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Monday, April 30, 2007


Obama the interventionist

Lots more evidence of Obama the interventionist, from a Washington Post op-ed. (Hat tip Politics in the Zeros)
He wants the American military to "stay on the offense, from Djibouti to Kandahar," and he believes that "the ability to put boots on the ground will be critical in eliminating the shadowy terrorist networks we now face." He wants to ensure that we continue to have "the strongest, best-equipped military in the world."

Obama never once says that military force should be used only as a last resort. Rather, he insists that "no president should ever hesitate to use force -- unilaterally if necessary," not only "to protect ourselves . . . when we are attacked," but also to protect "our vital interests" when they are "imminently threatened." That's known as preemptive military action. It won't reassure those around the world who worry about letting an American president decide what a "vital interest" is and when it is "imminently threatened."
There's lots more.

In case it's not obvious, I'm singling out Obama because I think people have more illusions in him than other candidates. Nothing he's saying along the lines above is any different than Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, or many (not all) of the others; it's just that he's got such a nice smile and is such a good speaker (the best in the bunch) that it's all too easy for people to overlook what he actually says.

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