POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Huffington: Obama easily parries McCain on national security issues

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 25, 2008

Arianna Huffington writes on the Huffington Post

  • Barack Obama is refusing to buy into McCain’s divide-the-economy-from-national security-and-conquer strategy.
    • “We often hear about two debates, one on national security and one on the economy,” Obama said yesterday after meeting with his national security team, including Gary Hart, Madeleine Albright, and Richard Holbrooke.
    • “But that’s a false distinction. We can’t afford another president who ignores the fundamentals of our economy while running up record deficits to fight a war without end in Iraq. We must be strong at home to be strong abroad. That’s one of the lessons of our history.”
    • Throughout his speech, he repeatedly hammered home the “foreign security implications of our economic crisis” and the impact of the Iraq war on our military readiness, our ability to deal with the “grave” situation in Afghanistan, and America’s bottom line, saying: “For the sake of our economy, our military, and the long-term stability of Iraq,” we need to bring “a responsible end to the war.”
  • And he even challenged McCain’s over-inflated national security credentials, pointing out the very different approach he would bring to taking on bin Laden, the growing threat from al-Qaeda along the Pakistan border, and making Afghanistan, not Iraq, the central front in the war on terror.

LMW COMMENT: It is true that John McCain’s national security credentials are vastly over-stated. He was in the military, but as a pilot, not as a strategic leader of any kind. As a pilot, his impetuous flying resulted in 5 crashed planes. As a senator, he has mainly supported Bush on national security issues (until this week, when he suddenly flip flopped). His approach in American belligerency and military power, mimicking Bush and just as inappropriate. We need to live in the world as one among allies (albeit stronger than any other), and we need to talk with those who oppose us to find a way to live together. Obama will be that kind of president; McCain will not.

Read the entire post at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/mccain-finds-americans-no_b_137329.html

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