Barack Obama should reject endorsement
Posted on February 14, 2008 | By wally
Let’s restart the War on Terror right here at home. Begin by not voting for Democratic Party hopeful Barack Obama. I know he says change and keep the dream alive, so he should be a real great prospect. But I consider him to be a grave danger for our nation. The US President is the Commander and Chief of our nation and he should reject rather than solicit endorsements from those who put self interest, party interest, or the interests of other nations ahead of their duty to our nation.
“I believe many around the world have lost respect for America, ” Leahy said on a conference call with reporters organized by the Obama campaign.
“I think we can restore that respect but we need a president who can re-introduce America to the world, and actually re-introduce America to ourselves,” he said. “I believe Barack Obama is the best person to do that.”
This endorsement comes from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. who in 1985 resigned as chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee after he admitted sharing secret information with a reporter.
“The intercept, apparently of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s telephone conversations, made possible the capture of the Arab terrorists who had hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered American citizens,” the paper said, adding, “The reports cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative involved in the operation.”
“I thought [the operation] was probably the most ridiculous thing I had seen, and also the most irresponsible,” the then-leading Intelligence Committee Democrat allegedly said of the secret plan. NewsMax
Somehow that slip sounds more purposeful than a mistake or slip. But that was 20+ years ago, so perhaps we should give him the benefit of doubt and quit calling him Leaky Leahy?. Only I don’t see any doubt as to whether or not he has mended his ways.
Upon reading this quote from today’s Al Jazeera, I would say he is still earning at least some sort of nickname. Maybe Partisan Patrick or Patrick J. ScrewUAmerica. You pick.
I don’t see how any American can stomach pandering to foreign press for political gain, especially press that is known to be sympathetic to Islamic fundamentalists (ie. terrorists). Perhaps Nancy Pelosi or Jim McDermott can explain it?
I wonder if he can be tried or even just impeached over this accusation against the Bush Administration? That would be news for Obama ’08, wouldn’t it?
Just today Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft was quoted in St. Louis Today regarding surveillance and civil rights in the Bush Administration. I find his position to be both factual and thoughtful.
“The president of the United States has been among the most respectful of all leaders ever engaged in the responsibility of fighting for freedom,” Ashcroft said, and has been “most respectful in terms of respecting the civil liberties and rights of individuals while engaged in the important task of fighting for freedom.”
Ashcroft said Woodrow Wilson monitored “all calls into and outside the United States” in World War I, while Franklin Delano Roosevelt had “all traffic coming into and going out of the United States” monitored in World War II.
Ashcroft said, “It is stunning to me that when the president of the United States, George W. Bush, simply says that we need to be able to monitor calls being made to terrorist territories, known geographies that are the source of terrorist activities, or known terrorists who are making calls into the United States … that some people see it as an infringement somehow.”
Bush “respects liberty so profoundly that he has protected it and has safeguarded civil liberties more than any other president in wartime that I know of,” Ashcroft said.
General Ashcroft would be a prized endorsement for any Presidential candidate, but I don’t think he will be bestowing that honor on either Democratic Party frontrunner.
Bottom Line: A man who solicits endorsements from someone like Patrick Leahy should not be President of our nation, and Barack Obama is that man who should not be president.