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Obama Offended by flying the American Flag

Original post made by Pete, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2010

Obama Offended by the American Flag... >>> Web Link

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the United States rushed in to help - with money, medicine, and manpower. To date, we've already given over $179 million in humanitarian aid... but Barack Obama has just ordered all U.S. installations to take down their American flags, lest we be seen as an "occupying army" rather than "international partners."

It is patently appalling that a president of the United States would consider our flag to be a symbol of militaristic takeovers and colonialism, especially when serving (to a greater degree than any other nation on Earth) a humanitarian purpose.

Additionally, who would think we'd want to occupy Haiti?!
No other country giving aid in Haiti has lowered its flag. But then again, no other country has a leader who is offended by their own flag.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

Do you it would have been more appropriate to hang this flag? Web Link Hmmmmmmmm...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

SteveP is a registered user.

Why is Obama so ashamed of our country? Why spend our time and money on a hole like Haiti, where they are too ignorant and corrupt to help themselves?
If Obama is so ashamed of our flag, it makes you wonder what will be covering his casket when he passes on to the land of the 72 virgins.

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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm

This post = proof we have too many right-wing rednecks in Pleasanton

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Geez "Pete" . . . did you even bother reading the article you linked? Let me lay out a few of the more salient points you seem to have missed . . .

“The U.S. flag has flown in Haiti under circumstances that were not always friendly.”

“In 1915, Marines invaded Haiti to restore stability after several coups. In 1986, President Reagan pressured dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to renounce his rule and leave. In 1994, President Clinton sent troops to prop up President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In 2004, President George W. Bush's administration eased Aristide out of office amid a brutal civil war.”

"Army Col. Billy Buckner, spokesman for Joint Task Force-Haiti, a group representing various Obama administration agency heads, said the decision not to fly the American flag was made out of respect as guests of the government of Haiti."

"Our commanders are smart and intuitively understand their mission here in Haiti, and clearly the sensitivities that come with supporting the mission," Buckner said.

“A U.S. flag went up at a temporary consular station set up in the first few days on the airport tarmac, according to Charles Luoma-Overstreet, a State Department spokesman in Haiti. “Apparently, the prime minister (Jean-Max Bellerive) saw this" and thought it appeared as if the United States were taking over the airport, Luoma-Overstreet said. He said Bellerive said something to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, who agreed that flying the flag wasn't a good idea and told the consular officials to take it down.”

“The decision is not unprecedented, noted Joe Davis, spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who says he is not bothered by the flag's absence. During the Gulf War in 1991, U.S. forces took control of the main airport in Kuwait and briefly flew the American flag over their installation, Davis said, but higher-ups ordered it taken down to avoid an impression that U.S. forces were conquerors.”

“The missing American colors at Port-au-Prince airport were no problem to Don Hollenbaugh, a former Army Delta Force operator who received the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. Everybody in the world knows the U.S. is there," Hollenbaugh said. "So by not flying the flag, we're not changing anyone's mind about anything."

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

SteveP states: "If Obama is so ashamed of our flag, it makes you wonder what will be covering his casket when he passes on to the land of the 72 virgins."

Pete and SteveP - grow up. Suggestion: why not just copy and paste with each posting the following: "I hate Obama and look for any sophomoric excuse to attack him."

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