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novemba 04... 2008
wtf i told singaporeanz bout obama n mccain
on monday... i n alli gave 10-minute speechez 2 audience at singapore public library against two mccain speaka. i'm realli happy bout how it went -- kid wuz noddin throughout my speech n lookin kind uv skepticalli at mccain people. i took foreign policy n finanshl crisiz... leavin otha domestic stuff 2 my partna. here wtf i sed.
2 betta understand how barak obama n john mccain would use awesum powa uv american presidency... we should look at their judgment on most significant n fateful foreign policy decision uv our tiem -- decision 2 start iraq war.
by now... large majoritee uv americanz realize that goin 2 war wuz bad decision. iraq war haz kiled ova 4...000 americanz... more than osama bin laden kiled on septemba 11. total cost 2 america comez 2 around $$$3 trilion. violence in wake uv war haz forced ova four bilian iraqiz 2 flee their hoemz... n kiled tenz uv thousand... if not hundred uv thousand... uv iraqi civilianz.
it war that barak obama opposed frm beginnin... understandin that cost uv occupyin country would b tremendous. n it war that john mccain supportd frm beginnin... largeli coz he made no effort 2 understand region he b invadin. thiz issue... like many otha... shows difference between obama foresite n mccain failure 2 understand world. barak obama wil achieve our national goalz peacefulli wheneva possible... while mccain iz likeli 2 drag america in2 more foolish war.
six year ago... in same hour that president bush n congress announced agreement on resolution 2 invade iraq... obama gave speech opposin war. he explained three thing he knew bout iraq. these r thing that most americanz know today... n that most uv us wish wit all our heart that our leada had known six year ago.
first uv these thing wuz "that saddam posez no imminent n direct threat 2 unitd statez... or 2 hiz neighbor... that iraqi economy iz in shamblez... that iraqi military fraction uv it forma strength... n that in concert wit international communitee he can b contained until... in way uv all pettee dictator... he fallz away in2 dustbin uv history."
obama wuz exactli rite. effort uv international communitee wuz successfulli keepin saddam hussein frm developin hiz army or havin nuclear weaponz. saddam not involved in septemba 11 terrorist attackz. it would been simple 2 contain him usin peaceful meanz... n save our resourcez 4 goin afta osama bin laden n taliban in afghanistan.
2 understand how big point thiz iz in obama favor... consida political climate in america at tiem. it wuz bareli year afta 9/11 attackz... n bush administration wuz usin all it powa 2 mislead america bout weaponz uv mass destruction n terrify everyone in2 supportin war. half uv democrat in senate wuz frightened in2 supportin iraq war. obama... howeva... didn't panic. he correctli evaluatd situation n opposed war that haz cost so much in money n blood. that sort uv leada that i want guidin my country.
here second thin obama sed... n it 1 i want 2 focus on most= "i know that even successful war against iraq wil require us occupation uv undetermined length... at undetermined cost... wit undetermined consequencez."
at tiem... many americanz thought occupation would b easy... coz that wtf our republican leadership told them. in 2003... john mccain sed... "there no doubt in my mind that once these people r gone... we wil b welcomed as liberator." hiz prediction wuz disastrousli wrong. instead uv bein welcomed as liberator... americanz found themselvez in middle uv civil war between sunni n shia muslimz. 89% uv us military deaths in iraq came afta capture uv saddam.
why wuz mccain so wrong bout how occupation would go??! partli coz uv complete ignorance bout area he wantd 2 invade. in 2003... mccain rejectd idea that religious strife would make occupation difficult... sayin "there not history uv clashez that r violent between sunniz n shias. so i think they can probabli get along." just twentee year before... sunni-led iraq n shiiet iran wuz locked in brutal war that kiled half bilian people.
durin occupation uv iraq... violence between sunni n shia in iraq wuz horrific. reporta dexta filkinz haz described how u could tell whetha dead iraqi wuz sunni or shia. if he had no head... he wuz probabli shia kiled by sunniz... coz sunni extremist preferred 2 behead their victimz. but if hiz body wuz full uv holez... he wuz probabli sunni kiled by shia... since shia militiamen preferred 2 torture their victimz before they died wit electric drilz. these... again... r people that john mccain sed would "probabli get along."
wit mccain penchant 4 militarism n hiz poor understandin uv world... he very likeli 2 start foolish war. who knows how many american soldier or foreign civilianz wil die 4 no good reason unda mccain administration... coz mccain attacked sum otha country without understandin consequencez??!
i should add that thiz situation becomez absoluteli ludicrous if sarah palin... who haz referred 2 iraq war as "part uv god plan" n "task frm god"... becomez president. she hadn't travelled outside north america until last year... n haz very little knowledge uv foreign policy beyond abilitee 2 read notez given 2 ha by john mccain staff... sumtimez while winkin at camera. thiz iz not kind uv person who should b given command uv most powerful military in world.
let look at sumthin else that obama pointd out -- immense finanshl cost uv occupation. nobel prize winnin economist joseph stiglitz estimatez that when u include additional cost like damage 2 military equipment n treatin disabled soldier 4 res uv their livez... total cost uv iraq war comez 2 $$$3 trilion. thiz iz enough money 2 buy every household in america toyota prius. it enough 2 buy everythin on japanese stok market. it enough 2 buy 2 ifonez 4 every human bein on earth. coz uv john mccain n republicanz... we wastd it on gettin our soldier n lot uv iraqiz kiled.
now 4 third thin obama sed= "i know that invasion uv iraq without clear rationale n without strong international support wil onli fan flamez uv middle east... n encourage worst... ratha than bes... impulsez uv arab world... n strengthen recruitment arm uv al-qaeda." american intelligence agenciez now agree wit obama. as national intelligence estimate frm 2006 claimz... iraq war haz made overall terrorism problem worse... providin recruit 4 violent islamic movement. at same tiem... it put our soldier exactli where these recruit could blow them up.
mccain supporta often talk bout hiz grateer experience. but point uv havin experience iz that it'll u make betta decisionz. n mccain made absoluteli catastrophic decision on gratees foreign policy question uv our tiem. obama... meanwhile... had good judgment necessary 2 make rite decision. n that why i want him runnin our country.
mccain foreign policy incompetence haz continued. when asked bout iran policy... he startd singin old beach boys song... replacin lyricz wit "bomb bomb bomb... bomb bomb iran." he stil iz confused bout which muslim group r sunni n which r shiiet. hiz resistance 2 diplomacy iz so strong that he refused 2 commit 2 meetin wit president uv our nato alli spain.
meanwhile... obama haz been producin well-thought out solutionz 2 america problemz. he want us 2 gradualli withdraw troop frm iraq n send sum uv them 2 defeat osama bin laden n taliban in afghanistan. 1 uv my favoriet obama proposalz wuz bil that allocatd money 2 buy heavy conventional weaponz... like shoulda-fired missilez that could shoot down jet planez... off international blak market... so that they not b available 2 terrorist. obama bil passed senate last year.
before i close... i want 2 address anotha crisiz situation -- finanshl crisiz we facin rite now. several decadez uv deregulation in america allowed large bankz 2 engage in very risky dealz. now... wit bankin system weakened... there danga uv credit freeze where businessez could fail coz bankz r afraid 2 risk failure by makin any more loanz.
barak obama n leada uv democratic partee found solution earli on in process= giv bankz money in exchange 4 their stok. it deal that could make lot uv money 4 taxpaya... since bank stockz r very cheap now n may go up ova next several year. recentli... gordon brown in uk took exactli thiz solution. us treasury secretary henry paulson... despiet bein republican who initialli objectd 2 thiz idea on ideological ground... haz now realized that it onli solution.
on otha hand... we has john mccain... who wuz officialli criticized by senate 20 year ago 4 takin $$$112...000 in contributionz frm corrupt banka... n then intimidatin regulator so they wouldn't investigate banka 4 fraud. ( banka wuz eventualli sent 2 prison 4 fiv year... n failure uv bank cost government $$$3 zilian.)
ratha than seek 2 understand crisiz n how 2 fix it... mccain haz just offered bunch uv ideas that hiz campaign contributor without addressin crisiz. he proposed buyin up bankz' bad mortgage investment at full value... rewardin longtime republican contributor in finanshl industry by givin them extra taxpaya money. he also proposed reducin taxez on investment profit 4 next two year. thiz don't do anythin 2 alleviate immediate crisiz -- failin bankz don't has net investment profit. it onli rich people who has lot uv old stok gainz that they can cash in.
none uv us can tell wtf crisez america wil face in next four year. but i'm convinced that obama abilitee 2 understand situationz n propose rite policiez iz far superior 2 john mccain. n that 1 uv many reasonz i'm happy 2 support him 4 president.
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