McCain expressed sympathy for the people of Israel after rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups and reaffirmed his commitment to Israel. McCain then went on to attack the Islamist militant groups of Hamas and Hezbollah, claiming that if they succeed in Israel, they will succeed everywhere.
McCain wants the peace process to begin soon, however it is somewhat hypocritical when at the same time advocates a war in the Middle East with no definite end. McCain claims that there is an urgency to U.S. involvement, however it is somewhat unrealistic to believe that the United States will be able to end two thousand years of violence.
However, it is interesting that the BBC view of McCain is that these trips to the Middle East allow him to appear statesmanlike and presidental as he fights for the election.
Image from http://www.minnpost.com/client_files/alternate_images/2824/mp_main_wide_JohnMcCainWorldAffairsCncl.jpg
In March of this year Presidential Nominee John McCain spoke with the Jerusalem Post in an interview that the British newspaper the Telegraph reprinted. In this interview McCain openly discussed his views on the Hamas and Hizbollah. He termed them not only a threat for Israel and the Middle East, but a serious threat for the United States and the rest of the world.
( Collapse )
On March 2, 2007 Senator Barack Obama made a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Forum concerning his plan of what the U.S. should do in the Middle East. The first step that Obama plans to take is to secure Israel because this country is our strongest ally in the region and is the only established democracy.
Obama opposes the war altogether because it has made the world more unsafe by fueling terrorism and helping terrorist organizations. It is his belief that the U.S. needs to start removing all our forces from Iraq and be done doing so by March of 2008. After we do this, Obama believes that we will then be able to focus our attention on combating international terrorism and effectively deal with Iran.
It is important that we focus on keeping nuclear weapons and uranium enrichment programs out of Iran’s hands. The radical thinking of Iran’s President, Ahmadinejad, is something that should not be taken lightly. We need to think seriously about how to take control and make sure that we do not have a repeat occurrence of the holocaust.
In the end, it is important that people understand that Obama is not attempting to dictate, but only help Israelis and Palestinians fulfill their national goals. If Obama is effectively able to carry out this plan, it should be very beneficial. It also has the potential to backfire on us.
View the article (Obama's speech): : <http://www.cfr.org/publication/13074/>
I am at loss to how either President will obtain a solution to finding peace in the Middle East. I Also wonder how a person with such standing as a President can see nuclear weapons in a peaceful manner?
Obama on nuclear weapons
AP / Andy Dunaway
March 13, 2008
Several months ago, Senator John McCain traveled over seas to meet with foreign officials in order to promote his 'foreign policy credentials' for his campaign for presidency. Along with him on the trip were Joe Lieberman and Senator Lindsey Graham. There were several v.i.p's on the list that McCain was scheduled to meet with. First was the American Ambassador of Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, the Senior American Military commander in the country, General David H. Petraeus, and the Iraqi Prime Minister Kamal al-Maliki. One main concern that the Iraqi government had with John McCain's visit to Iraq was that if he were elected president in November, there would be a large U.S. military presence still in their country.
“This visit confirms that the Republicans believe that the Iraqi war is very important in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East,” said Wael Abdul Latif. Latif is part of the Iraqi parliament. He continued to say, in short, that even after Bush leaves, the U.S. will still have presence. The Sunni Arabs in Iraq are among the thought as the Democratic party in the U.S. thinking that if the Republicans win this election, not much will change in Iraq.
Although there was a lot of politics in hand during this trip, McCain said that he was not there strictly for that. He stated that this was a trip with two other people going as an Armed Services Committee. However, afterwards, on a trip to London he will be attending a $1,000 a-plate-fund-raising event.