Sometimes a public figure makes a statement that seems so very absurd, so way out there that it makes you wonder if the person really said it–or like in the movie Dave is there just a lookalike speaking for the guy. You know what I am talking about, declarations like Clinton’s “I did not inhale,” OJ’s “I am searching for Nicole’s real killer” and just about anything that comes out of the mouth of Congressman Murtha.
Senator Obama’s recent comments on foreign policy have fit into that category. His latest coming yesterday about US efforts in Afghanistan. “And that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.” Excuse me? Does this guy have any understanding of what we are doing overseas–that there are people on the ground fighting for HIS Safety and and that of his family. I agree with Obama’s wife the question of is her husband “black enough” is stupid. Maybe people should be asking is he SMART enough?
Obama’s comments on Afghanistan draw sharp rebuke from Romney campaign by Bill Sammon, The Examiner Democratic presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen Barack Obama, D-Il., listens to citizens’ concerns during a campaign stop in Hanover, N.H., Monday, Aug. 13. His comments on the U.S. role in Afghanistan drew a sharp rebuke from Mitt Romney’s campaign. WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came under fire Tuesday for saying that U.S. troops in Afghanistan are “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians.” The junior senator from Illinois made the comment Monday at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire. “We’ve got to get the job done there,” he said of Afghanistan. “And that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.” The comment drew a rebuke Tuesday from the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “That is a very troubling remark on so many levels,” said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. “Most importantly, it’s emblematic of Senator Obama’s lack of experience for the job of commander-in-chief. But it’s also an entirely inaccurate condemnation of the efforts of the men and women of the United States military who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.” A spokesman for Obama, who will speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Missouri next week, did not immediately respond to Madden’s criticism. The flap comes three weeks after Obama promised that if elected president, he would meet without pre-conditions with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea. That pledge was called “irresponsible and frankly naive” by rival Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Eight days later, eager to rebut Clinton’s charge, Obama said that as president, he might send U.S. troops into Pakistan to fight terrorists not targeted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” he vowed. Critics called this overly hawkish, prompting Obama to modulate again the next day by ruling out the use of nuclear weapons to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance,” he told the AP before pausing. “Involving civilians,” he added. “Let me scratch that. There’s been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That’s not on the table.” The gaffe was criticized by Clinton, who said: “I don’t believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons.” Clinton has been criticized for a statement about Iran last year in which she said “I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table.” On Tuesday, Clinton’s campaign declined to comment on Obama’s remark about U.S. troops in Afghanistan.