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A couple days ago I wrote a diary stating that Obama should go after Clinton and deliver a knock out blow.  Those commenting disagreed with me.  On reflection they were right and I was wrong.

I was responding in anger over Hillary's cheap shots at Obama over plagerism and other tactics like trying to change the rules to suit her needs.  I expect such tactics from Karl Rove and not someone I genuinely have admired.  In 1992 I phone banked for President Clinton; I attended rallies; and I even gave money.  During his administration I consistentanly defended him against what I believed to be unwaranted attacks.  Seeing her use the same tactics as those who unfairly criticized the Clintons greatly disappointed me.

However cooler heads should prevail.  We will need Clinton supporters on board in November.  He is winning without resorting to cheap shots and should be commended for doing so.  It is not only smart politics but is the right thing to do.

Originally posted to Jeffrey Kohan on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 06:53 AM PST.

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  •  Obama's OH & TX ads should attack JOHN McCAIN (5+ / 0-)

    Strongly . . .

    On Iraq.

    But of course include Obama's stump speech line:

    A war that should never have been authorized . . .

    "No one could have anticipated those goofy TX primary rules" -- Hillary Condi Clinton

    by Bill White on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 06:55:05 AM PST

    •  Bingo! A war that never should have been (1+ / 0-)
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      authorized.  Another winning line, was that he wants to not only end the war, but also the flawed mindset that created it.

      This was was not about flawed intelligence.  The neocon PNAC presented its descredited plan to "reengineer the middle east" to the Clinton administration eight years before.

      Bush's Iraq White House Group spent it's first year working up ways to markert such a war to the American people.  Those who have followed the last decades of debate about our foreign policy and national security strategy have been fully aware of the neocon's orientation and intentions.

      Dick Cheney was frustrated that the intelligence community would not fall in line and support this war so he set up a special office to cherry pick, distort, and fabricate intelligence, as well a put enormous pressure on the mainstream intelligence communities to produce what was needed.

      By using discredited informants, who were known to have ulterior motives, the WHIG engaged in a year long campaign of political manipulation to drum up pretenses to carry out the PNAC's plan to start this reengineering with an invasion of Iraq.

      If the public wouldn't buy it for the ideological reasons then they would drum up others.

      Everyone paying attention in Washington was aware of this.  The problem wasn't lack of intelligence but lack of courage.  Anyone standing up to this jauggernaut risked being a target of the Rovian politics of personal destruction.

      Obama is perfectly position to go after McCain on this.  But the objective should not be just to win the election against McCain, but to reestablish a sounder and more wise Democratic foriegn policy strategy based on the principals of respect for international law, the sovereignity of other nations and cooperative negotiation and diplomacy.

      We should recommite ourselves to the Geneva Conventions, Just War theory, and focus more on wiser approaches to protecting national security, global security, and world peace.

      The concept of "Soft Power" popularized by Joeseph Nye should be included.

      This is a much better deployment of resource and this rare window of opportunity to speak to the general electorate when their are paying attention and interested,  then focusing on any last ditch desparate "how low can we go" rumba with HRC.  

      Helping to bring justice back to the White House, one indictment at a time.

      by HoundDog on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 07:14:15 AM PST

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  •  Could you post a comment (0+ / 0-) use as a tip jar?

    I always like to rec people who are big enough to admit they were wrong - it's a brave thing and deserves credit :-)

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