July 29, 2008
Obama's 'Tour de Farce'Topics: Political News and commentaries
Perhaps the most accurate characterization of Barack Hussein Obama's political stunt described by his campaign as a "learning trip" or "fact finding tour," comes in a statement Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made last week: "He was not interested in what we had to say." As a matter of fact, the NYP reports that the Iraqis were most surprised by Obama's apparent readiness to throw away all the gains made in Iraq simply to prove that he'd been right in opposing the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein:
"He gave us the impression that the last thing he wanted was for Iraq to look anything like a success for the United States," a senior Iraqi official told me. "As far as he is concerned, this is Bush's war and must end in lack of success, if not actual defeat."In other words, Obama's eight- day tour of eight nations in the Middle East and Europe turned out to be little more than a series of photo ops to enhance his non-existing (still after the trip) international credentials.
As Dean Barnett writes at The Weekly Standard, Obama's "listening tour" was in fact "the first-of-its-kind "Talking Tour."":
[...] In spite of going to areas where he had little or no expertise, Obama showed scant regard for what he might have heard on his global travels.Clearly, Obama's trip, like his created-for-public-consumption image, was all fluff and no substance, all talk and no listen, no learn and all ego, and yes - his entire trip was indeed a farce - like the man himself.
[...] When David Petraeus spoke about the needs of the Iraqi theatre, Obama haughtily dismissed Petraeus' concerns as beneath his potential pay-grade. Of course, the Talking Tour culminated in grand fashion - the foreign policy neophyte addressed hundreds of thousands of Germans, rendering a sloppy history of the Berlin Airlift and the Cold War in the process. If Obama's journey was supposed to be a listening tour, then that was a curious and ill-fitting showpiece.
Then again, does Barack Obama really do listening? Remember, to Obama, a national dialogue on race was in actuality him giving a single speech.
Posted by Richard at July 29, 2008 11:16 AM
An interesting article:
Is Obama Simple Minded or a Lying Partisan?
By Jim Kouri, 7/29/2008 10:36:10 AM
Message to the folks at Obama's campaign headquarters: Tell your candidate to request a meeting with Army Major General Mark P. Hertling. If necessary, ask the general to speak as if he were talking to a seven-year old. Perhaps Sen. Obama will learn the difference between victory and defeat in a war.
Posted by: harry at July 29, 2008 4:53 PM
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