July 14, 2008

Flapjack: Let's Not Talk About The War in Iraq

Flapjack* pens an op-ed in the New York Times entitled "My Plan for Iraq" which is fascinating in that:

  1. his overly vague rhetoric proves he has no actual plans, only vacuous suggestions;
  2. it skates by the proven fact that his judgment on the surge was dead wrong, making the reader wonder about his judgment yet again; what kind of man brings up one of his greatest weaknesses, unsolicited?
  3. it reminds readers that had Obama's long-called-for headlong retreat be actualized, Iraq would have already been lost to chaos, billions in dollars of American military equipment would have been abandoned, and every casualty's sacrifice would have been in vain;
  4. the security vacuum he would have created (and still desires to create) would have likely triggered a genocide followed by a regional war that would make $10/gallon gas look reasonable.

As he makes clear by his own hand, Barack Obama has no plans for success in Iraq, only plans for retreat.

* Flapjack. Nickname for Barack Obama, coined by an eight-year-old. Obama starts on one side (the far left) until an issue gets hot, and then as the political heat becomes to great, he then flips his position.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 14, 2008 11:40 AM

Read Obama's article a little more closely. He plans on leaving a security force on the ground and reserves the right to pursue Al Qaeda througout Mesopotamia. Is this another example of Obama advocating the violation of another nation's borders, as he has with Pakistan? If one looks up the traditional definition of Mesopotamia (on say, Wikipedia), it includes:
"an area geographically located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, largely corresponding to modern Iraq,[2] northeastern Syria,[2] southeastern Turkey,[2] and the Khūzestān Province of southwestern Iran"
So now we are going to send our troops into Iran, Syria, and Turkey if we think Al Qaeda is there? What happened to opposing unilateral actions and embracing summits? What does Obama think these countries will do when we invade them? Sit by, or perhaps lob missiles at Israel in hopes of igniting a wider Middle Eastern war? Obama's memory on Iraq is so short that he forgets Turkey wouldn't even let us use their nation as a staging ground for the original invasion in 2003. How does he think they will react when we use the Kurdish north to stage incursions into their nation?

Obama is such a lightweight on foreign policy it isn't even funny. He's a dangerous one trick pony whose trick got old the minute we committed ourselves to Iraq. Wheher he was right or not in 2003 when his opinion cost him nothing politically is beside the point - he is dead wrong now and the consequences will be dead Americans.

Posted by: Zach Slaton at July 14, 2008 01:40 PM
the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech
.. and so goes the need for Jerusalem to remain Israel's undivided capital.

Let's stop the merry-go-round here .. and call this what it is.

Obama is a politician .. who lies when it suits him.

Posted by: Neo at July 14, 2008 06:56 PM

This is the true meaning of "The Politics of Change."

Obama changes his position however he needs to in order to keep from being labeled as the radical hard-leftist that he is.

Posted by: C-C-G at July 14, 2008 07:00 PM

So what are the chances that this story by Andy Martin, saying Obama's mom and dad never married, being true ?

Posted by: Neo at July 14, 2008 08:03 PM

Martin's commentary is brutal and uncalled for, but he gets the broad strokes correct.

Barack Obama, Sr. never divorced his first wife Kezia Obama, rendering all following marriages invalid because of bigamy, and all children... well, it doesn't need to be said, and certainly not as Martin says it.

Please keep in mind that none of us picks our parents, and that his mother apparently had no idea that Senior was already married.

Both were the victims of an amoral communist drunk.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at July 14, 2008 08:41 PM

And, let me point out, "legitimate" birth within the bonds of matrimony is not a requirement for POTUS as spelled out in the Constitution.

Personally, I think attempts to paint Obama as legally unqualified to be POTUS deserve the same amount of respect as attempts to paint McCain as legally unqualified (because of where he was born) do: none.

Besides, it distracts from attacking Obama for his radical leftist views, which is where I think we need to focus.

Posted by: C-C-G at July 14, 2008 09:28 PM

Did he go to Iraq already and speak with the military leaders? Because said he was going to revise his plans based on what they said, not pen an article before talking to them about what he has made up his mind he will do. Since the press won't ask him hard questions, and he continues to duck Fox, the question he needs to answer is what is he going to do with Pakistan? We chased Al Qaeda over the border in 2001, if we send more troops it will happen again - but that isn't victory. They just disappear, re-arm and re-plan. Will he attack Pakistan, because he said he would or has he flipped on that one as well?

Posted by: Goldwater at July 15, 2008 12:23 AM