Obama last night, gave another of his steady but mediocre debate performances...He tried to attack Hillary but about the only specific thing he said was that Clinton was vague and flip flopping and then he answered what has emerged as the big campaign issue, drivers' licenses for illegals, in the same equivocal manner that Hillary had answered it, two weeks ago.
I have said this before but found someone from a surprising corner, agreeing with me..
Rove went on to provide a little unsolicited advice for the Obama campaign, saying that the Illinois senator has faltered in creating a strong moment of contrast between himself and his opponents during debates. Citing Clinton's vague answer regarding the release of White House papers during her tenure as first lady, Rove said Obama has had "a number of occasions like that, where a sharp and clear and respectful contrast really could've created a moment."
Right, Barack has to try to create and capitalize on more moments like this. Health insurance, tax policies, environmental policies, there ain't much to choose from between the main Democrat challengers, even though as Freud said, "It is the smallest differences that cause the greatest arguments." the public won't be interested.
But there is one issue (in my opinion, for Democratic voters) where Hillary is weak on, that's her 'centrist' policies in the Middle East, that allow her maximum flexiblity to maintain the same degee of US domination (hence Muslim backlash) in the area, even with a reduced troop presence in Iraq...She was always the most encouraging of BIll Clinton's advisors to bomb a recalcitrant Bosnia/ Kosovo and also Iraq in 1998, and this separates her from Obama, in a big way. She is not loath to use military force in the Middle East, to try to solve its endemic problems, which of course normally only serves to exasperate the situation further. Read 'Hillary the Hawk'.
It may be one-sided, but this article makes its point, and if Obama is going to win the nomination he has got to to show some dramatic contrasts between him and Hillary, rather than just allow the American public to infer what they might be. With a 'barking mad opponent' like Rudy he could return to 'the bring us together approach', but with Hillary he has to clarify the differences, since she is so shrewd in maximizing her options by saying so little.
Seymour Hersh, 'The New Yorker' reporter who broke both My Lai and Abu Grahib, reminds us why it is necessary to have someone diplomatic and not hostile to Islam to win 'the hearts and minds' of Arabs or at least, not lose them so completely as Bush has done and someone like Hillary may be unlikely to achieve, since she is always so concerned with' fighting for America', first and foremost.
Barack Obama represents the only hope for the US in the Muslim world, according to Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh. Because Obama's father was a Muslim, he could lead a reconciliation between the Muslim countries and the US. With any of the other candidates as president, Hersh said, we're facing two or three decades of problems in the Mideast, with 1.2 billion Muslims.
I suppose having a father who was Muslim, won't make you more electable to Middle America, but for the Middle East, it may work wonders.
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