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Saturday, March 01, 2008

This article gives me pause: New Clinton Ad Prompts Reply From Obama

Description of Clinton ad:

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep,” says a narrator as threatening music surges over dark black-and-white images.

There’s a world crisis and the White House phone is ringing. “Your vote will decide who answers that call,” the narrator says. “Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military — someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”

It ends with a photo of Mrs. Clinton wearing glasses and picking up the phone.

Description of Obama ad:

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world. When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one — the only one — who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start.”

The commercial concluded, “In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters.”

I am certainly no fan of HRC. I think if she gets in there it will be the Nixon WH all over again, with the enemies list, the paranoia, the rule-bending and breaking (look how she wants to seat delegates from FL and MI), and as an added bonus, the domestic drama we got so weary of.

But this article makes me question whether Obama truly understands what's at stake. If that phone rings, it won't be "should we go to war in Iraq". It'll be "Mr. President, tanks are moving into Poland" or "Mr. President, three of our Air Force jets performing routine patrols were shot down ten minutes ago" or "Mr. President, missiles are flying". Yes, that will take judgment and courage, but of a totally different kind than were called upon during the weeks and months that led up to us going into Iraq. Completely different. I hate to say it, because if a Democrat should win the WH I've generally preferred him over her, but I think she gets it on this issue. Either one of them would have to learn this on the job - I dismiss her claims of experience here - but these ads cause it to appear that she really does have a jump on him.


David said...

Neither one of them has any experience in being a responsible & accountable decision-maker. Being an advisor to the person who makes the decision is entirely different from actually being the decisio-maker.

McCain has some command experience, but on a very small scale.

I would have preferred to see candidates who were governors, big-city mayors, CEOs of substantial companies, or commanders of major military forces.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

Yeah, I voted Romney in the primary but it was not to be.

I'm afraid that whoever gets in will be tried by a major terrorist attack shortly after inauguration. I don't think they are as likely to try McCain, though, as Obama or Hillary. Both of them are unknown quantities but McCain has proven his toughness beyond doubt. From a national security standpoint alone, I think he's head and shoulders above both of them.