Daily Archives: December 3, 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama by Michael Moore

NOTE: Excerpts from Michael Moore’s letter appear below. It demonstrates to me that anti-war criticism of the Bush Administration’s role in Iraq was always a lie. They all said Afghanistan was the good war, but as this letter indicates, they obviously never meant it.
The unanimous decision of the UN Security Council means nothing to them. The hard core left does not want us to respond to terrorism, and to them no conflict is justified. if the radical liberals had their way the Taliban would have remained in Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein would still be in Iraq, and Milosevic would not have been removed from the former Yugoslavia. Michael Moore has done an excellent job of outlining their ideology.

Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you.
With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do.
Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).
Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn’t have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.
I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush’s Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.
We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done.
What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand? Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor.
The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us. President Obama, it’s time to come home.
All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam “might” be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish — the full terror of which we scarcely know.
When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.
Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.
Tonight we still have hope.
Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON’T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother’s son.
We’re counting on you.
Michael Moore

Another Perspective on Plastic Surgery by Gregory Hilton

EDITORIAL NOTE: A few days ago I wrote about plastic surgery. I was prompted to do so after a 38 year old ex-Miss Argentina died following a cosmetic surgery operation. I was pleased to receive some private e-mail messages as well as an in-depth phone conversation from one of my long time New York friends.
I have learned a considerable amount from this stunning brunette who has devoted countless hours to UNICEF. She is my age and I still remember the first time I saw her decades ago when she was a breath-taking debutante.
Her son is now in my business, and her life was turned upside down a few years ago by an unexpected divorce. Her ex-husband is one of Wall Street’s “masters of the universe,” and he left her for a 32 year old woman who previously worked as a flight attendant. I will respect my friends privacy by not revealing her name, but her message is insightful.
Many of us know the agony of divorce, but I have a hard time believing some of her observations. From a male perspective, this woman is highly desirable and I really am surprised she is having problems in her social life. She attends many exclusive events in Manhattan and I would have thought 50 year old Gotham City guys would have been banging down her door.
All of the comments below are from her.

I can’t speak to the professional pressure the former Miss Argentina felt herself to be under. If she had been making a living by being beautiful, of course she would have felt some surgical tune-ups was an appropriate investment. The standard of beauty is extremely high in South America and competition is unbelievably fierce.
In this country, the pressures are a bit different. In the US and the UK, our contemporary culture supports and exacerbates the male’s innate, hard-wired preference for younger women. Some of the factors we have to deal with include the advent of Photoshop. This makes lovely women appear perfect and elevates the standard of beauty. Viagra now permits older men to satisfy young girls. We also have a society which offers no lasting disapproval to men who leave their families. All of this has led many men to discard their wives in preference for younger women.
A social climate in which women are encouraged to believe that life will be more fun post-divorce, or that there is no sin in breaking up someone else’s relationship, has also contributed to the demise of many marriages.
The result is that there are many millions of middle-aged women who have no partner, and little hope of getting one. They are competing for the few middle-aged men who are (a) self-supporting, (b) not so financially or emotionally devastated by the family court system that they refuse to get involved with someone again, (c) not plagued by a substance abuse problem, and (d) capable of functioning sexually. There are not many such men available, and the ones who are available quite naturally prefer younger women. Of course, the middle-aged ladies turn to plastic surgery in a (probably fruitless) attempt to even the odds.
So it’s not necessarily a discontent with her own body that may make a woman turn to plastic surgery, but an acute awareness that men in our own cohort are discontented with us. Sometimes, I must admit, the discontent men feel with us is justified, for there are many women who are simply personally disagreeable and do little to maintain their sex appeal through natural means.
As for me: You know my age, though I think–hope–I look a bit younger, sans Photoshop or Botox. I have had plastic surgery. So while I have pity for the poor woman who died, I can understand why she, and others such as myself, do it despite the usually minor risks.