Once upon a time, (okay it was about 871 days or so ago) in a galaxy far, far away, Barack Obama visited Iraq. He was there for two days. He saw nothing that made him change his opinion that the US needed to pull out of Iraq.
What do you do when you have a person running for President of the United States who doesn’t have either the courage to visit the current battlefield or the inclination to do so? Instead, he chooses to ignore Senator Lindsey Graham’s initial challenge with a campaign version of "Yeah, right." When Senator John McCain ratcheted up the rhetoric and invited him, he declined. Instead, Barack Obama chooses to attack the Bush administration via Scott McClellan’s new expose that just about everyone but liberals is decrying. (Rumor has it McClellan’s mother absolutely detests President Bush).
If the subject weren’t so critical and so many lives and futures weren’t endangered, it would almost be laughable. The problem is deadly serious, though. Barack Obama has not once talked to the Commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus. If that’s not bad enough, Barack Obama will not even meet with Illinois veterans of the Iraq War unless they are anti-war. On April 8 of this year, two dozen vets from the Senator’s state went to his Senate office to meet with him. He refused.
From Senator McCain’s speech today we learn that Barack Obama is the chairman of the subcommittee that has oversight in Afghanistan, but has never once been to that country to meet with our troops. Senator McCain has offered to go with him to both Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Obama campaign calls it political grandstanding and posturing.
On May 28, in a speech at Reno, Nevada, John McCain said, "Senator Obama is the chairman of an important subcommittee that has the oversight of what's going on in Afghanistan. He has not held one single hearing on Afghanistan where young Americans are in harm's way as we speak. My friends, this is about leadership. This is about what America is about, but it's also about the qualities of a President of the United States."