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Evaluating Team Hillary’s Questions For Obama

I want to see Geraldine Ferraro debate Gen. Merril “Crying Fits” McPeak.

Team Hillary just released a list of “questions for Obama,” from Lee Feinstein, Campaign National Security Director.

Senator Obama has thus far failed to answer key questions about his qualifications to meet the Commander-in-Chief test. The following are questions that Senator Obama should address:


Will you stand by your definitive commitment to removing all combat brigades from Iraq within 16 months, or will you, as your former advisor said, not rely on “some plan” you “crafted as a presidential candidate or as a US Senator?”


Interjection from Jim: Didn’t both Hillary and Obama, along with Edwards, refuse to pledge to get all U.S. troops out of Iraq by January 20, 2013?

Do you regret that you have never held any substantive hearings on Afghanistan or any other subject, since you became chairman of the subcommittee on European Affairs in January 2007?


Do you agree with General McPeak that you are more qualified to be commander in chief because you don’t “go on television and have crying fits?” Are you prepared to remove General McPeak from your campaign for what is viewed by many as a sexist comment?

Interjection from Jim: Hillary, John McCain thanks you for this useful tool in securing the women’s vote in the general election if Obama is the nominee.

Are you still willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of an Obama administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea? Are there any circumstances in which you would not conduct such meetings?


Interjection from Jim: Ya, see, Lee, this is where I would mention the Colombians’ allegation that Chavez was sending money to FARC, and that FARC was seeking the material to build a radioactive “dirty bomb.” Oh, and mention the FARC document that refers to “gringos” telling FARC about Obama’s positions.


And you could be a little sharper on the “leaders of Iran” jab, something like, “what other Holocaust deniers are you willing to meet with?”

As voters evaluate you as a potential Commander-in-Chief, do you think it’s legitimate for people to be concerned that you have traveled to only one NATO country, on a brief stopover trip in 2005, and have never traveled to Latin America?


Interjection from Jim: The Latin American thing is pretty mild, as the presidency doesn’t go to the candidate whose passport has the most stamps. But Obama has really only one visit to a NATO country? In his life? Really? It’s not like they’re all spread far apart, or all that hard to get to.

Earlier in the campaign you were asked how you would respond to a terrorist attack on two cities in the United States. You talked about the need for an effective emergency response but were initially unclear about the need for a military response. What do you think that says about your readiness to be Commander-in-Chief?

You publicly broadcast your willingness to attack Pakistan unilaterally, a statement which caused unrest in that country. Recognizing that we need to combat terrorism wherever it exists, do you wish you would have made your comments in a way that didn’t cause unrest?

I’m going to uncharacteristically defend Obama and note that at times it seems that clearing one’s throat is enough to “cause unrest” in Pakistan. It’s not a terribly restful country.


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