Thursday, April 17, 2008

A matter of substance

Dear Honorable Representative Chappelle-Nedal,

I recently read in the FirstRead blog at MSNBC's website the following:

She said she's still undecided, but had some critical words for Obama. She found Obama's criticism of former President Jimmy Carter for meeting with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal "hypocritical" given his earlier stance that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And, Chappelle-Nadal said, she finds herself frustrated that Obama's speeches lack detail.

Firstly, allow me to direct your attention to Here you will find all the detail you need.

Secondly, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal can be considered a terrorist since he is a leader of an organization designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, whereas Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - while a bit of a lunatic - is not a terrorist. In spite of the Iranian Republican Guard being designated a terrorist organization by the US, the IRG - also known as the Quds Force - reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Never has Barack Obama claimed that he would be willing to meet with leaders of terrorist organizations, in fact he has said the exact opposite.

It behooves you as a United States Representative to know such things. Please do your best to be informed of matters before you speak out on them, or form any sort of opinion. Before you slander someone for being hypocritical, it is best to understand the facts. Ignorance is never an acceptable excuse, especially for an elected official.

Jake Barlow

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