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Monday, November 19, 2007

Talisman Gate Endorses McCain, Clinton

There are only two grown-ups in the race for the presidency when it comes to Iraq: Senator John McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton.

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Watching the rest of the contenders talk about Iraq leaves me with the impression that they’re all about amateur hour: America can’t afford to elect a president who learns on the job.

Although I disagree with both McCain and Clinton on the specifics of their Iraq policy, but I feel that they have put some serious thought into the topic when compared with the others in the field. That’s what one gets when combining seriousness with seasoned and sober acumen.

Over the next decade, the world will face more jihadist threats and turmoil in the Middle East, affecting everything from issues of nuclear proliferation to the contingency of a recurring disruption in the oil markets resulting in economic havoc. How a stable and resurgent Iraq affects the region around it in the long term will be one of the vital strategic tools that an American president must consider when facing down impending and unfolding challenges. McCain and Clinton seem well-poised to do that.

Vote for the grown-ups, McCain and Clinton, if you want to have a shot at the American dream; like it or not Iraq and the Middle East may determine your quality of life, and your actual life, over the long term.

9 Comments:

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

I should have added a disclaimer that I volunteered for the McCain primary campaign in 2000.

11:49 AM, November 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Joe K. said...

I like Mitt Romney. He seems clean cut and smart. He's known for being a great businessman too, that's what I look for with a president. Well that and limited government. I think McCain is an awesome choice, I just can't justify putting my vote on him when he's got no shot of making a comeback.

3:42 PM, November 19, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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Hitlary?? and you think there's
corruption in the ME, bwahaha!!

*sigh*, i used to love them both..

proud to be an ex-Dem of the party no more here..

be sure to check all the links to other links, etc..

til you get to the real nitty gritty.. uhg!!

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4:58 PM, November 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've pretty well decided to vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary, on the theory that the Democrats can't be trusted to have the good sense to nominate her without my help. Then, I'll have a year to decide between her and the Republican candidate, who I hope will be McCain, but's it's not looking so good.

Bridget

6:35 PM, November 19, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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fabulous read.. (thumbsup)

Hillary Clinton Minds My Business (And Yours)

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7:47 PM, November 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Biden?

12:00 AM, November 20, 2007

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anonymous,

Biden?

Here's a post where I refer to his 'plan' and there's a link in it to a column that I had written about the topic.

http://talismangate.blogspot.com/2007/01/david-brooks-reinventing-wheel.html

Best,

Nibras

7:45 AM, November 20, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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HT: Gateway Pundit

"Clinton wins surprise support
from former French first lady"


excerpt:

[Captain Ed writes,

Why wouldn't Hillary want to get linked to Jacques Chirac? After all, he epitomized European resistance to the Bush administration, didn't he? He did a lot more than that, however. He also epitomized French undermining of sanctions against Iraq. Chirac's administration not only demanded an end to sanctions, they actively undermined them for years, stuffing billions of dollars into the pocket of Saddam Hussein and selling him dual-use technology forbidden by the UN. Rather than have that exposed, Chirac sided with Russia (who had committed the same kinds of acts) and Saddam.]

more links @ links..

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12:54 PM, November 25, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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btw TG..

i thought you didn't like Allawi??

i also know that you must know Clinton et al back/ed an
Allawi coup (as was noted in a previous post).. hence, i'm
a bit surprised & puzzled as to your stance in support of
Clinton, even if she is Iraq's best of the worst opposition..

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1:05 PM, November 25, 2007

 

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