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July 23, 2008

Obama’s Trip: Nothing But Net
Posted by Shawn Brimley

Barack Obama is set to complete a masterful overseas trip with his stop in Berlin tomorrow, and has proven yet again that he can gain and sustain the respect of foreign leaders and military commanders. His flawless three-point shot in front of adoring American troops in Kuwait is the perfect image for perhaps the most consequential foreign trip by a presidential candidate in recent history.

In Afghanistan, Obama reiterated his belief that America lost focus in the hunt for the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, and along with Senator's Reed and Hegel stated that:

We're in Afghanistan because this is the central front in the war on terrorism. Those who actually attacked us on 9/11 reside in the badlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have regrouped and they are getting stronger…

In Iraq, Obama met with a range of military offices and Iraqis, including General David Petraeus and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The New York Times concluded that his Iraq trip went off without a hitch:

After a day spent meeting Iraqi leaders and American military commanders, Mr. Obama seemed to have navigated one of the riskiest parts of a weeklong international trip without a noticeable hitch and to have gained a new opportunity to blunt attacks on his national security credentials by his Republican rival in the presidential race, Senator John McCain.

Whether by chance or by design, the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq chose a day when Mr. Obama was in the country to provide its clearest statement yet about its views on the withdrawal of American troops. After a weekend of dispute about precisely what Mr. Maliki was suggesting, his spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, told reporters in Baghdad, "We cannot give any timetables or dates, but the Iraqi government believes the end of 2010 is the appropriate time for the withdrawal.

All this while the McCain campaigned tried to make the argument that precisely because the U.S. is "winning" in Iraq, any notion of leaving by the end of 2010 (more than two years from now!) is irresponsible. This while America's most senior military leaders are asking for more troops in Afghanistan.

And today in Israel, Obama reiterated his commitment to Israel while promising to act as a friend to both Israelis and Palestinians if he were elected to the Oval Office.

For the McCain camp, it has been quite a different week. On the day Obama was sinking three-pointers in Baghdad, McCain was seen traveling with the elder George Bush in a golf cart. Then the campaign tried to score points be publicizing the fact that the New York Times rejected McCain's opinion piece on Iraq. Later in the week, McCain claimed that the "surge" of U.S. troops into Iraq in early 2007 helped begin the so-called Anbar Awakening in Iraq in 2006, which was widely reported as the gaffe it was.

And today, a new poll shows that Obama is maintaining his 6-point lead over McCain. I think one can assume that the powerful images of Obama speaking to an estimated 100,000 people tomorrow in Berlin will push those numbers even higher.


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Wishful thinking !!

Obama is an empty suit.....and Unamerican to boot !!

A week full of Media hype....keep wishing & hoping about those polls !!

"And today, a new poll shows that Obama is maintaining his 6-point lead over McCain."

That's the problem. After all this great press, incredible meetings with foreign leaders, silly missteps on the part of the McCain camp, and Obama is still just "maintaining his 6-point lead over McCain."

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Obama did a series of flawless overseas trips and with this he gained the world leaders' respect. From the countries visited by him I traveled only to Germany via England. I remember that I saw the speech delivered in Berlin from a large TV screen from a parking in central london. Maybe after the things will settle down I'll go visit Irak.

Yes, Obama completed a net overseas and this proves that he is a skillful politician. I hope with all my heart that his agenda will succeed, because everyone need a safe world. I like to travel and I want to be sure that every time I fly with a jet charter I will an airport to land on afterward.

All this politics maneuvers seems so far now. At the time when Obama traveled over the sea I was with my husband in a Hawaii hotels honeymoon travel. To bad that the areas in the world with great traveling potential are insecure.

We should never forget to chase those who are responsible for the 9/11 attacks, because many people died then and they were decent American people that payed their taxes, good citizens that behaved well in our society. Obama should remind us more often that we must stick together. I would go aboard the Carnival Cruises and go to him in Afghanistan myself to tell him that.

Overseas trips should not be anything for politicians to be 'priased' for, they should be visiting allied soils on a regular basis as it is in their interest to help creating a better and more united world.

That's one reason why I don't like Obama.

I think that Obama did a lot of great things for our country but one of them just need time to take full swings at the problems we face every day.

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Barack Obama is set to complete a masterful overseas trip with his stop in Berlin tomorrow, and has proven yet again that he can gain and sustain the respect of foreign leaders and military commanders

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