Thank G-d for Obama!

It is hard to imagine a more critical time for leadership of the U.S. — and by extension of the wider world. There have been more physically threatening times — war, nuclear and other — but I have never known or imagined a a more complex set of problems that need to be untangled: an economic crisis, the threat of terrorist attacks, divided ideologies combined with massive misinformation of the public by our media spokespersons who all too frequently are grinding some ax, have little comprehension of the things they are allegedly reporting, and who must routinely spout the misinformation of the ‘other’ side to keep their high paying jobs. Unless one is an expert in a given area, one is all to easily misled or confused.

Take up almost any issue such as Iran and one is unlikely to learn that the U.S. (C.I.A.,) started the hostilities with it back in the Eisenhower years in order to grab its oil from a newly established democratic government —

Amidst this mess Obama seems to be unusually qualified to sort things out. He is well educated. He majored in International Affairs at Columbia, so has been thinking of same since then. He is ready to take on the best as his advisers. The best and almost everyone else now seem called upon to advise him. Hopefully he can winnow the wheat from the chaff.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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