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Rudy Giuliani was quoted yesterday as saying that the Democrats less prepared to deal with terrorism and the Iraq War. Thats rather suspect, since its a Republican administration who has had 7 years, since September 11th, 2001 to go after the actual criminals, failed. Instead, they (the Bush administration) falsified evidence by lying about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and then went to war in a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the terrorist attacks that befell New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. 

The Bush administration, using nearly no intelligence and having no knowledge of the tensions amongst Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, invaded Iraq, deposed Sadam Hussein and installed an interim government that made room for a destructive civil war. At the same time, they continued to underfund the war in Afghanistan and FAILED to capture Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for the attacks. Not only that, the Republican administration who sent our troops to war, didn’t even provide them with the proper armor. More than 4000 Americans have died in the Iraq War alone, and somehow President Bush and Senator McCain attempt to pacify the angry masses, instead of admitting that they FAILED our troops. As Ted Kennedy said the other night, “young Americans in uniform must never be committed to a mistake, but always for a mission worthy of their bravery.”

Another talking point for the Republican party has been the surge. The surge was successful, but what most Americans don’t know, is that in order for the surge to work, the American forces had to pit Sunnis and Shiites against one another, and bring the Sunnis to the American side. While this might have posed a military solution in the short-term, even General Patreaus had said that the surge had put into place, a precarious peace, that could be toppled at any time. 

None of these statements are inaccurate, and yet the Republican party is somehow disillusioned to think that they are better equipped to go to war. 

Rudy Giuliani and many others obsess over how experienced John McCain is. Well if he’s so experienced, how come he doesn’t even know where Iraq is on a map? Why does he continue to confuse Sunnis and Shiites? Is this the COMMANDER in CHIEF that we want? Someone who could be in serious negotiations, and make a huge political gaffe, that affects millions of lives? If Giuliani thinks thats strength on terror, then I fear for the future of this country. That type of incompetence, regardless of your military background is not acceptable.

Moreover, aside from this bout in Vietnam, McCain does not seem to be very comfortable with foreign policy matters. As it looks, war is no longer a viable option, both economically and feasibly, as more and more of our troops survive tour after tour and the recruiting levels for all parts of the military have decreased substantially over time. In that case, McCain will need to be a statesman, a diplomat, someone who can negotiate, understand the nuances of issues and be able to work with an array of leaders that might either be our allies or our current adversaries. This doesn’t sound like the politics that McCain is going to practice, not with Karl Rove’s protege by his side. McCain is not ready to be a negotiator, not the commander-in-chief for the next generation of Americans. 

McCain might have been tough enough, when he went to war. But the tough stuff that will make a President in our generation will be a keen intellect and understanding of the issues, a persuasive auditory style, open-mindedness among others. This is much more like the tough stuff that Barack Obama will bring to the Presidency.


Written by Veena

August 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Dear Hillary Supporters

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The Clintons have come under a considerable amount of fire over the last few months leading up the Democratic Convention. People have accused both Hillary and Bill Clinton of being sore losers and wanting to hold on their political dynasty. What I think the press is forgetting or conveniently overlooking is that 18 million people DID vote for Hillary Clinton. While the media has been obsessed with badgering the Clintons over their sore loser status, they more often than not, fail to mention that millions of Americans identified with Mrs. Clinton and wanted to see her as the next President of the United States. 

If you take a look at message boards after Barack Obama’s announcement that Joe Biden was going to be his VP, there were so many angry Hillary supporters who lashed out against this choice. While the likelihood that a Obama-Clinton ticket was small to begin with, there were still many who had hoped that this historic election would allow for both the first African American and first woman to hold the highest positions of leadership in our government. 

With that said, I too, supported Hillary in the primary, but at NO time, since she suspended her campaign in June, did I think that I would vote for John McCain as the next president. If you are a Hillary supporter, than you believe in supporting women and children’s rights through a strong educational system and a woman’s right to choose. You believe in universal health care and that the government does have a role in all of these areas, among others. You also believe that offshore drilling is NOT the answer to our energy security issues and tax cuts for corporations and the richest echelon of our society, are not logical and fair to the lower and middle class in this country.  You believe that there should be a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, and that our soldiers should come home. Why? These are some of the core values of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Now, if you look across the two candidates, John McCain does not believe in ANY of the things that Hillary Clinton stood for. So if you vote for McCain, then its almost a slap in the face to Hillary because, after everything, she is still a public servant, fighting for those same issues in the Senate. However, with a President like McCain, you will not assist her in advocating for the very issues, that she would have carried as a President. In fact, you will make more difficult for her to help people in this country because McCain is not going to be the type of leader who will fight for ordinary Americans. He is known to “shoot from the hip” and is so inconsistent, constantly changing his message to fit the Republican party base. 

Hillary supporters – you have a right to be angry and disappointed in the results. However, the reality is that Obama did win the primary election. It was a tough election, there were mistakes on both sides, but in the end, his victory is a fact. It was not a stolen election, like in 2000 with Al Gore and W, it was a hard fought and extremely close battle.

However, the likes of Jack Cafferty, every FOX news reporter and so many more are obsessed with only taking the view that the Clintons are looking to upstage our future President. If you continue to feed into this media frenzy, then the Democrats, do look divided, and we have a bigger chance of losing the most precious opportunity we have for really changing this country. 

I sincerely hope that you will choose to look beyond the primary battle, and look to the future of this country as you make a choice, because too many people are looking for the Democrats to fail.

Written by Veena

August 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm