Competing optics: Cheering Germans or American military? Update: Snubbing wounded soldiers? Update: Touring Berlin instead? Update: It is/is not a campaign event?

posted at 10:50 am on July 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I guess this is a question of priorities.  Barack Obama apparently ran short on time in his visit to Germany today, and travelers know how schedules can slip during long tours, even without all of the events Obama had planned.  Those circumstances force people to prioritize their time, and eliminate less-useful stops.

So what did Obama cut today?  Der Spiegel’s blog reports on Obama’s priorities:

++ Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++

1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.

On the other hand, the campaign apparently has no problem in keeping this event on its schedule:

The message here is that thousands of screaming German fans at the Tiergarten take precedence over visiting Americans serving their country at Ramstein and Landstuhl.  Maybe one of the networks following Obama could interview a few of the soldiers about how they perceive that set of priorities from Obama.

Der Spiegel also notes that the French seem diffident about Obama’s visit to Paris, with none of the enthusiasm of the neighbors to the east:

++ Paris Left Cold by Obama Visit ++

3:30 p.m.: While Obama’s Berlin visit has caused a stir, hardly anyone is interested in his trip to Paris on Friday. There are hardly any French media reports on the eve of his visit. There is merely some grumbling about the extensive itinerary for his trip to Berlin. “A speech in Berlin, five little hours in Paris,” writes French daily Le Monde.

Heck, why didn’t Obama skip Paris?  He could have still worked in a visit to the American bases in Germany.  Apparently, even diffident French get priority over American military personnel.

Update: A number of Hot Air readers reminded me that Landstuhl’s mission includes treating the wounded from the war:

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. LRMC is the largest military hospital outside of the continental US. It is located near Landstuhl, Germany, and serves as the nearest treatment center for wounded soldiers coming from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, it serves military personnel stationed in Germany as well as their family members.

A large proportion of serious casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters are treated here, flown in via the Ramstein Air Base.

So Obama’s priorities look even more askew than first thought.

Update II: Well, this gets better.  According to Jake Tapper, the problem wasn’t scheduling at all:

Obama noted that in a break from his whirlwind schedule, “we’ve got some down time tonight. What are you guys gonna do in Berlin? Huh? Huh? You guys got any big. plans? …I’ve never been to Berlin, so…I would love to tour around a little bit.”

Obama canceled a previously-planned stop to visit thousands of American service personnel, including troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan being treated at Landstuhl, so he could hold a political rally for Germans and go shopping in Berlin. Now that’s a nice set of priorities for a man who wants to become Commander in Chief.

Update III: The spin on this has gotten so bad that T. Boone Pickens might want Team Obama in his new wind farm.  First, from Jake Tapper, the O-Team says a visit to Landstuhl would have been “inappropriate” for a campaign trip:

“During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

And CBS gets the opposite story:

“Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world,” Obama said precluding the buzz that his speech today is a campaign rally.

So which is it? A campaign event or not a campaign event?


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What a putz this guy is – a complete tool. I can’t believe he’s taken so many people in!

Lurking Vet on July 24, 2008 at 8:13 PM

I just read the speech. He is a marxist! He’s also nuts enough to think we could actually get rid of our nukes…if he keeps this up I may have to hold my nose and vote for McCain.

I absolutely hate McCain, but the Messiah is getting close to convincing me to actually pull the lever for the lesser of two definite evils. I really fear for the future of our country…just…wow…I may have to take it all back…having to choose between these two…is this the best our once great country can come up with? I need an f’in drink.

jwp1964 on July 24, 2008 at 8:17 PM

You know, he actually did visit the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq right?

Typhonsentra on July 24, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Find, and read, some descripions of his “visits”

easy on July 24, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Obama canceled a previously-planned stop to visit thousands of American service personnel, including troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan being treated at Landstuhl, so he could hold a political rally for Germans and go shopping in Berlin.

NBC has reported that the Pentagon asked Obama to cancel that visit.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM

I took a whack at translating the poster:

24 July 2008
Senator Barack OBAMA

The Zoo [sic!], Victory Column
Berlin, Germany
at the big star (east side)
Admission at 1600

Tickets are not required. This event is free of charge and is freely accessible to the public.
Please use public transportation.

[The next line of text is so small that I can't read all of it, but I think it says that bags and personal belongings are subject to search.]

Please limit the carrying of personal items. Posters or “Transparenten” are not permitted.
[Subway] stops: Potsdamer Platz, Unter den Linden, and Hauptbahnhof

“Transparenten” would literally be “transparencies”, but I can’t make sense of this. The only transparencies I’m familiar with are the things we used to use in briefings back in the days before PowerPoint. ;-)

Someone more familiar with Berlin than I am might be able to tell us what the “big star” means (no, it’s clearly not a reference to Obama here!). IIRC, though, all those subway stops are in what used to be East Berlin.

Hope this helps!

Mary in LA on July 24, 2008 at 8:39 PM

I meant to add, there’s nothing on the poster about a rock concert. Dunno what to make of that.

Mary in LA on July 24, 2008 at 8:42 PM

NBC has reported that the Pentagon asked Obama to cancel that visit.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM

So, the Obama campaigne was lying?

“For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

easy on July 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry…

jerrytbg on July 24, 2008 at 8:56 PM

has anyone ever thought that maybe the wounded soldiers did not have enough faith, therfore The Obama did not deem them worthy of his visit? think about it people.

custer on July 24, 2008 at 9:14 PM

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD: PAY UP.

Germans are soliciting Obama donations!

There is no such thing as a citizen without a governance.

So what global government is behind Barack, or which world empire is Obama fronting?

There are USA campaign finance laws that BHO is breaking, gaining international funds. German tax moneys were spent providing Obama’s Berlin campaign spectacle. Read Der Spiegel’s Editorial Pro Obama POTUS #44 if you actually have any doubt whether his trip to Germany, funded in part by German tax funds, was part of his POTUS campaign.

maverick muse on July 24, 2008 at 9:19 PM

maverick muse on July 24, 2008 at 9:19 PM

There is NO doubt that this “World Tour”, should be thoroughly investigated.
This is an outrage!!!!!!!!
Can you “imagine” if McCain did this……………errrrrrrrrrrrr

jerrytbg on July 24, 2008 at 9:36 PM

What a putz this guy is – a complete tool. I can’t believe he’s taken so many people in!

Lurking Vet on July 24, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Yep, like Frank Luntz who just called this the greatest speech of Obama’s career on H&C.

He did go on to say that he didn’t really know what Barry said, or something to that effect, but boy it sure sounded magnificent.

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM

What a butt-sniffing douche.

Jaibones on July 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM

In the car, driving home, I mostly listen to the independents John & Ken, at KFI 640. Says one “Let’s play half a minute of the Obama speech in Germany”.

To that the other “Wait, let me pop an Imodium pill first”.

Then we listen, cadences et all:

- world free of nukes
- eradication of AIDS (no mention how much Bush did toward that)
- feeding all of Africa (never mind that we’ve been feeding her forever, with little effect)

Then John/Ken “Children of 8 speak or write about such empty and Utopian topics”. They also, during the speech, mimic the Germans being awed by the cult of personality, harking back in history. Germans are so easy to mock. When one is totally sick to his tummy, calling the lemmings of Europe dummy-dums, the other says “Keep that Imodium handy, he’s going to Paris tomorrow”. The other one nearly faints.

I repeat, millions of independents listen to these two, and they have influenced many a vote. The independents will decide this election. The Europeans won’t vote, much to their chagrin.

Entelechy on July 24, 2008 at 9:41 PM

What jumps out at me is the disconnect between him saying that we can’t “afford” Iraq, that it’s a diversion from more important issues and yet here he is promising the world that we (i.e., the US) will knock down the walls that separate peoples everywhere on the planet.

Surely you jest, Senator.

Walter Lippmann coined what was called the “Lippmann Gap”. That is, committments could not exceed resources. The two had to be in sync; otherwise you’d either exhaust yourself or you’d have to abandon your committments.

This is the “Obama Gap” where on the one hand he tells us the limits of American power (Iraq, et cetera) and on the other hand he promises to repair the world.

It seems to me that it’s this latter promise – as much as his inexperience – which is causing many Americans to distant themselves from Obamamania.

SteveMG on July 24, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Frank Luntz on Hannity & Combs was absolutely pathetic. I emailed Fox & the Luntz.com people & called Fox. This Jabba the Hud turd in the tank for Obama needs to be banned from the Fox network. He claims objectivity but showed his orgasms during the show tonight. I mean pathetic! He has been overcome with and is now spreading his own pixie dust. Jackass!

wepeople on July 24, 2008 at 9:52 PM

NBC has reported that the Pentagon asked Obama to cancel that visit.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM

So, the Obama campaigne was lying?

“For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

easy on July 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

There is no incompatibility in what NBC reported and what the Obama campaign said.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 9:58 PM

In the car, driving home, I mostly listen to the independents John & Ken, at KFI 640. Says one “Let’s play half a minute of the Obama speech in Germany”.

To that the other “Wait, let me pop an Imodium pill first”.

Entelechy on July 24, 2008 at 9:41 PM

My God it’s true!

Obama is the Second Coming!

He cured their constipation and then some!

Praise the Lord!!!

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

wepeople on July 24, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Luntz was absolutely, jaw-droppingly, hopelessly devoted to Barry in that embarrassing segment (and I’d love to have a transcript). However, to suggest that he be banned is silly.

Frankly, I’m more annoyed at Hannity for his lackluster response to Luntz. Why didn’t Hannity quote Barry’s global warming hysteria passages, which are absolutely farcical, and ask Luntz if he’s sure that it’s the greatest speech of Barry’s life?

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

If Obama visited me in the hospital after getting wounded in combat, I’d roll over in my bed like the wounded Rangers did to Clinton in ’93. Obama knows he’s not welcome anywhere near the military, especially in the halls of hospital caring for wounded Soldiers. Obama speaks of his patriotism, which is wholly different than a Soldier who shows his patriotism and love for country. Obama neither understands nor respects the military because they have something he does not: a resume of courage, selflessness, and honor.
Thank you, Mr. Obama for not going to Landstuhl. You and your subversive colleagues from the Congress can just stay away, thanks.

Send_Me on July 24, 2008 at 10:07 PM

200,000 people with nothing better to do on a Thursday? Raise your hand if you’re eurotrash.

whitetop on July 24, 2008 at 10:09 PM

The one underlying question that we must all ask ourselves …

why did he (sic) choose Berlin?
Beyond the obvious… there is something deeper here…
This was like……biblical?……nah……
Have his handlers really thought this would fly….the only thing that was missing was the doves.

jerrytbg on July 24, 2008 at 10:21 PM

MB4
Spin, Baby, Spin.
You surely live in an alternate universe.

Micah on July 24, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Luntz was absolutely, jaw-droppingly, hopelessly devoted to Barry in that embarrassing segment (and I’d love to have a transcript). However, to suggest that he be banned is silly.

Frankly, I’m more annoyed at Hannity for his lackluster response to Luntz. Why didn’t Hannity quote Barry’s global warming hysteria passages, which are absolutely farcical, and ask Luntz if he’s sure that it’s the greatest speech of Barry’s life?

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

I couldn’t even stomach it until Hannity came on. Luntz and Colmes were sickkening. I turned it off and let the kids watch Hannah Montana instead.

CrimsonFisted on July 24, 2008 at 10:22 PM

200,000 people with nothing better to do on a Thursday? Raise your hand if you’re eurotrash.
whitetop on July 24, 2008 at 10:09 PM

A few questions the media won’t ask: 1) Who organized all of these people to get out and show their support? 2) Who paid for the event? 3) What other events or draws took place beforehand, and why did the media only turn their cameras on after the “pre-game show” was over? 4) What other peoples were present besides your standard, everyday “Berliner”?
If you were a foreign intelligence service from an enemy country, can you think of a better place or opportunity to make your preferred American presidential candidate look better than here, where you can greatly influence the atmospherics through your money and influence? The Soviets and others did this all the time during the Cold War by, with and through “peace” protests, student riots, etc. at Berkeley, in Washington, D.C., and throughout Europe. This is not that hard to pull off, especially with a media that’s more than willing to support you.

Send_Me on July 24, 2008 at 10:33 PM

MB4
Spin, Baby, Spin.
You surely live in an alternate universe.

Micah on July 24, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Vacuous response.

All things should be seen as they are without hysteria sentiment.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 10:33 PM

There is no incompatibility in what NBC reported and what the Obama campaign said.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Surely this is not what you ae talking about:

One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama’s representatives were told, “he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers.” In addition,
“Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama’s visit.”

The official said “We didn’t know why” the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. “He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him.”

easy on July 24, 2008 at 10:35 PM

MB4,
Dizzy?
should be! the only vacuum i notice is between thine ears.

Micah on July 24, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Agreed.
I live and work on the water…for more than 30 years now. I’ve been playing on or near the ocean nearly all my life. I’m 58. The only changes I have ever seen are the effects of the moon and equinox and solstice….period. We should be more concerned about the lack of sunspots this solar cycle then most anything else when it come to the environment ….ck it out.

jerrytbg on July 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Sorry, ae is are, or should have been.

easy on July 24, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Maybe Luntz was impaired… did he have a thrill up his leg?

I haven’t seen tonight’s H&C yet, but I saw a brief bit about Obama’s speech on CNN; Wolf Blitzer seemed to be having some kind of continuous orgasm while talking about EminenceObama while showing archive footage of JFK speaking in Berlin.

electric-rascal on July 24, 2008 at 11:08 PM

In case no one’s mentioned it, MSNBC Firstread reports that Obama cancelled the visit to the military base in Germany after being informed that he would not be allowed to bring the Press with him.

The inference being that Obama would’ve been perfectly happy to squeeze in a visit to our injured soldiers if he could’ve gotten a photo op out of it.

h/t guest blogger WLS at Patterico’s blog.

DubiousD on July 24, 2008 at 11:23 PM

electric-rascal on July 24, 2008 at 11:08 PM

I don’t know if I’m glad I missed that or am embarrassed that I watched that campaign speach….on foreign soil no less.

jerrytbg on July 24, 2008 at 11:24 PM

i still cant believe this guy is doing this shit in Germany…

blatantblue on July 25, 2008 at 12:06 AM

Frank Luntz alert! Re-run on now.

Buy Danish on July 25, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Frank Luntz alert! Re-run on now.

Buy Danish on July 25, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Luntz is so in the tank for Obama. He is mesmerized by Obama’s power in his words to sway the groupies. Luntz evidently doesn’t have the 60′s baseline to make any logical judgment… That guy reminds me of a Jim Jones faithful.

Texas Gal on July 25, 2008 at 12:27 AM

I gotta give Jon Kyle (R-AZ) props. I saw him early on FOX and he did a good job in working in Obama’s sorry excuse to visit our warriors in Germany. Good on you Senator Kyle!!

Texas Gal on July 25, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Okay, I was right when I said earlier that I thought I heard Luntz say that he didn’t know what Barry said, but it sounded mahvelous. This is exactly what Luntz said at the end of his love fest with Colmes about the “best speech in Obama’s lifetime”:

And you still have people who are challenging him; when you look inside the words, what do they really mean? Quite frankly, we don’t know the answer to that, but the words are powerful.

Unreal.

Buy Danish on July 25, 2008 at 12:36 AM

This is not surprising at all,Obama is a liberal.

The only time they talk about the military is in body counts for their propaganda against the war.

Oh wait!! my fault.

Liberals are only “anti-war” when the president has an “R”next to his name.

They have no problem supporting Chicken Hawk Obama sending troops to war,where Soldiers and civilians will die.

What happened to that liberal rant about “bombing and killing terrorist and civilians only creates more terrorist”.

Where is all the liberals taking to the streets to take up
for the “kids” in uniform who are dying for the war machine.

Where are all the signs saying “no war in Pakistan”.

If you morally superior,super intelligent democrats are so “anti-war/war is not the answer”,then why do you keep sending our men and women off to fight in them?

Baxter Greene on July 25, 2008 at 12:44 AM

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD: PAY UP.

Germans are soliciting Obama donations!

There is no such thing as a citizen without a governance.

So what global government is behind Barack, or which world empire is Obama fronting?

There are USA campaign finance laws that BHO is breaking, gaining international funds. German tax moneys were spent providing Obama’s Berlin campaign spectacle. Read Der Spiegel’s Editorial Pro Obama POTUS #44 if you actually have any doubt whether his trip to Germany, funded in part by German tax funds, was part of his POTUS campaign.

maverick muse on July 24, 2008 at 9:19 PM

well… Global Citizen George Soros of course..

Dontcha know Obama-san is a Soros puppet..

Chakra Hammer on July 25, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Chakra Hammer on July 25, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Why doesn’t everybody know this? Have we not been speaking loud enough? I just don’t get it…

jerrytbg on July 25, 2008 at 1:09 AM

This is exactly what Luntz said at the end of his love fest with Colmes about the “best speech in Obama’s lifetime”:

Yeah I heard that too Danish, and I wondered if we were listening to the same speech … then I realized I was listening for substance an Luntz was listening for syntax.

Texas Gal on July 25, 2008 at 1:31 AM

Obama didn’t cancel the visit to Landstuhl in the broadest sense. The DoD cancelled it for him. It’s against the law for DoD to provide support to what’s known as a “NODEL” (Nothing Delegation-as opposed to a “CODEL”- Gongressional Delegation). Had Obama gone as a US Senator, he would have been welcomed and given all the support he needed. Since HE CHOSE not to go as a Senator, but as a private citizen campaigning for POTUS, he was not going to get any support outside of USSS-requested hard cars. No campaign staffers (such as one of his FP wonks- retired Maj Gen Jonathon Gration USAF-don’t get me started on THAT tool) or the press would be able to go. Since Obama didn’t have any Senate staff to go with him (they departed the trip from Jordan) and he wasn’t going to get any freebies or press at the expense of the troops, he decided the troops weren’t worth it. How do I know? I was on the planning team here at EUCOM.

rotorhead on July 25, 2008 at 1:43 AM

“people of the world”??? He IS campaigning for Leader of the World!!

becki51758 on July 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Maybe he should follow in the footsteps of Al Gore and just skip over the whole U.S. presidency thing, and run directly for the Nobel Peace Prize! ;-)

RD on July 25, 2008 at 1:51 AM

RD on July 25, 2008 at 1:51 AM

I mean, you don’t even *need* the U.S. presidency as a stepping-stone anymore…

RD on July 25, 2008 at 1:52 AM

In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama’s 16-month proposal.

Maliki gave Obama that royal reception, complete with the embrace of his heretofore problematic withdrawal timetable.

Obama was likely to be president anyway. He is likelier now still. Moreover, he not only agrees with Maliki on minimizing the U.S. role in postwar Iraq. He now owes him. That’s why Maliki voted for Obama, casting the earliest and most ostentatious absentee ballot of this presidential election.
- Charles Krauthammer

MB4 on July 25, 2008 at 2:06 AM

Krauthammer sees and he observes.

MB4 on July 25, 2008 at 2:09 AM

You know, considering how frakking stupid Obama is, you think Hillary is spending time with superdelegates while Obama is on his world ego-stroking non-campaign-campaign tour?

Cause really, all Hillary needs to do to win Denver is say: “This man is a huge f’ing putz. He’s parading around the globe before we even have the convention, and in general making himself and his team look like a bunch of stupid, unorganized, pedantic fools. I mean, that may be who Democrats ARE, but at least he could hide it a little better.”

Seriously, the way Barack is going around, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s intentionally being a massive prick in order to secure a Hillary win in Denver, throwing McCain off balance.

BKennedy on July 25, 2008 at 2:29 AM

How do I know? I was on the planning team here at EUCOM.

rotorhead on July 25, 2008 at 1:43 AM

I guess they don’t have anything like that “loose lips, sink ships” thingie at EUCOM.

MB4 on July 25, 2008 at 2:31 AM

Seriously, the way Barack is going around, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s intentionally being a massive prick in order to secure a Hillary win in Denver, throwing McCain off balance.

BKennedy on July 25, 2008 at 2:29 AM

lol.

Don’t get you hopes up too much.

MB4 on July 25, 2008 at 2:33 AM

The Washington Post breaks through some of the fog that Obama and his followers are walking around in:

Mr. Obama in Iraq
Did he really find support for his withdrawal plan?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008; A14
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/22/AR2008072202462.html

THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable. So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama’s own account, neither U.S. commanders nor Iraq’s principal political leaders actually support his strategy.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, the architect of the dramatic turnaround in U.S. fortunes, “does not want a timetable,” Mr. Obama reported with welcome candor during a news conference yesterday. In an interview with ABC, he explained that “there are deep concerns about . . . a timetable that doesn’t take into account what [American commanders] anticipate might be some sort of change in conditions.”

Yet Mr. Obama’s account of his strategic vision remains eccentric. He insists that Afghanistan is “the central front” for the United States, along with the border areas of Pakistan. But there are no known al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan, and any additional U.S. forces sent there would not be able to operate in the Pakistani territories where Osama bin Laden is headquartered. While the United States has an interest in preventing the resurgence of the Afghan Taliban, the country’s strategic importance pales beside that of Iraq, which lies at the geopolitical center of the Middle East and contains some of the world’s largest oil reserves. If Mr. Obama’s antiwar stance has blinded him to those realities, that could prove far more debilitating to him as president than any particular timetable.

Maliki and Obama’s word games still include “

“a timetable which Iraqis set” — not the Washington-imposed schedule that Mr. Obama has in mind. It would also be conditioned on the readiness of Iraqi forces, the same linkage that Gen. Petraeus seeks. As Mr. Obama put it, Mr. Maliki “wants some flexibility in terms of how that’s carried out.”

Election word games aside,troop withdrawals will happen the
way Bush and the commanders on the ground have always stated,
“when the Iraqis stand up,we will stand down”

Even an idiot like Obama is not going to let Iraq burn if he gets the presidency.It is easy to kiss the a$$ of his left wing base now,but when his butt is on the line,he is not going to be the one to lose Iraq AFTER we have pretty much won.

Plus,chicken hawk Obama needs a stable Iraq so that he has the resources to send troops into Pakistan like the good anti-war democrat that he is.

Maliki will be no different,he will be a dead man if he demands withdrawal and his government fails and the country falls back into chaos.

It is amusing though to watch the anti-war crowd all of a sudden jump on Maliki’s band wagon.
When he was agreeing with Bush on staying in the fight and
not surrendering to al-qaeda and Iran, the anti-war crowd called him Bush’s puppet and full of sh!t.

Now he gives Obama a little help and he is the man of the hour in Kos land.

Obama has practically broken his neck spinning around with
NSA wiretapping,Gun control,election financing,the surge didn’t work,and throwing his spiritual mentor and moral compass Rev. Wright under the bus,he will spin and disappoint his followers on troop withdrawals also.

Pretty much the same way the dems 9% congress has done on
ending the war they said we had lost and impeaching Bush for
saying the same things about Saddam they said.

Baxter Greene on July 25, 2008 at 3:18 AM

On Michelle Malkin’s site for Omama – Next stop, Germany: Ich bin ein beginner!

And that’s fair.

Of course for McCain it would be: Ich bin ein bungler!

MB4 on July 25, 2008 at 3:53 AM

How much you wanna bet that Obama makes a phone call to a wounded warrior from Illiniois (if there are any at Landstuhl- if not, any will do) and gets massive press out of it? Entirely within his rights as a Senator, though.

rotorhead on July 25, 2008 at 4:58 AM

rotorhead on July 25, 2008 at 4:58 AM

I certainly hope that soldier exercises his First Amendment rights, and tells Sen.Obama “F%* you very much, Mr. Senator”

dish on July 25, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Maybe one of the networks following Obama could interview a few of the soldiers about how they perceive that set of priorities from Obama

.

It’ll be a cold day in hell when that happens.

pussum207 on July 25, 2008 at 3:04 PM

For those of you who have castigated me here, for implying that his Holiness, Barack HUSSEIN Obama (PBUH)(SWT)(SAW), is a Marxist-Mulism, please feel free to check this out, and then start fitting the women folk in your extended family for Burqas!

Dale in Atlanta on July 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM

So what’s new. An e-mail from a soldier to a friend of a friend said that Mr. Obama ignored them when they were lined up to meet him when he went to visit an American gerneral and again when going to a photo op playing basketball during his Afghanistan stop.

amr on July 25, 2008 at 8:17 PM

The very FIRST line in an article in today’s UK Telegraph, about the new Prophet, Barack HUSSEIN Obama (PBUH)(SWT)(SAW):

In a magazine interview Obama and his wife Michelle revealed that one of their steadfast house rules is not giving Christmas or birthday presents to Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven.”

Interesting, isn’t it?

I wonder how many other normal households in the US have strict guidelines against both Christmas and Birthday presents?

Obviously Jewish households don’t celebrate Christmas, but they do celebrate Birthdays!

Hmmmmmmmm……..

Oh yeah, MUSLIMS don’t celebrate either Christmas NOR Birthdays!

Interesting, no?

Can you spell, “Taqiyah“???

Dale in Atlanta on July 26, 2008 at 4:09 PM

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