Ed Koch when he was Mayor Koch use to ask that very question to New Yorkers walking down the streets of New York quite often.
Now Mr. Koch says he has “never been more terrified. (with Obama as president)”
In a exceptionally self contradictory tirade about President Obama’s foreign policy mostly blaming Obama for heightened tensions with US – Israeli relations but he also blamed Obama for everything wrong in the world from appeasing Iran, North Korea and Pakistan and letting them have nuclear weapons to Karzai’s recent outbursts. The most laughable attack from the right was his claim that Obama was responsible for the Russians and Venezuelans cutting an arms and protection deal.
Let’s get the facts out first.
-President Obama has kept America safe from domestic attack perpetrated by foreign entities since the beginning of his term, not after 9 months like Bush claimed.
-Afghanistan is now President Obama’s war, he owned it when he sent more troops but that war was started out of necessity since GWB gave up the biggest terror attack in history in Koch’s treasured city.
-North Korea started developing nuclear weapons under your beloved Bill Clinton (his wife is SOS BTW Mr. Koch) and finished development under Bush.
-Pakistan developed nuclear weapons probably beginning back when Mr. Koch was mayor of NY in the ’80s. Not to mention Obama is getting much more cooperation from Pakistan to confront the Taliban on their end.
-If Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons Bush invading Iraq helped tremendously to draw our attention away from that possibility. In fact while Bush could not get China and Russia to cooperate with increasing UN sanctions on Iran Obama is getting much more cooperation.
-Our nominal Israeli – Palestinian policy has not changed under Obama or Bush. Both said a two state solution was the only solution on the condition Israel stop building new settlements on Palestinian land. Just because Bush gave you a wink and nod an lied about being an honest broker is no reason to blame the current president.
-If Mr Koch really thinks a deal between Russia and Venezuela was not more probably under Bush than I have a bridge connecting two boroughs of the city he use to be mayor of to sell him.
Now Huffy will gladly print his ramblings (click to read article) because after all it attacks Obama a little from the left even though it’s mostly from the right but I have one thing to ask you Mr. Koch.
Mr. Koch do you want to know who is really terrified and has every right to be terrified? Palestinian children living in the Gaza strip who are fighting high tech warplane bombing with rocks.
“Country First” huh Mr. Koch if that country is Israel.
The bottom line is as an elder statesman Mr. Koch “You are doing a shitty job!”