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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yikes.

Cast of 300 advises Obama on foreign policy
By Elisabeth Bumiller Published: July 18, 2008

WASHINGTON: Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

One recent Q. & A. asked, for example, whether Obama supported the decision by Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to include a timetable for American troop withdrawal in any new security agreements with the United States. The answer, provided to Obama with bullet points, was yes — or "a genuine opportunity," as he put it in a speech on Iraq this week
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Now you know why he won't meet Mac in a Town Hall debate.

17 Comments:

Blogger FJ said...

Glad to know that Barrack has America's best interest at... er... ummm... never mind.

5:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

He's a gimmick.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Alice Gorable said...

Says the blogless 0 comment libtard.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Who you talking to Alice?

:-)

10:14 PM  
Blogger Alice Gorable said...

Sorry. I must have been having a junior moment... :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger berty said...

So Obama has outsourced his own thinking to foreign policy experts? What a LEADER he'll make...

John, be prepared to unleash Toto again!

12:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain.

1:07 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

I kinda like these guys. Obama's calling for a Surge in Iraq. Wasn't that bin Laden's plan from the gitgo? To battle us from their sanctuaries in Pakistan and train a new jihadi army that could eventually take over Pakistan?

If it wasn't it should have been. It worked with Russia...

3:52 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Hi, John..good piece! (Hi, FJ...et al).....thought you might enjoy my piece from Germany I just posted not too off topic of this information.

I couldn't read your post without thinking of the old adage "Too many cooks spoil the broth"

God FORBIG Obama is elected...!!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, its good to see your blog thriving again...thanks to a little weed control.

and yes, Obama is a gimmick...no doubt.

8:21 PM  
Blogger John said...

fj said:

"I kinda like these guys. Obama's calling for a Surge in Iraq."

You mean Afghanistan, I presume.

So by the antiwarrior's logic, if Barack thinks it's so important to put people's lives on the line in Afghanistan, then he should boot up and join them.

And if they agree with him, they should either enlist or acknowledge that their snide, half-decade long argument positing that anyone who's "pro-war" should volunteer for combat duty is a blockheaded one.

Of course, they'll do neither and instead opt to hurl more ad hominems or change the subject.

Good to see you, z (now that the coast is clear ;)).

Kelly said:

"John, its good to see your blog thriving again..."

Thanks Kell, though I wouldn't use the word "thriving."

Maybe "active."

Or "purged."

10:54 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John...heh...compared to my blog yours is thriving. :)

1:31 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

erratum - Afghanistan. ;-)

6:30 PM  
Blogger John said...

No worries. Not as bad as saying "Osama bin Laden" instead of "Barack Obama," like Dan Rather did.

7:35 PM  
Blogger John said...

Or "The 47 states," like Barack did.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In all seriousness - no serious person thinks Obama thinks there is 57 or 47 states (John - he said 57) It was a normal conversational blooper.

But many people do think McCain is confused about things like the so-called Pak-Iraq border he spoke of recently.

McCain has many good qualities, but he is not known for his command of facts.

While Obama is not at Kerry-levels (or Bush Sr.) knowledge-wise, he is smarter than McCain on this stuff.

10:44 PM  
Blogger John said...

"In all seriousness - no serious person thinks Obama thinks there is 57 or 47 states (John - he said 57) It was a normal conversational blooper."

Sure. Agreed.

"But many people do think McCain is confused about things like the so-called Pak-Iraq border he spoke of recently."

That's the point. Barack makes a blooper, it's a blooper. McCain makes one, and he's senile (Bush makes dozens, and he's a moron).

What if Bush or McCain said "The 57states?"

That's a lot less excusable than making a geographical error about the labyrinthine Middle East, or confusing Shia and Sunni.

"While Obama is not at Kerry-levels (or Bush Sr.) knowledge-wise, he is smarter than McCain on this stuff."

What stuff? Foreign affairs? P-shaw. Barack's a lightweight on that stuff.

Read the post again.

He's scripted. That's why he won't meet McCain in a Town Hall meeting-- at least until he completes his college-semester long crash courses, and hence the delay:

"Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day."

You watch. As soon as he "graduates," he'll start demonstrating a cocky "Anytime, anywhere" attitude and then start hitting McCain with obscure Middle Eastern esoterica that he has only just learned and start name-dropping M.E. dignitaries he just met as if they've been pals for years.

Barack's a gimmick.

1:47 AM  

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