Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Like Rove, Obama Pushes Iraq as "Congress' War"

Like Rove, Obama Pushes Iraq as "Congress' War"
Why Help RoveCo?

Kristen Breitweiser knows better than most people about what exactly was happening after 9/11. She lost her husband in the World Trade Center attack and has been an activist for truth since that day. Her consciousness about the entirety of the events that have unfolded since that day has been heightened by her tragic loss.

She credits the Republican machine and their perverted and deceiving ways for the gullibility of the press and the people today of falling for Barack Obama's recent campaign spin about how he's a better judge about foreign policy than Hillary Clinton for having issued a speech back in 2002 when people like myself had my feet pounding the pavement in strong an loud protest and have continued to do so in a most committed way while he's voted to fund this war.

I've spoken to friends and colleagues about the circus-nature of Sen John Kerry and former Senate leader Tom Daschle standing by and advising Sen Obama on such matters when you look at them and their actions and words in 2002. SEE: Dear Sen Kerry: As a supporter of Edwards in 2008

For Sen Obama to proclaim that Hillary Clinton is in some way, unfit to be President because he gave a speech in 2002 when he was nowhere near the U.S. Senate and the responsibilities and duties that come with the job is a graceless and utterly fantastic claim to make [as I've said before many times].

My problem with Sen Obama is articulated clearly by Mrs. Breitweiser. If he were truly interested in getting the center leanng back toward the left after eight yers of President Disaster, then he should've been shaking hands with Hillary Clinton all along rather than relegating her and Bill (whose presence he fears more than I think most people realize) to an early political graveyard far too soon and giving the Republican spin machine a super chance to keep revolving and fooling a good many persons much of the time.

From Mrs. Breitweiser's Huffington Post column today:

.....in 2008 we Democrats seem to have forgotten that it was George Bush (along with the Republican war machine) that brought us first and foremost to the war in Iraq.

I wonder if the Republicans ever imagined the success of their spin.

Remember back in 2002. There was a drumbeat for war with Iraq. First it was a link between Iraq and 9/11. Then it was WMD. Then it was Saddam was a bad man and needed to be eliminated. And remember how the vast majority of the country fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

Indeed, more than 75% of our Senate voted for the authorization to go to war---including Senators Daschle, Dodd, Kerry, and Rockefeller I might add--all of whom work as advisors on Barack Obama's campaign. And yes, so did Senator Hillary Clinton.

So where did you stand back in 2002, 2003 and 2004? Do you remember the fever? The frenzy? The momentum? Do you remember the call to speak with one united voice? That was Senate Majority Leader Daschle's plea to the American public back in 2002. Yeah, the same Tom Daschle whose advice and judgment Barack Obama seeks out daily on the campaign trail.

I remember it all. And, I know where I stood. I was down in Washington fighting for a 9/11 Commission and I was steadfast against the war in Iraq.

But back in '02, for those of us who dared to speak out against President Bush and his war in Iraq, we stood virtually alone. There was no resounding chorus of people calling "bullshit" on Bush's folly. No, back in 2002 you were called unpatriotic if you dared to question the President; labeled as helping the terrorists if you raised doubt about his divine call to action.

Now forgive me, but I do not recall the help (or the voice) of any Barack Obama from Illinois. Indeed, I cannot recall hearing or feeling the impact of any one speech from the Illinois Senator. Did he attend the rally on the mall in Washington? The marches and protests in NYC? Did he conduct national press interviews? Did he write any editorials? Organize any protest rallies? Mobilize the people? Did he write any petitions? If he did, I never saw any of them.

Yet according to Barack Obama, because he spoke out in 2002 against the war in Iraq, he is better qualified to be President.

And according to Barack Obama, since Hillary Clinton voted to authorize the President to go to war in Iraq, she is unfit to be President.

As Democrats we need to remember exactly who took us to war in Iraq. We need to remind ourselves exactly who is to blame for the huge price tag our soldiers and their families have paid. We need to never forget that it was George Bush who created this debacle. Costing us billions in dollars and worldwide respect.

Maybe that's what bothers me most about Barack Obama. He keeps talking about working with the Republicans. Reaching across the aisle. Compromise. Well, I've been to Washington. I have fought battles in Washington--most of them against the Republicans---to get 9/11 legislation passed into meaningful law.

And if there is one thing I know for sure right now, I do not feel like reaching across the aisle and finding compromise with Republicans particularly on any of the following issues: Roe v. Wade; torture; FISA surveillance and illegal wiretapping; unfounded wars with Iran, Syria, or any place else; stem cell research; the erosion of our constitution; alternative energy and global warming; and/or healthcare reforms.

So why does Barack Obama want to compromise on such issues? Doesn't he get it?

To me, those issues are non-negotiable. To me, after 8 long destructive years of Republican rule, there is no wiggle-room left for Republican taint and ruin. I remember all too well that it is the Republicans who are to blame for our nation's current precarious state.

That's why the Democrats must win the WH back in '08. We cannot afford another term of Republican ruin. That's why the only place I am willing to compromise is when it comes to figuring out the best way--the surest way--to get the Democrats in the WH.

So would somebody please tell Barack Obama to stop talking about shaking hands with Republicans and start talking about shaking hands with Hillary Clinton and her half of the Democratic party so we can all start working together to beat the Republicans.

Unity Ticket '08.