Barack Obama's visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, the West Bank and Germany, France and Britain were a masterpiece of competent organization and dignified and calm performance. He displayed clarity ( early withdrawal from Iraq, in which he received support from al- Maliki, much to the chagrin of the Bush Adm. ), resolve ( his very forthright meeting with Gen. Petraeus ), firmness ( his talk with Pres. Karzai ) , consistency ( his statements in Israel and West Bank ) , and serenity ( the way he handled himself amidst the adoration of tens of thousands in Germany ).
His campaign team and his supporters are rubbing their hands in glee. In the meantime McCain was left wringing his hands and pouting, unable to find something/anything to attack. He vainly tried to make an issue of Obama's not visiting wounded soldiers, saying it was because no cameras were allowed, but it fell flat. His
Intemperate personal attack on Obama (saying that “Senator Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign "), reveal the depth of his frustration and his inability to control his temper tantrums. Pres. Bush recent change of heart on Iran ( his decision to send a ranking diplomat to negotiate on nuclear issues and his wanting to establish a U.S. Interests Section in Teheran, not done since the hostage crisis ), would seem to support Obama's call for dialogue and left McCain's Mid-East saber rattling policy in total disarray. McCain's foreign expertise was his greatest claim to the presidency. Now this policy is seen as bellicose and brittle, inflexible and outdated. It was a bad two weeks and McCain seem to be fading. Don't be surprised if the nastiness begins to increase with great rapidity and viciousness. The Neo-Cons with whom he has surrounded himself are in no mood to play nice.
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(Fig 2a) The Death of Innocents
Ishwar R. Prashad recently retired from over 47 years of teaching.