Bush left office. The exact same kind of action that killed thousands of innocent Iraqis is now killing innocent Libyans (soon by the thousands). It's no different. It's the same thing. Just because the sitting president has a "D" for "Democrat" behind his name doesn't change a thing.
Now don't get me wrong. I know our military is doing everything it can to minimize the loss of innocent life, just as they did in Iraq and Afghanistan. War, however, is messy business, and there really is no such thing as a "surgical strike." If a real surgeon operated the way a war machine does, he would be out of work and broke from malpractice lawsuits. Again, I'm not criticizing our armed forces here. They are good people who are doing everything they can, but it is the nature of warfare you see, and there are some things not even the United States military can control. In other words "stuff happens."
I've learned my lesson. Never listen to a politician over a pope. Always trust the teachings of the Church, and never trust the excuses of a government. Pope John Paul II was right when he told President G.W. Bush not to attack Iraq, and Bush was wrong to ignore him. That same principle applies in Libya. President Barack Obama has betrayed our current Pope Benedict XVI on more than one issue, most notably abortion, but now this. Will you "Progressive Catholics" and "Blue Dog Democrat Catholics" ever wake up? Or is what happened today all okay now because the man sitting in the oval office just happens to have a "D" behind his name this time?