Barack Obama’s Speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner
Seems like I can’t go to the local coffee shop without meeting someone intriguing. Monday’s visit brought an introduction to the local Obama staffer, Ms. Scott (whose first name, sorry to say, has escaped me).
We chatted for a while. I shared my longing for a candidate who would get it that military confrontation and inflammatory talk make us appear threatening to the world, and we become less safe, rather than more. My concern is that the Guilani and Romney—and even Clinton—approaches to foreign policy aren’t safe. They provoke the very danger that they claim to scare away.
I told her I hoped Sen. Obama would speak out about how Republican cold-war approaches were outdated and dangerous, and how national security depended on finding a new road that would out-perform the threats and bombs of recent failure, and that would deliver a better kind of security to an inter-connected world.
In response, she recommended Sen. Obama’s speech at the J-J Dinner from last weekend. David Yepsen, arguably the most influential of Iowa pundits, wrote of this speech: Should he win the Iowa caucuses, Saturday’s dinner will be remembered as one of the turning points in his campaign, a point where he laid down the marker and began closing on Clinton, the national frontrunner. Here ’tis.
I find it hopeful. You?
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