Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Obama for President

Barack Obama has been consistently right about the war in Iraq. He was right in 2002 as can be seen in Remarks of Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama Against Going to War with Iraq:

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.
And he is right about Iraq in 2007:

"Let me be clear: there is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq's leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year - now. We should enter into talks with the Iraqi government to discuss the process of our drawdown. We must get out strategically and carefully, removing troops from secure areas first, and keeping troops in more volatile areas until later. But our drawdown should proceed at a steady pace of one or two brigades each month. If we start now, all of our combat brigades should be out of Iraq by the end of next year."
Perhaps even more importantly he is right about Iran:

We hear eerie echoes of the run-up to the war in Iraq in the way that the President and Vice President talk about Iran. They conflate Iran and al Qaeda. They issue veiled threats. They suggest that the time for diplomacy and pressure is running out when we haven't even tried direct diplomacy. Well George Bush and Dick Cheney must hear - loud and clear - from the American people and the Congress: you don't have our support, and you don't have our authorization for another war.
Hillary Clinton is, is some ways, an impressive candidate, but I just do not trust her on the vital issues of war in Iraq and Iran. Accordingly, this humble blog endorses Barack Obama for President.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bill W, NH said...

why not endorse Dr. Ron Paul, unlike Mr Obama, Dr Paul has never voted any funds to continue the war and takes no money from special interests.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea...well, i guess thats the end of me reading this blog. if you hadn't already noticed, democracy is dead. has been for a while now...welcome to 2007 bro.

6:23 PM  

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