It is Premature to Hail the Chief

by Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

Dear Dr. Akintide,

We’ve agreed on so many issues; and on so many matters, I have publicly and private expressed my respect and agreement. On this particular topic however, I must register my protest and my disagreement: you are off the mark!

To say the current President Bush is “great” is premature. We don’t know. We simply don’t know yet! And we cannot know until a while into the future. Whether he turns out to be great, mediocre or total disaster is left for history and posterity to judge. If his first four years in office is any indication, then, this president cannot be anything but a colossus failure. He is a lightening rod; a divider; and a president bent on causing more harm than good both at home and on the global scene.

Leaders around the world are weary and wary of him. Opinion makers have no respect for him. The vast majority of the world’s population doesn’t like what they see in him. And as far as I can tell, they do business with him only because he is the President of the United States of America. This is not a president that will enjoy the same prayers and goodwill as Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and or the first President Bush — except in places like Afghanistan and Lebanon and Iraq where a street or monument may be named after him. Even that…the jury is still out!

The vision and the fundamental values of this president are wrong. He is wrong on how he pursues the intermestic policies of this country – considering what this country stands for. He is wrong in his handling of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He is wrong in his handling of North Korea and in his attitude towards Tehran and their desire to go nuclear.

The ongoing Israeli actions, under the guidance of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, are nothing but piece-meal peace and piece-meal diplomacy. Nothing good will come out of it. Ariel Sharon is simply waiting for a chance — hoping the Palestinians will make the “wrong move” so he can send in his apache helicopters and tanks to destroy properties, maim the innocents and kill his perceived opponents.

You have pitched your tent with President Bush. That’s all fine and dandy. That is your prerogative. But believe you me: history will prove you placed your bet on the wrong horse; that you pitched your tent in the wrong camp! Now, as to the so-called exit of Chairman Yassir Arafat, well, in the not so distant future, it will be revealed by those in the know that Arafat was killed, was murdered by his archenemies. They missed him in Beirut; but they got him in Palestine.

In essence, I do not accept your logic, your analysis and your conclusion; therefore, we are far apart on our views of Bush (at this time). Yes, he is my president. Whether we are Democrat or Republican is irrelevant at this point in time. The elections are over. He is my president; therefore, it is in the interest of this country — a country I am fiercely loyal to and believe in — that he succeed and exceed all expectation in the pursuit of his official duties. May God Bless the United States of America…and the World!

Oh, do not rest your case, yet!

Norman, Oklahoma

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