Baseball Crank
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May 19, 2008
WAR/POLITICS: Does Obama Not Know That Afghanistan Was Involved In September 11?

The latest bit of foreign policy wisdom from Sen. Obama, explaining why today's threats are not like the Cold War:

"Strong countries and strong Presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union.

On the plus side, he's at least dropped the historically illiterate comparisons to FDR and Truman. And he's apparently abandoning his short-lived attempt to pretend he didn't advocate direct talks with Iran in a nationally televised debate and on his own campaign website. And maybe this doesn't rise to the level of factual illiteracy shown by complaining about lack of Arabic translators in non-Arabic speaking Afghanistan and use of poppy-farm crop-replacement experts in Iraq. But if Obama really thinks that the old conventional-weapons calculus of forces is the only relevant measure of threats today, he really has slept through everything since September 11.

Erick, Geraghty and Jennifer Rubin have more.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:00 PM | Politics 2008 • | War 2007-14 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Crank, if W acted like Afghanistan was involved in Sept. 11, and not as an almost unwilling participant, we would not have the problems we do today. Wonder why?

Al Qaeda, acting WITH the Taliban declared war on us. Yet W did not declare war against Afghanistan. Yes, he invoked NATO, but did not wage a war against an enemy state. Had we invaded as we had, only this time with the troops Powell wanted, we would have successfully invaded, killed all of Al Qaeda and the Taliban that fled, rather than just watch them go, and dealt an enormous psychological blow to Militant Islam. Huge. Remember, we were supposed to be chopped up in Afghanistan, just as the British and Russians were. Instead, we would have invaded successfully, and let the world know of our full wrath.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at May 19, 2008 6:51 PM

Dubya is the worst president in US history. One trillion dollars pissed away in Iraq for nothing

Posted by: Kudzu Fire at May 20, 2008 8:46 PM
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