My weekly political letter, paired with an unrelated painting.
To: Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
20 December 2016
I hope you're enjoying the winter. Here in Vermont it's peace and comfort, apart from the cold virus I caught last week. Elsewhere in the world, I hear things are less pleasant. For instance, in Yemen people are being murdered with cluster bombs made in Rhode Island. Please do what you can to make that stop, in these last few weeks of your presidency.
It makes no sense to me that our country still produces, uses and sells weapons of war. Beyond that, I'm ashamed and horrified that we lead the world in that regard. I've written before to remind you that you don't like "dumb wars." You're 55 years old; I'm 37. I think neither of us has seen anything but dumb wars.
Your best quality may be your speaking. Give us a speech: declare victory for us, bring the soldiers home, and close the military bases. Even if we closed half our foreign bases, we'd still have around 400-- more than ten times as many as the rest of the world combined. The abandoned bases could be used as refugee housing, or whatever you prefer that's not aimed at killing people.
I don't accept that those who aren't lucky enough to live in places like Vermont should be bombed. Let's give more of the world peace and comfort. Who doesn't deserve it?
Glen Coburn Hutcheson