Wednesday, November 05th, 2008 | Author:

Now that the election hoopla is almost over, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the future. Take war, for instance. With Obama as our commander-in-chief, we can relax and get ready to celebrate the return of our troops to American soil. American imperialism is coming to end, and we will no longer export democracy at the point of a sword, right?

Well, I wouldn’t pop the bubbly before taking a look at the foreign policy of our president-elect. While the following are selections taken from a speech he gave on August 1, 2007 [with editorial comments from moi], I’d encourage you to read the whole thing.

Iraq is a training ground for terror, torn apart by civil war. Afghanistan is more violent than it has been since 2001. Al Qaeda has a sanctuary in Pakistan. Israel is besieged by emboldened enemies, talking openly of its destruction. Iran is now presenting the broadest strategic challenge to the United States in the Middle East in a generation. [no fear-mongering from Obama - only republicans do that]

When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; [umm ... into Pakistan, that other sovereign nation that doesn't want us? the one with the nukes?]


As President, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to re-enforce our counter-terrorism operations and support NATO’s efforts against the Taliban. [ahh ... so you're not bringing them home, you're just moving them around]


As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan and America is shared. And today, that security is most threatened by the al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan. [see above]

And we must not turn a blind eye to elections that are neither free nor fair — our goal is not simply an ally in Pakistan, it is a democratic ally. [unlike our "free and fair" elections]


I will not hesitate to use military force to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to America. This requires a broader set of capabilities, as outlined in the Army and Marine Corps’s new counter-insurgency manual. I will ensure that our military becomes more stealth, agile, and lethal in its ability to capture or kill terrorists. We need to recruit, train, and equip our armed forces to better target terrorists, and to help foreign militaries to do the same. [so we don't get caught in places we're not supposed to be, like Bush did]


I will also strengthen our intelligence. This is about more than an organizational chart. We need leadership that forces our agencies to share information, and leadership that never — ever — twists the facts to support bad policies. But we must also build our capacity to better collect and analyze information, and to carry out operations to disrupt terrorist plots and break up terrorist networks. [that's the ticket - better spies, bigger databases, with more personal information]


As President, I will create a Shared Security Partnership Program to forge an international intelligence and law enforcement infrastructure to take down terrorist networks from the remote islands of Indonesia, to the sprawling cities of Africa. This program will provide $5 billion over three years for counter-terrorism cooperation with countries around the world, including information sharing, funding for training, operations, border security, anti-corruption programs, technology, and targeting terrorist financing. [then you spread that information all over the globe]


We must also do more to safeguard the world’s most dangerous weapons. We know al Qaeda seeks a nuclear weapon. We know they would not hesitate to use one. Yet there is still about 50 tons of highly enriched uranium, some of it poorly secured, at civilian nuclear facilities in over forty countries. There are still about 15,000 to 16,00 nuclear weapons and stockpiles of uranium and plutonium scattered across 11 time zones in the former Soviet Union … And that is why, as President, I will lead a global effort to secure all nuclear weapons and material at vulnerable sites within four years. [so ... we're going to invade another forty countries?]


And I will support a $2 billion Global Education Fund to counter the radical madrasas — often funded by money from within Saudi Arabia — that have filled young minds with messages of hate … We will open “America Houses” in cities across the Islamic world, with Internet, libraries, English lessons, stories of America’s Muslims and the strength they add to our country, and vocational programs. Through a new “America’s Voice Corps” we will recruit, train, and send out into the field talented young Americans who can speak with — and listen to — the people who today hear about us only from our enemies. [counter propaganda with propaganda, and maybe they'll forget we're invading their countries? And is this new "corps" the upcoming "mandatory service" to our country?]


I will increase funding to help train police to gather information and connect it to the intelligence they receive from the federal government. [we want everybody left who can legally carry a gun to know everything about everyone]


we can keep America safe while extending security and opportunity around the world. [safe ... and regimented ... and brainless. He must have read 1984]

If this wasn’t posted on Obama’s website, I’d say it sounded a lot more like … GW with flair.

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