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Friday, July 18, 2008

Obama's Army of Advisers

How easy is it to know if a candidate has core beliefs that drive his effort to gain elective office or if he is just another politician trying to game the polls to win at any cost? Just count the number of advisers. In the crucial area of foreign relations Obama has no less than 300 advisers.

Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day....

...Behind the e-mail messages is a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.

"It is unwieldy, no question," said Denis McDonough, 38, Obama's top foreign policy aide, speaking of an infrastructure that has been divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues, and that has recently absorbed, with some tensions, the top foreign policy advisers from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign...

...Obama's Republican rival, Senator John McCain of Arizona, has a far smaller and looser foreign policy advisory operation, about 75 people in all, and none are organized into teams.

300 advisers broke up into 20 teams so Obama can know what to say about foreign policy matters? What more evidence does one need to confirm his lack of experience and vision? If he has any underlying philosophy that drives him he is hiding it behind the green curtain of his advisory teams.

Worse though is who the people are who make up this mob. No less than Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher two of the most clueless secretaries of state we have had and Anthony Lake, Lee Hamilton, Richard Clarke all warmer over dinosaurs from the blame America first crowd. Here is what Ralph Peters said about them in The New York Post.

These are the people whose watch saw the first attack on the World Trade Center, Mogadishu, Rwanda, the Srebrenica massacre, a pass for the Russians on Chechnya, the Khobar Towers bombing, the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the near-sinking of the USS Cole - oh, and the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Obama is either full of bologna or clueless, neither of which would be good for this country. Just looking at who he has surrounded himself with I vote for clueless


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Blogger PHenry said...

This would explain his constantly changing principals and proposals. He can't keep all the results of the group think in the committees straight.

He is not a man with a political philosophy as much as a product, marketed by professionals. He is 'change you can believe in' just like Tide is 'stronger than dirt'.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Xyba said...

I agree. He is the future of Democrat politics, the stuffed shirt. They put forward candidates that look and speak good but believe in nothing more than their own popularity, then the ideologues behind him to pull the strings.

1:47 PM  

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