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Obama To Campaign In Europe, Middle East

From an elated Associated Press:

Obama plans visits to Europe, Mideast this summer

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to visit the Middle East and Europe this summer, taking time off from campaigning in the United States in an effort to boost his foreign policy credentials.

Obama’s campaign said the likely nominee will travel to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The Illinois senator also has said he intends to visit Iraq and Afghanistan this summer; his campaign would not say whether those stops would be part of the trip to the Mideast and Europe.

"This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we face," Obama said in a statement. "This will be an important opportunity to have an exchange of views with leaders in these countries about these and other issues that are critical to American national security — and global security — in the 21st century." …

Obama’s campaign manager said this past week that Iraq and Afghanistan would be part of an official congressional trip. The other stops are part of a campaign-funded visit.

It is unusual for a presidential candidate to travel internationally so close to Election Day, especially in a closely fought campaign…

Obama foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough said the senator wants to consult with leaders of the countries he plans to visit about issues like terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. But he’s planning other public events as well…

The trip is an attempt to address Republican rival John McCain’s criticism that the first-term Illinois senator lacks the international experience to be commander in chief…

An Associated Press-Yahoo News poll taken this month found that 61 percent of those surveyed see McCain as a good military leader, compared with 27 percent for Obama. But they see Obama as more likely to improve America’s standing in the world, 43 percent to 33 percent who said the same about McCain.

Even if the last bit of agit-prop from the AP is true, exactly what effect — good or bad — does ‘America’s standing in the world’ have?

One would think our standing was pretty good at the end of the Second World War, and yet half the world proceeded to go Communist.

Obama’s campaign manager said this past week that Iraq and Afghanistan would be part of an official congressional trip.

So the taxpayer gets to fund this very expensive campaign trip. How nice.

It is unusual for a presidential candidate to travel internationally so close to Election Day…

It is more than "unusual," it is entirely unprecedented. And it shows either incredibly hubris — or a real fear that he may lose the election on foreign policy issues.

Which, in a sane world, he of course would.

Obama foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough said the senator wants to consult with leaders of the countries he plans to visit about issues like terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Mr. Obama is managing to act even more presumptuous than Hillary.

Gee, even Mrs. Clinton was willing until she was elected (though not yet inaugurated) to start acting as President.

Who would have thought that was possible?

And where is there any mention of the sizable carbon footprint this trip will have?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, June 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama To Campaign In Europe, Middle East”

  1. shining mong

    I won’t be voting in the US elections as i’m not American. I can offer the insight that your nation right or wrong is the worlds most powerful – as a traditional anglo new world ally of the US it seems fair to consider ourselves – as New Zealanders – as part of the US global empire. We have autonomy of course and our own democratic process but – as the credit crunch demonstrates – we are hugely effected by what happens in the US and the whole globe is affected by your mismanagement of your economy and of course any ill conceived US foreign policy – whatever the nuances of that might be.

    If the US wants to own its mantle as light of the world and even simply do a good job of being the most powerful nation with at least some air of benignity then having presidential candidates who even give a damn what the rest of the world thinks about US leadership of said world is essential.

    Unlike you Americans I breath a sigh of relief that Obama has travelled and sought to discover opinions of the US from outside the US. Distance brings perspective and if you want to be the leader of the world you need to get out of your own back yard and see what the world actually is.


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