Monday, July 21, 2008

Senator Obama The World's President! Iraq and the World want President Obama why is that Bad?

Barack Obaqma one world one dream! President of the World?

Sen. Barack Obama -- who has made ending the Iraq war a cornerstone of his run for the presidency -- huddled on Monday with Iraqi officials and U.S.-led coalition military commanders about the conflict, now in its sixth year. It is the second trip to Iraq for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and the latest leg of an overseas trip that began in Kuwait and Afghanistan and will go on to Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, Germany, France and Britain. Obama met with Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq; British Maj. Gen. Barney White Spunner, commander of Multi-National Division South East; and Maj. General Abdul Aziz, the Iraqi army's 14th Division commander.

Obama then traveled to Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni Arab who is of Iraq's two vice presidents. The senator was to hold talks later with Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. troops in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. An official with al-Maliki's office described the meeting as "very good and successful for both sides." Obama expressed his support for the Iraqi government and noted that the passage of important legislation -- such as laws addressing the production and distribution of oil revenue -- would help strengthen the country, the official said. Obama in Iraq

Whatever his motivations, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did Obama a huge favor with the magazine interview where he seemed to back Obama’s plans for Iraq -- offering him a better welcome than if he had been greeted with flowers as a liberator. One little interview changed the storyline for this portion of the trip -- and boosted Obama’s credibility on the subject at hand. Now, it’s McCain on the defensive -- needing to explain why he differs from Obama, Maliki -- and maybe even the Bush administration, backers of a “time horizon” (no frames, there) for troop withdrawal.

“In Iraq, controversy continued to reverberate between the United States and Iraqi governments over a weekend news report that Mr. Maliki had expressed support for Mr. Obama’s proposal to withdraw American combat troops within 16 months of January,” Sabrina Tavernise and Jeff Zeleny write in The New York Times. Al Maliki boosts Obama

Confusion over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's seeming endorsement of Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan is part of Iraq's strategy to play U.S. politics for the best deal possible over America's military mission. Iraqis intended to do: exploit Obama's position on the war to force the Bush administration into accepting concessions. Already, the Iraqi strategy has succeeded in persuading the White House to agree to a "general time horizon" for removing U.S. troops -- long a goal of the Shi'ite-dominated Iraqi government.

According to Iraqi officials, the decision to play U.S. politics emerged last month after Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari's trip to Washington for meetings with Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Obama and Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The visit took place as the United States and Iraq were negotiating rules that would govern the U.S. military presence in Iraq once the United Nations mandate expires at the end of the year. The talks had bogged down over U.S. demands for rights to bases, control of Iraqi airspace and immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law for U.S. soldiers and private contractors.

In the past, the Iraqis would have bowed to U.S. pressure. This time, they saw an option in Obama, a longtime war critic. They could press for a short-term agreement with the administration and take their chances with a new president -- Obama or McCain. Also, the Iraqis could flirt with Obama's withdrawal timetable, increasing pressure on Bush to cut a deal more favorable to them. Emboldened Iraqi Leaders undermine Bush and McCain

Then we find As Obama embarks on his first foreign tour as the Democratic presidential nominee, the world is inclined to agree. If Britain and Europe could vote, he would win the White House in a landslide. A poll in The Guardian last week showed that Obama would trounce John McCain, his Republican rival, in Britain by a margin of five votes to one. France and Germany are even more ardent members of Obamaland. Obama has been called the “black Kennedy” by a Berlin newspaper. Der Spiegel has run a cover feature on “The Messiah factor . . . and the yearning for a new America”. Le Monde has proclaimed, “Obamamania has spread to France”. Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies at Oxford, has compared the phenomenon with Dianamania. Europe wants President Obama

* I can understand why Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Europe, the entire world, wants a President Obama. He means hope for the future of the world. He is not a war monger. He will listen to the rest of the world and take them into account not ignore it because he is the sole Decider as you can bet McCain wouls do. I heard commentary that Obama must be careful not to appear to be Europes President. Why? I thought the US President is supposed to represent the Free World? The world wants a president Obama and that is being used agaainst him by the Republicans. I don't get it? That in itself should get Obama elected!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


Mike S said...

Bush/Cheney rolled it out there, now Iraq is gonna cut of as much as they can get away with.

Robert Rouse said...

The only thing standing in the way of us turning the world around is us. Sorry, I've been away so long. Summer has made it tough to keep an eye on Dustin and visit the blogosphere.

Weaseldog said...

As the election process rolls on, Obama seems to be trying to out McCain, Mr. McSame.

Four more years...

an average patriot said...

Mike, Robert and Wease! i don't see it happening but who the hell knows what is going to happen as the right endeavors to keep this mess going. Did you see the article Betmo posted calling for Bush to be Dictator for life to keep this friggen mess going? i hope it is a ruse but man consider the source!

an average patriot said...

I'm sorry got caught away. Welcome back Robert I was wondering what you were busy with!

an average patriot said...

I just read something from you somewhere saying the link was shut down. I just went to the link on the article and it worked but here is the gist of it!
Front group associated with Cheney calls for Bush to be dictator... for life...

Buckle up kiddies. I am cranky and this is not making things better:

Family Security Matters a neo-conservative based think tank has published an article advocating that George W. Bush should be a dictator for life. The organization has since taken the article down, but is still viewable via this cached link.

Conquering the Drawbacks of Democracy: By Philip Atkinson

The article written by Philip Atkinson states that Bush would fail his country by becoming an ex-President or can achieve greatness by becoming President-for-Life Bush in order to bring sense to Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Atkinson is bluntly advocating that Bush should become dictator for life with these outrageously anti-American statements.

From the article:

President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming “ex-president” Bush or he can become “President-for-Life” Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world? For only an America united under one ruler has the power to save humanity from the threat of a new Dark Age wrought by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons.

Atkinson also advocates that Bush should get rid of everyone in Iraq through military force and repopulate the country with Americans.
This has to be a friggen sick joke!

Pedestrian said...

I don't understand why American should be the leader of the free world Jim!

I don't even like that phrase.

Maybe she could have been pre-world war II, but since, she has been directly involved in too many world catastrophes to get that title. In fact, one of her most critical blood lines has depended on where and whom she has exploited.

Indonesia, Nicaragua, Iran, Iraq, Chile, Vietnam etc, etc ... Look at her media, her far right capitalist ventures, ........ To many, it is known as "corporate America" ... Now that's scary!

And before else, I think we should distinguish what we mean by the "free world" anyways: not those who have given or helped prosperity for others, outsider their own borders, but those who are democratic systems from within.

But that's a whole Pandora's box on its own. And that's why I don't like the phrase. If you wreak havoc outside your home, but keep the insides well kept, how does that add up?

And even if that's how you're going to describe the phrase, in this day and age, America is behind.

health care, free press, government regulation on corporate ventures, etc etc ... Many parts of Europe fare much better.

I see a lot of articles that compare Obama to Bill Clinton. And as an outsider, the comparisons make sense. I don't think Obama's policies will drastically change. But simply that no matter what he does, to the rest of the world he is a "black" man with a "Muslim" father. And that softens his image. Even if his policies don't.

Brother Tim said...

I read all that, it was the cahed link that wouldn't work.

D.K. Raed said...

Europeans aren't the only ones "yearning for a new America". Yearning starts at home!

But seriously, "Bush as president for life"? If that were to happen, I wouldn't expect his life to be very long.

I was glad to see quite a few news stories today put the lie to the WH spin on Maliki's apparent alignment with Obama. Trying to blame it on German translators was so typical. Worked for while, until Maliki's people reaffirmed there was no mistranslation. Bush can only fool some of the people some of the time ...

Larry said...

The world wants an Obama presidency because they are tired of all the threats and bullying, the blackmail and the arrogance that has long infected the Kingdom called Bush.

an average patriot said...

welcome! I am not saying America is or should be the leader of the "free" world. Personally I do not think there is such a thing period. That is just the way we are thought of for some reason.
Anyway you look at it as a Government the US is dirty and I do not trust the reasons for any of the numerous instigations, interventions, and wars.
We had the perfect opportunity to lead the world by example to peace and prosperity instead of down the road to division and war using the excuse of Democracy which even here is a facade and a joke. This is no Democracy. We and the world are in serious trouble as we attempt to successfully move into the future. We must "all of us" stick together and help us through this!

an average patriot said...

What did you think of that? I have heard it before but never seen it in writing. That is a friggen scary thought. It peeves me as I have written too many times that while Bush is decrying Putin and the rest of the world for trying to keep life long control to fight his new world order future wars the slime is doing the same friggen thing. The slimy underhanded Bast@3!! worse part is he is so blatant and in your face obvious and we are powerless to stop it!

an average patriot said...

Hey Red
Glad to see you! Bush for life that is scary unless it is life in prison. I was happy to see the WH stymied and it peeved me to see Perino lying. I am so sick of the crap. Sadly it will not dissuade these scum from lying and following their underhanded agenda! I might follow up on this after I catch up!

an average patriot said...

You know I agree! I am very concerned as to how far the Right or wrong Repugs will go to keep that from happening so they can continue their Forever wars!