On Iraq Withdrawl

Despite Pledging To Withdraw American Troops From Iraq Immediately, Barack Obama Now Says He Would “Refine” His Policy After Listening To The Commanders On The Ground.

In July 2008, Barack Obama Said He Will Continue To “Refine” His Iraq Policy. Obama: “I’ve always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed…And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies.” (Jeff Zeleny, “Obama: Open to ‘Refine’ Iraq Withdrawal Timeline,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus”

On Military Tribunals

The tribunal system — set up after the military began sweeping detainees off the battlefields of Afghanistan in late 2001 — has been under repeated challenges from human rights and legal organizations because it denied defendants many of the rights they would be granted in a civilian courtroom.

In February 2008, during his presidential campaign, Obama described the Guantanamo trials as “a flawed military commission system that has failed to convict any one of a terrorist act since the 9/11 attacks and that has been embroiled in legal challenges.” Critics, including many Democrats, cited the tribunals in assailing Bush, who had pushed Congress to create the system. They accused him of violating U.S. law by limiting the detainees’ legal rights.

President Obama’s decision to re-institute the military tribunals has raised questions about whether any can be held at Guantanamo Bay prison which is scheduled to be closed in January.

The Obama administration won’t say which of the 241 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison will be tried before the commission. Only some of trials will occur at Guantanamo partly because the president is still committed to closing the prison next January.

On Releasing Detainee Photos

Citing concerns over how the release of photos depicting detainees might affect troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration is signaling it will retract its promise to allow the photos to be released.

Naive and Dangerous

Obama has flip-flopped on several issues and it indicates what I already know; he is very naive and consequently, very, very, dangerous.

Has miscalculation on these issues demonstrates a fundamental failure to grasp the politics and the consequences of his position. When the big decision comes, when it will effect all of us personally, I fear he will again miscalculate.

America needs to wake up and take the process of electing our leaders a bit more seriously. This is not America’s Idol. This is for real.

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