Mr. President, Some Questions

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama:

Your decision to conduct air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi prompts the following questions.

1) Is it a principle of your policy that military intervention is justified whenever tyrants suppress dissension within their own countries?  If so, why do we not do so in every case, including for example, Cuba?

2) Given that the United States is currently experiencing a crippling debt and trillions of dollars in unfunded obligations, how can we afford any more military campaigns?

3) By what criteria do we determine if the rebels in a given country will advance the cause of liberty rather than become just another dictatorship?

4) What bearing does unrest in the Middle East have on your domestic energy policy?  For example, would you now consider lifting the de facto deep-water drilling moratorium imposed by Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar in contempt of the ruling of a US District Judge?

5) Do you believe it to be Presidential, during a time in which we are entering a third war, facing a financial meltdown, and battling persistent unemployment, to spend air time explaining your NCAA Tournament bracket?

Thank you, Mr. President.  You may post your answers in the comment section of my blog.

Terry Noel

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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2 Responses to Mr. President, Some Questions

  1. Stephen Hicks says:

    Good questions.


  2. lizl says:

    On behalf of our president who is busy making the world safe for world cup and Olympic events (sheesh, who knew we needed sports treaties) the answer to number 5 is – sports rule at least one gender’s “mind” .

    And one through four have the same answer – “foreign oil”.


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