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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kerr: McCain Has the Right Stuff

I find myself in full agreement with this article: McCain Has the Right Stuff, by D. Allan Kerr.

The regulars at this blog should know two things about me by now: I've had a reasonably good track record in spotting trends in the past, and I am very alarmist about the future.

Judging by what we've seen of his leadership style, Barack Obama is ill-suited for what's coming up in the Middle East. Obama is over-cautious, he's the type that goes around the table, listening to all and then backing the most conventional, and least dramatic, approach to an emerging challenge. While this may seem to be the sensible way of doing things, the counter-intuitive reality is that there's no one at Obama's table, or any other table for that matter, that can be considered an authority on the new and previously unwitnessed challenges that I see taking shape in the Middle East.

Y'all know how dismissive I've been about the crop of 'experts' and 'analysts' who are the current go-to authorities on Iraq. I would put up my own track record against anyone's, and I must say I don't see many scholars or thinkers in America who have the capacity to understand the headlines of the next few years. Most will come around to it, but at delayed stage. What few there are who can spot it early on, these folks are taken to be marginal characters, such as myself; our views are too controversial, too alarming.

I sincerely believe that John McCain is the kind of leader than would go around the table and quickly figure out that much of what's being said is bull. McCain would have the confidence to chuck it out of the window and demand deeper, more agile thinking. Dramatic confrontations call for drama and courage, and McCain has that market cornered.

6 Comments:

Blogger Don Cox said...

McCain may well be OK, but Palin is 100% NOT OK. Nobody should vote for McCain, because he brings Palin with him.

10:56 AM, October 22, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW: this article is a powerful indictment of media bias:

http://www.ldsmag.com/ideas/081017light.html

2:42 PM, October 22, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

[goes around the table, listening to all and then backing the most conventional, and least dramatic, approach to an emerging challenge.]

so true.. Obama takes the path of least resistance & has absolutely no qualms about everyone else but him paying the consequences.. ie: preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there...

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3:55 PM, October 23, 2008

 
Anonymous Kafir said...

Don Cox,

If Palin is not OK, what does that say about Obama? Remember that Palin is running for second banana while Obama wants to be Leader of the Free World.

3:55 AM, October 24, 2008

 
Blogger Don Cox said...

Palin not being OK says nothing at all about Obama. Two people could hardly be less alike. I have serious doubts about how well Obama will do as President, but he is at least intelligent and willing to learn. Palin is stupid, ignorant, superstitious and manipulative. Even if there was only a 1% risk that McCain might die in office, I would not vote for him, or for any slate that saw Palin within 1000 miles of Washington. (Not that I have a vote, not being a US citizen.)

12:48 PM, October 25, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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Don Cox

opinions do not facts make..

Obama is a Marxist puppet & you know it..

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1:28 PM, October 25, 2008

 

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