Houston Forward Times

09 July 2014 Written by  TaShon D. Thomas

Between Iraq and a Few Hard Places

It is a known fact that the American presidency ages the occupant of the office faster than any other job on the planet. With the rate of problems developing, both nationally and abroad, President Barack Obama may very well end his last term in office looking like Morgan Freeman’s grandfather. Over the last few weeks, President Obama has encountered more crises than most modern presidents have had to face in their entire presidency. From the new breakdown in Iraq to the gridlock in Congress, President Obama’s grey hairs are just going to continue to grow.

As a nation, we should do our best to support our president and not allow partisan ideology to blind our sense of patriotism and duty to our country. Currently, President Obama has to deal with a catastrophe in Iraq and make a decision that will have consequences far beyond the scope of his tenure and possible involve two or three more administrations. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of an Islamic extremist group, is gaining major ground in trying to create an Islamic state between Iraq and Syria. While I could careless about the formation of an all-Islamic nation, the concern for all is with al-Baghdadi, who makes Osama Bin Laden look like Mother Theresa. If al-Baghdadi were to get his way, he would gain a nuclear arsenal that would push to world once again to a global war. Unlike the first two World Wars, this one will be fought with more nuclear and biological weapons. Even if President Obama is able to build a coalition to stop al-Baghdadi, the negative sentiment towards the western world will still persist in the Middle East. In other words, it will be my generation who will have to deal with developing a true Middle East peace plan.

Not only does President Obama have to deal with the possibility of the United States entering back into Iraq and staying for years to come, he also has to work with Congress to ensure the stability of the nation that elected him. Unfortunately, the Congress that also took an oath to protect our nation wants to play partisan games with the lives of all Americans. Over the last few years, Congress has sat on its hands and has does not anything to help the president govern this nation. And now, when President Obama uses his constitutional authority to issue more executive orders, Speaker of the House John Boehner is throwing around idol threats. Can anyone please name a piece of legislation that has been passed in the past year or two that would help the American people? I’ll wait. So can anyone know please tell me why the Speaker of the House is acting like an elementary school brat who cannot get his way?

With a still shaky economy, an increased unattended child immigration wave, trying to help reduce to rate of student loans, continuing to deal with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian saga, and not to mention doing his best to help raise his children, we all must admit that President Obama is being stretched far beyond the expectations of anyone. So to Joan Rivers, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and any other naysayer, please have a few seats. For if you truly believe that you can do a better job than run for the office. But I am absolutely you could never feel the shoes of President Obama. #ijs

TaShon Thomas is a young politico and serves in different capacities throughout the city of Houston, including being the youngest Executive Committee Member of the NAACP, Houston Branch. TaShon can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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