In an interview broadcast on 60 Minutes tonight, President Obama told CBS journalist Steve Kroft at the White House on Friday that, “I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill.”
“I’m confident that we’ve got that,” Obama said.
But of course, it’s still an open question whether even a single GOP Senator will support health care reform, something Obama seemed to acknowledge by telling Kroft, “So far we haven’t gotten much cooperation from Republicans.”
The President suggested that some Republicans may be opposing reform in an effort to recreate the health care reform debacle that hobbled the early years of Bill Clinton’s presidency. (more… )
I think that we have a great opportunity to look at two candidates and see where they stand (Obama’s OpEd, McCain’s Rebuttal). Neither candidate is perfect.
Senator Barack Obama did speak out forcefully against the surge. He said that he didn’t think that it would control the violence. What he didn’t know was that there was a huge push in the Sunni community to decrease violence and to push out Al Qaeda. Without the cooperation of the Sunni tibial leaders, the violence would not have been quelled with a modest increase in troop levels (the surge).
Senator John McCain never acknowledges this fact. The other thing that John McCain leaves out of his discussion of the Surge is the purpose of the Surge. The purpose was to create an environment where the Iraqi government could reverse de-Bathification, create a fair oil-sharing law, and have national reconciliation.
It is important to mention that we are paying for some militia forces in Iraq to tow the line. It is unclear what will happen when those payments stop. They have to stop some day. McCain does not mention this at all. It is as if it doesn’t matter or even factor into the current “peaceful” situation.
So, Senator McCain is correct in saying that our troops have performed brilliantly. He was wrong about everything else. I don’t think that he is misleading because he doesn’t know what it happening. I think that he is misleading because he is wedded to a strategy to stay the course in Iraq.
Obama has a strategy that follows the will of the American people and makes us safer. Any strategy that focuses attention on getting the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden is a strategy that I can support.
When I read this, I couldn’t believe it. I thought that the guys who plotted the attack on the USS Cole were caught, sentenced, and now behind bars. I guess I missed something. Some of those who were caught were thrown in jail only to be later released.
So, what kind of cooperation are we getting from the Yemeni government? The bad kind, I guess. This is why I don’t believe that we are truly waging a war on terror. We should do what is necessary to protect our citizens. I know that the Israeli government would take out these suspects if the Yemeni government would not do the “right” thing.
Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.
Jamal al-Badawi, a Yemeni who helped organize the plot to bomb the Cole as it refueled in this Yemeni port on Oct. 12, 2000, has broken out of prison twice. He was recaptured both times, but then secretly released by the government last fall. Yemeni authorities jailed him again after receiving complaints from Washington. But U.S. officials have so little faith that he’s still in his cell that they have demanded the right to perform random inspections. (more…)