“The danger … is that we are constantly fighting the last war, responding to the threats that have come to fruition, instead of staying one step ahead of the threats of the 21st century.“
Exactly the same philosophy from Bush for Iraq. Staying one step ahead of the threats posed to this nation. Of course instead of preemptive war maybe he is talking about preemptive surrender.
Even if Obama wants to claim that Bush’s judgment was inaccurate, he seems to agree with the basics of the idea — and he, like anyone else, must accept that prophecy is a very difficult business, unless you’re actually the Lamb of God, which I guess Obama is, so maybe it won’t be so hard for Obama to see the future.
No need to guess Ace, judging by the drool and spittle coming from the big networks over the messiah he is indeed the Lamb of God:
Senator John McCain’s trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York, with just two sentences tacked onto the “in other political news” portion of his newscast.
But when Obama heads for Iraq and other locations overseas this summer, Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two evening news anchors, Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, who, like Williams, are far along in discussions to interview Obama on successive nights.
And while the anchors are jockeying for interviews with Obama at stops along his route, the regulars on the Obama campaign plane will have new seat mates: star political reporters from the major newspapers and magazines who are flocking to catch Obama’s first overseas trip since becoming the presumptive nominee of his party.
Their excuse for this fawning? Well, because its Obama first trip. Which is false seeing as how he went over in 2006. Paul Friedman, VP of CBS News, explains that if it was McCains first trip they would do the same thing but look back in the time machine to dozens of trips McCain has made to both Iraq and Afghanistan and you would not find this kind of fawning on any of them. Pretty much ignored altogether actually.
I would say to Mr. Friedman to stop making excuses and just tell it like it is. Obama is their rock star and anything they can do to help his campaign they will do. I mean come on, tell me when the last time all three anchors were doing a remote at the same time for something like this?
I think The Anchoress describes this situation the best:
The press isn’t just acting like Obama is already president – they’re exceeding the sort of international coverage they have given the sitting president, who could barely buy a headline while in Africa and whose recent trip to Japan – which occurred during his birthday – went widely unnoted.
But that’s the honest, balanced, unbiased mediating intelligence” of the modern day mainstream media.
We don’t yet know if Couric, Gibson and Williams and the rest of the “media stars” will curtsy or bow and wait until spoken to by Obama before uttering a word. I hope they don’t slobber over their mics or cry in his presence, or I may have to reach down my gullet and vomit up a lung.
You do realize, don’t you, that if a GOP candidate with weak foreign policy was doing the same thing – making a “world tour” with dramatic backdrops – the press would be sneering about how the whole thing is a “stunt” meant to “deflect his inexperience.” I know you know it, but I had to say it, anyway.
But hey, no bias here.
The imbalance has appeared in various analyses of the news coverage. The Tyndall Report, a news coverage monitoring service that has the broadcast networks as clients, reports that the three newscasts by the networks — which have a combined audience of more than 20 million people — spent roughly 114 minutes covering Mr. Obama since June. They spent about 48 minutes covering Mr. McCain, who made the rounds of the evening newscasts in satellite interviews last week.