War has been declared on us by a movement that has been attempting to take over the world since its very inception. It's too bad Barry's bored with it. Islam has had the goal of a global caliphate for 1400 years, and Barry's glazing over after a few years. He isn't worthy of being more than a nursery school teacher at least then he and his students will have similar attention spans.
Obama Lumps Clinton, McCain Together, Then Touts Former First Lady
Lancaster - U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., portrayed his presidential rivals, Democratic U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain, as beholden to lobbyists and tied to failed past policies in Iraq, health care and other major issues.
"That's the most important thing when you get that 3 a.m. phone call, that you exercise good judgment" about a foreign policy crisis, Mr. Obama told an audience of about 2,000 here at the John E. Barley gymnasium at the Thaddeus Stevens Vocational Center. "Hillary Clinton and John McCain had a chance to exercise good judgment and they did not, because this war in Iraq was unwise. ... It has piled up debt and caused an end to so many lives. ... I was opposed to this war in 2002, I will bring it to an end in 2009.
"I don't want to just end the war, I want to end the mindset that got us into war. I want to initiate diplomacy. [President Richard] Nixon understood" the importance of diplomacy, Mr. Obama said, as did Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, he asserted.
"I have said we will meet not just with our friends but with our enemies. I was criticized for saying that by McCain, Clinton" and by President George W. Bush, he said. "We should remember what John Kennedy said: we should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate.
"One or two brigades out per month, at that pace it will take 16 months. ... that is not a precipitate pace. We have been in Iraq longer than World War I, World War II or the Civil War. If we can't get the Iraqi government to stand up in another two years, we won't get them to stand up in another 10 years."
Mrs. Clinton has committed to withdrawing troops from Iraq but set no firm withdrawal date for most troops, as Mr. Obama has.
Mr. Obama also lumped Mrs. Clinton in, during his first several mentions of her, with Mr. McCain and often President Bush. He did so when discussing the war in Iraq, the "old politics where nothing changes" and PAC contributions, which, he said, stopped those three from enacting effective changes in federal policy.
Mr. Obama said he did not take money from health care company and health insurance PACs, unlike insider politicians like Mrs. Clinton, Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush, "... because then they get their hooks in you ... and nothing changes."
Mrs. Clinton's campaign fired back last week against similar salvos by Mr. Obama, noting that he has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from executives in these fields, in some sectors more such money than Mrs. Clinton has received.
The Clinton campaign also mocked Mr. Obama's claim that he would reform energy policy, since they noted he voted for Vice President Dick Cheney's energy reform plan, which both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have since said gave too many tax breaks to oil companies.
Mr. Obama received rolling applause when he rhetorically spoke about PAC money, telling Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain: "You take it, I don't."
And after praising Mrs. Clinton for her failed 1993 attempt to reform the health care system, Mr. Obama said: "She doesn't understand and isn't willing to fight against" the lobbyists and vested interests and "the system, as it is now."
Mr. Obama also contrasted his plan to negotiate health care reform in public with what he called Mrs. Clinton's "secretive" 1993 effort, saying: "I am going to do it all on C-SPAN, so the American people will know what's going on."