July 26th, 2008
My Dear America
My strong advice to John McCain is be careful what you ask for.
You just might get it.
McCain certainly got what he had asked for this week. Chances are he is very sorry now that he pushed the issue so hard.
McCain had badgered Barack Obama for a long time about his lack of experience in foreign policy and in particular about his failure to go to Iraq and see for himself what was happening there. McCain's point seemed to be that without going to Iraq and seeing the show that the American Military Commanders and the Bush Administration allowed U. S Legislators to see, that Obama would not be able to tell for himself what a great job "The Surge" had done in Iraq. McCain hounded Obama like a wolf moving in on a sheep for the kill.
"Why Don't you Go?"
"When are you going", McCain taunted.
McCain is not taunting any longer. Chances are he is sitting together today with his confidantes asking them "What were we thinking."
This week after the gentle prodding of John McCain, Barack Obama took McCain's advice and went to the Middle East and Europe with the anchors of CBS, NBC and ABC all in tow, along with other members of maybe the most prestigious Press Corps of all time. He started in Afghanistan and Pakistan as if to send some sort of message about their importance to the United States in the Middle East. Then Barack moved into Iraq, where it seemed like Iraqi Prime Minister Malaki stunned the Bush Administration ( who had been recently talking about "Time Horizons"for American troop withdrawals with Malaki) and the world with his agreement with Barack Obama's assessment that 16 months, give or take a month or two, would be a perfectly feasable time to get American troops out of Iraq. The message clearly was that Malaki not only could work well with Obama but that they were already on the same page when it came to the pullout out of American troops from Iraq.
Who knew that "Time Tables", "Time Lines" and "Time Horizons" were exactly the same things.
While he was in the Middle East Barack decided to stop by and meet with some Israeli Political Up and Comers.
In the end Barack not only made it out of the Middle East Gaffe Free but with apparently successful contacts ready to work with him in every country he visited, especially in Iraq, which had to really gall President Bush, as well as John McCain. The truth was that everywhere Barack Obama had visited in this MIddle East trip things could not have gone any better than they actually did go.
Now it was on to Europe where the American Charmer meeting with the leader of France made the appearance of two very friendly world leaders holding a news conference together. To those in the White House and the McCain Campaign this was a sight that was disturbing enough to make them drop their ""Freedom Fries" on the floor.
Before he was done Barack Obama had also, like other Presidents before him, Kennedy and Reagan, spoke to an overflow crowd in Germany.
CAN'T THIS GUY DO ANYTHING WRONG.
Hey, John McCain, any more advice about what Barack Obama should do.