Hopelessly Muddled

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Steve Huntley, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times , points out that hoping for the best is not a viable foreign policy. Yet that is exactly what Barack Obama has been running on. 

The political salvos over Iraq between Barack Obama and John McCain the other day made for good political theater. More important, the exchange offered a revealing contrast between the politics of realism and the politics of hope.

It began with a question to Obama during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday. Obama has pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and was asked if he reserved the right to go back into Iraq. He responded that "if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad."

The next day McCain mocked Obama, ''I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq." Obama fired back, ''I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets. But I have some news for John McCain. There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."

So what is Obama's Iraq strategy? It seems to be that he knows al-Qaida is in Iraq but he's going to pull out anyway. But if al-Qaida establishes a base in Iraq, he will go back in. Does that sound confused to you? Me, too.

His policy, in a nutshell, seems to be this: Pull troops out of Iraq and hope for the best. And anyway, the real issue is what cowboy Bush and McCain did five years ago.

Obama has said he would meet without preconditions with the leaders of states who export terror. And hope things work out, apparently. Unfortunately, that strategy would simply lend the prestige of the office of the President of the United States to some unrepentant American haters. Hope may be good politics for Obama, but would be a disaster for America and our allies as well as a boon to our enemies. And yes, they are our self-proclaimed enemies. 

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2 Responses to Hopelessly Muddled

  1. syn says:

    Why just this morning Peggy Noonan on Joe Scarsbourgh spoke how Barak Obama is elevating the discourse and how it’s a far cry from the raging talk radio,
    Which reminds me of when she creamed Bush for not being ‘Conservative’ enough yet is now saying how ‘Conservatives’ are hate speechers for not supporting a liberal warhawk.
    Hopelessly Muddled indeed.
    See, the most important point is that none can point out the flaws in either McCain or Obama we’re all just suppose to ‘elevate the discourse’ bringing people together in perfect harmony, Happy as can be the snobs say we must obey.
    Ever consider the possibility that by the time November 2008 comes around the media will portray Iraq as a Happy place filled with chocolate rivers and children flying kites so that McCain won’t have the only issue disguishing himself from the other candidates on the table? 
    I mean it worked for Bill Clinton, why not Obama.
    Elevate the discourse  so Americans can be Hopelessly Muddled.

  2. Derek says:

    Not to mention validate the (rogue) government he is visiting.  If he (Obama) were to go to Iran as POTUS, for example, the would-be agents with in Iran that desire to be  – dare I say it  – free, would look at such a meeting and instantly be discouraged by the lack of perceived support they could expect from an Obama administration should they dare to resist the current regime.  Reckless doesn’t even start to describe this approach to foreign policy.

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