Several points that need to be addressed here but I am exhausted. I work, raise three children, care for an elderly mother, am building a new house, and am suffering from a life-threatening disease called Scleroderma. So forgive me if I only get to some of the issues. First and most importantly to me, I believe we went to Iraq to rout out terrorists. They came over here and killed 3k innocents. One was someone I love. If we freed the Iraqi people of Saddam Hussein in the process even better. He was an evil guy who killed over half a million people. And my little brother has been over there to fight and I would go to if I weren't sick. So I do what I can from here to help. Currently I am helping a married Iraqi couple who are both physicians settle here. I am trying to get their little boy settled in a school, gotten them food, furniture and clothing and I have even driven them to a mosque to worship. I don't think for one minute I sent my little brother off to Iraq to help rich americans get richer. That's preposterous! I am the last person you should say that ugly word to.."Keep your hands off my f**king money." Didn't you hear the kind of things I spend my money on? And I am not unusual. I know so many people that want their money so it can go to help others....to the charities of their choice not to more entitlements. One last thing I want to clarify is that I don't think Obama wants to get rich off of the presidency. I just don't like choices when he was doling out the Annenberg foundation money.
This is voluntary torture, so no one will care if you don't about leaving a few points on the table.
The most telling phrase in your confession quoted above is that you somehow connect Iraq to 9-11. As others have noted that connection is an out and out lie. So, one has to wonder why we went in there. Well the only positive effect to date has been that Haliburton and other large companies have collected half a trillion dollars from the government. So they have seen a positive effect. There have been no others.
Some suggest freeing Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam was somehow positive. Well, given there was no real reason to attack Iraq, and depose Saddam, the net effect has been to turn a previously relatively advanced or Westernized Middle Eastern nation into a magnet for the dregs of Islam - attracting any and all weak minded, angry, radicals to try to shoot or bomb or otherwise maim and kill an American soldier. All as part of George Bush's unholy, immoral principle of "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." A principle that suggests to any nation on Earth that if America should decide to pick a fight with one of their neighbors, or with some stateless declared enemy who hides in the vicinity, we will turn their country into a battle ground at our will and choosing, killing as many of their population as we feel is acceptable collateral damage.
So, unfortunately your brother was sent over there for the sole purpose of advancing the interests of the Awl Bidness. And, lest you forget, the unprovoked aggression against Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan have cost the United States more lives than were lost on 9-11, and a trillion dollars, or soon to be a trillion dollars. For the first time in our history we have engaged in prolonged military actions without a tax hike to pay for it. In fact, the rich got a tax break.
There is a debt to pay for this irresponsible foreign policy and the equally inept fiscal policy of adding a trillion dollars to the national debt in an unnecessary and wanton use of military force. One is to the treasury of the United States. The other is to acknowledge we fucked the pooch royally over the last eight years and understand how to avoid doing it again in the future. I thought we learned this lesson in the 1960's and 1970's with Vietnam. Apparently not.
As for the dolling out of the funds for the Foundation - I think you need to take a closer look at the officers of that group and how they made decisions on what to fund and what not to fund. Obama was one of a group, which was very well represented by wealthy Republicans.