Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Battle for Iowa : Caucus Count

The Battle for Iowa falls strangely silent except for John McCain’s even-toned frontal assault on the issue of Benazir Bhutto’s murder. It’s a good time to listen to a presidential candidate, with the crucial moments of world history, yet the Democratic candidates are unable to come up with anything that passes for a leadership statement.

Billary Clinton remarked that Bhutto was her friend and she had lost someone akin to a sorority sister.

Barak Obama was smart enough to issue a canned statement since anything he might say would have the decided ring of irrelevancy. Billary Clinton recently referred to Obama’s “naivete” in a recent barbed statement.

I haven’t been able to find anything about John Edwards’ comments—John Edwards…call me!....

The clearest statement on the Republican side, of course, comes from John McCain. Maybe you’re not voting for McCain (as I am) but let’s admit that we need a president whose experience of foreign affairs hasn’t come from a college textbook (otherwise, I might be president) or from riding the coattails of a president with a failed foreign policy. According to a recent book, it was Billary who made Hill Clinton appoint Madeleine Albright as Secretary of State and Janet Reno as AG. No matter that Madeleine Albright blew the communications so much that Saddam Hussein thought she’d given him the green light to invade Kuwait (precipitating the 1st Gulf War). You didn’t know that? You’ll find corroboration in Newsweek magazine of that era if you really need to know.

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