Bush & McCain follow Obama’s lead on national security

It’s starting to become a pattern – and it can only be good when the sane, reasonable ideas that have been suggested by many of us start getting implemented, no matter who does the implementing. But I just hope, come November, everyone remembers who was right in the first place (no, I’m not just talking about not invading Iraq) and who really has the judgment to Keep America Safe and Powerful.

ITEM ONE:
Obama’s said since before the invasion of Iraq that AFGHANISTAN is the central front in the war on terror, and Iraq has been a disastrous distraction. (Common wisdom by now.) For at least a year now, he’s said that as President he would put at least two more brigades into Afghanistan to quell the resurgence of the Taliban and Al Qaeda there – something he could do since he will be withdrawing many more troops than that from Iraq.
McCain has said throughout the campaign that Iraq, not Afghanistan is the central front in the war on terror, and that we should rely mainly on NATO troops in the latter. UNTIL THIS TUESDAY, when he suddenly decided – without crediting his opponent – that we do need to send two brigades to Afghanistan. Although with McCain, it’s hard to know where those troops would come from, as he would like to stay in Iraq indefinitely. (much more documentation here).

It may be that McCain heard the Joint Chiefs’ July 2 call for more troops in Afghanistan but it’s hard to know how a President McCain would provide those troops, unless he intends to bring back the draft.

ITEM TWO:
After ridiculing Obama’s willingness to sit down and negotiate with enemies like Iran, even calling it “appeasement” and comparing Barack to Neville Chamberlain in a completely inappropriate speech to the Israeli Knesset, Bush’s administration is now… going to talk to IRAN!

I know who I’m going to vote for, even if I’m peeved with his FISA flip-flop – the candidate with the judgment to keep our country Safe and Powerful! ¡Sí, se puede!

to be continued… part 2


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