Obama: We should probably stop setting examples for Russian aggression

posted at 12:58 pm on August 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

Link via Karl, who wonders what Obama could possibly mean here after his stirring testament at Saddleback to what a “real bad person” Saddam Hussein was.

The Illinois senator’s opposition to the Iraq war, which his comment clearly referenced, is well known. But this was the first time the Democratic presidential candidate has made a comparison between the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Russia’s recent military activity in Georgia.

“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”

Here’s a newsflash, champ: Russia’s foreign minister did indeed invoke a case of U.S. military action in his Journal op-ed the other day, but it wasn’t Bush and the Middle East that he had in mind. I don’t begrudge the guy his leftist cant, but at least put some meat on the bone. How, precisely, would Russian actions have been different if we hadn’t invaded Iraq? Georgia and Ossetia have been fighting since Obama was in his 20s. Are we playing another game of Time Machine here, in which the war somehow becomes a justification even for misfortunes that preceded it?

Exit question: Does it really matter if we lead by example given that, according to Dan Quayle aspirant Tim Kaine, Obama’s already capable of bending Russia to his will?

Update: A commenter wonders where the McCain campaign ad is for this. Good question. For all the liberal pants-wetting over how negative McCain’s supposedly been, his attack ads (with the notable exception of the Landstuhl one) have been notably mild. No Rezko, no Ayers, no Wright — just Britney and Paris. I guess they’re saving the heavy armaments for after the convention.


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Our Baldilocks??

wise_man on August 21, 2008 at 3:10 PM

The very same.

sulla on August 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

“Why does he want to be President of a country he does not even like?

Lunkinator on August 21, 2008 at 1:48 PM

one word: Michelle’

So Michelle wants Barack to be President of the country she doesn’t like. Got it.

But why do they have to involve me?

NoDonkey on August 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

That story about baldilocks has factual errors in it. It says Obama Sr. came to the U.S. as a boy — in fact, Obama Sr. was in his mid-twenties when he came here, and he left a wife and child behind in Kenya. Hardly a “boy.” It also says Obama’s 2006 trip to Africa was his first visit there. It was actually his third.

AZCoyote on August 21, 2008 at 3:22 PM

sulla on August 21, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Thank you for that link. Baldi is awesome.

carbon_footprint on August 21, 2008 at 3:29 PM

“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”

A truly wondrous grasp of world affairs, brought to you by the “whatever’s-wrong-with-the-world-it’s-our-fault” candidate.

Nichevo on August 21, 2008 at 3:44 PM

If Barry O wants us to lead by example, maybe we should take Putin’s example and take over a small land to the south. Besides, Fidel is getting a little long in the tooth, and is stealing OUR oil in the Florida Straits. Wonder what Putin would say about that?

Steve Z on August 21, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Update: A commenter wonders where the McCain campaign ad is for this. Good question. For all the liberal pants-wetting over how negative McCain’s supposedly been, his attack ads (with the notable exception of the Landstuhl one) have been notably mild. No Rezko, no Ayers, no Wright — just Britney and Paris. I guess they’re saving the heavy armaments for after the convention.

This made me think… I know it would go over a lot of people’s heads and probably wind up hurting McCain… But how hilarious would it be if he had an ad scrolling very dark black and white images of Obama making menacing/angry faces (or at least not smiling) with the ominous background music and the ominous voice over guy saying “Barack Hussein Obama. He’s scary. He’s got a funny name. Oh, did I mention he’s BLACK! I mean seriously, he doesn’t even look like those other guys on our currency.”

RightWinged on August 21, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Dan Quayle aspirant Tim Kaine

Not fair to Quayle, a good, intelligent man who was assaulted by the hysterical media. Quayle was humiliated, not for being stupid, but for being conservative.

jgapinoy on August 21, 2008 at 4:12 PM

I’m never going to forgive Obama for making me vote for McCain.

The Ugly American on August 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM

What an idiot? What was Russia’s excuse for invading their neighbors before Mr. Wonderful was even born?

This is so typical. If they are going to look for precedents,why not blame it on Clinton?

I don’t think that is fair either, but it makes just as much sense.

Terrye on August 21, 2008 at 4:53 PM

That is so blimey stupid, that we are responsible for Russias aggression in Georgia. Even an international politics ignoramas like Obama should know that Russia deeply regrets the lose of its former satellite nations and apparently now has put together a plan to retake them. I think it’s not a coincident that they would make their first move in an election year especially when the appeasement party seems to be leading the electorate. Expect more Russian moves into its closest neighbors if we and the western nation take no military action to support these nations.

docdave on August 21, 2008 at 6:07 PM

What did we do under FDR to make Russian ally with the Nazis in 1939 to invade and rape and pillage Poland O’bumbles?

Or invade Hungary in 1956? Or Czechoslovakia in 1968?

Barry, coventional asshat firmly in place.

Brains optional.

profitsbeard on August 21, 2008 at 6:56 PM

“Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.” How come the biggest hypocrite of them all cannot see his own hypocrisies? Myopia.

Christine on August 21, 2008 at 7:54 PM

I’d ask Barry to take a look at Putin and ask…’Does he look like a reasonable guy?’ But, silly me! I forgot that his wife looks scarier than Vlad the Invader and hates this country as much or more than he does. Nevermind.

Christine on August 21, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Tyrannical, mass-murdering, despotic dictator vs. a duly elected leader and BHO can’t tell the difference. What a dope!

Mojave Mark on August 21, 2008 at 10:36 PM

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