Friday, October 31, 2008

Free Speech in Jeopardy? National Security in Jeopardy?

Saw Obama's speech in Iowa this morning. I have a big concern about the security of the United States of America under the leadership of Obama as president. Obama said in his speech this morning:

That he would "end the war in Iraq immediately" when he becomes president. Then he followed with "I will snuff out terrorists like Osama Bin Laden".

Well how can you "strike at the heart of terrorism" if you order an immediate, across the board, withdraw of US military troops from Iraq, and systematically destabilize the region? Make no mistake, destabilization is statistically highly likely given Obama's withdraw scenario. Destabilization of the region will result in an increase of available resources (i.e., guns and other weapons) and unhindered movement for terrorists. Terrorist groups will once again have an increased influence in the region and may once again have the means necessary to strike on U.S. soil.

The U.S. military "surge" in Iraq has resulted in a semblance of order and our taking out the number 2 leader behind Bin Laden. The surge has worked, and we are closer than ever to "striking at the heart of terrorism". If we suddenly change course, 180 degrees, with an immediate troop withdraw, we would loose the ground that we have gained with lives of our own American men and women thus far.

Obama's statement this morning is a prime example of Obama's inexperience and pandering to a segment of the American electorate who truly don't understand military strategy or what is at stake in Iraq and the greater Middle East. We, as Americans, ALL WANT PEACE and order in the world, but that peace and order sometimes comes at a price and is kept in place by military intervention. History has shown this time and time again: especially when you are dealing with extremists who have no intention of "sitting down and negotiating";their unswerving end goal is the total annihilation of the "evil western world" and its people (that's you and I!).

I fear that Obama's inexperience in Foreign Policy would put American back in the position of having its head in the sand again: right back where we were on 9/11/2001 and the months leading up to this horrific terrorist attack on American soil. That is NOT "CHANGE WE NEED!"


Obama also said that "We need new leadership in Washington." I agree, and McCain and Palin are poised to bring new leadership to Washington. He followed with "We need new policies in Washington." Again McCain and Palin are poised to bring new policies to Washington.
To find out more specifics on what McCain-Palin stand for visit: http://www.johnmccain.com/

Another thing that concerns me about Obama is that he does not truly support our 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech. After an interview in Florida, where Joe Biden was asked if Obama's philosophy of "spread the wealth around" was "marxist," the Obama campaign ended the interview and has since denied ABC -- and its affiliates -- all access to their campaign. If the shoe were on the other foot (e.g., Katy Couric asked a similar question to Sarah Palin) you can bet that the McCain campaign would be criticized and ridiculed to no end for a similar stunt.

Campaigns are indeed about THE ISSUES, but they are also about pointing out inadequacies, flaws, questionable judgements and associations. Why? Because all of these factors speak to the ability, or lack of ability, of the presidential candidates to hold and effectively execute the highest office of our nation. If you can't stand up to scrutiny while running for office how can we, the American people, expect that you will be able to stand up the demands and scrutiny of the Office of President of the United States?

This morning (per Fox News) the "Washington Post," "New York Times," and the "Dallas Morning News" all endorsed John McCain for President. The Obama campaign summarily told each of these papers, and their staff --that had been travelling with the Obama campaign -- that they no longer had room for them on the Obama campaign transportation. They would have to make other arrangements. How presidential is that? What does it say about right to Free Speech under an Obama presidency?

McCain, his campaign and supporters, contrary to what Obama and his campaign would have you believe are not engaging in "dirty politics". The McCain camp are merely trying to lift THE VEIL that prevents Obama from being scrutinized in any way. The American people have a right to know the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and to decide for themselves when they have all of the cards on the table.

Lastly, I wish that John McCain -- having now supported the congressional bailout to stabilize the American financial system -- would speak specifically as to what steps he will take, once in office, to ensure that the AIG's, Fannie Mae's, Freddie Mac's and their respective executives don't have the ability to do what they did to destroy their companies and jeopardize the American financial system again. And perhaps speak to a criminal investigation into these companies and executives.

P.S. College Students: Obama is offering to "help pay for college" tuition of those who agree to sign-up for some form of service to the country. I think that this is a worthy idea and worth pursuing. I don't, however, think that this idea ALONE makes Obama worth voting for. This idea can be effectively put forth, and pursued, by an congressperson or senator of the United States. My husband and I both worked our way through college and paid 100% of our college tuition. If you have the will and determination, you will find the way and be the better for it in the end.

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