A few weeks ago, conservatives hailed the arrival of Sarah Palin as a bright new aggressive voice in politics, but the sheen is wearing off and those who regard the interests of the United States of America as of more importance than supporting a woman in high office, are expressing serious doubts about the candidacy of the maverick from Alaska. Kathleen Parker, who welcomed a true conservative, is now writing in the National Review online that her “cringe reflex is exhausted” watching an ignorant and bumbling woman stumble through one interview after another. “No one hates saying more than I do…that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger pressed over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does.”
Parker now says although Palin represented a refreshing voice in politics it is clear she doesn’t know enough about economics of foreign policy to become president if a President McCain were to die. The Republican conservative urged Palin to save the party by bowing out “for personal reasons” and allow a more experienced person to represent Republicans in the election.
We live in strange times when a person such as Palin can even be considered for the office of vice president of this nation. She most probably represents the worst choice for high political office in the history of the United States of America. What does this say about the “experience” and “cool judgment” of John McCain?
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Peace, Politics, Republicans, United States, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Conservatives, Sarah Palin
The nation of Cambodia has endured over the past thirty years horrors such as few places have witnessed in recent times. Despite the end of the cruel Pol Pot murderers, Cambodians still have not been able to create a society in which free speech is a given, not a gift. The Cambodian human rights group, Licadho said those who seek to defend the rights of their countrymen live in dread of their lives. “Cambodia is a dangerous place for human rights defenders. Throughout 2007, the patterns of threats and attacks observed in previous years have continued and intensified.” The group said the situation now made it perilous for any lawyer who undertook defense of individual rights.
Licadho pointed out union leader Hy Vuthy was murdered and the activist monk Tim
Sakhorn was kidnapped and deported for opposing the government. When asked about Hy Vuthy’s murder, Phnom Penh’s police chief responded by saying “we know the identify of the suspects and our police are always on the alert” but for some strange reason they don’t seem too much in a hurry to arrest any suspects. No arrest warrants have ever been issued in regard to the murder.
Hopefully, one day, Cambodians can live in a society in which free speech is not an endanger species.
Senator John McCain and other Republican leaders have been arguing that Israel must be supported in its efforts to defend itself against possible Iranian attacks. There have been hints on the part of McCain about backing any Israel action, including possible air strikes. However, according to the British Guardian newspaper, President Bush bluntly told the Israel government he would not be supportive of any Israel military action against Iran. He told Israel that view would not be changed as long as he was president. Prime Minister Olmert supposedly discussed with Bush in May his nation’s thoughts about launching an air strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear capability.
The unconfirmed report about this Israel plan suggests even George Bush understands attacking Iran would result in disruption of shipping in the Gulf and the reality of an over extended American military mission in the region. Ironically, Bush when asked, has said the United States has never taken military action against Iran off the table.
George Bush lives in the world of rhetoric and sometimes his love of “tough language” leads to disastrous results such as in the flawed invasion of Iraq.
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, George Bush, Human Rights, Iran, Israel, Liberals, Military, Multicultural, Peace, Politics, Republicans, War, World News
Tagged air strikes, Bush, Iran, Israel
During the past year, President Bush has been pushing for construction of missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Many people in the Czech Republic have opposed the bases and some polls indicate the number in opposition may represent about half the population of the country. A supporter of the bases, Jan Vidim claims Czech intelligence has evidence Russian spies are operating to stir up opposition to the planned bases. He cites evidence from the Czech Security Information Service(BIS) that Russian agents are openly “trying to influence the public. they have to be pretty sure about it.”
For some reason, members of parliament such as Vidim consider it perfectly appropriate for American agents and political leaders to propagandize for bases but if other nation try to implement similar plans they become “agents” and “spies” bent on destroying the Czech democracy. The United States spends millions trying to influence public opinion in dozens of nations so why should it be surprising that Russia is engaged in similar activities?
Two men walked the walk and it is yet to be clear which one proceeded further toward the finish line. The assumption of most experts was all Obama had to do was hold his own in the foreign policy debate. There is scant evidence an Obama supporter exclaimed: “Wow, I like McCain!” On the other hand, McCain supporters did not leap into the arms of Obama because of anything he said in the debate. However, the initial results of CNN polls revealed that Americans thought Obama had won the foreign policy portion of the debate by 51% to 49%. The vote on who could handle Iraq more competently was 52% for Obama and 48% for McCain. The vote on who better handles the economy was an overwhelming 58% for Obama and 32% for McCain.
John McCain throughout the debate spoke of his experience, his visits, his meeting of foreign leaders and emphasized his past deeds such as surviving the Vietnam war. One sensed at points he was coming across as condescending to Obama and this is probably the reason a focus group in Columbus, Ohio voted for Obama 62% to 38% for McCain. I thought McCain appeared tired and at points, he lacked energy other than being able to recite his life accomplishments. I do not believe McCain still grasps that few people under the age of 40 know anything about the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan is a name they come across in history books. As far as being able to claim friendship with Henry Kissinger, most probably think he is some figure in a crime movie.
It will be interesting to obtain poll results as the week unfolds. I suspect McCain lost because he was not able to overwhelm Obama. His constant referral to Iraq may register with some elderly people but it is not a selling point to younger Americans. Obama certainly came across as one thinking about the future and the future is what concerns Americans, not the past.
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, Human Rights, Liberals, Peace, Politics, Republicans, United States, World News
Tagged McCain, Obama, Palin