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Can You Guess The National Emergency?

Yesterday, President Barack Obama sent a message to the United States Senate declaring that a national emergency that began 14 years ago is still a national emergency. An “emergency” is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as:

1. an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action
2. an urgent need for assistance or relief

It must be pretty serious, this emergency, right? But then, if this emergency calls for immediate action to meet an urgent need, how can it have been going on for 14 years?

Below is President Obama’s message to the Senate about the national emergency. I’ve taken out the identifying information about this particular supposed national emergency in order to make a challenge for you: Can you, without peeking at the Congressional Record, tell me what this emergency is? If it’s a real national emergency, most people ought to know about it – right?

“The circumstances that led to the declaration on October 21, 1995, of a national emergency have not been resolved. The actions of significant _______ centered in _______ continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States and to cause an extreme level of violence, corruption, and harm in the United States and abroad. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to maintain economic pressure on significant _______ centered in ______ by blocking their property and interests in property that are in the United States or within the possession or control of United States persons and by depriving them of access to the U.S. market and financial system.”

What’s your guess?

9 thoughts on “Can You Guess The National Emergency?”

  1. hendrix says:

    hm, is probably cheating too…
    My guess was something in Kosovo/Serbia started at that time, but the Google trail suggests that the emergency is: lots of US citizens are eager to acquire Colombian cocaine. Not a national security emergency either way.

  2. J. Clifford says:

    Yes, I think that the White House would be unfair peeking too. Good way to follow the Google trail.

  3. ramone says:

    saudi businessmen centered in texas?
    right wing owners centered in left leaning NFL?
    balloon-headed parents centered in colorado?
    media mogals centered in hollywood?
    wall street executives centered in greedy profiteering?
    i don’t google, so, these are just my best guess’
    how about another hint.

  4. ramone says:

    o.k. i think i got it.
    drug cartels centered in columbia.
    final answer. regis, the envelope, please.

  5. ramone says:

    just two more guess’ then i give up.
    medical marijuana advocates centered in california.
    hobbit leaders centered in middle earth.

  6. J. Clifford says:

    Yup, you guys have got it right – not the hobbits, but Columbian drug cartels. A 14-year emergency.

  7. hendrix says:

    So, we’re letting the hobbit menace go unchecked?
    With the deficits we’re currently running we cannot afford to hand out more food stamps for 2nd, let alone 3rd, breakfast.

    1. J. Clifford says:

      Yes, and as Tolkien mentioned, even Sauron might not take notice of the little feet entering his domain. They’re the perfect spies!

  8. ramone says:

    aah… the drug war. you can always count on the drug war.
    i would have hoped for a more progressive approach from the new administration, but, apparently it’s still a war.
    however, they did back off on medical marijuana this week.
    i don’t know if i mentioned it, but, i have severe arthritis.

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