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Barry De Jasu: With Syria, president has lost his compass

Activists of Communist Party of India (CPI) burn an effigy representing U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, in Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.  Banner in the background reads, "America will not be allowed to dominate". (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

Activists of Communist Party of India (CPI) burn an effigy representing U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, in Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Banner in the background reads, "America will not be allowed to dominate". (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout) Purchase photo reprints »

To the editor:

Why only as President Obama attempts to bomb Syria is he everywhere trying to persuade the country and the world of the righteousness of this venture?

Although the country has been suffering, the Obama administration has not gone to the bully pulpit anything close to what it is doing now for its Syrian attack.

Lost in the background are growing poverty, housing foreclosures, an immigration policy sorely in need of redesign, global warming, white-collar crime rampant and unpunished, an old and destructive energy policy and a privatized prison system.

President Obama didn’t even go to this degree for his pet project of health care.

I, along with so many others, had such hopes for the Obama years. But they have proved to be mostly about moving the center further to the right, helping the corporations and munitions manufacturers. We must now put our feet down and stop our president from adding to the wars of the 21st century, wars that kill innocents and ruin the lives of millions while costing us trillions of dollars which might have been used to help people, create jobs, fix infrastructure, solve our antiquated and destructive energy technology and help all our environmental crisis.

It seems almost pathetic that our president will spend all his remaining political capital trying to satisfy the military-industrial people and prove he’s so tough.

Barry De Jasu

Montague

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