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McCain Softens Spokeswoman's Take on Obama Trip

Updated 5:07 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This morning Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) upcoming trip to Europe and the Mideast amounted to a "first-of-its-kind campaign rally overseas."

When asked about Hazelbaker's comments on his campaign bus this afternoon, McCain offered a more charitable interpretation of his opponent's foreign trip.

"I can only give you my opinion, and I will talk to her," McCain said. "The fact is that I'm glad he is going to Iraq. I am glad he is going to Afghanistan. It's long, long overdue if you want to lead this nation."

"What I'm saying is how can someone go before the American people and ask to be their commander in chief if you've never been to the place where, in his words, a major conflict exists," he added. "That is remarkable."

In a press conference with reporters in Grand Haven, Mich., McCain drew a distinction between Obama's fact-finding mission in Iraq and Afghanistan and his European tour.

In the case of the "other countries," McCain said, Obama's trip should be judged by the type of events he holds.

"Of course if you have political rallies, then it's a political event," McCain said, citing Obama's possible rally at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as an example.

Posted at 4:47 PM ET on Jul 17, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Poor John..poor Repubs..poor NeoConvicts..

Perhaps, as with a person, a political party can become so old and ill that it actually develops dementia..senility. This would explain a great deal..as we all scratch our heads in amazement over the constant and radical distortions of the facts by McCain on Obama..and himself! One symptom of onset dementia is an increased tendency to revert to self-delusional behavior.

Regarding the GOP, we can readily see this occurring on two fronts. First, Republicans constantly and completely reinvent the truth about themselves..regardless whether they're discussing events twenty-five years in the past or two hours ago..to the point that their actual history or positions then become a total reversal..a convenient 180 degree turnaround of the truth.

The second stage is the complete re-fabrication of anything and everything that others..their opponents..do or say. Again, typically, this is another 180 degree turnaround of the truth. McSwitch swears up and down that he hasn't "flip-flopped" on ANYTHING. Then, he accuses Obama of..for example..wanting to raise "your" taxes..when Obama has consistently said he'd cut them for middle and working class Americans! Fascinating!

Maybe, at least as relates to the economy, there is another explanation. McSway may just be addressing himself to (and defining "your" as) Those Who Make Over 250K A Year? Say, that would also explain why the economy is still in "great shape", there is "no recession" and "productivity and job creation is up"! McBush has only been speaking to the wealthy class! THAT'S IT! You see, the rest of us just don't normally exist!

Well..that is, we don't exist UNTIL it is, once again, time to take us out of stasis, put us in another hypnotic trance (convincing us that "we" actually matter), then implant enough lies in our somatose little brains, to get us to vote their way once more? How else can we explain the alleged hordes of ropadopes who actually think offshore drilling will fix their personal gas crisis, right away?

It will be ten years until that gas gets into the corner pump and the price comes down! What a bunch of fools! Why don't you try asking McFake about the thousands of ALREADY DRILLED, CAPPED wells that BigOil is keeping in their back pockets? This whole thing is just a last-ditch attempt to grab up even more oil leases (in addition to the millions of acres already leased..but curiously NOT drilled), before Bush gets kicked out of town!

Posted by: janbana | July 18, 2008 4:53 PM

Poor John Mcsame.He can't get anyone in his campaign that won't stick their foot in his mouth.They acused Obama of not ging to Iraq, and now he is going an all the news media is going with him they can,t take it. Don't they understand Obama is news worthy.Mcsame has nothing to say that would make sense.They media wants more than gorilla jokes.

Posted by: tygirl | July 18, 2008 2:14 PM

I was lmfao at RepubsRthebest' comments! I didnt even finish reading them, just that person stating that McCain would best lead us in attacking Iran and the fact that Obama would not attack them is a bad thing, and then somehow stating that war time is good for the economy and brings in jobs, used to be true-but I think anyone with a pulse can see the TWO WARS we are fighting right now are destroying the ecnonmy...what a dumerasal

Posted by: joshtheVet | July 18, 2008 1:38 PM

The 'strategy' McCain's campaign has been using of brash, media attention grabbing sound bites just to be tamped down by the candidate himself is getting very old. And speaking of old is the Rethuglican approach to politics; slash and burn and then apology. Get the really inflammatory thoughts, labels (socialist), and pictures out into the public and then softly back peddle. It's predictable and most of all it's boring. Any new ideas in the minds of these old Rethuglican thinkers? Anybody?

Posted by: Debra | July 18, 2008 11:10 AM

As a lifelong Republican and local and state campaign worker, I have to stand up for the party here, and Tell you that John McCain is the best choice by far. He is smarter, quicker witted, more honorable, tougher, and will lead us the best when we attack Iran. Obama wouldnt even launch the attack. Heck Obama would shrink away from war, when we need War the most and thats right Now!
Look at the benefits...
1) Wartime suppliers (mostly run by former republican officials and appointees) get HUGE contracts, and tons of cash from the government to pay for all those supplies we are using. It takes a lot of bombs, bullets, replacement helmets, boots, weapons, vehicles etc, when they get blown up and stuff.
That all helps our economy, Jobs Jobs Jobs! You dems want more jobs, Start a War! but you dont realize that.
2) Wars put our Best and Brightest! out on the battle front where we need them to wipe out the enemy. Sure theres casualties, dead and maimed, but most of them come from poorer families that often vote democratic anyway.
3) Wars protect our Economic and Financial Powerhouses by keeping the battle in some other people's backyards. If we didnt have those huge financial giants making big bucks, where would you get your credit and debt from?
The longer wars go on, the more poor people die to protect the rich and their assets. That in turn results in way more money the republican party makes so we can dominate those loser democrats with less donors.
And if we keep this up, our dollar will continue to drop, making our oil higher, resulting in temporary high profits for oil companies but forcing America to create new industry in alternative energy, of which the Energy giants will also own, and those same companies will continue to be run by the best! the republican power base.
All that and we are doing it without raising taxes, but instead on Credit! Foreign countries keep buying up our debt so we can continue to finance Trillions of dollars in payments to our contract companies like KBR, Halliburton, BlackWater, etc. All republican owned and operated. The fact that foreigners keep buying our debt means we could give the american people a few bucks to shut them up, and rake in the profits for the Upper classes, those that deserve the money.
Look Repubs are smarter, we have the plans, Dems are just ignorant and have no idea what they are doing. Why would anyone vote for that when McCain is right there... an american hero, a Republican all the way. Stars and Stripes, and all that.
McCain will take us into more countries, spend more money on military, build up the supply of unemployed so we get more volunteers into the military. THink... if highschool grads dont have any hope of a job, they'll be forced to join up and go to war for us by default, but its Stilll a voluntary move. How smart is that?

This will in turn decrease unemployment numbers while putting more boots on the ground in oil rich nations. Again, all protecting us and our assets.
Perfection!

Posted by: RepubsRtheBest! | July 18, 2008 11:09 AM

You can feel it in the air. Bush and McCain are going down. The senile, old man doesn't know what her is doing. However, what worries me is the lengths to which Bush and McCain would stoop to get rid of Obama. I don't think killing is out of the question. Spread the WORD and make it impossible for them to do so. Obama 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 18, 2008 9:57 AM

Does the McCain camp ever say anything without refuting it within the next 24 hours?What do they stand for?

Posted by: Mixed message | July 18, 2008 9:36 AM

Eliot===you are the fool. The war in Iraq is costing us $5000 a second, $300,000 a minute to borrow money from China to keep a war going to keep the price of oil high.Get smart, you idiot.This war is for Blackwater. The American people are getting nothing from it.

Posted by: majorteddy | July 18, 2008 9:34 AM

People love a circus, it will bury Mccain even more then he already is. Mccain can't make news no matter what he does, unless he talks about Obama. Lord knows he can't make any talking about himself.

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It seems that the "MEDIA ELITES" will be joining Obama on his tour.

This is going to be his "WATERLOO" after the voters see this circus in action.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 18, 2008 2:41 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 9:31 AM

I am not so sure they are giving Mccain a pass as much as nothing he does is really worthy of writing about. Even his gaffes are a bore, just an old man messing up, what's new about that. They all know they guy is demented anyway.

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Ummm ... didn't McCain just come back from campaign swings through Colombia and Mexico? Does anyone remember that his last trip to Iraq was followed by a stopover (with his tumors, er buddies Sens. Graham and LIEberman) in London for a POLITICAL FUNDRAISER???? And why doesn't this post mention this???? I truly believe that the press this year has completely lost its way; they have gotten so lazy they've forgotten how to actually report.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 18, 2008 12:58 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 9:27 AM

Doesn't mean a thing when you consider the alternative. A 72 year old half demented war mongering monster. It is an easy call.
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The audience was almost entirely white, many were probably from Kansas. The audience was very pro Iraq war. Several questions appeared to be planted, such questions where the person gives an opinion that matches McCain. One example was a question about health insurance. The questioner said he did not agree with Obama that health care need more government oversight, it should work on a free market principle.

McCain made several false or incomplete statements in Kansas City today:

"If you like high taxes then Senator Obama is your man."

McCain did not ask anyone if they made more than $250,000?

When did McCain propose a bill for the Tax holiday? It is strange that the media never asked him.

Video KC Star Interview
http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/13102#comment-26522

Watch McCain stammer, get nervous, and make false statement.

The interviewer pressed McCain about how long the gas tax would last.

In the video above McCain would not even say how long a gas tax should last. More than a week, but no other estimate. Does not sound like a very well thought out idea, which he knows Congress will not pass.

Claims he has never flip-flopped, only Obama has.

Obama has the most "extreme" voting record, he is even to the left of someone that is a declared socialist.

Obama has never worked across the isle.

Obama sponsored the "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008" A bill to strengthen transparency and accountability in Federal spending. There are two Republican co-sponsors, one being John McCain.
http://www.southernpoliticalreport.com/storylink_715_472.aspx

Using data from the American Conservative Union (probably no friend of Senator Obama), I find that the Illinois Senator ranked 32nd of the 51 Democratic Party Senators for 2007 for being liberal. That means about 60 percent of the Senate Democrats were more liberal than he was last year.

Most liberal? Depends how you tally
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/article631898.ece

It's a line you'll hear many times from Sen. John McCain over the next few months: "In just a few years in office, Sen. Obama has accumulated the most liberal voting record in the Senate."

But McCain's campaign also pointed out recently that Barack Obama votes with President Bush about half the time.

So the biggest liberal in the Senate is a solid supporter of President Bush? What gives?
Posted by: Jim | July 17, 2008 10:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 9:22 AM

My guess is that by March of 2009 Obama will start campaigning for 2012 full time. His veep can run the country, because after all, he is too busy.

Posted by: Howvy Wiineestein | July 18, 2008 9:05 AM

The logic of McCain: if Obama had accompanied McCain to the staged photo-op in the market in Baghdad, wearing bullet-proof vests and with 100 troops protecting him, he would know more about what it is "really like" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain is my hero. He can travel overseas with Lieberman and Lindsay Graham and it is all business. When Obama does, it is pure politics.

Petty much?

Posted by: steve boyington | July 18, 2008 7:36 AM

All Mccain has ever talked about is Iraq. Mccain just want to win a war. Mccain is so bitter from losing in Veitnam that he doesn't care if the war he wins in Iraq is the right war or not. He just wants to win by all means neccessary. You people be tooken in by Mccain and his obession to win a war and you will all end up either fighting in Iraq or Afganistan or on a soup line. Mccain is obessed with war and thats why he's running for president after he lost in 2000 because he wants to stay in war. So if you don't care about your economy and if you think your going to get tax cuts and all the money Mccain is promising big business because Mccain will spend ever dime fighting at war because thats what he cares about and thats what he's going to do.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 18, 2008 4:35 AM

FOR THOSE WHO THINKS THE SURGE HAS WORKED THAN WHY CANT THE TROOPS COME HOME YET. LETS NOT BE FOOLED AGAIN LIKE BUSH DID WITH HIS MISSION ACCOMPLISHED BANNER. IF YOU THINK THE SURGE HAS WORKED AND WE STILL NEED TO STAY REGARDLESS OF THE STRAIN TO THE ECONOMY, THATS STUPIDY. NEXT YEAR IT WOULD BE 6.5 YEARS THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN IRAQ AND WE STILL NEED MORE TIME THAT NOBODY INCLUDING MCCAIN CAN ONLY SAY AS MUCH TIME AS NEEDED OR 100 YEARS. MEANWHILE WERE LOSING THE WAR IN AFGANISTAN, PAKISTAN BORDER WITH AL QAEDA. UNLESS YOU FEELS ITS O.K. FOR OUR MILITARY TO BE TOO FAR STRECTCHED AND AND LOSE JUST AS MANY SOLDIERS IN PAKISTAN AND SPEND ANOTHER BILLION DOLLARS FIGHTING THE 2ND WAR THAN VOTE FOR MCCAIN. IF YOU WANT A PRESIDENT THAT HAS GOOD JUDGEMENT, AND WILL STRATEGIZE CONSIDERING ALL ASPECTS OF GOVERNMENT, ECONOMY, AND ABROAD VOTE FOR OBAMA. THE NEXT PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE BEST STRATEGIES TO GET US OUT OF THE WARS WERE FACING NOW WITHOUT BANKRUPTING THE ECONOMY. WE ALREADY HAD A 6.5 YEAR RUN WITH THE FAILED POLICIES OF BUSH. THE NEXT PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND SO FAR MCCAIN ONLY CONCENTRATES ON IRAQ. MCCAIN DOESN'T TALK ABOUT THE OTHER THREATS WERE FACING IN THE REGION OR RELATES IT TO OUR FAILING ECONOMY. OBAMA UNDERSTANDS WHAT WERE FACING IN THE 21 CENTURTY AND HE HAS THE JUDGEMENT AND THE VISION TO GET US WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

Posted by: CAROL | July 18, 2008 4:29 AM

Mccain constantly wants to remind Obama about the surge being a half success because there's still allot of work and time needed to have a functional Iraqi government. However, Mccain is missing the point Obama is making which is Iraq is not the only challenges we face now or before we invaded Iraq. We still face the same terroist Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Afganistan, Iran is closer than ever to accomplishing their nuclear goals, our troops are too far stretched, and the dangers of not being able to respond to other crisis elsewhere should there be any. This is the broader picture that Obama was talking about years ago and now. Mccain is consistantly focusing on just Iraq like Bush. There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq until we invaded Iraq and we left behind Al Qaeda to regroup and strategize for 6 years while fighting in Iraq. We always knew Iran was trying to produce nuclear weapons but still there wasn't any direct talks until recently. Obama is arguing that a president has to take all fronts into consideration when strategizing. Mccain doesn't strategize considering the strain on the economy, other crisis that may occur or other battles that needs to be fought. What we need to decide is if the surge is a complete success was it the right strategy or could we have used a better strategy? A strategy that could have saved more lives and spent less money? We may never know how direct talks with Iran earlier on would have helped the surge instead of sending more troops into Iraq. Leaving the army over stretched and unable to confront other crisis. I think we should have had direct talks with Iran earlier and captured Osama Bin Laden while fighting in Iraq. In this election we need a president that understands and acknowledges the concerns domestically and nationally and who will be best to combine them into strategies that will not neglect our economy or the American people and I believe Obama has the foresight and understanding to see the big picture just not an aspect in it when making judgements and strategizing. OBAMA 08

Posted by: Larry. | July 18, 2008 4:15 AM

Obama is at the height of his studipity with his stance on Iraq. Obama is not simply a fool for failing to recognize that the surge has worked, but this fool is vain. What a tragedy. Then again, maybe Obama does recognize that the surge has worked but the f*cker won't give any credit to where credit is due, our courageous men and women in uniform.

Posted by: Elliot | July 18, 2008 4:07 AM

Obama is at the height of his studipity with his stance on Iraq. Obama is not just a fool for recognizing that the surge has worked, but this fool is vain. What a tragedy.

Posted by: Elliot | July 18, 2008 4:03 AM

It seems that the "MEDIA ELITES" will be joining Obama on his tour.

This is going to be his "WATERLOO" after the voters see this circus in action.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 18, 2008 2:41 AM

Obama takes his trip to Europe for its campaign rally. McCain is a senator. McCain, the "below par" pilot, eventually lost 5 military aircraft, the first during a training flight in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while trying to land. The Navy ignored the crash and graduated McCain in 1960.
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Posted by: rose76 | July 18, 2008 2:35 AM

It took just one day for Mccain to through capturing Osama Bin Laden and sending 3 brigades to Afganistan, Pakistan to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Today Mccain was back to his Iraqi talking points of surge and ignoring that there's a war, the real war against terroist, the same terroist that killed Americans on 911 in Pakistan. Which is proof that Mccain wants to use the improvement on the ground for political expediency. Mccain just wants to win a war he's not interested in winning the right war just a war since we lost in veitnam. We'll its up to us not to be mislead by Mccain like we were mislead by Bush. If being accused of following Obama's lead on Afganistan,Pakistan means more than winning the right war than I guess Mccain was just talking again when he said he'll rather lose a political campaign than lose a war because were losing the war in Afganistan/Pakistan.

Posted by: Jerry | July 18, 2008 2:03 AM

Ummm ... didn't McCain just come back from campaign swings through Colombia and Mexico? Does anyone remember that his last trip to Iraq was followed by a stopover (with his tumors, er buddies Sens. Graham and LIEberman) in London for a POLITICAL FUNDRAISER???? And why doesn't this post mention this???? I truly believe that the press this year has completely lost its way; they have gotten so lazy they've forgotten how to actually report.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 18, 2008 12:58 AM

John McCain forgets that the U.S. military and our corrupt Embassy in Baghdad are long experienced in mounting dog and pony shows for visiting U.S. congressmen and senators. This has been going on for years, and the briefers are very experienced in brainwashing the ignoramuses passing through as well as the tiny handful who are more well informed. McCain is our most conspicuous example of a major politician who has swallowed the Bush-dictated propaganda line hook line and sinker. When Senator Obama arrives next week, however, things will begin to change, since every senior diplomat and military officer knows his job is on the line if he continues to blow smoke and lie.

Posted by: David S. Robins | July 17, 2008 11:30 PM

Caryl S. Foster, EXCELLENT comment below. What I hear again and again in the substance of Senator Obama's words is the quality of his judgment.

Like you, I sense that Barack Obama is already beginning to lead this nation by offering well-considered judgements on the issues facing our nation, on problems and solutions, on foreign policy objectives and goals, on responsibilities of citizenship and on national aspirations. Who do we want to be as a people, as a country, and how do we make that happen.

As you have demonstrated below in your comment, Caryl, as more people hear and read Senator Obama making sense, the more they recognize and abandon the grievously poor judgment, bad thinking and outright deceit of the last eight years of George W. Bush.

Posted by: GaryL1 | July 17, 2008 10:30 PM

The audience was almost entirely white, many were probably from Kansas. The audience was very pro Iraq war. Several questions appeared to be planted, such questions where the person gives an opinion that matches McCain. One example was a question about health insurance. The questioner said he did not agree with Obama that health care need more government oversight, it should work on a free market principle.

McCain made several false or incomplete statements in Kansas City today:

"If you like high taxes then Senator Obama is your man."

McCain did not ask anyone if they made more than $250,000?

When did McCain propose a bill for the Tax holiday? It is strange that the media never asked him.

Video KC Star Interview
http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/13102#comment-26522

Watch McCain stammer, get nervous, and make false statement.

The interviewer pressed McCain about how long the gas tax would last.

In the video above McCain would not even say how long a gas tax should last. More than a week, but no other estimate. Does not sound like a very well thought out idea, which he knows Congress will not pass.

Claims he has never flip-flopped, only Obama has.

Obama has the most "extreme" voting record, he is even to the left of someone that is a declared socialist.

Obama has never worked across the isle.

Obama sponsored the "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008" A bill to strengthen transparency and accountability in Federal spending. There are two Republican co-sponsors, one being John McCain.
http://www.southernpoliticalreport.com/storylink_715_472.aspx

Using data from the American Conservative Union (probably no friend of Senator Obama), I find that the Illinois Senator ranked 32nd of the 51 Democratic Party Senators for 2007 for being liberal. That means about 60 percent of the Senate Democrats were more liberal than he was last year.

Most liberal? Depends how you tally
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/article631898.ece

It's a line you'll hear many times from Sen. John McCain over the next few months: "In just a few years in office, Sen. Obama has accumulated the most liberal voting record in the Senate."

But McCain's campaign also pointed out recently that Barack Obama votes with President Bush about half the time.

So the biggest liberal in the Senate is a solid supporter of President Bush? What gives?

Posted by: Jim | July 17, 2008 10:20 PM

Ben Dover -

Amen.

Ah, she's quickly fading from the scene. And ... good riddance.

;)

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 17, 2008 8:14 PM

Obama will come back even more committed to get us out then he is now. The generals are not going to tell who they think is probably going to be the next president a bunch of BS. Obama is going to hear them say what they need if they are going to stay. And what they need is they are to get out. Either way it will be based on what keeps their men safe. Asked their honest opinions to stay or not, they will say it is time to go. I have no doubt about this what so ever.

Obama will hear the truth without it being filtered through the Bush administration BS machine. In fact we all will. This trip is going to be more enlightening then Mccain realizes. The republicans will have no more play book, this trip may end it for Mccain and he knows it. You can see from today how nervous they are already. It will be interesting.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 6:51 PM

McCain continues to be a coward by working for the Republican Lie Machine.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 6:34 PM

At least Obama will not claim enemy fire...like that s**tbag Hillary tried to do!

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 17, 2008 5:35 PM

McLame's team strikes another blow below the belt.

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 17, 2008 5:33 PM

Senator McCain, Barack has been leading since 2002 leaving you as a Johnny Come Lately:


As first judgmentally spoken by Senator Barack Obama on October 2, 2002.......

"I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings."

............and as still articulated by Senator Barack Obama today.

It should be abundantly clear to everyone, other than low-information and/or wannabe misinformed citizens, that Senator Barack Obama has never even come close to flip-flopping on the singular critical issue that initially defined and continues to define his candidacy for President of the United States.

For all of the lack of foreign policy experience that opponents claim that Senator Barack Obama does not possess, it is pretty clear that those who do so claim are suddenly following in his footsteps seeking to implement his stated views of what our foreign policy particularly in the Middle East should be:

1) On August 1, 2007 Senator Barack Obama stated given his election in November of 2008 "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will"

Senator Obama was of course immediately labeled as being politically "naive". However on January 29, 2008 our military implemented Barack Obama's "new" foreign policy. Using good intelligence and on-the-ground cooperation by local informants, we launched a drone into Pakistan and killed a highly-place al-Qaeda leader. President Bush did this without coordinating or in cooperation with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf.

2) In October of 2007, Senator Barack Obama in reference to Iran stated "We've had an administration that thinks the only tool is a hammer, and as a consequence, everything looks like a nail. And we've done incredible damage to our security and standing around the world". Senator Barack Obama stated that as president, he would use direct diplomacy as part of working toward putting a stop to Iran enriching uranium.

As the first step in implementing Senator Obama's "new" foreign policy, the Bush administration plans to send an envoy to talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in Geneva this weekend in what would be the highest-level U.S.-Iranian meeting in nearly three decades. William J. Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs and the administration's point man on Iran, will accompany European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana with Saeed Jalili in discussions aimed at persuading Tehran to stop enriching uranium.

3) In November of 2006, Senator Barack Obama said the Iraq war has had "disastrous consequences" for the battle against the al Qaeda terrorist network and thus called for some of the troops now in Iraq to be sent to Afghanistan. In August of 2007, Senator Obama called for two additional brigades to be sent to Afghanistan. He has also consistently called for a phased withdrawal from Iraq....a position now shared by the U.S. recognized Iraqi government. He reiterated these views on Sunday and Tuesday of this week.

As reported by everyone on Wednesday of this week, top U.S. defense officials now say they hope to send more forces to Afghanistan sooner than planned to tackle rising violence there and recommend a cut in troop levels in Iraq.

And of course, for the very first time on Tuesday of this week Senator John McCain joined with Senator Barack Obama in his call for more troops in Afghanistan even though 4 months ago Senator McCain stated "Now my friends, for the first time I have seen Osama bin Laden and General Petraeus in agreement, and that is, the central battleground in the battle against al Qaeda is in Iraq today" and had consistently stated prior to Tuesday that additional troops in Afghanistan were "not needed".

There is no need to wander why Osama bin Laden remains free. Neither President Bush or Senator McCain have focused on him as part of their old foreign policy.

And oh by the way, in that same October 2002 speech, Senator Barack Obama also stated:

"You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil."

Seems like everyone everywhere in the United States is embracing this "new" foreign policy.

As far as foreign policy flip-floppers go, there are indeed plenty of them around with the majority flipping to Senator Barack Obama's side.

Thus let me be the first to predict that after Senator Obama's trip abroad, the American Public will realize that rather than being considered naive, Senator Obama should be judged as astute when it comes to foreign policy and consequently will be recognized as the likely better future Commander-in-Chief.

All things considered, such a "new" change in public opinion will be welcomed as.......

The Ultimate Flip-Flop!

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | July 17, 2008 5:29 PM

Nothing Obama can do will suit McCain supporters, McCain has to be careful with his you have to be there to have an opinion - it will come back and bite him

Posted by: nclwtk | July 17, 2008 5:02 PM

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