Where was Obama?
by Artificial Intelligence, Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 03:17:46 AM EST
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has made much on the presidential campaign trail of his opposition to the war in Iraq, particularly his October 26, 2002, speech in which he said he did not oppose all wars but what he did oppose is a "dumb war".
Yesterday, Andrew Stephen wrote in the NewStatesman:
In his three years in the Senate he has kept his head safely below the parapet, leaving two congressional colleagues - Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania - to spearhead opposition to the war on Capitol Hill. In 2006 he voted against a Senate resolution calling for the withdrawal of troops and has also voted to continue funding the war.
What jumped out at me here was the reference to Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.). On November 17, 2005, Murtha made a statement to the press in which he called for the immediate redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq and to bring the troops home.
Here was the perfect time for Sen. Obama to jump on board. He did not.
Almost immediately, swiftboating attacks were launched against Murtha by several of the same individuals involved in the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Again, this was the perfect time for Sen. Obama to jump on board, particularly since it was Sen. Kerry who had given him the opportunity to speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a speech by the way which helped launch his own presidential campaign.
Also yesterday, in South Carolina, Sen. Kerry endorsed Sen. Obama's presidential bid. How ironic is it that the man who failed to come to Rep. Murtha's defense in 2005 for speaking out against the war and to bring the troops home or to Sen. Kerry's defense in 2004 while he was being swiftboated for his military service managed to receive the latter's endorsement?
Shame on Sen. Kerry and shame, shame, shame on Sen. Obama.