in Iowa did not let Barack Obama off the hook
At the Republican Debate in
Des Moines, Iowa the presidential candidates took their chance
to lash out at Barack Obama and his foreign policy.
only issue which united all the Republican presidential
candidates during the Iowa debate was the foreign policy of
Barack Obama. Although the focus of the Republican debate was to
discuss the stance of the candidates on issues such as taxes and
abortion, the recent comments of the Democrat were addressed by
the attendees in Iowa.
Last week Barack Obama mentioned that his
foreign policy would include meeting with leaders of hostile
countries, such as Iran and Cuba, during his first year as
President of the United States. Late last week, Obama also made
a promise to attack terrorist cells in Pakistan and Afghanistan,
even without the permission of the local government.
From the Republican candidates, Rudy Giuliani
was the nicest, saying that Obama “didn’t express it the right
way”, but attacking terrorist targets inside of Pakistan should
be an option left on the table.
Mitt Romney was a little harsh, saying that
Barack Obama had “gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one
week”. John McCain took the usual stance against Obama calling
his foreign policy "naive". McCain also took the chance to
cement his view on the Iraq war - the U.S. troops were winning
the battle and "we must succeed." Ron Paul commented that the
U.S. should withdraw the troops from Iraq, as they entered under
false pretenses in the first place.
Addressing the comments of the Republican
candidates at the Iowa debate, the Barack Obama camp issued the
following statement: "The fact that the same Republican
candidates who want to keep 160,000 American troops in the
middle of a civil war couldn't agree that we should take out
Osama bin Ladin if we had him in our sights, proves why
Americans want to turn the page on the last seven years of
Bush-Cheney foreign policy."
Despite the heavy seas, Obama continues to sail
ahead with odds on winning the 2008 Presidential Elections set
at 9/2, passed only by Hillary Clinton listed at 2/1 by the
online betting company
Bodog Sports. The odds on
Barack Obama to be chosen as the Democratic candidate for the
2008 US Presidential Election are still healthy 2/1.
Published on 08/05/2007
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