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Barack Obama’s Speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner

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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 Obama would speak out about how Republican cold-war approaches were outdated and dangerous, and how national security depended on finding a new road that would out-perform the threats and bombs of recent failure, and that would deliver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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Written by Monte

November 17, 2007 at 2:10 am

Posted in Iowa, Politics

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  1. Hillary and Edwards helped to get us in a dumb war.

    Obama said in Oct 2002

    Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.

    He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

    But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.

    I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

    I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

    gasdocpol

    November 17, 2007 at 7:21 am


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