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  •  o bomb a iran (10+ / 0-)

    Obama was in friendly territory in Chicago as he appeared at a forum attended by 800 members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobby. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and a hug from one of the group's leaders.

    Obama said global leaders must do whatever it takes to stop Iran from enriching uranium and acquiring nuclear weapons. He called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "reckless, irresponsible and inattentive" to the day-to-day needs of the Iranian people.

    The Iranian "regime is a threat to all of us," Obama said.

    While Obama wouldn't rule out force, he said the United States should engage in "aggressive diplomacy combined with tough sanctions" to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threat.

    Visited Israel last year
    Again taking aim at the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, he said the war had actually strengthened Iran's influence in the region. He noted the war had spurned "anti-U.S. and further anti-Israel propaganda."

    Obama told of a trip he took to Israel in January 2006, visiting a village that resembled a suburb in the United States. He said he was deeply moved by a visit to a home hit by a rocket launched by Hezbollah.

    "Our job is to never forget that the threat of violence is real," he said.

    kucinich went to lebanon.

    One of the most emotionally wrenching moments came at 10 o’clock at night as they arrived in the village of Qana, the Cana of biblical lore where Christ performed the first of his miracles, changing water into wine. One of the greatest tragedies of war befell a house in Qana where a 1,000 pound bomb exploded and collapsed the structure crushing dozens of women and children who had sought shelter in the basement.

    Kucinich and his wife went to pay respects to the dead as a graveyard in the center of the village was lit by automobile headlights. They walked by several rows of graves, each with a picture of someone killed in the bombing. One picture was of four members of the same family. Buried were a mother and her three children. As Kucinich quietly wept, a hand reached around his shoulder to console him. It was the man who lost his wife and three children.

    •  Obama sounds to me like business as usual (9+ / 0-)

      at least for the foreign policy. I wish for a US President who rules out the use of force. How would the US people like it if the rest of the world would bomb the US because we think your President is "is reckless, irresponsible, and inattentive". I want the US to stop playing leader of the world. The US president is not elected world leader by the World community, he is only elected president of the US.

      Read the European view at the European Tribune

      by fran1 on Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 02:54:47 AM PDT

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      •  Follow the money (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama is taking money from the same pro-Israel funders that backed the Clintons.  This is a given in Democratic Party Presidential politics.  He has to cater to that group to fund his campaign.  Until the base (us) can provide the same kind of clout, either in cash or in organizing, the mainstream Democratic candidates will remain hostage to AIPAC.  It's not about Obama, it's about the funding.

        •  Yes it is about Obama - (2+ / 0-)
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          slip kid no more, area 51

          If I had the right to vote I  would have to make my judgement about him by what he says and not by what he might mean. If he says these things to cater to AIPAC that would make him even less palatable to me and would be a reason not to vote for him.

          Read the European view at the European Tribune

          by fran1 on Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 06:26:57 AM PDT

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          •  yup, exactly, what Obama says is what matters! (0+ / 0-)

            How many times now have we seen the pro-Obama Kossacks here have to bend over backwards to "interpret" for us what Obama "means" about Iraq?

            Obama's recent statements to the press about Iraq have been so lame and embarrasing and counterproductive, the pro-Obama Kossacks here have to immediately rush to apologetically say, "oh, Obama really meant so-and-so, just read his 2002 statement about Iraq, blah blah blah."

            How pathetic!

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