May 29 2008

Obama Is About To Get A Hard Wake-Up Call

Published by at 11:21 am under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions,Iraq

Obama is thinking about visiting Iraq this summer, the most important place on planet Earth when it comes to America’s recent past, present and future with regards to our national security.   If he goes he is in for a serious wake-up call that will test him as a human being like nothing else has before.  I doubt seriously if Obama is going simply because John McCain challenged him to face up to the realities of Iraq.  Obama’s not one to do something risky unless he absolutely is forced into the corner (e.g., Reverend Wright).

No, what I think nailed Obama was this truly powerful ad – and what it shows Obama will need to face when he goes to Iraq:

What will Obama do when faced with tens of thousands of young, brave American heros like this young lady who will challenge Obama to finish up our victory in Iraq? What will Obama do to honor those who sacrificed all to get us to where we are, on the verge of complete victory?

This is such a risky act on Obama’s part I think the politician in him will, in the end, decline to go and face Iraq and our armed forces. But if he does go, then he will be forced to make a decision. Will he play to his anti-war base (which he needs to keep his poll numbers afloat) and diss our armed forces and those who died and were wounded to get us here? We he throw away the most valued sacrifices any person can give a country to hold onto votes? Is a pol or man of principle?

Or conversely, will he acknowledge the sacrifices of our armed forces, of our Iraqi allies and realize the only benefit to a withdrawal now is to our enemies? Will he succumb to John McCain’s wisdom and defend our gains, show he is able to be commander-in-chief and stand up to idiotic forces here in America who conceive of suicidal policies and promote them as solutions to non-problems. Will Obama be the statesman, open a new dialogue with the American people, bridge the partisan divide?

You can quickly see why this is a very dangerous action for Obama. If he is serious about going I would suspect the calls for Clinton to step aside would abruptly stop because everyone knows this is a big gambit. Either way he loses something – that is what hard choices are all about. If there was one good and one bad choice they are easy. It is these kinds of choices that have led President Bush to burn up his political capitol as he fought the war in Iraq to win. He made a series of hard choices which always had a negative impact on him.

But Bush is a leader. We don’t know what Obama is, but what little we know doesn’t show leadership. Which is why, in the end, I think he will dodge the challenge all together.

44 responses so far

44 Responses to “Obama Is About To Get A Hard Wake-Up Call”

  1. VinceP1974 says:

    I am so bored with Leftists.. None of these dummies ever say anything positive… everything out of thier mouths is some negative whining, or 20/20 hindsight assignment of blame, or gloating at some event which is bad for America. All argued in bad faith.

    That’s all they bring to table. They certainly never add any value when they show up.

  2. The Macker says:

    “Are they going to gain any insight into this war that they couldn’t get from reading newspapers here in the US?” –
    Is that where you get your “insight?”

    For starters, O’bama might have personal talks with the military commanders.

    And do the Dems do everything as a photo op? Can they think beyond that?

  3. Dc says:

    The vital insight Obama might gain from this is that the US troops there that you insult daily, who are only there through the steadfastness of our president, have, through their own great sacrifice, turned the situation in Iraq to a strategic victory for us (and the rest of the world for that matter).

    That our presence there has made a difference. That our money and the sacrifice we have made there, has made a difference. And NOT just in Iraq…but all over the world.

    Because of the leftards positions…that’s a strategic defeat for them. Now, they are trying to figure out how to change their position without making it seem like they have. Perhaps if Obama went to IRaq….he could do that. (ie..delcare victory in an “unwinnable mistake”)