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Since Barack Obama wouldn't fight for America, I doubt he would fight for Israel

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Submitted by Ken Besig (Israel), Jun 5, 2008 at 11:06

As an Israeli American Jew I am very concerned that Barack Obama, with his pronounced naive, isolationist, and pacifist foreign affairs policies, may well become the next President of the United States.

I base this on Mr. Obama objections to and his failure to support his countries military efforts in Iraq. You see, Dr. Pipes, Mr. Obama was privy to the same intelligence information and evaluations as were President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Senator's Pelosi, Clinton, and many others, but unlike them, he denied that the information and evaluations were valid and thus opposed the Iraq War. And perhaps Mr. Obama was right in his opposition, this time.

But I am deeply concerned that when so many responsible, serious, and intelligent world leaders believed that Iraq had become serious threat to world peace, and was only developing into a worse threat, that a junior Senator from Illinois would take it upon himself to deny that threat existed, and worse, while proclaiming himself to be an American patriot, would work day and night to make sure his own country's military would be demoralized and thus defeated.

Mr. Obama is a pacifist and an isolationist who seems congenitally unable to take criticism, but also seems terminally unable to take hard and unpopular decisions on anything, especially regarding the security of his own country. As I am an Israeli American Jew I fully believe that Mr. Obama, who wouldn't and hasn't even supported his own troops in Iraq, certainly wouldn't lift a finger to help Israel, or any other American ally, if the military need arose. Frankly, I don't believe that Mr. Obama has any serious idea what a serious military threat really consists of!

On the other hand, I would place my trust in an old warhorse like John McCain to both know what is the right thing to do and to actually do it, regardless of the difficulty and the unpopularity. To me that is the mark of a real leader.

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