First Published in DelawareLiberal on 10/5-2014 by ProgressivePopulist
Apparently he's got another tell all book about to come out. Timely,
Leon, given that we've got a hugely important election next month with
your "fellow" Democrats in the cross hairs of the party of hate.
say "fellow" Democrats because Leon has always been a guy of the safe
establishment who never had a reformist idea overtake his pandering to
the current order of things.
I can speak with some limited
contact; Leon was a fellow Santa Claran (think Jesuits, think northern
California) in the 50's a couple of years behind me undergraduate. I
didn't like him then because he had the reputation of an ass kissing pet
of some of the key clerics running that show at the time.
in their pocket, always held up as a model of the way people should
be. I knew he'd ascend to the northern Calif. political establishment
and sure enough, after Congress, onto Presidential staffs and leading
our intelligence and defense establishments.
Now, in a most
untimely way, like Hillary. who at least had a early youthful flirtation
with radical thought, he's finding fault with President Obama. For a
while our President was not easily falling for the neo-con, neo-liberal
impulse to kick the shit out of our perceived enemies, asking questions
I continue to be an admirer of this President who, like
Jimmy Carter, has the courage to say things like.....we don't have a
plan yet. The courage to reverse course before engaging us in
catastrophic actions which get people killed really dead. The guts to
do some thinking out loud on really complex issues, particularly of
foreign policy and subject himself to criticism that he is timid or
uncertain. Hell, in some cases he is justifiably unclear of the best of
many lousy, life ending or ruining initiatives.
I want and have a
President who is an adult. Who admits uncertainty and exercises
caution before engaging on an issue or solution. America apparent wants
an ass kicking cowboy who adheres to the policy of ready, fire aim.
They call it being decisive and bold. I call it stupid and
disrespectful of the harm that bad decisions can do to our people.
what ready, fire, aim got us in the Bush era. Deception. Malfeasance
leading up to 9-11. More deception to make it look like Iraq made any
sense. Throwing no-strings attached money at the banking industry at
the onset of the great meltdown, without accountability. the long war.
The list is enormous.
Leon, you and your type are pompous,
self-serving protectors of the establishment from which you came and
with whom you have earned your stripes as their boy. You conflate your
catholic certainty of the "truth" and autocratic infallibility with
I want candor. I want, yes, human frailty in my
leaders. I want humanity in my leadership. President Obama is bright
enough to know that he'd become a human punching bag with people like
you. I respect his courage and willingness to lead us through the fog
in spite of this punishment.