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Iraq Spokeman Asserts U.S. Should Vacate by Late 2010

The Iraqi’s have buckled under the pressure of the U.S. before. But now, with the Bush administration beginning to pack their bags, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki maybe growing a backbone. Iraqis maybe willing to stand up to the Bush administration because they know that there is going to be a ‘new sheriff in town’ (McCain or Obama). They may be looking at this time as an opportunity to take their country back.

From New York Times: Maliki spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, told reporters in Baghdad, “We cannot give any timetables or dates, but the Iraqi government believes the end of 2010 is the appropriate time for the withdrawal.”

But then there is Senator Barack Obama. Obama looks like he knows some foreign policy and that there isn’t a Iraqi-Pakistani border. There haven’t been any slip ups or gaffs. Instead, there has been a clear message that Barack Obama knows what he is doing.

Senator John McCain, however, seems to be trying to do anything for attention. Today, while golfing with the former President Bush, McCain stood firm on his stance regarding Iraq. He believes that Obama is wrong on Iraq now and has been wrong all along. Then McCain came up with a zinger: “When you win wars, troops come home.” McCain, in my humble opinion, continues to believe that you can ignore the will of the American people even when you are running for an election. I wonder how much he would pay attention after he was elected?

McCain has really run his campaign on the notion that he knows how to win wars. He knows what is going on in Iraq. He believes that staying the course is working and will continue to work. So, when the Iraqis basically agree with Obama, where does that leave McCain? Out in the cold looking for some new theme to his campaign?

By |2008-07-22T00:08:31-04:00July 22nd, 2008|Election 2008, Iraq|1 Comment

Obama Confronts Bush and McCain

Straight and to the point, Senator Barack Obama directly responded to President Bush’s appeasement comment and then turned to Senator John McCain. Obama correctly stated that McCain has offered to differentiate between himself and George Bush on foreign policy.

Below are Obama’s remarks in South Dakota.

From the Washington Post: “If George Bush and John McCain want to have a debate about protecting America, that is a debate I will have anytime, any place,” he said to a cheering crowd. “George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for.”

Obama then launched into list of grievances, including a war fought on the premise of uprooting weapons of mass destruction that were never found, the failure to catch Osama Bin Laden and turning Iran into the “greatest beneficiary” of the Iraq war.

“That’s the Bush-McCain record on protecting this country,” Obama said. “Those are the failed policies that John McCain wants to double down on.”

The senator’s comments came in response to President Bush’s speech before the Israeli Knesset yesterday, in which he likened a willingness to meet with “terrorists and radicals” to appeasement of the Nazis.

“That’s exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s divided our country and alienates us from the world,” Obama said. “And that’s exactly why we need change.”

Finally, there are a group of Democrats who believe that Obama hasn’t shown enough passion on the campaign trail. Well, I thought he showed plenty of passion in this speech.

By |2008-05-16T23:37:51-04:00May 16th, 2008|Election 2008, Iran|Comments Off on Obama Confronts Bush and McCain

Republican Congressman Calls Obama "Boy"

Congressman Geoff Davis (R – Ky) was at one of these fundraisers where fat cats get together and bash Democrats who the open their wallets for the party. Since it was Kentucky, Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning were there. They talked up the war and probably the greatness of President Bush.

Davis got up and said his piece, comparing Obama to a snake-oil salesman. Then he went a step further. “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” Davis said. “He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

As you can imagine, the Obama camp was not too happy with this characterization. Who would be? Every American should stand up and say we aren’t going to tolerate this kind of racist language any more. Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman said:

“It’s hard to tell what is more outrageous – Representative Davis’ condescending and personal attack, or his absurd and offensive claim that Barack Obama is not prepared to defend America. Geoff Davis may hide behind offensive tough talk, but he has marched in lock-step with Bush-McCain policies that have devastated our national security while Barack Obama has stood up against a misguided war in Iraq and worked with respected Republicans like Dick Lugar and Chuck Hagel to secure loose weapons and nuclear materials from terrorists.”

By |2008-04-15T00:50:58-04:00April 15th, 2008|Election 2008, Race|Comments Off on Republican Congressman Calls Obama "Boy"
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