10 February 2008

Why Barak Obama shouldn't be Prez, part 1,000

OK, we've already talked about how he promised to invade Pakistan, and doesn't know dick about Iraq and so on and so forth.

Let's talk about how he doesn't know dick about Lebanon.

This guy may be charismatic, but what in hell does he think he's doing running for President without knowing the first thing about foreign policy?

Domestic policy is all well and good, but it has a lot of room for error. Even if you flush the economy down the toilet, Americans can rebuild anything. That's why I'm voting for McCain even though he's too government-interventionist for me.

Screw up with foreign policy and you get lots of people killed. Potentially including me.

3 Comments:

Blogger cmad said...

This guy may be charismatic, but what in hell does he think he's doing running for President without knowing the first thing about foreign policy?

Worked for his predecessor, even without that much charisma.

Screw up with foreign policy and you get lots of people killed. Potentially including me.

That's actually a good argument in favor of Hillary. She's most likely to drag you, kicking and screaming, out of harm's way.

A rather nice soldier girl and a rather horrible little dog would appreciate you being safe. And for the kicking and screaming, there's always the SCA.

cMAD

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Bill McD said...

See, that's exactly the reason I'm least likely to vote for McCain. You can always move from a diplomatic effort to a military one. It is (as we're proving again) much, much harder to start a war and then say 'ok, now for diplomacy!'.

And frankly, on the issue of war, McCain is not rational. It doesn't matter the situation on the ground, good or bad. If you look at the overall body of his statements, his record, etc, there comes through a sense that no matter how well-thought and considering, no matter how intelligent and perceptive he might be, on this issue, and this issue alone, he's still a downed pilot imprisoned in Hanoi.

He's still carrying those scars. I don't think it's at all unreasonable for him to be carrying those scars, but it's an emotional fulcrum that has proved amazingly easy to use to lever him right over the edge, into predictable, easily-manipulated patterns of stimulus-response behavior.

Not the kind of liability I'd want in the guy in the Oval Office.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

McCain was/is, like the current President, on the correct side of history with regard to the GWOT. It is a war chosen NOT by any living person, but is one that the US has been involved with since at least 1804. I do not see a single prominent Democrat who has the slightest sense of this. The GWOT will probably extend well beyond the lifetime of any person reading these words as well. Consequently foreign policy is actually a history policy. Events such as World Wars I and II are mere skirmishes compared to the war that Western Civilization has been fighting against militant Islamism for a millenia or so. Like it or not, the US is the flagship of Western Civilization and so this war extends to us in our time.

War was brought to us. It is people like Castrorum who bring it back. He and his fellows need capable political leaders at the top--leaders who have 'seen the elephant'. McCain has not only seen the elephant, but has borne its weight on his own shoulders.

Quite frankly, both Dem candidates make LBJ look COMPETENT in foreign policy by comparison. And LBJ was a tin-hat moron of a dictator if ANY has ever occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

At the very minimum, the current occupant of that residence can lay claim to having liberated 50 million people. And THAT, dear people, is not a bad thing at all. There are another billion or so people yet to be liberated. But 50 million is a good start.

10:13 AM  

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