The party of compassion’s ‘superstar’ candidate has been speaking out about his plan to end the war in Iraq in debates lately:
I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”
-Barack Obama Anti-War Rally, Chicago 2002
(What I’m opposed to are dumb politicians.)
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. “Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now—where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife—which we haven’t done,” Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea,” he said.
Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, said it’s likely there would be increased bloodshed if U.S. forces left Iraq.
“Nobody is proposing we leave precipitously. There are still going to be U.S. forces in the region that could intercede, with an international force, on an emergency basis,” Obama said between stops on the first of two days scheduled on the New Hampshire campaign trail. “There’s no doubt there are risks of increased bloodshed in Iraq without a continuing U.S. presence there.”
The greater risk is staying in Iraq, Obama said. “It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.
Tell that to them:
Since I’ve figured out how to embed video, I’m able to give you a couple of more. Next up is a video from a visit to a town outside our area. This town gets almost no notice from anybody, good or bad. It’s just a quiet town doing it’s own thing, but security there is good, services are getting better, and the townsfolk are very supportive of the government and the Coalition.
If the dumb party of compassion gets the troops pulled out of Iraq “in a responsible way” (bah!), would these kids live to see the next school year? And if they did, would their parents survive to raise them?
I know the party of compassion loses no sleep over the troop pullout 40 years ago and the killings that occurred after, but I also know several Vietnamese families who will never be the same because of it.
How do you think our Soldiers and Marines would feel sitting at home and watching the bloodshed on the evening news?
Hey, party of compassion ~ you really need to read something other than the NYT or the LAT. Try the Milblogs – you might learn something. Like what compassion really means. Seems to me our troops could teach you a thing or two.