15 September 2008

Country First?

Barack Obama's spokesmen have been unhappy that McCain is using the phrase "Country First" to as a campaign slogan. Apparently they feel that this implies that Obama does not put country first.

It may be more than an implication. It may be a fact.

The New York Post reports today that Obama asked the Iraqi government to postpone force reduction talks with the United States until an Obama administration takes over. This means that Obama wants American soldiers to stay in Iraq longer - contrary to his public claims that he wants to bring them home as soon as possible.

Apparently Obama is only interested bringing our soldiers home if it is in his political interest.

He will claim that this is because he wants to involve Congress in the negotiations. That is not Congress' role. I thought he was a professor of Constitutional Law? Has he read it? The reality is that he wants to deny Bush any claim to having brought the war to a close - because McCain is, in Obama's mythos, just Bush all over again.

At least he now admits - to the Iraqi leaders anyway, that our presence in Iraq is not illegal:

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate.

Country First? I don't think so.

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