September 10th, 2008

Obama & McCain

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Obama accuses McCain campaign of ‘lies’


Recently, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama accused John McCain’s campaign of “lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics”, claiming that he used a sexist comment about McCain’s newly elected Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.


Obama responded back by saying “I don’t care what they say about me but I love this country too much to let them (republicans) take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough.”


The reference that Obama was making about Swift-boat politics was to the 2004 group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. This was the same group that made public announcements questions John Kerry’s military record in Viet Nam.


Obama took some heat for a comment he made that was accused of being directed towards Palin, saying, “you can put lipstick on a pig… its still a pig…” This comment may have stemmed from Palin’s speech last week during her Vice Presidential acceptance speech mentioning that lipstick was the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit-bull.


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Obama and Iraqi War

 In this article, Obama talks about his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months following being elected president.  He also addresses his opinion that the real issue isn’t in Iraq, but is in Afghanistan.  Obama plans to take a flight to al Quaeda to attempt the get the terrorist situation under control.  If elected, one of Obama’s main goals would be to give the military a new mission: ending the war in Iraq.  Obama’s main argument about the war is that, "This war distracts us from every threat that we face and so many opportunities we could seize. This war diminishes our security, our standing in the world, our military, our economy, and the resources that we need to confront the challenges of the 21st century," Obama said.

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President Bush has announced that U.S. force will remain strong in Iraq under his presidency, despite certain pressures to rather boost the amount of troops in Afghanistan due to the resurgence of the Taliban and the increase in violence.  Bush announced that there will be additional troops deployed to Afghanistan.  Particularly a Marine battalion that was scheduled to go to Iraq will instead go to Afghanistan in November. 

“The mission of these forces will be to work with the Afghan forces to provide security for the Afghan people, protect Afghanistan’s info structure and democratic institutions and help insure access to services like education and health care.  They will show the citizens of Afghanistan that the government and its partners will stand with them against the battle against the Taliban and the extremists,” Bush said.

Despite his decision to keep forces in Iraq, Bush also emphasized a moving forward with additional though limited force reductions bringing home  8,000 troops from Iraq within the next several months, and other reductions that will be made within the first half of 2009 if the progress in Iraq continues, however by that point his term will be over. 

Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, a known advocate of pulling troops from Iraq thinks this plan falls short because there are not enough troops, resources or urgency.

However, GOP nominee Senator John McCain says there is a need for more troops in Afghanistan, but, in dealing with the timing and pace of military reductions in Iraq, relies on the advise of U.S. military commanders. 







Obama and Foreign Policy

With Republican presidential nominee John McCain beating him in the polls, Democratic nominee Barack Obama took time yesterday to connect McCain to unpopular president George W. Bush and strongly criticize Bush's decision to remove only 8,000 troops from Iraq by February. <lj-cut text="Read More">
An MSNBC Online article, <a href=""> Obama rejects Bush Iraq Withdrawal Plan </a> , outlines Obama's attack on the president.
Obama has pledged to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months of becoming president, a far cry from McCain's plan, which is more in line with what Bush has been doing.
Bush's announcement that he will keep troop numbers steady was lambasted by Obama, who believes U.S. taxpayers will end up paying the price. Obama also said the decision would be giving "Iraq's leaders a blank check instead of pressing them to reconcile their differences."
Obama was critical, too, of McCain who he believes is not running on a platform of change but on one that will repeat the policies of the last four years.
What I find most interesting is the article focuses only briefly on Obama's comments. In addition, most articles concerning the candidates' foreign policy platforms don't go into why the respectives methods are good and/or bad.
Obama says he's going to remove all troops within 16 months of his presidency; McCain says it will be a slower transition. Neither of them, however, seems to spend much time talking about the reasons behind their decision. Obviously, Obama wants to present his opposition to the war, but will a short 16 months prepare the Iraqi people to peacefully (or semi-peacefully) co-exist? What are the pros and cons of each decision?
Over those 16 months, will new troops be sent over to replace those that have been in Iraq for a long stint? Will soldiers have to return for a fourth tour of duty during that time or will the numbers slowly deplete? What if there is a negative consequence?
As voters, we may know what the candidates' stances are on the issues, but do we ever really know why they take that stance? 

The article overviews the ratings Barack Obama is receiving in countries all over the world and specifically in the Middle East. Particularly in Jordanian, capital of Amman, a mere 22 percent were interested in Obama wining presidency. In addition there is the small 19 percent of Jordanians who see America in a positive light, although ones more associated with politics waiver on both sides.  Among the few who were interviewed are hopeful that a new president will bring about change and peace in the Middle East. As for others, some are not optimistic that there is any chance for a turn of events in the region. When it comes to issues concerning the war in Iraq it is a concern that a withdrawal of troops may end up causing more damage than helping.
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On foreign policy, McCain draws contrast to Bust

As the title of this article indicates, Senator McCain, shortly after becoming the presumptive Republican candidate, outlined what his general approach to foreign policy will be should he become the next president of the United States. During the speech, given to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, McCain said, “we need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies.” In so doing, the article claimed, McCain was signaling to the world that, “he would end an era of what critics have called Bush’s cowboy diplomacy.”
Throughout the election McCain has attempted to differentiate himself from Washington insiders by focusing on his supposed reputation as a “maverick.” While his assertions that the United States cannot lead by power alone or that we, as a country cannot assume that, “we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed” offer a stark contrast to Bush’s statements and actions McCain’s voting record in the senate implies otherwise. McCain has voted with Bush on various issues 90 percent of the time.
So what rings true, McCain’s past actions, which cast him as Bush’s ideological equal, or his recent words, which align with his maverick image? Perhaps most interesting, however, is the fact that both candidates have continually looked for ways not only to distance themselves from the Washington-establishment but also from the current president. Clearly, both candidates know that the majority of Americans will not purposefully choose a president to lead for the next four years who will follow the path started by George W. Bush eight long years ago. 

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McCain on Iraq and Afghanistan

This is something that drives me to believe even stronger what I believed before. McCain is the man for this job. I think almost everyone knows it is time to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe that a man with experience at war, John McCain, is the man to do it right. With Obama talking of setting a date to bring the troops home, I think it is time to set up a plan to bring them home over time. This is what McCain wants to do, this is what should be done, and this, hopefully, is what will be done. The issue of foreign policy and what to do in Iraq is a hot topic, and I think the man with the best plan is McCain.

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