Judgment vs. ‘Experience’

Today’s Electoral Map (from FiveThirtyEight): Obama 292.4 EV ; McCain 245.6 EV

Now, Republicans love to say Barack Obama isn’t experienced enough to be our next President. Particularly on foreign policy, they say Obama doesn’t have what it takes.

Recently, in response to escalating violence in Afghanistan, Obama proposed sending more troops there to bolster the NATO mission, showing his understanding Afghanistan’s strategic importance in the war on terror. Afterwards, it it took those so-called ‘experienced’ Republicans like John McCain weeks to see what Barack Obama saw and to adopt Obama’s proposal. What does this show us? Wel, that the Republican chatter about Obama’s inexperience is nothing but hollow rhetoric, and that Obama indeed does have the judgment to see problems long before ‘experienced’ Republicans do.

Now, moving on to Iraq, Republicans love to talk about how we should trust ‘the people on the ground;’ they attack Obama for creating a timetable for withdrawal, calling it ‘arbitrary’ and saying we should listen to ‘the people on the ground.’

Well, the people of Iraq–who are the ultimate ‘people on the ground,’ let’s face it–have spoken, and they have endorsed Obama’s proposed timetable for withdrawal:

Iraq’s government spokesman is hopeful that U.S. combat forces could be out of the country by 2010.

Ali al-Dabbagh made the comments following a meeting in Baghdad on Monday between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, who arrived in Iraq earlier in the day.

The timeframe is similar to Obama’s proposal to pull back combat troops within 16 months. The Iraqi government has been trying to clarify its position on a possible troop withdrawal since al-Maliki was quoted in a German magazine last week saying he supported Obama’s timetable.

In the wake of this, President Bush is calling for a ‘General Time Horizon‘ for troop withdrawal.

To recap: in both of America’s current wars, Barack Obama has been ahead of the curve–he was right long before his ‘experienced’ Republican colleagues came around to his side. Obama hasn’t even been elected President yet and he’s already winning foreign policy victories. Face it, there can be no more doubt that Barack Obama’s judgment is far more valuable to America’s foreign policy and national security than all of George Bush’s and John McCain’s ‘experience’ put together.

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