Thursday, July 31, 2008

the guy with the funny name dredges up the race card

"Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, 'he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name,' you know, 'he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

Newt Gingrich gives his take on Citizen of the World's new tactic: RACE CARD, race card, RaCE CArd. (from Hannity and Colmes)

McCain defends his response.

Obama On McCain's Celebrity Ad

McCain would debate you now if you would just accept Barack! Ten Townhall debates. Too afraid? Then don't give us this crap about debating.

Where did Barack Obama's mojo go?

Top of the Ticket - LA Times Blog

Something's going on. Or some things.

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday shows that despite nine solid days of blanket media coverage from overseas with Barack Obama cheered by adoring throngs of Germans and parlez-vousing with the French, making a three-point shot in the Middle East and standing outside No. 10 Downing Street, the freshman Illinois Democratic presidential nominee to be Senator Barack Obama of Illinois stayed static in the polls despite his well-covered long foreign tripsenator is stuck right where he was in the polls before he left.

No bounce. Not even a roll.

He still leads Republican Sen. John McCain 51% to 44%. But it's the same 51-44 as last time.

A CNN poll average shows an even slimmer 48-45 Obama lead, dangerously close for an experienced opponent who relishes being the underdog.

"Obama has not picked up any ground against McCain on foreign issues," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And some 52% think McCain would do a better job than Obama on the war in Iraq -- virtually the same number who felt that way in April."

read the whole thing

Obama's Energy Policy

from John at Powerline:

The stunned silence with which the crowd greets this howler suggests that most Americans have a more practical understanding of energy consumption than Obama.

Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let's be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that's a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.

. . . it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal "all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling."

read the whole thing


Ludacris, rapper and avid supporter of Barack Obama (Obama once claimed to have Ludacris in heavy rotation on his iPod) has released a new song called 'Politics: Obama Is Here' in which he attacks Hillary Clinton as an 'irrelevant bitch'.

I'm back on it like I just signed my record deal
yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
never should have hated
you never should've doubted him
with a slot in the president's iPod Obama shattered 'em
Said I handled his biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
if you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
and all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
you can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it's meant to be
the threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
so get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!
paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw em like candy wrap
cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents
get out and vote or the end will be near
the world is ready for change because Obama is here!
cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

new McCain ad

Includes Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

VOIGHT: My concerns for America

Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people

by Jon Voight | Washington Times Op Ed | Monday, July 28, 2008

We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

Those same leaders who were in the streets in the '60s are very powerful today in their work to bring down the Iraq war and to attack our president, and they have found their way into our schools. William Ayers is a good example of that.

Thank God, today, we have a strong generation of young soldiers who know exactly who they are and what they must do to protect our freedom and our democracy. And we have the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, who has brought hope and stability to Iraq and prevented the terrorists from establishing a base in that country. Our soldiers are lifting us to an example of patriotism at a time when we've almost forgotten who we are and what is at stake.

read the whole thing

Edwards mistress cover-up: $15K per month

The Enquirer pursues an odd strategy with new allegations.
By Mickey Kaus | Slate | Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 6:43 AM ET

A NATIONAL ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered John Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter – the mother of his “love child” – has been secretly receiv­ing $15,000 a month as part of an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by the former presidential contender.

The money is being funneled to Hunter by a wealthy colleague who was closely tied to the Edwards’ campaign. This same man is also shoveling cash to Edwards’ pal and former aide Andrew Young – who tried to take the heat off the ex-Senator by claiming he is the father of Rielle’s baby.

Why no Bounce?

"The left hand doesn't know what the further left hand is doing."

Carol Platt Liebau analyzes why Obama's bounce from last week is gone already. Jim Geraghty, Spot blogger for the National Review, chimes in during the second segment.

NYT wonders: Why didn’t Obama leave his aides behind and visit those wounded troops alone?

Barack Obama, Shaman

By Michael Knox Beran | Wall Street Journal | July 30, 2008

In the patois of punditry, "charismatic" has come to mean little more than "like a rock star." But the striking thing about the charismatic leader is the extent to which his followers regard him as a healer of wounds, an alleviator of pain. In this sense, surely, Sen. Barack Obama is charismatic. The carefully knotted ties and the dark, conservatively tailored suits only accentuate the exoticness of his shamanism; he has entered the American psyche not as a hero but as a healer.
[City Journal]

The country, or much of it, has longed for such a figure, a man from the once-oppressed race whose rise to power will atone for the sins of slavery and racial stigmatization. But Mr. Obama's rhetoric encompasses more than a promise of racial healing. He is not the first politician to argue that politics can redeem us, but in posing as the Adonis who will turn winter into spring, he revives one of the more pernicious political swindles: the belief that a charismatic leader can ordain a civic happy hour and give a people a sense of community that will make them feel less bad.

read the whole thing

Want a Depression (we're already in a mental recession), vote OBAMA

John at Powerline

Michael Boskin, writing in this morning's Wall Street Journal calls "Obamanomics" a "recipe for recession." Obama's tax policies are extreme to a degree we have not seen in this country in a long time:

The top 35% marginal income tax rate rises to 39.6%; adding the state income tax, the Medicare tax, the effect of the deduction phase-out and Mr. Obama's new Social Security tax (of up to 12.4%) increases the total combined marginal tax rate on additional labor earnings (or small business income) from 44.6% to a whopping 62.8%. People respond to what they get to keep after tax, which the Obama plan reduces from 55.4 cents on the dollar to 37.2 cents -- a reduction of one-third in the after-tax wage!

As Boskin points out, with a Democratic Congress writing tax legislation things could get even worse:

On economic policy, the president proposes and Congress disposes, so presidents often wind up getting the favorite policy of powerful senators or congressmen. Thus, while Mr. Obama also proposes an alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch, he could instead wind up with the permanent abolition plan for the AMT proposed by the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D., N.Y.) -- a 4.6% additional hike in the marginal rate with no deductibility of state income taxes. Marginal tax rates would then approach 70%, levels not seen since the 1970s and among the highest in the world. The after-tax return to work -- the take-home wage for more time or effort -- would be cut by more than 40%.

That would, obviously, devastate the economy. Worse, it is unfair. It is simply immoral for the state to confiscate 70% of anyone's income. It would be deeply ironic if, at a time when the rest of the world is moving toward greater freedom in the form of lower tax rates, the United States were to regress to the stultifying statism of the 1970s. Yet that is exactly what Barack Obama promises.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Inside Professor Obama’s Classroom

The Caucus | New York Times Politics Blog | July 29, 2008, 5:05 pm

In the course of reporting an article on the 12 years that Barack Obama spent teaching law at the University of Chicago, we unearthed some of Mr. Obama’s old class materials: the syllabus and assignments for his “Racism and the Law” seminar, as well as a set of his constitutional law exams and a partial set of memos he wrote about the answers.

The documents let us hear his voice as a professor, asking students to wrestle with hot-button topics like cloning and reparations. He tells students what he wants and interrogates them on what they have learned. In his little asides about gym visits and his wife, Michelle, we hear hints of his professorial style.

But the documents also offer clues about his thinking. They show us whose writings he wanted students to explore, from Malcolm X to Robert Bork. He framed complex legal, moral and political issues for his students, and in the case of post-exam memos, answered a few problems for them.

read the whole thing

BarackBook -- view his friends list! See videos.

Ahmadinejad Condemns World Powers for Atomic Arsenals

By Ladane Nasseri |

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized the world's most powerful countries for expanding their atomic arsenals while attempting to stop the progress of other nations toward ``peaceful nuclear energy.''

``The expansion of nuclear arms by oppressing powers is continuing and other nations' peaceful nuclear activities are being condemned by these very countries through accusations that they are being aimed at constructing nuclear weapons,'' Ahmadinejad said in a speech aired live on state television.

``The United Nations Security Council is backing the interests of powerful countries and dismissing the rights of most other nations,'' he said in today's address to foreign ministers from the Non-Aligned Movement who met in Tehran. ``There is no influential and independent body to enforce nuclear disarmament by countries possessing nuclear weapons.''

Dennis Prager on talking to tyrants

The absurdity of Brian William's interview with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Brian Williams Interviews Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The following was posted by Danielle Pletka at 05:16 PM | Weekly Standard

Brian Williams, anchorman and part-time earnest diplomat, needs to get back to reading the news. His blockbuster journalistic coup--scoring an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--is a farce.

Maybe it was the heady trip to the Middle East and Europe with the man who will bring peace to our world. Maybe it’s just the giddiness of scoring an interview with an evil dictator. But geez, buddy, watch the tape. It looked like a Borat interview--with Williams playing the sucker.

“It was clear to all of us watching and listening,” Williams raved, that Ahmadinejad “brought with him a new approach.” What’s the “new approach”? Oh yeah, “mutual respect”. Uh, Brian, the Iranians have said roughly one hundred thousand times that if America drops all sanctions and embraces the Tehran regime including its support for terrorism, killing American soldiers, and its nuclear weapons program, then we could be friends.

Williams did press for an answer on the new “freeze for freeze” offer from the United States and European nations--a freeze on enrichment in exchange for a sanctions freeze. Ahmadinejad wasn’t game to answer that, instead touting his own “nonepaper” (no spell check in Iran) that even the New York Times ridiculed as an “open-ended, cost-free, high-level negotiating process” with no value. Getting no answer to his question, Williams seemed disinclined to pursue the issue, instead seeking opinions on whether Iran really is pursuing nuclear weapons (phew, they’re not) and why Ahmadinejad keeps wearing that tan jacket (seriously).

“And finally,” Williams chortled, “loosely paraphrased, one of the comments he gave us today on the bomb front he said `nuclear weapons are so 20th century.'” He forgot to add that terrorism is “so eighties”.

Monday, July 28, 2008

funny ad from

Leftists must have a different sense of humor. I'm not laughing.

Why Do Europeans Love Obama?

by Victor Davis Hansen | July 28th, 2008 12:34 pm | Pajamas Media

He gives five reasons plus the final irony:

The hated George Bush is still around; Chirac, Schroeder, Villapin et al. are history. Iraq is secure. Iran is becoming isolated. North Korea supposedly is denuked. And America is reassuring a jittery Europe that we will stick by them in a world of bullying Russians and Chinese.

Idaho Printer Mistakenly Makes Buttons of Obama With Sen. Larry Craig

link to article

Sunday, July 27, 2008

the Messiah doesn't sweat - take 2

Rush coined the term "Gorbasm" when Michael Gorbachev was at the height of his popularity (see definition here). Maybe we need a new word . . . Obamasm.

I worked out with Obama!
He curled 32 kilo dumbbells next to me +++ Barack is top fit +++ He didn’t sweat at all

By Judith Bonesky | Bild (Germany)
As thousands waited at the Sieges Saule monument in Berlin to hear Obama’s sensational speech, a BILD reporter met Barack all alone – in the gym! Here's the incredible account of Judith Bonesky’s meeting…

It's 16:02pm and I’ve been training in the gym of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Berlin. A man in a suit approaches me and says: "Barack Obama is about to come and train ...“ Shortly after half past four and he actually arrives! Barack Obama is wearing a grey t-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms – and a great smile!

"Hi, how’s it going?“ asks Obama in his deep voice. My heart beats. "Very good, and you?" I say. Obama replies: "Very good, thank you!"

Obama (with toned arms and a strong back) puts on his headphones for his iPod to listen to pop music. He hums quietly. Then he jumps on a fitness bike. He pushes three times on the pedals – but then can’t be bothered with it.

He goes and picks up a pair of 16 kilo weights and starts curling them with his left and right arms, 30 repetitions on each side. Then, amazingly, he picks up the 32 kilo weights! Very slowly he lifts them, first 10 curls with his right, then 10 with his left. He breathes deeply in and out and takes a sip of water from his 0,5 litre Evian bottle.

Shortly before five o’clock Obama comes over and sits directly next to my cross-trainer on the mat. First he does 10 sit-ups, then stretches. Then he looks at his watch and says to his bodyguard: “It’s time, let’s go.” Quickly I ask: “Mr. Obama, could I take a photo?”. “Of course!” he answers, before asking my name and coming over to stand next to me.

“My name’s Judith” I reply. "I’m Barack Obama, nice to meet you!” he says, and puts his arm across my shoulder. I put my arm around his hip – wow, he didn’t even sweat! WHAT A MAN!

wonkette agrees -- Let’s enjoy her sexytime memories, together.

NGOs -- just a cover for terrorism?

BBC News | Page last updated at 21:11 GMT, Saturday, 26 July 2008 22:11 UK

Spanish police say they have arrested the representative of the left-wing Colombian rebel group Farc in Spain.

Maria Remedios Garcia Albert, a Spanish national, was detained near Madrid, as part of a joint operation by the Spanish and Colombian authorities.

She faces charges of being part of an armed group and managing the rebel group's finances in Europe.

Farc, which has waged a 44-year civil war in Colombia, is considered a terrorist group by the EU and the US.

The Colombian authorities have recently warned that large amounts of money raised from cocaine by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - or Farc - are often invested in Europe.

The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Madrid says it is alleged that under the cover of her job with a non-governmental organisation, Ms Garcia provided organisational support and funds to the Farc.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

He came, he saw, he sprinkled us with stardust

He's not even President, but Obama's visit to London yesterday was little short of messianic

Euan Ferguson | The Observer | Sunday July 27 2008

He has a devilish, wicked, lopsided little half-smile, does Mr Barack Obama, and the instincts in his face want him to use it. Just as well, really, because it pulls him back into the realm of humanity, and without it we might be in danger of trading hallelujahs and tugging his frayed hem.

'He's not the President,' reprimands the copper keeping crowds at bay outside the House of Commons. 'Yes, he is!' wails a fat white sunburnt American. 'He's my President! Let me throooough, man, let me through!'

'He's not the President,' comes the (angrier, screechier, more frustrated and didactic) cop's reply. 'He's a ...'

I think he went on to get it right, roughly, didactically, in the sun. He is not the President yet. A visiting dignitary. But, oh, how I wanted this copper to be a great fan of The Life of Brian and continue... 'He's a very naughty boy.' Because there was something utterly messianic about the visit yesterday to London of what polls increasingly have down as the United States' next President. Not least the presence of mortals gathering to be sprinkled with stardust, PMs and PMs-in-waiting among them.

read the whole thing

New McCain ad

Magical Mystery Tour a big flop

Foreign tour no victory lap, Obama says as polls dip
LONDON (AFP) — White House hopeful Barack Obama denied Saturday his adulation-soaked foreign tour was a premature victory lap, but admitted it could see him take a short term dip in the polls back home.

US Presidential Hopeful Obama Defends Overseas Trip, Meets With British PM
By VOA News, 26 July 2008

Media Misses Big Story of Obama Trip

The seeds of Obama’s undoing may have been sown under their very noses.
July 25, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin | Pajamas Media

The media is gaga over Barack Obama’s international trip. They fawn, they cheer, and they marvel. But did they miss the big story? It wouldn’t be the first time in this (or a prior) election in which the MSM collectively missed the boat. And this time, it happened largely at the hands of some reporters who gave Obama just enough room to do himself some damage.

As Michael Dukakis’ former campaign manager Susan Estrich observed, “[B]eing the favorite of the press doesn’t necessarily win you votes.” And sometimes they lull you into a state of bliss, unaware that the sheer excess of their infatuation is itself problematic.

There are several legacies of the Obama trip that will linger long after the pictures fade from memory. Unfortunately for him (and his media cheerleaders), none is positive.

read the whole thing

1. awful ideological bind - re: the surge
2. mistake in assuming international acclaim and media adoration would impress the folks back home
3. snubbing the wounded troops in Germany

Obama does not pass the commander-in-chief test. And if he is successful, the political pundit class will look back on Obama’s week abroad and marvel how they got it so wrong.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama plagiarized Bono's Live 8 speech, July 8th, 2005

Side-by-side comparisons. What's the chance of using those same sentences in that order?

I think I'd rather listen to Bono.
H/T: Rush

Beck's take

Glenn Beck puts on an Obama cap and button and joins Obamania on the eve of the Citizen of the WORLD speech.

Prager's first take

flickr photo Uploaded on July 25, 2008 by SurfGuard

Dennis doing live radio as Citizen of the World #2-1-18-1-3-11 (Barack) gives Berlin speech.

A Runaway Ego is Barry's Blind Spot

By James Lewis | American Thinker

Every political campaign has its weak spot. Every human being has his own blind spots. In politics and war, it's those blind spots that eventually make for victory or defeat. When an opponent discovers that weak spot, he just needs to hit it over and over again to win.

In Iraq, Al Qaida's blind spot was its penchant for bloody random killing of innocent civilians. It turned the tribes against AQ. Every time they car-bombed another peaceful marketplace they made more mortal enemies. That's why they lost.

For Barack and Michelle Obama, the biggest blind spot is Ego Tripping -- the temptations of boastful grandiosity. It's Obama's need to be seen as Jesus Christ Superstar.

read the whole thing

view the panorama - a great flash image of the crowd yesterday

What the Moment Is

Powerline Blog quotes Rush Limbaugh:

So now he has to go apologize for the United States of America. What is it? He's black, he's running for President of the United States, "We haven't perfected ourselves." You know, that's a key phrase, by the way, is one of the things that drives liberalism is the fact that they think people and institutions can be perfected. They think they can be perfect. And when nothing is perfect, then everything's wrong. But this is just beyond the pale. He's talking to Germans and making excuses for the United States of America, which to this day defends and protects Germany? (interruption) Exactly right. This is insulting. It is demeaning. "We have made our share of mistakes. There are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions." This is Iraq. But he's not a candidate, folks. He's just a guy strolling through the forest there who happened to see a microphone and a podium.

He says, "Oh, there's about 100,000 people out there. I think I'll go make a speech." This is change. But ladies and gentlemen, if you are wondering when you hear Obama talk about change, this is it. The change is: America sucks, America's deficient, America's guilty, but America is now willing to pay the price because we have a Messiah who understands the faults, the egregious errors made by the United States and her people. We are racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes. We discriminate against people who worship differently than we do, have skin color different from ours, and we have not always behaved properly in the world. And we torture. And we, of course, are biased against people who want to get into our country illegally. We have a lot to pay for. Not to mention that we are primarily the country responsible for climate change, shrinking the Atlantic coastline, melting the Arctic ice. This is the change. You want change? This is the change. -- Rush Limbaugh

Scott Johnson of Powerline -- In his sermon to the Germans, Barack Obama presents himself both as Barack the Baptist and the Obamessiah. Nevertheless, Americans naturally root for for the underdog to prevail. For pride to take a fall. Don't we instinctively seek to puncture the grandiose pretensions of a blowhard? It seems to me that this is the question that Obama's speech elicits.

And one more question. I wonder if Americans will appreciate Obama's deprecation of the United States on foreign soil for his own self-aggrandizing purposes. Surely one does not need to be a conservative Republican to recoil from this display.

The end of the media affair with Obama? Yeah, right.

protein wisdom

The fact is we have already seen the establishment press pretend they were going to start treating Obama like a politician instead of a Lightworker. That was in March, yet Obama and the media are still together.

. . . When it comes to Obama, the media at least has a bad case of battered wife syndrome. They keep going back for more. The media ought to be more concerned that about half of voters already believe most reporters will try to help Obama win, and that McCain beat Obama in terms of viewers on YouTube on four of the last six days, thanks largely to the success of the “Obama Love” videos that mock the media.

the audacity of inappropriateness

Citizen of the World had no time to go visit wounded U.S. soldiers, but did have time to go throw his own country under the bus.

BERLIN (AP) - Sen. Barack Obama scrapped plans to visit wounded members of the armed forces in Germany as part of his overseas trip, a decision his spokesman said was made because the Democratic presidential candidate thought it would be inappropriate on a campaign-funded journey.

The spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said Thursday that Obama made his decision out of respect for the servicemen and women, but Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign immediately criticized the move.

"Barack Obama is wrong. It is never inappropriate to visit our men and women in the military," said Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the Republican contender.

Obama's decision raised a number of questions because the visit, which had been scheduled for Friday, never appeared on the schedule of events distributed to reporters who are accompanying him on his travels.

The first word from the campaign about its existence was Gibbs' statement.

Obama had been planning to go to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany before a flight to Paris. Gibbs said the stop was canceled because Obama decided "it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."

link to article

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fellow Citizen of the World gives his major speech

Obama promises to 'remake the world'

In the end, not much

Obama Wows Germans — But Will It Play in Streator, IL?

Full text of speech

Ich bin ein beginner!

Poster by Tennyson Hayes. H/T Michelle Malkin. The Siegessäule in Berlin was moved to where it is now by Adolf Hitler. He saw it as a symbol of German superiority and of the victorious wars against Denmark, Austria and France. -- Hot Air

"Nuestro Propio Camino"

New Barack Obama Spanish-language radio spot to air in CO, FL, NM and NV.

“Nuestro Propio Camino” ("Our Own Way")

[VO:] Some people have power and connections.

But most of us have to make our own way through life.

This is true even for the man who could become the next President … Barack Obama.

He grew up without a father — raised by his mother with the support of his grandparents.

Through student loans and hard work, he graduated from college.

Obama never forgot his roots…

He worked with churches to help families get job training and after-school care for their children.

In the State Senate, he passed a law that helped reduce the welfare roles by over 80% by helping families to secure jobs.

And despite the political pressure, Obama has stood with us for immigration reform and spoke out for our veterans.

It’s time we had a President who understands we all deserve a chance to make our own way.


Obama Plays Down Berlin Speech

By Jeff Zeleny - The Caucus - NYT Politics Blog - July 24

BERLIN – Senator Barack Obama arrived in Germany on Thursday amid high anticipation for an evening speech he is poised to deliver here in the Tiergarten, the German capital’s equivalent of Central Park. As he held meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials, he sought to tackle another task: lowering expectations.

“I doubt we’re going to have a million screaming Germans — let’s tamp down expectations here,” Mr. Obama told reporters as he flew here from Tel Aviv, joking that he only recently learned that his audience was expected to be so large. “We’re sort of on the high-wire all of the sudden.”

BBC video - What Germany thinks of Obama: He's Young, he's a good speaker, and he's full of hope.

Obama’s “No” (on the surge)

Peter Wehner - 07.22.2008 - 7:18 AM

In an interview yesterday with Senator Obama, ABC’s Terry Moran listed just a few of the by now seemingly endless data points demonstrating that the so-called surge, which Obama opposed at the time it was announced, is a success. Moran then asked this (excellent) question: Knowing what you know now, would you support the surge?”

Obama’s answer was, “No.”

This must surely rank as among the most misinformed, ideological, and reckless statements by a presidential candidate in modern times. The McCain campaign should do everything they can to make Obama pay a high price for it. That one word answer, “No,” should be advertised in bright neon lights. It should become Exhibit A that Obama not only doesn’t have the “judgment to lead;” he has now supplied us with evidence that few people possess judgment as flawed as his.

read the whole thing

building a religion

Google has officially censored my Barack Obama video
Upon reaching 95,000 views, the video, Obama - Building a Religion, has officially been censored as inappropriate for minors. Amazing…As Glenn Reynolds always says “THEY TOLD ME THAT IF GEORGE W. BUSH WERE RE-ELECTED,” we’d see political videos censored. And they were right!

What actually happened is Obama’s hardcore internet losers (Obamabots) organized a drive to flag the video as inappropriate. This doesn’t seem to be the first time this has happened either (also, see here). Now people have to login to a YouTube account and verify their age just to watch it — a major inconvenience that has crippled the video’s traffic. Before this video was censored it was generating between 500 and 1000 views a day. Since the censoring, it is generating less than 50 per day.

Hey Obamabots — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED you mindless douchebags! How about three cheers for the free exchange of ideas (an exchange free from ideas you don’t like)!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Obama lies about being on the Senate Banking Committee

The Fine Line Between Pandering and Lying

Now, in terms of knowing my commitments, you don't have to just look at my words, you can look at my deeds. Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee, a bill to call for divestment from Iran, as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon.

According to John at Powerline, "Obama is not a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Obama just made that up so he could count the committee's action as one of "my deeds."

If committed by a Republican, this would be a gaffe of historic proportions. Even a Senator as inattentive to his duties as Obama certainly knows what committees he serves on. For him to fabricate the claim, out of whole cloth, that the Senate Banking Committee is "[his] committee," strikes me as another sign of Obama's megalomania. That, plus more evidence that he is totally at sea without a teleprompter."

Katie Couric interviews both candidates

Obama gets testy with Katie.

National Enquirer may have caught one of Obama's potential VPs with mistress and love child

link to National Enquirer article
Edwards cornered, hiding in a hotel men's room.

LA Times blog

Why the Press Is Ignoring the Edwards "Love Child" Story -- Slate

If he's not guilty, he should hold a news conference and publicly swab his mouth, and the mouth of the child, and then hire the most prestigious genetics lab to test his DNA. He would OWN the National Enquirer.

Vanity Fair Spoofs New Yorker cover

Vanity Fair Covers The New Yorker

The Media and Obama: Reporters or Flunkies?

Coverage of Obama and McCain is so unbalanced that even the NY Times has noticed

July 23, 2008 - by Pam Meister | Pajamas Media

If you had any doubt that the mainstream media is gunning for Barack Obama, you need only consider the rush to join him on his sojourn to the Middle East to realize that, yes, they are. I’m not talking about the usual retinue of reporters that tag along with presidential candidates, but the Big ThreeTM: ABC’s Charlie Gibson, CBS’s Katie Couric, and NBC’s Brian Williams are part of Obama’s entourage, each one getting one day’s worth of exclusive coverage. Keep a sharp lookout for Obama’s tour rider to show up on the Smoking Gun. It’s sure to call for plenty of arugula and smelling salts to revive those who faint in his presence.

Obama Visits Israeli Holocaust Shrine

Obama Campaign Prints German-language Flyers for Berlin Rally -- by Patrick Ruffini | July 22, 2008 at 10:36 PM

This is pretty extraordinary. A candidate for the American Presidency is using flyers printed in German to turn people out for his campaign rally in Berlin on Thursday. This flyer can be found on a bilingual page on advertising the event.

The German flyers bear Obama's campaign logo and say "Paid for by Obama for America."

I'm surprised at this lapse in judgment in an otherwise well-oiled and professional Obama campaign. The last time they printed up campaign paraphenalia in a foreign language, it didn't work out so hot for them.

So, this isn't just some sober, high-minded foreign policy speech, part of a foreign trip occurring under the auspices of his official Senate office. It is a campaign rally occuring on foreign soil. They are using the same tactics to turn out Germans to an event as they would to any rally right here in America.

Bill Kristol on Hugh Hewitt's Show

Bill Kristol discusses problems with Obama campaign rhetoric.

Mr. Obama in Iraq

Did he really find support for his withdrawal plan?

Washington Post | Wednesday, July 23, 2008; Page A14

THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama's visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable. So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama's own account, neither U.S. commanders nor Iraq's principal political leaders actually support his strategy.

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the architect of the dramatic turnaround in U.S. fortunes, "does not want a timetable," Mr. Obama reported with welcome candor during a news conference yesterday. In an interview with ABC, he explained that "there are deep concerns about . . . a timetable that doesn't take into account what [American commanders] anticipate might be some sort of change in conditions."

. . . Yet Mr. Obama's account of his strategic vision remains eccentric. He insists that Afghanistan is "the central front" for the United States, along with the border areas of Pakistan. But there are no known al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan, and any additional U.S. forces sent there would not be able to operate in the Pakistani territories where Osama bin Laden is headquartered. While the United States has an interest in preventing the resurgence of the Afghan Taliban, the country's strategic importance pales beside that of Iraq, which lies at the geopolitical center of the Middle East and contains some of the world's largest oil reserves. If Mr. Obama's antiwar stance has blinded him to those realities, that could prove far more debilitating to him as president than any particular timetable.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Palestinian artist sketches Obama among his other portraits of Jesus, Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, and Che Guevara.

Obama photo of the day

Palestinian artist Walid Ayyub makes the final touches on a portrait for US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at his shop in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 22, 2008.

the Audacity of a headline

Just found this on Google News. Say "Iraq" instead of "Afghanistan" and your name is McCain and you're toast. Say "57 states" or mumble "ah, and um" a dozen times as you try to answer questions from reporters this morning at a Jordan news conference and you're the Second Coming.

Critics Pile On As McCain Gaffes Pile Up

Barack would rather lose a war than an election

Obama: I Still Would Not Support the Surge in Iraq

Attack With Bulldozer Near Where Obama to Stay


JERUSALEM — For the second time in a month, a large construction vehicle plowed into traffic on a busy Jerusalem street on Tuesday, mangling cars and injuring at least 24 people before the driver was shot dead.

There were no fatalities beyond the driver, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear whether he was killed by the police or an armed civilian.

Andrea Mitchell blasts Obama for 'fake interviews'...

By Mark Finkelstein | July 21, 2008 - 20:00 ET | NewsBusters

Andrea Mitchell might be a doyenne of the liberal media, but she has her reporter's pride and principles, both of which have been trampled by the way the Obama campaign has managed the media during the candidate's current trip to Afghanistan and Iraq. Mitchell let loose on this evening's Hardball, speaking of "fake interviews" and indicating we don't know the truth of the trip because we don't know what was edited out of the video that's been released.

Monday, July 21, 2008

they're helping him and have no shame

Rasmussen Reports: 49 percent say the media is trying to help Obama win

they'll print Obama and Hamas, but not McCain's op-ed

Mon Jul 21 2008 12:00:25 ET | Drudge Report

The Danger of the One-Sided Debate
By CLARK HOYT | Published: June 24, 2007

The audacity of ego

By Joan Vennochi | Globe Columnist / July 20, 2008

JUST LIKE the Obama girl, Obama has a crush on Obama.

Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a healthy ego. Now he's turning into the A-Rod of politics. It's all about him.

He's giving his opponent something other than issues to attack him on: narcissism.

A convention hall isn't good enough for the presumptive Democratic nominee. He plans to deliver his acceptance speech in the 75,000 seat stadium where the Denver Broncos play. Before a vote is cast, he's embarking on a foreign policy tour that will use cheering Europeans - and America's top news anchors - as extras in his campaign. What do you expect from a candidate who already auditioned a quasi-presidential seal with the Latin inscription, "Vero possumus" - "Yes, we can"?

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Prager on the Der Spiegel translation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

Did Maliki say he supported a timetable for American withdrawal along the lines that Barack Obama has suggested?
Dennis Prager at Townhall

new McCain ad

Lara Logan Interviews Barack Obama

John McCain responds -- Obama 'Wrong' About Surge - "You don't have to choose to lose in Iraq to win in Afghanistan"

Lieberman: Barack Obama Was Prepared To Lose In Iraq

More Media Snubbing -- this time it's foreign correspondents

By Christoph von Marschall | Sunday, July 20, 2008; Page B07

Barack Obama is on his way to Europe, where an adoring public awaits. But I wonder if the reception would be quite so enthusiastic if Obama's fans across the Atlantic knew a dirty little secret of his remarkable presidential campaign: Although Obama portrays himself as the best candidate to engage the rest of the world and restore America's image abroad, and many Americans support him for that reason, so far he has almost completely refused to answer questions from foreign journalists. When the press plane leaves tonight for his trip, there will be, as far as I know, no foreign media aboard. The Obama campaign has refused multiple requests from international reporters to travel with the candidate.

H/T: LGF -- his staff is desperately worried that the candidate will make a gaffe, as soon as he ventures into uncharted territory. Foreign reporters tend to ask questions about ... you know ... foreign stuff.

My take: the U.S. mainstream media covers for him so well in lock-step, why would he risk a rogue reporter's accurate view?

Retribution for unfavourable coverage

New Yorker's plane snub over Obama 'terrorist' cartoon

The New Yorker's Washington correspondent has been denied a press place on Barack Obama's tour of the Middle East and Europe after the magazine depicted the presidential candidate as a terrorist on its cover.

The Obama camp said there was not enough room on the aircraft but the move is being seen as a snub to the magazine.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama visits the troops

Praise for Hizbullah, Obama

by Charles Harb | | Friday July 18, 2008

Hizbullah's unbudging resistance to Israel – and the results that has achieved – explains its clout in the Arab world

Current western support for Arab dictators and the associated labelling of resistance movements as terrorist organisations may not be to its best interest. Striking mutually beneficial deals with those that more closely represent Arab populations rather than with the corrupt dictators that rule them may have better long-term pay-offs. Perhaps the election of a new US president will usher a more peaceful era for the war-weary Middle East.

Logos closer to the truth

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Gateway Pundit

Wow!... What a major mistake by the mainstream media.
It's as if they are rooting for Obama or something.
They mistranslated Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki on withdrawing US troops again.

It's just too bad the Obama camp already released this statement on the mistranslated Maliki remarks:

The antiwar Democrats want so desperately to claim the win in Iraq as their own. What Democrats seem to forget is that Maliki is not a Democrat-
He wants success in Iraq.

CNN via Drudge reported:

A German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as saying that he backed a proposal by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months.

"U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months," he said in an interview with Der Spiegel that was released Saturday.

"That, we think, would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes," he said.

But a spokesman for al-Maliki said his remarks "were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately."

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the possibility of troop withdrawal was based on the continuance of security improvements, echoing statements that the White House made Friday after a meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. President Bush.

HotAir noticed this earlier today that Der Spiegel was changing its versions of the story.

Joshua adds this final thought on Spiegel's misadventure:

Combining Reuters with quotes from Der Speigel is like combining the liberal fashionista fascist fest of Moulitsas DailyKooks and Arianna HuffNPuffs!
An evil combination of BDS and leftist lunacy.

The Jokers and the Tokers. Talk about a "dark K-night" of moonbattery...

Ya, ya this is Der Spiegel. PM Maliki, do you like Spandex? We think you'd look so good Sir. PM responds, "Uhhh huh? What are you a bunch of freaks?" Der Spiegel reports, "PM hints he is a freak for spandex!"

UPDATE: Someone needs to forward this to Josh Marshall who still is gloating over yesterday's mistranslated misreports.

Obama's Schedule

Europe's governments immune to Obama-fever

By Noah Barkin - Analysis | Reuters

BERLIN - European fans will cheer on U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama as he visits Berlin, Paris and London this week, but governments wary of his inexperience and evolving policies fear the euphoria is overdone.

Largely an unknown quantity in Europe, the Democratic contender is due to land here on Thursday, kicking off the second part of a foreign tour that began in the Middle East with a speech on trans-Atlantic relations in the German capital.

His appearance at the "Victory Column" in Berlin's central Tiergarten park is expected to draw huge crowds and is being likened in advance to former president John F. Kennedy's celebrated "Ich bin ein Berliner" performance of 1963.

But in the German Chancellery a few hundred meters away there is unease with the Illinois senator's cult-like following and skepticism about whether he can live up to the hype.

"There is a sort of Obama-mania in Germany right now, but I think a lot of people will have their illusions shattered if he does become president," an official in Chancellor Angela Merkel's office told Reuters, requesting anonymity.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Iraq Leader Maliki Supports Obama's Withdrawal Plans

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Barack Obama's 16 timeframe for a withdrawal from Iraq is the right one.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supports US presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US troops from Iraq within 16 months. When asked in and interview with SPIEGEL when he thinks US troops should leave Iraq, Maliki responded "as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned." He then continued: "US presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes."

Maliki was careful to back away from outright support for Obama. "Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans' business," he said. But then, apparently referring to Republican candidate John McCain's more open-ended Iraq policy, Maliki said: "Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems."

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Obama Lands in Afghanistan for First Tour of War Zones

By Jeff Zeleny | July 20, 2008 | New York Times

WASHINGTON – Senator Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan early Saturday morning, opening his first overseas trip as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to meet with American commanders there and later in Iraq to receive an on-the-ground assessment of military operations in the two major U.S. war zones.

more coverage from FOX News

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Obama Iraq Documentary

Want to know Obama's position on Iraq and the war?

Obama: 100 percent his own words

The Audacity of Vanity

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, July 18, 2008; Page A17

Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. He figures it would be a nice backdrop. The supporting cast -- a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins -- would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn. President Ronald Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees and he was demanding its final "tear down this wall" liquidation. When President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, he was representing a country that was prepared to go to the brink of nuclear war to defend West Berlin.

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Obama Trip Could Push Rock-Star Persona to New Heights

By Fox News | Friday, July 18, 2008

Barack Obama’s advisers insist his coming trip abroad is not a campaign swing. Even so, the high-profile journey has all the trappings of a rock-star tour.

The Illinois senator’s trip to Europe and the Middle East has generated so much interest that all three TV network news anchors are planning to accompany the candidate.

Foreign media have reported daily on the impending visit. And the campaign revealed Friday that Obama intends to meet with top U.S. allies.

Obama is surely looking to burnish his foreign policy credentials overseas — but on the back end of it, his superstar persona might get the biggest boost.

Why the Left Can't Get It Right

By Mark Alexander | Patriot Post

. . . It has always been easier to “feel” rather than “think,” and that is why our national culture, and by extension, national politics (see Democrat Party Platforms) reflect only the most rudimentary remnants of the guiding principles established by our Founders. Of course, though Republican Party Platforms are more consistent with our Founding principles, Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president to stand firmly in support of those principles.

Liberalism tends to appeal to the worst of human instincts—greed, envy, laziness, victimization and every line of division. Its practitioners appeal to constituent “feelings,” and they thus convert emotions into political capital.

what callers think of a civilian security force -- Hugh Hewitt Show

Guest host Carol Liebau solicits calls from America's youth to see what they believe Barack Obama is calling for with his plan to create a well-armed and funded civilian security force. Joining her is one of the Young Guns, Guy Benson.

Questions Obama probably won't ask in Ramallah

Noah Pollak - 07.18.2008 - 8:08 AM

We learn today from the AFP that next week, during his trip to the Middle East, Barack Obama plans on visiting Ramallah to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Here is a question that would be appropriate for Obama to ask Abbas:

President Abbas, last week you cheered the release of Samir Kuntar, a man who murdered an Israeli family. You congratulated Hezbollah on its ability to extort the release of Kuntar by abducting Israelis, and your party, Fatah, organized celebrations across the West Bank. Your spokesmen and advisers likewise hailed the release of this child-killer as a great victory for the Palestinian cause. Given your behavior last week, why should the United States believe you when you say that Palestinians wish to live peacefully alongside Israel? Why should the United States continue giving your government money and diplomatic support when you have never passed up an opportunity to celebrate the murder, and the murderers, of Israelis?

Drudge warns of security threat

Fri Jul 18 2008 06:26:46 ET

Obama 's planned trip to Israel and the West Bank next week has raised security concerns to levels not seen since the Illinois senator began his presidential bid, officials tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

Coming just weeks after shots were fired at Israel's TLV airport during a farewell ceremony for France's Sarkozy, from an apparent suicide of a security guard, Obama's trek to the region has become a serious logistical and safety challenge.

"I would prefer if he did not make the trip to Ramallah," a concerned government official explained Thursday night from Washington. "And he must use extreme caution throughout Israel at this time, in my opinion, especially Jerusalem."

A planned foot tour of Jerusalem's Old City has been called off, a senior source reveals.

[Obama's specific itinerary is not being made public.]

The six-day foreign adventure is set to begin on Monday. Campaign officials have announced stops in Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

the Messiah doesn't sweat

CHICAGO (AP) - Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe.

a distinct lack of visible sweat

Cast of 300 advises Obama on foreign policy

By Elisabeth Bumiller | Published: July 18, 2008 | International Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON: Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

One recent Q. & A. asked, for example, whether Obama supported the decision by Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to include a timetable for American troop withdrawal in any new security agreements with the United States. The answer, provided to Obama with bullet points, was yes — or "a genuine opportunity," as he put it in a speech on Iraq this week.

Behind the e-mail messages is a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.

"It is unwieldy, no question," said Denis McDonough, 38, Obama's top foreign policy aide, speaking of an infrastructure that has been divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues, and that has recently absorbed, with some tensions, the top foreign policy advisers from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. "But an administration is unwieldy, too. We also know that it's messier when you don't get as much information as you can."

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Obama Whines About Wife Criticism

Barack Obama tells Glamour: "Debate me, not Michelle"

Glamacracy | Guest Blog: Cindi Leive

On Wednesday Senator Barack Obama talked to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and answered questions from our readers about his policies and about women's issues. (Thanks to the many of you who submitted those queries!) Here is an excerpt from their conversation, held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; the complete interview will run in the October issue of the magazine.

GLAMOUR: An AP poll shows that while the positive ratings on Michelle are higher than those of Cindy McCain, her negative ratings are higher as well. I'm curious about how as a husband that makes you feel. Does it mystify you? And what do you want to say to those Americans who don't know the woman that you know?

SENATOR OBAMA: It's infuriating, but it's not surprising, because let's face it: What happened was that the conservative press—Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk—went fairly deliberately at her in a pretty systematic way...and treated her as the candidate in a way that you just rarely see the Democrats try to do against Republicans. And I've said this before: I would never have my campaign engage in a concerted effort to make Cindy McCain an issue, and I would not expect the Democratic National Committee or people who were allied with me to do it. Because essentially, spouses are civilians. They didn't sign up for this. They're supporting their spouse. So it took a toll. If you start being subjected to rants by Sean Hannity and the like, day in day out, that'll drive up your negatives.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Michelle Obama urged a Democratic crowd to elect leaders who will fight "for the world the way that it should be."

Washington Post: Obama's Iraq strategy 'irrational'

The Iron Timetable

Whether or not the war was a mistake, Iraq's future is a vital U.S. security interest. If he is elected president, Mr. Obama sooner or later will have to tailor his Iraq strategy to that reality.

McCain on Obama's war strategy:

“Today we know Senator Obama was wrong,” Mr. McCain said at a town-hall-style meeting in Albuquerque. “Senator Obama will tell you we can’t win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq. In fact, he has it exactly backwards. It is precisely the success of the surge in Iraq that shows us the way to succeed in Afghanistan. It is by applying the tried and true principles of counterinsurgency used in the surge, which Senator Obama opposed, that we will win in Afghanistan.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Obama to rid the world of nuclear weapons

Obama warns against 'fighting the last war'

Jul 16 01:47 PM US/Eastern | By GLEN JOHNSON | Associated Press Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama warned Wednesday about the danger of "fighting the last war" as he pledged to focus on emerging nuclear, biological and cyber threats if elected president.

Two goals of his administration would be to secure all loose nuclear material during his first term and to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Obama told an audience before a roundtable discussion at Purdue University.

Obama said adhering to nonproliferation treaties would put pressure on nations such as North Korea and Iran. North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon and Iran has an energy program the Bush administration warns could be a precursor to nuclear weapon development.

"As long as nuclear weapons exist, we'll retain a strong deterrent. But we will make the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons a central element in our nuclear policy," Obama said.

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And from Hot Air -- feelgood utopian nonsense