I actually think yours is an important topic to discuss which is why I have, well, persisted at it. And this is something I have really wondered about for a long time. So maybe you can help me.
I just watched an extended interview with Barack Obama. I have to really focus on the issues when listening to politicians, and try to distinguish fluff from substance because they are so good at confusing the two. And I have to say that this guy is completely unflappable, of strong intellect and has supreme confidence. And I believe that last will cause him, if elected, to seek the best talent so that he can govern well.
Obama has the ability to use the superficial “gotcha’” questions as a platform to discuss, in plain language, the underlying problems seriously. So when asked about affirmative action, Obama responds that while he is generally supportive, it has been used “as a shortcut” to the more intractable issues of education, training, employment and mainstream social integration of minorities in our society.
When asked to admit he was “wrong” about the Iraqi “troop surge”, Barack replies the surge is a short term TACTIC; the STRATEGY of occupying Iraq detracts from America’s security, as Al Quaeda is proving now through raids in Afghanistan.
And Obama has not backed down on Iraq and in fact explained to General Patraeus this week that generals implement America’s military policies as part of strategic national security policies that are established by the Executive. I like this because he is right, because it shows great courage of conviction, and because (I know) Patraeus agrees with it, and is fully aware that he is a prop in Bush’s rationalization for a failed strategy, and that the restoration of the local Sunni power structure is inconsistent with Bush’s publicized strategy of a strong central democratic government. Read the rest of this entry »