Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Obama on Afganistan

Story: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came under fire Tuesday for saying that U.S. troops in Afghanistan are "just air-raiding villages and killing civilians." The junior senator from Illinois made the comment Monday at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire.

"We've got to get the job done there," he said of Afghanistan. "And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."

The comment drew a rebuke Tuesday from the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"That is a very troubling remark on so many levels," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. "Most importantly, it's emblematic of Senator Obama's lack of experience for the job of commander-in-chief. But it's also an entirely inaccurate condemnation of the efforts of the men and women of the United States military who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.""

To quote Gino on Obama: "Brilliant Barack. Just brilliant. You never miss a chance to say nothing, do you."

Mitt, thank you for saying what needed to be said.

In other news, I'm having a great trip. Stopped in Oklahoma City, went to a Redhawks game, then stayed the night in the middle of some Illinois farm country, then went to the Lincoln museum in Springfield (If you ever go there, grab some hot dogs from 'Weinerdog' a few blocks away. Great stuff.), then spent the night at the Indiana Dunes state park. I'll spend the next two days in Chicago.

I guess its fitting to post with Obama in it, seeing as I am in his jurisdiction. And in light of that, this is a picture I took at Lincoln's museum. It is in the gift ship in the area set aside for biographies on Lincoln.


Gino said...

how fitting you are in the land of lincoln.
if it werent for lincoln, obama would be picking cotton, and we wouldnt have to hear from him.

i blame lincoln.

Mercy Now said...

A recent poll, I think Wall St Journal, taken among Dems said that people do like Obamah the most but acknowledge he has the least experience while putting Hilary on the other end of the scale w/ most experience but least likeable.

Gino said...

catch22 for hilary:
how can she have any experience when she refuses to be tied to the inner workings of the clinton whitehouse?

SolaMeanie said...

Obama is quite a piece of work, isn't he? Living in Illinois grows more difficult for me by the day. It's all the more maddening given that a Republican scandal is partially responsible for allowing Obama into office and for the Democrats to capture all statewide offices except one, plus control of both houses of the General Assembly. Grrr.

However, there is one high point that I hope you get to see someday. Visit the town of Galena, Illinois, if you get the chance. The home of President Grant is there, and the town is sort of like a moment in time preserved. The architecture is antibellum, dating from the mid-1800s. The region Galena is in is one of the few non-flat places in Illinois, resembling the Ozarks on a smaller scale. Galena looks a lot like one of the villages you'd see on a Hallmark Card, especially in the fall and winter.

Gino said...

sola: send me some info on galena real estate.

didnt know you were a IL man.
my whole family comes from there, waaaay back, to the first founders, french trappers, french farmers, and indians.
and chicago was the only part of america my dad's family even recognized as real.

my genes, literally, are a apart of, and from, that soil.

SolaMeanie said...

You mean actual real estate i.e. houses? I can tell you this for certain. Since Galena is such a lovely area, there have been lots of people from Chicago going out there to buy vacation homes etc. In the past few years, that's helped drive home prices out there through the roof.

I am indeed Illinois born and raised, but my family's roots are in Arkansas and that actually feels more like home to me than Illinois does. I spend a LOT of time down there visiting family, fishing, trail hiking etc. My favorite term for Illinois is "ill-annoyed." The state grows more and more socialistic with every passing day.

Palm boy said...

Picking Cotton... Well, I certainly prefer the freedom that allows Barack to campaign for president over the private ownership tyranny of slavery.
As for blaming Lincoln, I suppose it is true. Hardly an offense though.

Mercy, Barack is indeed the most likable, I think because the rest of the race has such a fetid odor.

Catch-22 indeed. Although she was on the Wal-Mart board of directors, which has to count for something.

Sola, I don't think I'll be going there this trip, but there is definitly the possibility of a return trip this way. Grant is a fascinating study in history.
BTW, I didn't realize you were from Illinois. It does seem rather socialist here, mostly because of their gun shyness.
Two examples: The mock 'log cabin' at the Lincoln museum in Springfield did not have a fire arm in the display. Rather, there was a plow in the corner, a shovel by the fire, a nice set table, a bed, and other sundry items from a fontier home. But, no rifle. Tsk.
At a souviner shop, all the pop-guns were tied together with a steel cable and placed behind the counter. *rolls eyes*

under_the_mercy said...

Actually, Lincoln said he did not care about slavery in relation to the civil war, it was only about preserving the union. And at anyrate, slavery would have fallen anyway.

Palm boy said...

Under, he did not care much about slavery as an issue until it was apparent that it was the glue that could re-bond a shattered Union, both politically up north and in the War down south.

under_the_mercy said...

Pardon me, but I cannot see how slavery is even remotely like the "glue" that could "re-bond a shattered union".