Tuesday night in in Ohio, Barack Obama said this
"If al-Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, we'll have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad."IF? I know the standard joke on Obama is that he ignores reality for his hope and dreams spiel, but this is a bit much, even for him. Luckily, John McCain thought so too.
"I have some news. Al-Qaeda is in Iraq. It's called `al-Qaeda in Iraq."
Barack Obama, predictably, used the same tired talking points he used on Hillary Clinton in the debate to respond to McCain.
Yes, Barry. We know. You didn't agree with the war. You didn't like it in 2002. You said you didn't like it in 2002. You went on the record in 2002. You gave speeches in 2002.
"But I have some news for John McCain, and that is that there was no such thing as al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."
The problem is it is now 2008. What's done is done. The decision to go to war was bad five and a half years ago. Whether or not you liked the war in 2002 is completely irrelevant to the situation in 2008. For someone who repeatedly insists that he is the candidate of "the future" and John McCain is the candidate of "the past" Barack seems to really harp on what he would have done almost six years ago while offering only half baked solutions for how to march on in to the future.
I guess we can withdraw from Iraq and wait until you decide that al-Qaeda is there to come back. Since you seem wishy washy on whether or not they're there now, I'd hate to see what its going to take for you to be totally convinced that we should fight them in Iraq.
Rather than sit around and wait for President Obama to arbitrarily decide if al-Qaeda is in Iraq or not, I'm going to vote for John McCain this November to be my President and Commander in Chief. The alternative is going to be a disastrous combination of six year old policies and a staggeringly naive view of the dictators and despots of the world.
Even if I didn't admire John McCain as much as I did, that alternative is too scary not to vote McCain.