Sunday, October 14

Obama claims drafting children is bad, but...

In the last week of September, Obozo gave yet another of his wonderful, inspiring speeches--this time on how terrible it was for some nasty governments to force young children to be soldiers.

Read the words of Chicago Jesus and rejoice in his brilliance, for verily he is the Lightworker:
When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that's slavery," Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. "It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty. 
Dayum, that'sa really inspiring pair of sentences!  And congress got on board with that back in 2008 when it passed the "Child Soldiers Protection Act" that barred military assistance to countries that forced kids to fight.

But then just a few days after Obama's wunnerful speech (the last Friday afternoon in September--i.e. the usual day the administration announces news it wants to get as little coverage as possible), Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen.  Obama also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country. 

Pretty neat maneuver:  Deliver the uplifting rhetoric about how conscription of kids is slavery (not to mention inhumane) but then nullify the sanctions congress provided to discourage such behavior. 

"Watch what I say, not what I do."  It's the Chicago way.

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