Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Barack Obama, Israel, and Iraq

I am already tired of hearing about the presidential election...seriously, you can only listen to so much of it, and it starts to get depressing. I have been trying to watch Fox News and CNN lately and I would say about forty percent of the time, the news is either about Barack and Hillary, fifty percent is about unnecessary stories most informed people would have no interest in, nine percent of the news is about John McCain, and lastly, you could squeeze in just a little bit of international news (which is what I watch the news for in the first place) to make up the remaining one percent. I am no media analyst, but this is the rough impression I get from when I watch the news. There is a reason why I prefer international media--the BBC, the Dawn, etc.

Anyway, this was an interesting story from BBC:

Barack Obama has pledged unwavering support for Israel in his first foreign policy speech since declaring himself the Democratic nominee for president.

He told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), a prominent Jewish lobby, Israel's security was "sacrosanct" and "non-negotiable".

He also said he would do "everything" to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

As the Democrats' primary season ended, Mr Obama received the support of enough delegates to clinch the nomination.

His rival, Hillary Clinton, has yet to concede.

Okay, great...Barack Obama is pledging support for Israel. He has also stated he wants to go after Al-Qaeda in the tribal belts of Pakistan. Now, if only he would make a pledge like this to support Iraq no matter what...and stand beside the Iraqi people, regardless of poll numbers or what his left-leaning base says. I would sleep a lot better if I knew that both candidates--McCain and Obama--were saying the right things on foreign policy. Obama has made history being the first African-American to secure the democratic nomination for president, now I suggest he do something just as symbolic...he should take McCain up on his offer for both of them to visit Iraq and see first-hand the amazing progress that is taking place over there. They could meet with American and Iraqi commanders on the ground, and promise that no matter what, the United States will support Iraq in its battle against Al-Qaeda and Muqtada's boys in Sadr City.

Both McCain and Obama have repeatedly stated they want to unite the country and end "partisan" politics, and I think that a joint visit to Iraq to make a promise to the Iraqi people would be the best way to do that.

5 comments:

Average American said...

C.H.

There's no need for Obama to go to Iraq. He was just there 884 days ago. He knows that the surge isn't working. He's much to busy planning visits to Iran, North Korea, and Syria to be bothered with Iraq. Let the poor guy alone will ya?

I guess just in case someone unfamiliar with satire reads this, I should explain that I am kidding. What a friggin windbag that douche is!

Kyle Stone said...

I agree - there is way too much attention on the in's and out's of these politician's lives. Who cares about Michelle Obama? She's not running for president, Barack is.

Just came across this blog. Maybe you'd link to my Public Service Blog.

I'll definitely be linking here!
Best,
Kyle Stone

C.H. said...

AA, I agree, I think that Obama has no clue what he's talking about when it comes to foreign policy, at least with Iraq.

I just hope he didn't pull this pro-Israel stunt to court Jewish voters!!!

Anand said...

Obama and McCain should jointly visit Iraq for a two week trip. Iraqis need to know what to expect from the next American president, so that they can start preparing for what they need to do now.

Americans are "NOT" willing to keep spending $400 to $500 million a day inside Iraq much longer.

The GoI needs to increase how much they spend on the MoI and MoD "NOW."

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Yes there is way too much attention . I was watching youtube videosn and there popped up how kids love obama. Lol , its everywhere