OR WOULD IT BE BETTER TO BE COOL, CEREBRAL WITH COMMON SENSE?
I submit that Barack Obama demonstrated the ability to :
1. Be smart enough to see and understand the big picture regarding the proposed invasion of Iraq in 2002.
2. To organize readily available information. To understand the interaction of factors and their ramifications.
3. To have the common sense to reach the correct conclusionwith out the years of special training and the decades of experience that others had and had reached the wrong conclusion .
This is part of Obama’s speech in october 2002.
I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.
He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.