Obama: War Mongering Idiot?

I’m starting to think: yes.

As if we need another one of those in office.

It was this little gem from one of the best posts on anything ever (Dennis Perrin, via Johnathan Schwarz) that set me off.

Manan Ahmed got the party started with a direct, detailed critique of Barack Obama’s statements about bombing Pakistan. Manan gave a meticulous power point presentation illustrating just how craven and idiotic Obama’s remarks were. Unlike the fantasy Pakistan that Obama depicted, where President Pervez Musharraf is dragging his heels on fighting extremism, and it might take US air strikes to focus his attention, the Pakistani army is currently battling extremists in the North Waziristan region, fighting that is comparable to what’s happening in Iraq. Also, US has already hit Pakistan, on November 10, 2006, shelling a madrassa in Bajaur which resulted in zero al-Qaeda dead, but did manage to kill some of the seminary’s children.

Manan’s presentation made those wearing Obama buttons shift a bit in their seats and look down to the floor. I thought there might be some audible disagreement from them, given that we were on Dem party turf, and Obama love was all over the Kos convention. But they said nothing. Not a murmur that I could hear, anyway. Manan so thoroughly dismantled Obama’s speech that his supporters had no real come back to it. I doubt they know much more about Pakistan than does their hero, but after Manan’s talk, they should have a better idea now. Sometimes, learning can be a painful experience, but in the end, we’re all winners.

Only if we all pay attention. At first, I thought, well that makes sense. At least a politician is suggesting we go fight were Al Qaeda actually is. Then I stopped and actually thought about it. I found myself starting to wonder if this was more than a craven attempt to pick up easy points on security.

Pakistan is actively fighting Al Qaeda. Their leadership, while a far far cry from democratic, just, (or hell, even legitimate, they came to power in a coup), is still a far far cry from the Taliban.

Obama’s remarks were irresponsible, harmful, and revealing.

They reveal a man who should not be President of the United States.

The brave new hope of the anti-hillary Democratic party should show the world how a real politician handles a mistake of this magnitude: Apologize, make ammends, and move forward.

Barack Obama could be a tremendous candidate, but right now, he is another blindfolded hawk.

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4 Responses

  1. Yes… and yes.

    I have to say I’m starting to get a bit nervous looking at the top of the Democratic field. Why is it so hard to not be a warmongering douche?

  2. Remember my warning!

    This is why Ron Paul is the only peace candidate! (Well, Gravel / Kucinich are … OK … but their economics are horrible. still, better than a warmonger).

  3. Yes indeed Bret. And on Obama, I’m coming around. I want him to be a better candidate, but in the face of the evidence, I can’t fully support him.

    Now if only Ron Paul supporters could do the same 😉

    (And Kucinich is every inch the pacifist).

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