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Obama vs Cheney

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At a recent Austin Texas fundraiser, Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama criticized Vice President Cheney for saying that Britain ’s plan to pull some of its troops out of Iraq was a sign that the coalition strategy is succeeding. Obama told a rain soaked crowd: 

“In fact, Dick Cheney said this is all part of the plan (and) it was a good thing that Tony Blair was withdrawing, even as the administration is preparing to put 20,000 more of our young men and women in.  Now, keep in mind, this is the same guy that said we’d be greeted as liberators, the same guy that said that we’re in the last throes. I’m sure he forecast sun today, When Dick Cheney says it’s a good thing, you know that you’ve probably got some big problems.”

Besides the fact that this guy looks like he should be wearing a bow tie and hawking bean pies on a Chicago streetcorner, what do we really know about him?

Seven years as an Illinois State senator, followed by just over two years as a United States senator, and this qualifies him to be President? His major qualifications seem to be Hollywood’s fawning over him, and the main stream press’ determination to shove him down the throat of the American public.

This guy has a better understanding of International Politics than Dick Cheney? Does he even know where in Iraq the British troops are deployed? Would it help to inform him that the area controlled by the Brits is less volatile and therefore needs fewer troops than the area under U.S. control? Or would that information not fit with Mr. Obama’s campaign rhetoric?

Remember these facts, seven years as an Illinois State senator and two years as a United States senator. Contrast Sen. Obama’s limited experience with that of Vice President Cheney:

Deputy Assistant to President Ford

Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff (President Ford)

Ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives (Wyoming )

Secretary of Defense under Bush 41 (anyone remember Gulf War Won?)

Two term Vice President under Bush 43 

And this man has big problems understanding International Relations and the prosecution of the War on Terror? A nearly 30 year career at the highest levels of government and a man with Barack Obama’s extremely limited experience is better qualified to judge U.S. policy and intentions?

I know that given my last few posts regarding the Vice President, it may seem that I am a huge fan of this administration; this is not completely the case. I have serious differences with the Bush Administration’s handling of the case of Border Agents Ramos and Compean. I disagree with the administrations weak stand on illegal immigration and its unwillingness to push a true Conservative agenda. But I would be remiss if I stood by and didn’t use the small forum I have to defend the actions of this administration vis-a-vis the War on Terror. 

Further, my comment on his physical appearance not withstanding, I do not mean to denigrate Barack Obama’s considerable accomplishments. If you can make it through Columbia University and Harvard Law, you are obviously no dummy. However, I feel he is wrong in attempting to portray the Vice President as a liar and unconcerned with the fate of troops being sent to Iraq.

Mr. Obama would do better to continue to try winning his party’s nomination by calling attention to the differences between himself and Madame Clinton, instead of knocking a war policy he obviously doesn’t understand, and a man whose experience he would do well to learn from.


(Note: Just as I was finishing this post, news came in that violence had broken out in Basra with two British bases being bombarded by terrorists. Obviously, pulling troops out only emboldens the terrorists. I stand by my remarks regarding Mr. Obama. If a man can’t understand that fewer troops are needed when things are good, how will he understand when more are needed to get the job done?)


Written by thescolai

February 25, 2007 at 12:09 am

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