Part I: Obama Versus McCain on National Security, Obama’s Position

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It’s time to turn the page on the diplomacy of tough talk and no action. It’s time to turn the page on Washington’s conventional wisdom that agreement must be reached before you meet, that talking to other countries is some kind of reward, and that Presidents can only meet with people who will tell them what they want to hear.

Sounds like Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran!

President Kennedy said it best: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

Quoting President Kennedy, unique tactic. Unlike your quote above, we think President Kennedy may have thought talking worked in negotiations Senator.

Only by knowing your adversary can you defeat them or drive wedges between them.

How well do you know our adversaries Senator?

And we know what the extremists say about us. America is just an occupying Army in Muslim lands, the shadow of a shrouded figure standing on a box at Abu Ghraib, the power behind the throne of a repressive leader.

Shame on you Senator for your degrading talk of our military and our nation based on one rogue incident. Shall we talk again about your affiliation with CAC?

They say we are at war with Islam. That is the whispered line of the extremist who has nothing to offer in this battle of ideas but blame – blame America, blame progress, blame Jews. And often he offers something along with the hate. A sense of empowerment. Maybe an education at a madrasa, some charity for your family, some basic services in the neighborhood. And then: a mission and a gun.

It sounds from your speech Senator, the blame game is alive and well in Washington. Blame Bush, blame McCain, blame any Republican. And often the Democrats offer something along with the hate. A sense of empowerment.

We know we are not who they say we are. America is at war with terrorists who killed on our soil. We are not at war with Islam. America is a compassionate nation that wants a better future for all people. The vast majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims have no use for bin Ladin or his bankrupt ideas. But too often since 9/11, the extremists have defined us, not the other way around. When I am President, that will change. We will author our own story.

We have a story, they don’t listen. Why would they listen to you any more than any other President they have burned in effigy?

We do need to stand for democracy. And I will. But democracy is about more than a ballot box. America must show – through deeds as well as words – that we stand with those who seek a better life. That child looking up at the helicopter must see America and feel hope.

As President, I will make it a focus of my foreign policy to roll back the tide of hopelessness that gives rise to hate. Freedom must mean freedom from fear, not the freedom of anarchy. I will never shrug my shoulders and say – as Secretary Rumsfeld did – “Freedom is untidy.” I will focus our support on helping nations build independent judicial systems, honest police forces, and financial systems that are transparent and accountable. Freedom must also mean freedom from want, not freedom lost to an empty stomach. So I will make poverty reduction a key part of helping other nations reduce anarchy.

Nice out of context quote Senator. But didn’t you say you would never say it?

I will double our annual investments to meet these challenges to $50 billion by 2012. 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 must work for a world where every child, everywhere, is taught to build and not to destroy. And as we lead we will ask for more from our friends in Europe and Asia as well – more support for our diplomacy, more support for multilateral peacekeeping, and more support to rebuild societies ravaged by conflict.

Spending is the solution to everything Senator.

As President, I will lead this effort. In the first 100 days of my Administration, I will travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle. I will make clear that we are not at war with Islam, that we will stand with those who are willing to stand up for their future, and that we need their effort to defeat the prophets of hate and violence. I will speak directly to that child who looks up at that helicopter, and my message will be clear: “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”

Al Qaeda will be waiting for you Senator. And they will be glad to kill you if they can. But we admire your courage in the face of such violence.

Major General Paul Eaton had a long and distinguished career serving this country. It included training the Iraqi Army. After Abu Ghraib, his senior Iraqi advisor came into his office and said: “You have no idea how this will play out on the streets of Baghdad and the rest of the Arab world. How can this be?” This was not the America he had looked up to.

It was a single incident Senator and ridiculously overplayed by you in this plan. Eaton is a political advisor of yours. Please stop this nonsense and get to the point.

As the counter-insurgency manual reminds us, we cannot win a war unless we maintain the high ground and keep the people on our side. But because the Administration decided to take the low road, our troops have more enemies. Because the Administration cast aside international norms that reflect American values, we are less able to promote our values. When I am President, America will reject torture without exception. America is the country that stood against that kind of behavior, and we will do so again.

Now we have heard enough. Ask our troops if they have taken the “low road” Senator. Let’s see if we have this straight. You will attack terrorists and blow them to bits, but if you catch a live one, you will ask him nicely over tea to help us out? Sounds great to us.

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