Just say Nobama
In 2004, George Bush defeated John Kerry by a margin of 3 million votes. In 1988, his father defeated Michael Dukakis by 7 million votes. But in 1960, John Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by just 112,000 votes, one of the narrowest margins of victory in American presidential history. Unlike both Bushes, Kennedy failed to take a majority of the popular vote.
Quite possibly, the American people were onto something. Though he was a good speaker with a Harvard education — just like Barack Obama — Kennedy had virtually no actual qualifications to hold executive power — again, quite similar to Obama. It should have surprised nobody, then, when Kennedy’s presidency turned out to be a disaster.
He failed in the prime directive, staying alive for four years. He shamelessly cheated on his wife, one of the most beloved figures in U.S. history, with cheap bimbos who had mafia connections even as he just as shamelessly used Jackie to leverage his power. He was addicted to painkiller medication and frequently conducted official business while impaired by them, hiding this addiction from the country. On his orders American military forces became involved in their two greatest humiliations, the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam. His vice president, chosen for crass political reasons, who turned out to be even less suited than Kennedy to hold executive power, took Vietnam from the frying pan to the fire and as a result became the only sitting president in history denied a second elected term by his own party. The Vietnam war cost more than 58,000 American lives. U.S. casualties in Iraq haven’t even reached 10% of that figure, and Iraq was a far more advanced military power than Vietnam ever dreamed of being.
There are some hopelessly ignorant fools who think, though, that Kennedy redeemed himself during the famous “Cuban missile crisis” in which Russia was discovered placing ICBMs in Castro’s dictatorship. In fact, this was yet another Kennedy disgrace, one we think it’s necessary to remember this election season.
Far from boldly facing down Soviet premier Khrushchev, forcing him to remove the missiles by threatening war as depicted by Kennedy-friendly media dupes, in fact what actually occurred is that Kennedy capitulated to the USSR, and agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey where they had recently been installed. This was done secretly, so that American voters would not learn of Kennedy’s sellout. It’s quite likely that the Soviets knew full well they lacked the raw military power necessary to actually defend their missile placement in Cuba, that if the Americans attacked they could do nothing in response. It’s likely, therefore, that they never intended those missiles to stay in Cuba, but rather always intended only to use them as a bargaining chip to wedge U.S. missiles out of Turkey. As such, the Cuban missile crisis resulted in a one-sided victory for Khrushchev.
All told, getting his head blown off may well have been the greatest service for his country that Kennedy ever performed. But Kennedy at least, to his credit, served his country bravely on the battlefield. Obama has never done so. Obama has never been involved in making foreign policy at any level, and though he ridicules Sarah Palin’s executive experience as mayor of a small town and governor of a small state, Obama has no executive experience whatsoever. Americans have never elected someone like that president at any time, much less at time of such obvious international risk and tension. From the voting records, it’s clear that when the elected Kennedy, they knew it wasn’t really a good idea. But the country was caught up in the Kennedy mystique, his youth and star quality — and this too is disturbingly similar to Obama.
Why did Obama choose Joe Biden as his running mate? Quite simply, it was an admission that he has no foreign policy credentials at all, and need to have someone close by to whisper the international answers in his ear. But his judgment in choosing Biden is stunningly bad; Biden has already been repudiated in presidential politics because of his proven plagiarism and his intemperate rhetoric. And Obama’s credentials in wielding executive power are just as lacking, yet he has no vice-presidential advisor to help him in that area.
Kennedy, at least, won the Pultizer Prize in 1957 for his research work Profiles in Courage. But Obama lacks even that sort of academic accomplishment; his record is totally barren of any specific outstanding achievement by which he can be measured. All Barack Obama has ever done is trade on his star quality to move up the corporate and political ladders, spending most of his time in the Illinois legislature voting “present” rather than “yes” or “no.” Not in any context, certainly not the halls of executive leadership, has Obama ever taken a stand and stood out.
On top of all that, Obama has many deeply disturbing skeletons in his closet. His closest political associate and fundraiser has recently been convicted on fraud charges and sent to prison. His closest spiritual associate has turned out to be a flaming racist psycopath and Obama has been forced to disown him. Obama has assocations with terrorist groups who advocate violence against the police, and his wife seems to be a classic America hater, someone perfectly at home in Obama’s former church. Obama has been happily endorsed by terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and Russians prefer him too — while they are attacking Sarah Palin in a wild frenzy like a pack of dogs, calling her among other things “a worthless bag of hair.” Scumbags and wackos and criminals of every stripe and description are drawn to him like moths to a flame. That ought to tell American voters all they need to know about who would best protect them from their Russian enemies.
No matter who is elected America’s next president, the foreign policy establishment has already been pushed by Vladimir Putin’s crazed “leadership” of Russia into a cold war mode, and nothing will change that. Indeed, compared to Putin Obama looks like Winston Churchill. But if the American people intend to act responsibly, they will view the 2008 presidential choice as a no-brainer and select McCain-Palin as clearly the best option for American national security.
America should learn from its mistakes in the last cold war, not repeat them.