Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Obama’s Playing Politics

September 26, 2008

Barack Obama, forced into participating in the ‘bailout’ talks in Washington when, in his own words, he would have preferred to have been elsewhere unless contacted by ‘phone, continues to play party politics by blaming Republicans for scuppering the bailout deal. Let’s not forget, he did not feel the issue was significant enough to want to involve himself actively in any decision-making. No doubt, Obama wanted to avoid having to make a clear decision on such a contentious issue; why spoil his reputation for being a fence-sitter?

By comparison, John McCain took action rather than carrying on with his political campaign as if nothing was happening. He has taken a risk in suspending his efforts to be President but, in doing so, he has demonstrated again to the American people, the American taxpayers, that he will put their interests first ahead of Wall Street “Greed is Good” companies, ahead of Washington politics, and ahead of his own interests.

The American people will remember this come 4th November. If they want a man of action, they will vote for John McCain.

CNN – Bailout Talks Implode

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McCain: Historic Postponement… Country First

September 24, 2008

John McCain puts the health of the American economy at the top of his agenda ratherthan selfishly thinking of his own Presidential campaign… The debate on Friday will be about foreign policy, McCain’s strength and the Democratic Party’s nightmare, and yet the Senator is prepared to put everything on hold to try to battle the economic slowdown.

CNN link

Obama… Postpone?: No, Politics More Important Than Recession

September 24, 2008

As we await Barack Obama’s response to Senator McCain’s request to postpone Friday’s Presidential Debate, we have time to reflect upon Obama’s lack of leadership once again. After the Russian invasion of Georgia, Obama followed (only after a few lame attempts at tackling the subject) meekly in line with McCain’s harsh criticism of Moscow.

It should come as no surprise that McCain is demonstrating Presidential judgement in deciding that a debate is a mere trifle compared with the economic problems facing the country at this time. It should be equally unsurprising that Obama is putting his campaign and his own personal success ahead of the prosperity of the country and of every American. No doubt, he thinks the average American can find refuge in their religion in these tough times.

It is time to demonstrate bipartisanship – Obama has rarely shown this quality compared with McCain who has consistently reached across to the opposition to broker deals that benefit every American.

McCain remains the real hero, a GI Joe turned President; Obama remains an Inaction Man.

Obama’s Not Ready

August 28, 2008

Thought-provoking video from McCain camp – Remote Control. This election is about who will be an effective leader in a dangerous world. Only McCain is ready to fill the role of Commander-in-Chief.

Obama’s Triumphalism Leads to Downfall

August 28, 2008

Seeing the “Temple of Obama” being created in Denver ahead of Obama’s address to the DNC this evening, I was reminded of a similarly over-confident Labour Party event in Sheffield, UK, in 1992. Labour ‘could not’ lose the election against a Conservative Party, of whom the UK public had wearied; and yet, lose they did. Post mortems suggested Neil Kinnock’s air of victory and the scenes of triumphant celebrations at their convention were among the chief reasons for the Labour Party’s defeat. In the UK, the scenes had been compared to something out of 1930s Germany.

Obama is on that same slippery path.

Here the video of Sheffield 1992 on a blog I found during a general search on this topic.

Winning The War (Not In Obama’s Gameplan)

July 30, 2008

The continued drive by many on the left and in the media to bring about an American retreat in Iraq has given rise to a whole gamut of emotions in me over the past few months, ranging from bewilderment and frustration to anger. The shortsightedness and lack of vision in people like Barack Obama and many in the media lead one to question their intelligence, their motives and their patriotism. Let us not forget, that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not started on the whims of a war-president. America was forced into taking up the fight against Islamic extremism and those who sponsored world-wide terror by the acts of her enemies – a fight that the United States should have begun many years earlier.

It is refreshing to read journalists such as Christopher Hitchens continuing to provide an untainted, ‘un-anti-American” (clearly far removed from the daily offerings of many in the American media) view on the necessity of the war against Islamic extremism and the success of the troops.

Hitchens’ latest article, The War Between the Wars, at Slate.com argues that we should be fighting Islamic extremism wherever it is in the world and that America and its allies are capable of taking on its enemies at more that one place at a time. It is Hitchens at his best and I only hope McCain and his team can stick to their guns on this issue and remind the American public of the serious consequences of Obama’s plan to run with our tails between our legs.

I like Hitchens’ argument against Obama’s and the left in general that two wars (in Afghanistan and Iraq) cannot be fought at once… (I have put some choice words in bold)

“…any attempt to play off the two wars against each other is little more than a small-minded and zero-sum exercise. And consider the implications. Most people appear now to believe that it is quite wrong to mention Saddam Hussein even in the same breath as either a) weapons of mass destruction or b) state-sponsored terrorism. I happen to disagree, but just for an experiment, let us imagine that some regime did exist or did arise that posed such a combination of threats. (Actually, so feverish is my imagination that I can even think of one whose name also begins with I.) Would we be bound to say, in public and in advance, that the Western alliance couldn’t get around to confronting such a threat until it had Afghanistan well under control? This would be rather like the equivalent fallacy that nothing can be done in the region until there is a settlement of the Israel-Palestine dispute. Not only does this mean that every rogue in the region can reset his timeline until one of the world’s oldest and most intractable quarrels is settled, it also means that every rogue has an incentive to make certain that no such settlement can ever occur. (Which is, of course, why Saddam threw, and now the Iranians throw, their support to the suicide-murderers.)

Maybe Obama should take note of the following before he provides more comfort to our foes with his plans…

“If it is true, as yesterday’s three-decker front-page headline in the New York Times had it, that “U.S. Considering Stepping Up Pace of Iraq Pullout/ Fall in Violence Cited/ More Troops Could Be Freed for Operations in Afghanistan,” then this can only be because al-Qaida in Iraq has been subjected to a battlefield defeat at our hands—a military defeat accompanied by a political humiliation in which its fanatics have been angrily repudiated by the very people they falsely claimed to be fighting for. ”

If we had left Iraq according to the timetable of the anti-war movement, the situation would be the precise reverse: The Iraqi people would now be excruciatingly tyrannized by the gloating sadists of al-Qaida, who could further boast of having inflicted a battlefield defeat on the United States. I dare say the word of that would have spread to Afghanistan fast enough and, indeed, to other places where the enemy operates.”

Hitchens finishes his above-quoted conclusion with these words of warning for the left and Obama…

“Bear this in mind next time you hear any easy talk about “the hunt for the real enemy” or any loose babble that suggests that we can only confront our foes in one place at a time.”

Unfortunately, Obama and his fans fail to see the significance of this fight against Islamic extremism. The significance for the future of our civilisation. Obama sees the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan as part of his political game. They are much more important than that.

McCain has always said he puts America first, before his own individual success. This has been clear from his outstanding career where integrity, honesty and loyalty were the foundation of his life. America has to remember this come election day.

Glib remarks from Obama that give his followers a superficial ‘warm fuzzy’ will come back haunt Americans should they choose to elect him – at no time will this be more haunting than when our troops are retreating and the enemy is celebrating on the streets of the cities in Iraq (assuming Obama sticks to his promise of surrendering in 16 months – he is already showing signs of the liberal flip-flop, so who knows?).