Michael Moore disagrees with his Messiah

November 30th, 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

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

So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago
this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea
— "Let’s invade Afghanistan!" Well, that turned out to be the final
nail in the USSR coffin.

There’s a reason they don’t call
Afghanistan the "Garden State" (though they probably should, seeing how
the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade
raising poppies). Afghanistan’s nickname is the "Graveyard of Empires."
If you don’t believe it, give the British a call. I’d have you call
Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev’s number
though. It’s + 41 22 789 1662. I’m sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you’re about to commit.

our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men
and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the
breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full
throttle, into oblivion if you become the "war president." Empires
never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that
more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never
works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

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.

Your potential
decision to expand the war (while saying that you’re doing it so you
can "end the war") will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of
the great things you’ve said and done in your first year. One more
throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the
hopeful and the hopeless may be gone — and this nation will be back in
the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout "tea bag!"

carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon
you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the
nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do
their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.

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

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. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right
still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their
incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you
do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over
the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

Obama, it’s time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the
parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they
want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think
they will say, "No, we don’t need health care, we don’t need jobs, we
don’t need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth
and our sons and daughters overseas, ’cause we don’t need them,

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your
grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who
pose no threat to them, that’s what they’d do. Not spend billions and
trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the
streets and standing in bread lines.

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

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