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    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Obama's Foreign Policy

    Barack Obama addressed the Chicago Council on Global Affairs yesterday.

    Here is a the prepared text of this speech.

    The common rap against Obama is that he sounds good but doesn't stand for anything. The speech reveals that he not only sounds good, but that he does stand for something.

    Obama outlines the five ways America will lead the world again, if he is elected President. And he provides details on each point.

    He affirmed the commitment to unilateral action when necessary, while stressing the importance of coalition building, citing to Bush 41's coalition building in the first Gulf War.

    He eschewed isolationism. He embraced a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. He identified the need to reform the UN and other international institutions. America must lead in environmental initatives, including the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.

    He has committed to rebuilding the military. And committed to America leading by example, ending the torture and dishonor brought by the present administration. He covers Russia, he covers North Korea, he covers foreign aid. And much much more.

    I hope you'll take a few minutes and give it a read. The more I read, the more I see, the more I sense this guy is for real. There are those who say we'll never elect a candidate like this, someone of his background, of his ethnicity, someone who is not a WASPy Bush/Cheney type. But Bush/Cheney is not who we are, not who America is. And I believe that Obama might be the right one, at a moment in history where the sins and excesses and incompetence of the present administration could provide the critical mass for a complete electoral repudiation of Bush/Cheney. And what could be a greater repudiation of these last few years than the election of Barack Obama as president?

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    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (10:31 AM, April 25, 2007) : 

    I gave it a quick read and it sounds good to me. I still have reservations about his lack of time on the national and wrold stage but I don't know everything about him. I like that he smokes and is trying to quit and is not hiding it. It makes him seem like a real person. A real person who might be the right person for the job.

     

    Blogger Kate Anne said ... (8:12 AM, May 01, 2007) : 

    What better repudiation of this last mis-administration? Maybe Dennis Kucinich who gave a great speech in California,
    on youtube and in my better dreams. More realistically, I am supporting John Edwards, whose speech there I understand was terrific. Will hear it later. (Obama's was a bit of a rehash, said David Bender on AAR's Politically Direct -- good but repetitive.) And they said Chris Dodd was great. But any of the Dems are much better than the current bunch -- or what the repugs are offering for 2008.

     

    Blogger Audient said ... (10:28 AM, May 01, 2007) : 

    If Dennis ever accomplished anything besides making the city of Cleveland default when he was mayor, maybe he would be taken seriously as a presidential candidate.

     

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