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Posts For: October 7, 2008

National Security

On Afghanistan, Iraq and Russia McCain talks in action words — what we will do, what will work and what our goals will be. Although he obviously wants to assure voters he will show restraint, his real strength is projecting a force of will and determination.

On Afghanistan, Iraq and Russia McCain talks in action words — what we will do, what will work and what our goals will be. Although he obviously wants to assure voters he will show restraint, his real strength is projecting a force of will and determination.

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“For the most part, I agree with Senator McCain.”

Does Obama expect to get away with this every time McCain knows more?

Does Obama expect to get away with this every time McCain knows more?

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Questions from the Internet

What exactly is the point of having a “town hall” if you are going to take questions from the Internet? There are far too few people in the audience, robbing McCain the kind of crowd he needs to laugh at his occasional jokes. Boy is this whole debate poorly conceived.

What exactly is the point of having a “town hall” if you are going to take questions from the Internet? There are far too few people in the audience, robbing McCain the kind of crowd he needs to laugh at his occasional jokes. Boy is this whole debate poorly conceived.

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Afghanistan

McCain just knows this stuff cold.  Obama spends his time criticizing the Karzai government. McCain outlines a strategy to win against al Qaeda.

McCain just knows this stuff cold.  Obama spends his time criticizing the Karzai government. McCain outlines a strategy to win against al Qaeda.

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McCain might want…

…to point out that the only reason we’re talking right now about fighting Al-Qaeda in Waziristan is because we’ve already defeated the group in Iraq. A state of affairs, of course, that would never have come to pass if Obama had gotten his way. There is a serious amount of opportunism and duplicity to Obama’s position.

…to point out that the only reason we’re talking right now about fighting Al-Qaeda in Waziristan is because we’ve already defeated the group in Iraq. A state of affairs, of course, that would never have come to pass if Obama had gotten his way. There is a serious amount of opportunism and duplicity to Obama’s position.

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Re: Talk Softly

McCain should let people know: Obama’s loud talk has already compromised America’s relationship with Pakistan.

McCain should let people know: Obama’s loud talk has already compromised America’s relationship with Pakistan.

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Talk Softly

McCain hits Obama again on his threats on Pakistan.  The problem is that when Obama answered he hit hard on going after Osama and most Americans would agreee with that.

McCain hits Obama again on his threats on Pakistan.  The problem is that when Obama answered he hit hard on going after Osama and most Americans would agreee with that.

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McCain on Genocide

If we set a date for withdraw in Iraq we would have come home in defeat, he argues.  He points to Somalia and Lebanon and stresses the need to “temper” our actions. He doesn’t quite put all the pieces together, namely that use of hard force which Obama nearly always opposes is the only solution in many instances  to prevent humanitarian suffering.

If we set a date for withdraw in Iraq we would have come home in defeat, he argues.  He points to Somalia and Lebanon and stresses the need to “temper” our actions. He doesn’t quite put all the pieces together, namely that use of hard force which Obama nearly always opposes is the only solution in many instances  to prevent humanitarian suffering.

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‘We’ll Crush Al Qaeda’

So says Obama. We have, Senator. In Iraq.

So says Obama. We have, Senator. In Iraq.

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Re: Genocide

Obama is on record:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

Obama is on record:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

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Obama Doctrine

Brokaw just asked the first really substantive question of the evening.   And Obama just called for US intervention in Darfur. 

Brokaw just asked the first really substantive question of the evening.   And Obama just called for US intervention in Darfur. 

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Obama Doctrine

“We intervene where possible…” This is a good answer by Obama.

“We intervene where possible…” This is a good answer by Obama.

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Re: There He Goes Again

Noah, it’s also not true. Many Americans were greeted as liberators in Iraq.

Noah, it’s also not true. Many Americans were greeted as liberators in Iraq.

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There he goes again

Obama loves, absolutely loves, to say that American soldiers weren’t “greeted as liberators” in Iraq. It’s such a strange fixation.

Obama loves, absolutely loves, to say that American soldiers weren’t “greeted as liberators” in Iraq. It’s such a strange fixation.

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Town Hall Participants

I’m sure all these questioners are well-intentioned, decent folks. But it would be great if we could learn something about who these people are; ie, have they donated to campaigns?; are they declared supporters?; have they ever worked for candidates of either party?; are they union members, veterans, etc? The press apparently had the list of all the questioners in advance, including in what order their questions would come. Couldn’t one network get up a chyron with some relevant background on each person who asks a question?

I’m sure all these questioners are well-intentioned, decent folks. But it would be great if we could learn something about who these people are; ie, have they donated to campaigns?; are they declared supporters?; have they ever worked for candidates of either party?; are they union members, veterans, etc? The press apparently had the list of all the questioners in advance, including in what order their questions would come. Couldn’t one network get up a chyron with some relevant background on each person who asks a question?

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‘Greeted As Liberators’

Obama goes after McCain on Iraq. Maybe the best way for McCain to answer would be to say, “We are the liberators of Iraq.”

Obama goes after McCain on Iraq. Maybe the best way for McCain to answer would be to say, “We are the liberators of Iraq.”

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They All Go To Delaware?

Where they get away with murder? Where the heck has Senator Biden been??

Where they get away with murder? Where the heck has Senator Biden been??

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Sympathy by Proxy

Obama is very very big on understanding the rest of the world through people he’s known–never himself. He knows the horror of crafty insurance companies because of his mother’s death, understands racism because of his grandmother’s prejudice, appreciates the sacrifice of Americans in uniform because of his uncle’s service in WWII. He has a relative for every issue. What has he done? Something, anything!

Obama is very very big on understanding the rest of the world through people he’s known–never himself. He knows the horror of crafty insurance companies because of his mother’s death, understands racism because of his grandmother’s prejudice, appreciates the sacrifice of Americans in uniform because of his uncle’s service in WWII. He has a relative for every issue. What has he done? Something, anything!

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Interesting Question

Will people buy the Obama promise that he can provide enormous benefits at less cost?

Will people buy the Obama promise that he can provide enormous benefits at less cost?

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Health Care

 McCain gives the right answer on health care as a responsibility not a privilege or right.  Obama says it should be a right. Why is health care a right but not food or shelter?  I’ve never understood why the left thinks that health care should be the government’s responsibility.  Government already provides health care for the poor. 

 McCain gives the right answer on health care as a responsibility not a privilege or right.  Obama says it should be a right. Why is health care a right but not food or shelter?  I’ve never understood why the left thinks that health care should be the government’s responsibility.  Government already provides health care for the poor. 

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