June 18, 2008

McCain, Obama and Global Attitudes and plain Ignorance

"I admit to being a tad despondent about this global belief that Obama would be better in managing world affairs. Let’s be clear cut, you want to talk to anyone including America’s sworn enemies without pre-conditions, you want to pull back forces from overseas, draw down the military, move money away from military programs, retire carrier battle groups, pull away from hot spots.... and this will not impact America's and the world’s better interests … Don’t think so."

Well it’s a good thing the citizens of the world are not voting in the upcoming Presidential elections, after all no-one likes a foregone conclusion of this magnitude, Obama would win in a landslide.

People around the world are hoping a new president in the White House will bring positive change to US foreign policy — and more trust Sen. Barack Obama rather than Sen. John McCain to, "do the right thing" in world affairs, according to an international survey of 24 countries by the Pew Research Center. The world loves Obama," said Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine. "If the election was held today in the world, Obama would win." Read more here

The latest Pew Report only confirms what I had suspected for over a year now. The world loves Obama and has little time, understanding or even knowledge of McCain.

Late last year a local (Australian) current affairs program conducted street interviews about Presidential hopefuls. Not surprisingly, nearly all preferred Obama without I might add, adding any worthy reason their preference - more on this later. Several even incorrectly cited Hillary as his opponent come November ’08 … D’oh! Moreover, just a few weeks back, while at a dinner table, a couple of the guests were talking about Obama and Hillary and while once again favoring the former, I ventured to ask what they thought of his, “republican opponent”; they struggled to name him. This is what happens when mainstream media continues to focus on one candidate. I hope this is not happening in the U.S.!

Perplexing how people around the globe express more confidence in Obama in relation to foreign policy and world affairs when in fact this remains his most fallible area. Back to the current affair interviews, I recall some of the week responses some gave about Obama and the war in Iraq, (he) "knows what he’s doing,” "can be believed,” “I don’t think America would be in Iraq if he were President.” Now all this was interesting, as I recall, Obama was dithering all over the place about Iraq, so I scrounged around and found an interesting timeline of his changing positions:

  • October 2, 2002: In Chicago wearing a “war is not an option” pin, he thrilled the anti-war rally by disparaging the Iraq war as a "dumb war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle, but on politics."
  • The Audacity of Hope: When America was obtaining clear victories on the ground in Iraq, Obama wrote, "I began to suspect that I might have been wrong [about the war]"
  • March 28, 2003: On CNN, Obama claimed that he, "Absolutely wants to make sure that the troops have sufficient support to be able to win."
  • Democratic National Convention July 2004: His only mention of the war was, "There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it." The day after his speech, Senator Obama told reporters that the United States had an "absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success. He stated that failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster and would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective".
  • Same month: He was no longer certain how he would have voted. "I'm not privy to Senate intelligence reports. What would I have done? I don't know." (The New York Times on July 26.)
  • 2004 Election: To keep in line with his party's candidates Kerry and Edwards, who had voted for the Iraq War, he told The New York Times, "I'm always careful to say that I was not in the Senate, so perhaps the reason I thought [the war] was such a bad idea was that I didn't have the benefit of U.S. intelligence."
  • After the election: Obama regained his certainty on the Charlie Rose Show. When Rose asked him if he would have voted against the Iraq War resolution had he been in Congress, Obama's answer was a simple, "Yes."
  • July 2004: Obama told the Chicago Tribune "[t] here's not that much difference between my position [on the war] and George Bush's position at this stage."
  • November 2005 speech: He called for a gradual withdrawal of forces. "Notice that I say 'reduce,' and not 'fully withdraw".
  • December 2005: He told the Chicago Tribune, "It is arguable that the best politics going into '06 would be a clear, succinct message: 'Let's bring our troops home...But whether that's the best policy right now, I don't feel comfortable saying it is."
  • January 2007: (just before announcing his run for the Presidency), for example, he outlined a plan to begin "redeployment of U.S. forces no later than May 1, 2007" and "remove all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008."
  • In July 2007: The AP reported it this way, "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."
  • March 2008: He vows to "immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq."

I admit to being a tad despondent about this global belief that Obama would be better in managing world affairs. Let’s be clear cut, you want to talk to anyone including America’s sworn enemies without pre-conditions, you want to pull back forces from overseas, draw down the military, move money away from military programs, retire carrier battle groups, pull away from hot spots.... and this will not impact America's and the world’s better interests … Don’t think so.

As the earlier piece concluded:

“Judgment is surely one of the qualities we need in our next President. We are all called upon to make our own judgments in the months leading to the November election. One judgment we need to make is whether we want the Oval Office to be the world's most dangerous classroom?”

Forgive me for weighing into U.S. politics just this once, but in view of the imbalanced and partial coverage out there …

Finally, you might want to read this and, watch this 2004 you tube clip.

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11 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

If it were up to Obama and his idea that we shoudl seek permission from other nation to protect our interests, they WOULD vote in our elections.

Some of this also might be due to the fact that because of the long Primary season and the continual media blitz for the Dems because of the Hillary/Obama battle, most of the world has only seen Obama and little if any of McCain.

Either way what matters is how McCain is percieved here and how voters cast their ballot in November.

When Americans are alone in the voting booth and consider inexperienced Obama, weak on terrorists, willing to give over the US to the UN and other countries, Marxist to the core and compare him to McCains experience and his ability from day one to protect this Nation US voters will hit the McCain button.

WomanHonorThyself said...

the only lesson we will learn from Nobama is self destruction my friend...great read!! :)

MK said...

Does not surprise me in the least Otto, B. Hussein makes people feel good, he talks the talk really well. it's the same reason why people all over the world are still falling for those Nigerian email scammers, the same reason why sleazy used-car salesmen are still doing business.

I was not born in the west, i grew up in a wild part of the world and most westerners i come across seem to me to live in some sort of fantasy world. Not enough of them really understand what the rest of the world really is like outside the quickly diminishing western world. A lot of westerners in America and Australia have an idea of what it's really like, but there are enough among us in the western world who really think that saying "No" to violence in it's most basic form will end all violence around the world.

Even educated people i know get some of their news and world events from big brother, American idol and hollywood movies.

The fact that fewer people support Obama in America than in the rest of the world means that America is not built by Obamas or people like him. America is a super power. It never occurs to the rest of the world, that is mad about Obama, that them thinking like Obama is the reason why they have to yearn for 'someone else' to manage their world affairs.

Brace yourself folks, the youtube and reality-tv generation is yet to experience the painful consequences of ignorance.

Karen said...

Terrific post, Otto. It is very discouraging to me that the American public is so gullible. Obama is a pro at marketing himself and his ambition is unbridled. Dangerous combination. He's full of corrupt influences, from the south side of Chicago for heaven's sake, and yet he is taken as a 'fresh', 'new', kind of politician. Please. He is the most liberal - right up to Marxist in agenda - and the public laps it up.

Chris McClure aka Panhandle Poet said...

It seems that most of the world has a strong socialist slant on political issues. Obama fits right into that mold.

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Letters' said...

Think about it like this if the U.S. goes down maybe they will wake up and remember the ideals that once made them great and do it again. Granted if they go down it's going to take every one else with them. America has been already on a path to their own half ass'd road to self destruction. Blame who you want but it's not going to matter they are killing themselves by forgetting what made the country great and doing the same crap the rest of the world was always doing to screw themselves up (socialism, extensive governmental control, racial separatism, demagoguery). So have fun we might all be on our own, and the zombie war that is coming in 2013 is going to be the least of our worries :)

Personally I don't want either Obama or McCain president but the difference is I can at least respect McCain. You will miss that Carrier Group when it's gone because every one hates the cops until they need them.

- Could site admin please delete my last post? I jacked it up sorry.-

Lauren said...

Great post Otto. It's always great to see our country from the world's eyes...to bad this time it's not very positive.

The reason other countries wish for Obama to be President is because they don't have to live with the consequences, good or bad. Many of those countries want America to fall anyway (which is why they point to Obama as our leader).

Only America can decide her leader and I hope and pray the American people wake up in time.

Donald Douglas said...

Good to see you posting, Ottavio!

The campaign will work to bring out the differences, and McCain's a phenomenal campaigner.

It's going to be a close election.

David Schantz said...

A while back I posted a message about Obamas Communist ties. I'm not a bit surprised to hear about communist/socialist/foreign country leaders favoring him over McCain. One more reason for me not to support him. "The latest Pew Report only confirms what I had suspected for over a year now. The world loves Obama and has little time, understanding or even knowledge of McCain." How many people outside the United States know of Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Partys Presidential candidate? There are people here in the United States that haven't heard of him. We have the main stream news media to thank for that.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tapline said...

Otto, Thanks for a great post. Much thought went into your remarks, but I suspect that his supporters here in the US do not want to hear that no will they listen to it. I reported on one blog that he is like the Pied Piper the masses just keep following him. Money does wonders and will keep doing it. the MSM is washed up here and they will still carry the Lefts vision of multiculturalism and how bad the US is in all areas.... stay well...