An Open Letter to President Obama from Li Tusheng
This letter is a harsh, scathing, sarcastic and incredibly blunt criticism of President Obama. On Blogchina, this post has 6,221 “顶” (people in support) and 2,531 “反对”(people against). It is the most read post in the past 48 hours, with over 40,000 hits.
Li Tusheng, the author of the letter, was born in Zhejiang, and graduated from the People’s Liberation Army, Nanjing Army Command College in 1991 and is now a senior advisor to the Association for Traditional Chinese Culture. He has lectured and written widely on traditional Chinese culture.
It is now the Spring Festival in China, the most important traditional festival for Chinese internationally, and the mood was originally peaceful and beautiful. However, Your Excellency the President acts like a specter of evil, imposing trade sanctions, selling weapons to Taiwan, and meeting with the Dalai Lama – but what is his motive? The U.S. has been continuously aggravating China in order to keep a check on China. You can say that the successive presidents of the U.S. have been rather dismal, and you have acted even worse. These sinister intentions and power seeking ways cannot be understood by the peace-loving Chinese people. Mr. President, will you only feel satisfied when you have agitated China into complete unrest?
Let’s first talk about the Dalai Lama issue. His Excellency the President stressed that he was meeting with the Dalai Lama in a “private capacity.” In that case, what kind of “capacity” is “private capacity” ? When President Obama is conversing with the Dalai Lama in the White House, is he no longer the authoritative President of the United States? This seems unlikely, right? Naturally, one would expect that, when the controversy arose over Clinton and Lewinsky, it was purely a private matter of “You are willing, I am willing, as long as we are both willing,” it only came from his own desires, does not represent the will of the President, it’s even more “private” than President Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama, right? However, because it became a “public” issue and a “major” issue that affected the world, Clinton was forced to repeatedly apologize. Now, Mr. President, risking good U.S.-China relations, you have met with the Dalai Lama, who wants to split up China, with an iron heart, with the goal of creating trouble for China, containing China’s rise and recovery. Even if it was a meeting in a “private capacity,” it is hard to say that it is only a “private” matter between two people.
If saying something is in “private capacity” can cover up anything in the United States, isn’t that essentially a license to kill? Therefore, whether it’s in private or in public, Obama is the current U.S. president, even if he was stripped of his clothes in the street, who would say that he was just a regular person, and not the President of the United States? It was reported that when the President met with the Dalai Lama, there was an overall effort to keep it “low profile.” What does keeping it “low-profile” mean? Does that mean having the meeting take place in the White House? This is just a cheap trick, and it won’t fool the Chinese people. Personally, I really cannot respect this style of action. A head of state should just do things openly, and be clear about which things you should not do, only this way can you deal with your issues cleanly. Even if this was “low-profile” to an extreme degree, the President has directly spoken to the Dalai Lama – isn’t this challenging a core interest of the China? Oh Obama, this is a flagrant violation of your commitments! Even if you chose a pigsty or a dog kennel for the meeting place, the political impact will still be significant! The U.S. is always looking for China’s soft spot, without just cause, and everyone feels embarrassed for the U.S.’s crude behavior. How come Uncle Sam never blushes? What the Dalai Lama really is, Your Excellency the President should know the answer. He instigated the riots, and up to today exerting a lifetime of effort trying to split up China, and now looks old and withered. He orchestrated the 3-14 Lhasa riots, owes a blood debt to the Tibetan people, and in the past two years has been speaking everywhere, out of fear that China is not in complete chaos. All this time, the U.S. has called him a “spiritual leader,” a “religious figure.” Does that really fit? At best, he is a smiling terrorist, Mr. President, you have cheerfully met with him, and that shows you have only paid lip-service to your counter-terrorism efforts.
The Chinese people have historically loved peace and have been averse to war and bloodshed. In contrast, U.S. soldiers are just itching to kill, and would be bored if they did not rape Japanese women. When conducting diplomatic relations with China on the Taiwan issue, what the U.S. should have done was clear as night and day, but the result is that the U.S. strongly undermined the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and blocked the possibility for re-unification. Now, Your Excellency the President is pushing for arms sales to succeed, increasing the risk of war in China, allowing U.S. arms dealers to have ill-gotten gains; is this how the U.S. advocates freedom, democracy and equality? The U.S. exports war to the world around the clock.
The day before Lunar New Year’s Eve, U.S. troops in Afghanistan have fought a fierce battle with the Taliban in order to bring lasting peace and stability. I have never believed that the U.S. could bring peace to a country; heavily armed U.S. soldiers can only provoke more intense resistance and inspire more people to become suicide bombers. Wherever the U.S. militarily attacks will turn into a hell, wherever the U.S. stations troops will turn into an endless disaster. In Chonburi Province, Thailand, to engage in field survival training, soldiers have tried to eat scorpions, lizards and drink snake blood. Mr. President, take a look at your soldiers, what is the difference between them and beasts? The Taliban are willing to resolve the problem through negotiations and achieve national integrity and independence, just with the condition that foreign troops cannot be stationed in Afghanistan – is this condition wholly unreasonable? However, the U.S. always has to forcibly poke their nose into everything, and the result is that they have more failures than successes. It is said that after the U.S. destroys the Taliban, they will implement a new local government, provide job opportunities for the people, and supply utilities and other services to demoralize Taliban followers. Mr. President, open your eyes, before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, even though the locals did not push for a new government, they had jobs, food, water and electricity. Now, after the U.S. has invaded, water and electricity have all become problems. Your army is really just boasting, for they have only cared about self-preservation on the battlefield and after they get off the battlefield, they fabricate results, relying solely on high-technology for any sort of advantage. With this kind of performance, wouldn’t it have been better to stay home? Mr. President, what do you say? Reality has already proven that, no matter how powerful the United States is, regardless of arms sales, threats, sanctions, these cannot really solve any problems, they will only make Uncle Sam more and more passive, more bruised and battered. In order to deal with Iran, you have supported Saddam Hussein, in order to achieve ulterior motives, you have supported Bin Laden, in order to pull strings from behind the scenes for China, you have sheltered East Turkistan elements, what good can come of this? This is just shooting yourself in the foot, even to this day you do not know the pain, you really have become quite numb. Will you get it only when the illness is beyond cure?
Perhaps, Mr. President, you have no interest in world peace, you’re just solidifying your enchanting smile, and putting on a long face looking for murder, following the tracks of Bush’s road of war? But this is obviously a dead end. Afghanistan and Iraq cannot be resolved, North Korea and Iran can’t be resolved either, the problem will just continue to get worse, and create even more trouble. Are the dirty sheets that Bush Jr. left behind not enough for you to clean? Why do you have to exacerbate the situation? Mr. President, when you visited China you said so many kind things, why don’t you show some sincerity and learn some traditional Chinese culture? Do not always think of dominating the world and pre-emptively striking, you must also learn to not impose on people! Afghanistan and Iraq have never offended the United States, why must you invade and occupy them? Now, Afghanistan and Iraq have become incredibly complex and difficult, and it’s impossible to pull-out, isn’t this all because of militarily intervening in the first place? A group led by the Dalai Lama engaged in terrorist activities, and yet the President still has met with him, what kind of counter-terrorism is that? Stop the nonsense immediately, don’t be embarrassed, just change when you know you’re wrong, this is always wiser than self-defeat. Also, instead of burning money in the war, why don’t you use some more on your people, or save some for re-election? When you were competing with Hillary and McCain, you expressed every possible hope, so why are you freely violating the American people’s trust now?
Mr. President, you also want to save the U.S. economy and regain the people’s support, and then continue to serve a second term? Of course, it is glorious to be re-elected, but, what is the meaning of continuing on in this fashion? The U.S. should commit to some humanitarian actions, not always bully weaker countries, not scare countries like North Korea and Iran all day, or give deadly weapons to Taiwan, and undermine cross-strait relations. If you give a thief enough rope he will hang himself. Mr. President, because you have received the Nobel Peace Prize, have you thought about how to contribute to world peace? You can’t always neglect your duties, pretend that this person is your enemy, or that person is your opponent, right? Also, saying one thing while you were in China, and doing another after you go back, isn’t that too hypocritical? There is an old Chinese saying: If a man cannot keep his word, what is he good for? Being the head of a large state, why don’t you live up to your promises, rather than going back on your own words? How the people of the United States chose this kind of President is really quite puzzling to me.
Actually, there is really no need for the hypocrisy. If you do not wish to contribute to world peace, you can close your door and live a happy life, why must you inspire aggression and subversion in the name of world peace? Also, what can the U.S. really achieve with their continued development of sophisticated weapons technology? Especially with a large budget deficit, and a staggering amount of foreign debt. How many people in the world today have no clothes or food and struggle with death, if this money was used to help victims and refugees, there would not be war and displacement, and the world would have achieved peace already. Mr. President, you should learn some Confucian lessons of moderation, whether for personal cultivation, or for performing the duties of the president, you need to learn these lessons. Confucian notions of peace, friendship and harmony can be learned for free, Mr. President, you can participate in the Confucian Institutes that China has established in the United States, and you don’t have to worry about spending taxpayer money.
Also, I advise you, Mr. President: Don’t always pretend that the lives of people in the Middle East don’t matter, they are also of flesh and bone, they also have parents, no one is born to be a suicide bomber. No person of any country is less worthy than a U.S. soldier. Even people of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, they are also of flesh and blood, they do not kill for the sake of killing, blow themselves up in order to hurt the innocent, the kind of tragedy is because of U.S. hegemony. If the U.S. can let go of expansion and aggression, these people will naturally stop their terrorist acts. As long as the United States is willing to take the lead in the elimination of nuclear weapons, other countries will follow, and contribute to world peace and stability. Now, the whole world is watching the United States, and Mr. President, you have a role to play, you can’t go against the trend of the times, and continue down the road of war. This way of doing things is too dangerous, step on the brakes, the U.S. looks prosperous on the surface, but it is in fact riddled with problems and has been exposed for what it is, it is more advisable to try for recuperation. Even if U.S. soldiers can’t live a day without killing, you still need to recharge your batteries, regain your spirits before you go overseas to waste lives. Just going by their current poor performance, it would be strange if you are not disgraced! Look at history, Mr. Obama, don’t continue to wash Bush’s dirty sheets, at the same time, don’t dirty yours too much, the next U.S. President does not have the obligation to help you wash them.
Your Excellency the President appear to be concerned with the livelihood of the people of the United States. In order to protect the economic interests of the United States, you have waged an anti-dumping case with China, resulting in losses for both sides, particularly the United States. The United States has always been opposed to protectionism, and has used gunboats to open trade, and today is more explicitly pursuing protectionism than any other country. Is the U.S. really this devastated? Otherwise, how come it has so little confidence? That being the case, why must it instigate aggression everywhere and stretch its hand out so far?