Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Obama on the Baghdad Stroll topped off with a Brewski

The picture from Der Spiegel's Ralf Beste writing Obamamania Infects Germany

Berlin political circles -- both liberal and conservative -- are fawning over US presidential candidate Barack Obama. Many in Germany see him as a cross between John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., but expectations may be exaggerated.
Obama ought to think twice about rejecting the Baghdad stroll.

Obama's Burton via Hot Air,

John McCain’s proposal is nothing more than a political stunt, and we don’t need any more ‘Mission Accomplished’ banners or walks through Baghdad markets to know that Iraq’s leaders have not made the political progress that was the stated purpose of the surge. The American people don’t want any more false promises of progress, they deserve a real debate about a war that has overstretched our military, and cost us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars without making us safer.
The IZ is good place as any for that real debate, and it would be easier for the Iraqi people --who had no say in our coming to Iraq-- to voice their feelings on when we should leave.

I'm betting Obama would be surprised to find his charm infects Iraqis just as it does Germans. Surprising Obama doesn't have more confidence in himself.

Then off to Ramstein for a beer among friends after Baghdad's heat.

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