McCain to Obama: You don’t have to re-invade Iraq to fight Al Qaeda, you know

posted at 2:46 pm on February 27, 2008 by Allahpundit

In which Maverick shores up his support among conservatives and presses his huge advantage over Obama on national security in one fell swoop. Here’s the Messiah’s answer on Iraq last night, which recycles a strategy recommended by Baker-Hamilton and endorsed by our friends at the Times last summer. Rather than clear AQI from areas and try to hold them, we’ll pull back to regional bases to get our guys out of harm’s way, cross our fingers that the jihadis don’t make a comeback, and play long distance whack-a-mole with them if they do. Pay attention to Obama’s emphasis on threats to the homeland: He’s leaving himself wiggle room to decide not to assist the Iraqis going forward unless they can show AQI is planning terror attacks on the American homeland, as opposed to just Baghdad or Mosul. That’s a curious line to take for the left, which is normally comfortable intervening militarily where no American security interests are at stake (Haiti, Kosovo, soon perhaps Darfur), but then this is the guy who thinks zero troops in Iraq plus lots of troops in Afghanistan is somehow the magic combination to defeating AQ.

Here’s the obligatory McCain riposte, to which the Messiah responded this morning by reminding him that AQI wouldn’t be in Iraq at all if Saddam Hussein was still around to scare them off. As soon as he gets that time machine built, expect this problem to be solved. McCain’s rejoinder to the rejoinder: “Where is the audacity of hope when it comes to backing the success of our troops all the way to victory in Iraq? What we heard last night was the timidity of despair.” Gonna be a fun campaign.


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Did he learn that “My Friends” comment from our dear heart Juan Hernandez??? Just Say’in

brtex on February 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

After about the one thousandth time that the swing voters hear Juan Plantation McVano say, “My friends” they will think that Obama, or just about anybody who doesn’t say that, is the messiah.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

sten, bnelson’s son is there now. My husband is military. We understand the horrible problem caused by WJ Clinton’s decision to gut the military active duty force structure. One of GW Bush’s greatest failures has been to not build up those numbers until in the last year.

McCain has talked about how our military is too small for a while. The one who spoke most eloquently about it was Rudy. It’s one reason I like Rudy so much, even though I know his being pro-choice meant the wouldn’t win the nomination.,

But the choice is between Obama and McCain. McCain will build the military. Obama will slash it.

Easy choice.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

I understand the strong emotions. I lost a brother during Bush’s “oops, I was wrong” phase of the war.

Three and four tours of duty is not a small thing. The toll on the families alone is almost beyond endurance. Yes, we need to strenghthen the military. But we can’t ignore the present problems. You’re right, Obama is a disaster.

I will vote for mcCain but not until he takes a solid stand against amnesty (i.e., Juan Hernandez and pardon Ramos & Compeon). His VP choice is key, as well.

I just don’t think McCain will win unless he makes SOME overtures to the conservative base. Hasn’t happened yet, to my knowledge.

stenwin77 on February 27, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Get your head out of the sand!

THE CHOSEN TOUCHED ONE on February 27, 2008 at 4:03 PM

How about you getting your cabeza out of your culo.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:07 PM

“Where is the audacity of hope when it comes to backing the success of our troops all the way to victory in Iraq? What we heard last night was the timidity of despair.”

That is gold.

carbon_footprint on February 27, 2008 at 4:12 PM

McCain will build the military. Obama will slash it.

Easy choice.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

And just how will Juan build the military? The Army is barley meeting it’s quotas now with a very small Army, even with $40,000 bonuses and loosened requirements.

With a draft? Never fly.

And somehow I just don’t think, “Make it a hundred” has all that much of an irresistible siren call to it.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Gonna get the hammer but enough is enough…….

Some of us disagree on the nuts and bolts. Hell some of us disagree about the how and why. But beyond a doubt the most ignorant comment I have ever read was the ‘Send the USO’.

Thanks for that. That was a great reminder of how America is fighting this war. We forgot to send the USO and that is why our sons and daughters and our families are sick and frakking worn out. Not enough USO. Why did we think of that?

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 4:18 PM

The Crusades were the result of the West invading Islam, and the Iraq war resulted in terrorists fighting the West.

He might not has gone to an Islamic school, but he sure talks like he did.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:19 PM

And just how will Juan build the military? The Army is barley meeting it’s quotas now

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:21 PM

And just how will Juan build the military? The Army is barley meeting it’s quotas now

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Hit the submit button to quick…….

The military is still doing a great job with recruitment, and folks staying in uniform until things settle down. That would change with a Democratic president. It sure did under the Clintons, who thought balancing the economy meant stripping the armed forces.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Of course enlistement is down. When you have wackos attacking recruiters at college campus’s and passing legislation to keep them out of the high schools they are going to have a little bit of trouble finding people to enlist.

I honestly don’t know how the recruiters are able to just stand there and take those attacks without attacking them back. I wouldn’t be able to keep myself from punching one of those a-holes.

Erockk on February 27, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I love the way O’Dreamy looks at whomever is asking him a really pin down question…he looks like our District Chief who has never not got a affirmative action promotion in his “career”….Cocked head like the RCA Victor dog and in his mind is saying…”Welllll it looks like Yacub is going to play some tricknology on me”

LtE126 on February 27, 2008 at 4:30 PM

I was at the McCain rally today…I left favorably impressed.

Tim on February 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

The military is still doing a great job with recruitment, and folks staying in uniform until things settle down.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Just a small sample:

West Point cadets are obligated to stay in the Army for five years after graduating. In a typical year, about a quarter to a third of them decide not to sign on for another term. But last year, when the 905 officers from the class of 2001 had to make their choice to stay or leave, 44 percent quit the Army. It was the service’s highest loss rate in three decades.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Can West Point alone be used to get a sampling? Talking to recruiters, they claim they are making their numbers. One of my sons just accepted an ROTC scholarship over considering an academy or West Point. That didn’t mean he doesn’t want to serve, it just means he wanted a different experience than West Point.

I guess I see it as two different things.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM

The military is still doing a great job with recruitment, and folks staying in uniform until things settle down. That would change with a Democratic president. It sure did under the Clintons, who thought balancing the economy meant stripping the armed forces.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

ding, ding, ding, ding

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 4:49 PM

apropos of nothing, Sean Hannity started his show with a whine fest from his buddy Bill Cunningham.

not exactly a manly sounding segment.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 4:56 PM

stenwin, yes, sorry for your loss. I was really enraged in 2005 and got pretty BDSish for a while. McCain was about the only mainstream politician who was critical of the “small, compassionate” warfare that Bush was wanting to “stay the course” with.

The surge is starting to perhaps pay off and mean that the 4000 who we lost so far won’t have sacrificed in vain.

Obama would pretty much make sure that they had, IMHO.

McCain should make overtures to the conservative base, but it’s not gonna happen if the conservative base keeps screaming and throwing their drinks in his face every time he walks across the room.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

You know, of course, that Obama will select a General, like General Ricardo S. Sanchez, as VP in order to trump McCain.

Checkmate.

faraway on February 27, 2008 at 5:04 PM

McCain should make overtures to the conservative base, but it’s not gonna happen if the conservative base keeps screaming and throwing their drinks in his face every time he walks across the room.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Man, this is just such a bad, bad election year.

stenwin77 on February 27, 2008 at 5:04 PM

OK, I’m officially past “acceptance” of McCain being the nominee and on board for the fun. I’m going to enjoy a national security debate over the next 8 months when the Left can’t cry “chickenhawk” and are putting up Sen. Hopey McChangitude as their candidate for CiC.

Dudley Smith on February 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Hey McCain, if AQ is IN Iraq, why aren’t; they gone, dead…vapor? We have the toughest military in the world…why is AQ still around (why were they allowed to group there)? Because REPS are afraid to fight to win… To busy backing worthless governments (Pakistan…???) who allows terrorist to hang out int heir mountains. More worried about opinion and killing “innocents”..well..if that is how you tie the troops hands (oh and investigate their every move down to farts)… you won’t win.

Yup. Ol’ Maverick just gives this conservative warm fuzzies about his “toughness” (yawn)

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

MB4,

Maybe those that quit were afraid that a *#$ Democrat would be CiC and they had absolutely no desire to serve under that circumstance…

Without knowing why a higher percent chose not to stay, you have nothing.

LibbyLA on February 27, 2008 at 5:10 PM

But with Obama, we won’t need a military at all. The magic fairy dust will keep us all safe.

sleepy-beans on February 27, 2008 at 5:22 PM

lodestonejames on February 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Ah. What does it matter at this point? Both of the party nominees are going to raise my taxes and end illegal immigration by not making it illegal. At least one of them will spend some of that money on the military.

So what you’re saying is that you “don’t see much difference in Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton–or, for that matter, John McCain.“

Yes. That’s what I’m saying.

Was I not obvious?

lodestonejames on February 27, 2008 at 5:27 PM

I will vote for mcCain but not until he takes a solid stand against amnesty (i.e., Juan Hernandez and pardon Ramos & Compeon). His VP choice is key, as well.

I just don’t think McCain will win unless he makes SOME overtures to the conservative base. Hasn’t happened yet, to my knowledge.

stenwin77 on February 27, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Replace one unpaid person for another?

BTW, how is Obama(Who echoed Hillary at a debate when she said that the Amnesty process would Start in the first 100 Days)

McCain has said, Secure the borders first before any talk about “Amnesty”.(That is what the American people want and he has heard them loud and clear)

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 5:56 PM

He has his good moments.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 5:56 PM

His VP choice is key, as well.

This question was asked of him at today’s townhall meeting. (“Asked” being a relative term…someone pretty much shouted it out from the back.) His response (less than what any of us wanted to hear) was “I haven’t received the nomination yet.”

Overall, he came across strong on the war (as expected), and stronger on immigration than I thought he would. He addressed securing the border 1st in his stump speech & was probably asked 3-4 more questions about this during the townhall segment. Every time he came across pretty strong. Not as strong as Duncan Hunter, but stronger than what he had in the past.

No mention of Juan Hernandez, of course…but I didn’t expect that.

Tim on February 27, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Replace one unpaid person for another?

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 5:56 PM

IIRC, Hernandez is paid through a think tank McCain originated, was forced to leave, and which has always been financed by George Soros. I can’t come up with the name of it offhand, but will dig around a bit.

a capella on February 27, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Rather than clear AQI from areas and try to hold them, we’ll pull back to regional bases to get our guys out of harm’s way, cross our fingers that the jihadis don’t make a comeback, and play long distance whack-a-mole with them if they do.

Oh, the failed strategy of 04-06! Sounds like a plan, there, changeyfier.

joewm315 on February 27, 2008 at 6:29 PM

This is what McCain has to keep doing. Pointing out the idiotic logic that is the Democratic Presidential Candidate. al Queda in Iraq has been relegated to using the mentally handicapped to pull off murder bombings by remote control. al Queda is getting more an more desperate, because of our magnificant military and a strategic plan that’s working.

Hog Wild on February 27, 2008 at 6:59 PM

As to the military barely meeting quotas, most stories that have come out over the past couple of years have stated that military recruiting is at or slightly above/below targets. There are some instances, like the West Point story, that need to be considered.

The assertion that the military is having trouble meeting targets is questionable without showing some overall data, IMHO.

cs89 on February 27, 2008 at 7:02 PM

I’ll be dead by the time of Iraq War III, as I hear that Iraq War II will last fifty make it a hundred years.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Oh don’t you worry. Obama’s 3 years in Washington and 0 seconds in the military are about to pay off huge for all of us.

Chuck Schick on February 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Hey, did anyone just see that funny clip on Brit Hume of that Afghanistan truck getting lifted up and then getting away from the guys lifting it up? Where is that on youtube? I can’t find it.

noelgallagher2k on February 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM

and what of his comments about Afghanistan (Obama).
I had no idea that this moron was the chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs for the Senate Foreign Relations committee. I believe that include AFGHANISTAN!
And the maroon said in his debate that he hasn’t held any hearings because in the YEAR he has been the chair he has been too busy campaigning.
WTF??
Then he needs to stop bitching about Afghanistan since if he cared so damn much, he is in a position to actually DO something about it!

ArmyAunt on February 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM

MB4,
Maybe those that quit were afraid that a *#$ Democrat would be CiC and they had absolutely no desire to serve under that circumstance…
Without knowing why a higher percent chose not to stay, you have nothing.
LibbyLA on February 27, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Knock, knock, hello. That was in 2006. A dim won’t take office until 2009, maybe later, although probably in 2009.

If you are looking for the explanation for something, first look to the simplest explaination as it is likely the correct one, especially when it is so obvious.

Sigy on February 27, 2008 at 7:54 PM

…That would change with a Democratic president. It sure did under the Clintons, who thought balancing the economy meant stripping the armed forces.

Hening on February 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

One of the Staff Sargent’s I served with remembers when Clinton was elected.

With people celebrating Clinton’s win he just looked at them and said…

Congrats you just fired yourself.

F15Mech on February 27, 2008 at 8:52 PM

And just how will Juan build the military? The Army is barley meeting it’s quotas

Oh so it has gone from not meeting its quotas to barley meeting its quotas.

I am not sure what liberals call it, I for one call it progress.

F15Mech on February 27, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Well done Senator McCain. Keep that up and I might just have a smile on my face when I voe for you in November.

Yakko77 on February 27, 2008 at 9:02 PM

I have my problems with McCain, but being the father of a Marine serving in Iraq, I will take him any day over those 2 other idiots.

jpsc1 on February 27, 2008 at 9:38 PM

In which Maverick shores up his support among conservatives and presses his huge advantage over Obama on national security in one fell swoop.

Hmmm, he doesn’t shore up this veteran… he’s still as cleless as Busho when it comes to toughness. If they were tough, Bin Laden would be DEAD!! period… and Iraq would be done… you just can’t top the facts.

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 9:58 PM

OK, I’m officially past “acceptance” of McCain being the nominee and on board for the fun. I’m going to enjoy a national security debate over the next 8 months when the Left can’t cry “chickenhawk” and are putting up Sen. Hopey McChangitude as their candidate for CiC.

Dudley Smith on February 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

I’m with you here. It’s getting pretty heated in this thread, and I’m really starting to wonder:
Come on, guys. Do you REALLY want Obama over McCain?
That IS what we’ll get, if we don’t go out, hold our nose, and just vote.
You can talk all you want about standards and principles and McCain not stepping up or meeting us half way or whatever, but does that mean you’d rather have the messiah? Really?

shibumiglass on February 27, 2008 at 10:00 PM

WHY IS AQ in IRAQ.. not DEAD??

(Silence, birds chirping… Bueller, Bueller)

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM

But the left will only hear “old warmonger making fun of nice young black fellow“.

They ignore the substance and appreciate the nuance.

Image is all.

profitsbeard on February 27, 2008 at 10:23 PM

This grandson of Admiral McCain who stood up to the Navy to begin the reinforcement of the First Marine Division on Gualdalcanal in late August 1942 will never consider surrender to the Arabs.His only fault has been overtly giving Honor to other Americans that he needs to join in the fight with him. That’s basic leadership 101.Join this fight with him and he will not let you down.

jimw on February 27, 2008 at 10:24 PM

TOPVs been cheering for Obama all along.

I wouldn’t worry about it.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 10:36 PM

TOPV even liked the Obama disarmament video. Yep, unilateral disarmament never sounded so nice!

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 10:37 PM

What BHO said about poor cooperation in Afganistan because the NATO allies don’t want us in Iraq is new to me. Anyone else seen any evidence of this?
It sounds like he thinks he isn’t in the Senate to represent Illinois but to watch out for the interests of Europe. And not all Europeans, just the antiAmerican Europeans.

snaggletoothie on February 27, 2008 at 11:35 PM

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Please since you claim to be a veteran you should know the answer to that.

F15Mech on February 27, 2008 at 11:44 PM

funky chicken

I don’t know how many conservatives there are like me but McCain making overtures toward conservatives is a waste of his and my time. I cannot in good conscience vote for him and I will not. The conservatives in my family and I do not view him as a Republican in any sense of the word. (In fact, I view him as even more reprehensible than Romney who seems more popular out of the race than in it.) I don’t think it is that we are ‘throwing drinks in McCain’s face’. He is simply reaping what he has sown. He has no one to blame but himself.

Mormon Doc on February 27, 2008 at 11:49 PM

Yep, Romney supporters are patriots first, partisan supporters of their candidate second.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM

To be clear. I am not and was never a Romney supporter. He has betrayed his faith as significantly and as many times as McCain has betrayed his party.

Mormon Doc on February 27, 2008 at 11:58 PM

See, Obama is just showing us he doesn’t sympathize with Muslims by abandoning them all in Iraq.

PattyJ on February 28, 2008 at 1:03 AM

Obama seems to want to debate whether or not we should invade Iraq and remove Saddam and his 2 filthy sons from power or not. Saying that AQ in Iraq didn’t exist before the invasion isn’t a reason to pull out now that we know they do exist.

Dollayo on February 28, 2008 at 1:52 AM

WHY IS AQ in IRAQ.. not DEAD??

(Silence, birds chirping… Bueller, Bueller)

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Because our military consist of nothing but uneducated lazy morons, of course!

Chuck Schick on February 28, 2008 at 2:21 AM

TOPV -

Do you know anything about insurgencies? You can’t just bomb them into oblivion, you have to convince the general populace that they are illegitimate and their enemy.

Consider this, though. Al Qaeda was touting two sites for its capital in Iraq. These were Baquaba and Anbar province. Both of these areas are firmly under friendly Iraqi control. Locals hand over Al Qaeda members and join up with watch groups and the police. The AQI leaders are privately despairing over the state of their operations. It’s fair to say we are fighting them and winning.

OmegaPaladin on February 28, 2008 at 5:21 AM

WHY IS AQ in IRAQ.. not DEAD??

(Silence, birds chirping… Bueller, Bueller)

TOPV on February 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Everytime the military does anything the democrats throw a hissy fit, thats why the Rules of engagement are the way they are. etc.

Want to know why they have to fight with an arm tied behind their backs? Look to the dems like John Kerry saying

And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the–of–the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not.

John Kerry on Face the Nation

PDF of transcript, from CBS

Chakra Hammer on February 28, 2008 at 6:47 AM

“Yep, Romney supporters are patriots first, partisan supporters of their candidate second.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM”

Gotta love that Funky Chicken

LtE126 on February 28, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Why are there 10 (!!!) stories on Obama on here today? I’m so sick of this fraud I could hurl.

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on February 28, 2008 at 8:44 AM

“…play long distance whack-a-mole.”

Actually, that’s “whack-a-mullah.”

Buckley F. Williams on February 28, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Has anyone defined any success criteria w/r/t US involvement in Iraq?

i.e. when the number of sunni-shi’ite terror attacks drops to 4% of current levels the operation has been deemed a success.
or when AQI only kills 30 people a month it is a success.
or perhaps are we going to totally obliterate all terrorism, official corrpuption, and ensure the primacy of the rule of law and democratic principles as practiced in the west.

We’re fighting them so we don’t have to fight them over here is as vacuous as an Obama campaign pledge.

Seems like a lot of this is ‘make it up as you go along’ in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ares on February 28, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Above all, I will send a clear message: we will not repeat the mistake of the past, when we turned our back on Afghanistan Iraq following Soviet our withdrawal. As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan Iraq and America is shared. And today, that security is most threatened by the al Qaeda in Iraq and Taliban sanctuary in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan Iraq.

yakwill83 on February 28, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Obama wants to abandon Iraq and then come back if Al-Qaeda starts to build a base of operations there.

Where has he been for the last 4 years?

Osama called Iraq it’s central front on the war with the west.

Eliminating Al-qaeda from establishing a foot hold in Iraq
is exactly what we have prevented with the surge he said would not work.

This coming from the same guy who wants to take our “Broken” army out of Iraq because we “can’t” win there,
then invade Pakistan(Nuclear powered ally,over a 20 million man army and some of the roughest unmapped terrain in the world) because our intelligence agencies “are pretty sure”that Osama is there.

If we invade and Osama ends up in Somolia or Iran,will the Democrats call him a chicken hawk war monger that lied us into war like they have done Bush?

When was the last time I heard a Democrat talking about taking out a regime that was harboring dangerous terrorist
like al-qaeda and WMD/nuclear weapons.

OH Yea!!! almost all the the 90′s and up until they voted
with Republicans to oust Saddam because he harbored al-qaeda
and possessed WMD’s.

Bill Clinton,Hillary Clinton,Reid,Kerry,pelosi,Edwards,
Rockefeller,Al Gore the CIA,DOD,and most of the world’s intelligence agencies believed this before Bush was President and up until the vote for war.

We have watched the Democratic party adopt the biggest case of amnesia the world has ever seen regarding the Iraq war and use the difficulties of War as a bludgeon against Bush and anyone who supports the liberation of Iraq,so why in the he!! would anyone trust a democrat now when they talk about using force internationally.

You would think the disgusting way democrats treated our troops and bailed on the Vietnam war resulting in the deaths of millions of people would have shown the fallacy of running from our enemies.

In a recent debate,Obama totally Micheal Moored up the
facts concerning our efforts in Afghanistan:

“Although problems do occur in combat situations to be sure, none of what Obama realted makes any sense and is, according to people with whom I spoke, untrue.Units the size of platoons are not sent to seperate theaters, ammunition has been plentiful, and an investigation indicates that the
unit in question was missing only one of it’s humvees, all to no peril of the unit.”

Jack Jacobs,Military analyst,MSNBC

MSNBC,not exactly a Bush friendly network.

Also according to ABC news who spoke the the anonymous
source:

“The purpose of going after the Taliban was not to get their weapons,” he said,but on occasion they used Taliban weapons,sometimes AK-47s, and they also mounted a Soviet model D5HK on one of their humvees instead of their 50 cal.”

These events also transpired around 2003, not exactly a snapshot of the current situation.

Obama’s insinuation that our military is ill equipped and
having to take guns and vehicles from our enemies falls flat
when the facts of the situation comes out.

I thought Obama wanted “CHANGE”. This is the same cut and
paste propaganda that we have been dealing with in the democratic party for years.

Obama can only whine about 2003 issues of whether “Al-Qaeda
was in Iraq”(which his party pronounced many times)because
he has no solutions beyond surrender to offer for the realities of the War on Terror in 2008.

Baxter Greene on February 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

While one Presidential candidate, (John McCain) has the vision to foresee a total marginalization of terrorist activities throughout the region by the use of military strength first, and then diplomatic reconciliation—-the other candidate, (Barak Obama) with virtually no foreign policy experience or the resolve to finish off a weakened and leaderless faction of a scattered and battered enemy, has positioned himself to cater to the anti-war radical left who would rather surrender to our enemies abroad.

While most of Europe is standing/sitting on the sidelines watching the U.S. do the “dirty work” they are incapable of, a grateful and sacrificial nation once again rises to the task of providing other nations to achieve the freedom and individual liberty from the tyranny and oppression of a sick and disillusioned society that preys on the weak——-which is this battle against world-wide terrorism.

Surrender is not an option, and John McCain clearly knows this.

Barak Obama or John McCain? The choice should be crystal clear.

Rovin on February 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I clearly remember after 9/11, Bush said the war on terrorism was not going to be easy and we were going to have to get our hands dirty. Every one supported that, including Hillary and Kennedy. Saddam had to go, what with his ties to al-qaeda, aiding and abetting and all. Most of the rest of the world didnt want to join us because they didn’t want to get their hands dirty, but said ‘hey! you take out Saddam, then we will come and help the iraqi people get set up’. Well news flash, Saddams gone. Where are these nations that offered to help??
We can not pull out now. We have to stay the course, and I’ll tell you why. Let me put it this way: there is this community that has been over run by gangs. A group of people decides to help this community get rid of the gangs, and re-establish themselves. Now half way through, this group tells the people they’re helping ‘yeah, we need to get going. This is taking longer than we thought it would, but hey! good luck to you!’…. What’s going to happen?? I’ll tell you what’s going to happen, that community not only is going to get hit again, but get hit twice as hard because 1) they had the audacity to stand up to the gangs in the first place, but 2) they have to be made an example out of, lest any other community decide they might want freedom too.
We have to finish what we started, and make no mistake about it, this is an all out war on terrorism.
And gee, maybe we should have been picking them off one by one back in the 70′s when their favorite hobby was to hi-jack all the planes, and holding the world captive!

Be Reasonable on February 28, 2008 at 2:30 PM

al Qaeda WAS in Iraq before the invasion, at least according to their own recovered documents, admissions on their websites and in videos they have released and I’ve posted about at http://www.regimeofterror.com

I don’t expect Obama to really give a damn about the truth on this as he has too much invested in the partisan lie on this issue.

ikez78 on February 28, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Barak Hussein Obama:
Iraq from Hussein to Osama!

Chant it at every Obama campaign stop.

Salamantis on February 29, 2008 at 12:43 AM

¡Viva el Juan!

Mojave Mark on February 29, 2008 at 1:24 AM

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