Obama: Russia = U.S. Really?

Say What???

In 2008 it’s almost not possible to believe that a U.S. Senator, no matter how inexperienced, would say this.

Obama pulls a Kos and compares the US to Russia.

Suddenly, Obama sounds just like his bitter soul mate.
Reuters and Charles Johnson reported:

Democrat Barack Obama scolded Russia again on Wednesday for invading another country’s sovereign territory while adding a new twist: the United States, he said, should set a better example on that front, too.

The Illinois senator’s opposition to the Iraq war, which his comment clearly referenced, is well known. But this was the first time the Democratic presidential candidate has made a comparison between the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Russia’s recent military activity in Georgia.

“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”

Foreign policy has become a dividing line in the race for the White House.

Unless Sen. McCain selects a former Democrat as his vice-presidential running mate, this is the single biggest error of the campaign, equaling Thomas Eagleton in 1972, and surpassing by a wide margin, Pres. Ford stating that Poland was not under the domination of the Soviet Union.

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3 Comments on “Obama: Russia = U.S. Really?”

  1. Saying that the US, the most powerful nation in the world, should be leading by example isn’t a bad thing. I am failing to see how this is a gaffe, let alone the biggest gaffe of this election, I mean, yesterday John McCain admitted he owns so many homes he can’t keep track of all of them. Please enlighten me as to how what you’re saying makes any sense.

  2. joe Says:

    “Saying that the US, the most powerful nation in the world, should be leading by example isn’t a bad thing.”

    But that’s not all he was saying, J. P. By saying that we should “lead by example” while discussing the Russian invasion of Georgia, he was explicitly setting up the comparison, and making that moral equivalence that I’m highlighting.

    The fact that I personally don’t like (and reject) that equivalence is my opinion, and I won’t deny you yours. But that the Senator made the comparison is a fact.

    (And yes, I recognize that he was clever in the way he put it, just so your interpretation could be made plausibly. Still don’t like it, though.)

    Thanks for reading.

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