Obama stumbles on Iraq, Afghanistan

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    ...and the Dims thought Bush was a stumbling boob...this guy is lost without his teleprompter...

    May 14, 2008
    by Ed Morrissey

    Barack Obama spent yesterday trying not to think of West Virginia, making an appearance instead in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where Obama won the primary in February. He also forgot a couple of facts about Iraq and Afghanistan, making two large factual errors and setting off a dispute between his campaign and ABC News. Unfortunately, their rebuttals raised even more questions about Obama’s grasp on facts in the wars.

    This report generated immediate push-back from the Obama camp, which ABC included in an update. They insist that the US needs Arabic translators in Afghanistan to deal with foreign fighters, while noting that the US has indeed sent ag experts to Iraq to rebuild the environment for the Marsh Arabs — and those could be used in Afghanistan instead.

    David Wright responds by noting a couple of other points that seem to escape Camp Obama. One, the only people speaking Arabic in Afghanistan are the people shooting at NATO troops. The people whom we want to engage to rebuild Afghanistan don’t speak Arabic. Second, the US usually uses locals as translators, so we didn’t rob Peter to pay Paul in translators by invading Iraq, despite Obama’s spurious claims.

    And Obama’s analysis of the agricultural challenges of moving Afghanistan from poppies to peapods is dead wrong. Afghans grow poppies because they lack two critical prerequisites to rely on any other crop: security and infrastructure. In order to make enough money to survive non-growing seasons, Afghans would have to have massive refrigeration and transportation infrastructure improvements. How does a farmer make money when crops can’t get to market fast enough to keep them from spoiling? Perishables such as fruit and vegetables require refrigeration, which requires electricity, and so on. Opium doesn’t spoil, and it can be stored indefinitely under any conditions to be used as a cash substitute outside of growing season.

    The Afghans need to establish the proper infrastructure first before massively committing to acceptable crops, and they need to start with reliable roads. However, they cannot even do that until the security situation improves, as the constant attacks by the Taliban and al-Qaeda make it impossible to build the necessary roads, electrical distribution, and refrigeration systems the Afghans require. What would agricultural experts do in Afghanistan while those issues remain unresolved?

    Obama’s rhetoric calls into question whether he has any real knowledge of the issues in either Iraq or Afghanistan in any depth beyond that of the latest MoveOn talking points.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/05/14/obama-stumbles-on-iraq-afghanistan/
     
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    least obama corrected himself...

    ya know mccain needed traitor joe to tell him the dif between sunni and shai.
     
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    He made a mistake, corrected himself, and then immediately made more. And to top it off (if you read the article) Camp Obama ignorantly supported his mistakes. And this is not even mentioning his halting, bumbling speech without his teleprompter....I heard him....you want to listen to a dummy talk for another four years? :eusa_whistle:

    That is a far cry from mixing up two similar words.

    PS: btw for some reason he wore his flag pin at this particular speech...go figure
     
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    actually mcsame's mess up wasn't just a goof on which word but on an entire country ...namely Iran and whether Iran was involved with a sunni group ... Al queida. that displays a fundamental misunderstanding of the dynamics of the situation.

    if'd been a simple goof on the names that be totally understandable.

    gotta link on the obama flag pin?
     
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    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1779544,00.html
    In case you missed it, Barack Obama's American flag lapel pin is back. How long it will stay on is anyone's guess.

    They were both goof ups caused by fatigue. But Obama's flag pin....:rofl:
     
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    Like mixing up liberal and conservative.

    If your running for president and your involved in a war where shites are killing sunnis and vice versa, it isn't just mixing up two similar words.
     
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    yeah, one goes to what our foreign policy should be and who's who in the middle east... and on which our decisions need to be based... and the other... is....


    a pathetic attempt at smear by the people who think flag pins are a substitute for real patriotism (you know, the kind where you don't support eviscerating the Constitution). :rolleyes:
     
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    faux news this morning had a video of obama saying he had visited 57 states.
     
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    He probably has. He never said 57 different states.:eusa_doh:
     
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    Oops, I forgot to mention. Fox probably thinks there are mare than 57 and wants to know why he didn't vist the other ones.
     

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