The season of predictability is once again upon us. Barack Obama, the senator from
Plans that tinker and halfway measures now belong to yesterdayâ€¦There will be many others offered in the coming campaign, and I am working with experts to develop my own plan as we speak, but letâ€™s make one thing clear right here, right now: In the 2008 campaign, affordable, universal healthcare for every American must not be a question of whether, it must be a question how.
Obama, while freely admitting a righteous public cynicism on the health care issue, says that the time is imminent to pass a plan to be in place by the end of the next presidentâ€™s first term. While it may be understandable for the public to react with further cynicism to am unstated plan to in place six years from now, Obamaâ€™s speech should be seen as the latest attempt by Democrats to entice a frustrated public while not offering a coherent strategy and avoiding at all costs the phrase â€œnational health careâ€ (Rep. Dennis Kucinich is an honorable exception).
It should be remembered that only a very short time before Obamaâ€™s breakout speech at the Democratic Convention of 2004, Howard Dean, formerly something of a conservative Democrat, was the preferred choice of liberals while running a thin campaign based almost entirely on tone rather than policy. He too promised universal health care without details or going national. And of course who could forget Hillary Clintonâ€™s mangled HMO dominated plan of the mid 1990s.
However healthcare isnâ€™t the only are where Obama is choosing his words carefully. In the Middle East, particularly
I believe the President must take a realistic look At our current strategy and reshape it into an aggressive And workable plan that will ensure success in
Based on the above, the Obama of less than two years ago may not be Dick Chaney, however nor is he George McGovern. It also shouldnâ€™t be forgotten that Obama did not have a vote in the Senate at the time of the invasion making any claims of current dissent easier.
Still Obamaâ€™s view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict truly leaves a lot to be desired. A recent trip to the region yielded nothing more than a short statement about the need for mutual humility on both sides (asking an occupied people for humility is surely a modern idea). One searches in vain through Obamaâ€™s runaway bestseller The Audacity of Hope to find some analysis on the conflict. Itâ€™s not until the nearly the end of the book when there is a single page of more of the same tripe about Americaâ€™s obligation to become more â€œinvolvedâ€ and for a moment Obama absurdly ponders â€œthe possible futility of believing that this conflict might somehow end in our time or that America, for all its power, might have any lasting say of the course of the worldâ€. Obama writes as if anyone with half an education doesnâ€™t know that American policy in the region enforces and funds the awful status quo in
Another interesting oversight on Obamaâ€™s webpage is any statement or press release during (or after) the Israeli war with
Pragmatics may argue that itâ€™s too harsh to point to Obamaâ€™s support for unjust tort reform, and at least his qualified support for â€œfreeâ€ trade or to recognize that Joe Lieberman is proudly considered his political mentor; indeed Obama even supported Lieberman against Democratic primary winner and anti-war candidate Ned Lamont in