Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Barack Obama and his support for Raila Odinga

Believe it or not, the presidential election is only two weeks away, and Barack Obama mania has affected many of my friends, family, and fellow bloggers. I continue to resist it though. The reason I cannot cast a vote for Barack Obama next month comes down to one reason...and that is his poor judgement. His list of relationships with questionable characters seems to keep growing, and in my mind, his relationship with Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga stands out the most.

Forget about Obama's friendship with all-around racist Jeremiah Wright and domestic terrorist/genuine slimebag Bill Ayers. I want to know why Barack traveled to Kenya to campaign for Odinga at taxpayer expense. Obama claims that he will be tough on Al-Qaeda and aggressive in the war on terrorism if he gets elected, but the Kenyan leader he has pushed for wants to end Kenya's alliance with the US in confronting Al-Qaeda-backed Al-Shabab militia fighters in neighboring Somalia. Given AQ's slaughter of hundreds of Kenyan's back in 1998 and a dozen others in 2002, I don't understand how that's possible. Odinga does claim to be Obama's cousin, however.

For those of you who don't know, Odinga was widely suspected of having a hand in the acts of genocide that rocked Kenya earlier this year. The country descended into a state of ethnic and tribal warfare after Odinga lost a presidential election bid to incumbent Mwai Kibaki by a very narrow margin. A subsequent power-sharing deal followed, which allowed Kibaki to remain president and appointed Odinga as Prime Minister.

Is Obama's relationship with Odinga a preview of what his policies will be like should he get elected on November 4th? It certainly seems that way.


Azadari said...

I actually do prefer Obama on most issues, including the economic crisis. But you are right, he doesn't know what he's doing when it comes to foriegn policy.

I read an article in the Dawn news network (you have it on your sidebar) and it looks like many Pakistanis actually DISLIKE Obama...Obama seems to be hellbent on going into Pakistan, when there are many other places Al-Qaeda is operating, Somalia being the most noted.

Why is Pakistan the only country he wants to attack? Hmmmmmmm...

C.H. said...

I saw that too, AZ. I guess if the election were held in Pakistan, we have a clear winner: McCain!

Remember, Pakistanis are at the front-line of the war on terror...in a way that most Americans can't contemplate. Obama wants to reward them by invading them, while supporting a leader like Odinga, who prefers to do nothing in the War on Terror

WomanHonorThyself said...

REMEMBER THE TUNE Bad Company?..thats him to a T..great post!

C.H. said...

Thanks WHT, you are right...bad company sums it up nicely. Just when you think it can't get any worse, another one of Obama's friends shows his ugly face, at a time he would probably prefer to keep them locked in a closet.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I actually do prefer Obama on most issues, including the economic crisis.

I don't, given that he is the largest recipient of fannie mae money, 2nd only to Chris Dodd after only 3 years in the U.S. Senate.

His ties to:

Franklin Raines, the immediate past CEO of Fannie Mae – who has collected a $90 million golden parachute while driving Fannie into the ground – has advised Obama on housing issues.

Jim Johnson, yet another former Fannie Mae CEO, resigned from Obama’s vice presidential search team when it was revealed he had received a sweetheart home mortgage deal.

Also, Obama, ACORN, and the connection to today's economic crisis:

ACORN is most noted for undergoing voter fraud investigations, cover ups and possible future convictions. However ACORN’s housing arm is another ugly step child. But it’s only in the wake of the bailout that ACORN’s lobbying and direct involvement with fostering subprime loan packages for minorities has hit the public airwaves.

ACORN and Obama also go way back… ACORN was a recipient of grants from Chicago’s Woods Funds; Obama was a community organizer/trainer of ACORN staff; and his legal firm represented ACORN in lawsuits against banks, accused of redlining. Obama himself, in what constitutes his only personal trial attorney experience, represented Calvin Roberson in just such a lawsuit against CitiBank.

So what does the CAC have to do with ACORN? Remember that political agenda that contributed to the failed experiment? The way that money got to the political operatives that Ayers (as the strategy CAC leader) and Obama (as the CAC money man) wanted to support was thru community organizing groups… and included ACORN.

CONCLUSION? We have Obama’s money handling supporting ACORN not only thru Woods Fund, but also thru the CAC. We also have his personal involvement with ACORN as an organizer trainer. We have proof that he used his legal career - both personally and as an employee - to support keeping risky loans alive and well.

Obama is directly linked to those key to our economic crisis we have today.

ACORN, played a key role in pressuring banks to offer loans to those unlikely to be able to pay them back. ACORN has taken credit for pressuring banks to accept undocumented income as a basis for offering loans, for offering loans without using credit scores, and for making 100% financed loans available to low-income people.

The crisis is a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.

The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was … the Democratic Party. The party that tried to prevent it was … the Republican Party.

C.H. said...

Yeah, I agree Wordsmith...socialism is not going to fix this crisis. But my biggest problem with Obama is the debacle his foreign policy would be.

C.H. said...

WHT, Wordsmith...

I forgot to say, welcome to my blog :) I hope you like it

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