Archive for March 2008

Presidential Candidates Senior Moments

The current crop of presidential candidates are pretty laughable. I would laugh if the job they were seeking wasn’t President of the United States.

First John McCain has a news conference in Jordan where he goes on for a while talking about Iran working with Al Qaeda to cause problems in Iraq. His exact words were,

“We continue to be concerned about Iranian taking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.”

Asked about that statement, Mr. McCain said,

“Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.”

He was then corrected by Senator Lieberman, who is a pretty strange fellow, himself. McCain then said

I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.

Okay. This is coming from the person who bills himself as the best leader from the standpoint of American Security. He forgot that Iranians generally hate Al Qaeda. And he wants to be President. I could go on about his singing, “Bomb, bomb, bomb,… bomb, bomb Iran.” Whoo boy!

Next up is Hillary Clinton. She decided to embellish a visit she made to Bosnia in 1996 when she was First Lady. Her recollection of her arrival in Bosnia was,

I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia, and as Togo said, there was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady. That’s where we went. I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.

(“Togo” she referred to was former Army Secretary, Togo West.) In reality, she was on a USO tour with her daughter, Sinbad, and Sheryl Crow. They got off the plane, talked to the President of Bosnia, heard a poem by an 8-year old girl, talked to a bunch of other children and their teachers, and then got into cars to go to the nearby Air Force base. She now says she misspoke.

Again, this person is close to becoming President of the USA.

Barak Obama has not had any senior moments but he co-sponsored a Senate bill that would dedicate 0.7 percent of the U.S. gross national product to foreign aid, which over 13 years he said would amount to $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.

The bill would “declare” that the official U.S. policy is to eliminate global poverty, that the president is “required” to “develop and implement” a strategy to reach that goal and requires that the U.S. efforts be “specific and measurable.”

That is all very noble stuff, but I don’t think it can be done that way, and $845 billion dollars in additional foreign aid right now is not a good plan.

So, who would you vote for: Moe, Larry, or Curly?