Gut-Wrenching inexperience

From Part 1 of the Saddleback Civil Forum transcript … Rick Warren asks Obama the following question..

Q WHAT’S THE MOST SIGNIFICANT — LET ME ASK IT THIS WAY: WHAT’S THE MOST GUT WRENCHING DECISION YOU’VE EVER HAD TO MAKE AND HOW DID YOU PROCESS THAT, COME TO THAT DECISION?

A WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE OPPOSITION TO THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS AS TOUGH A DECISION THAT I’VE HAD TO MAKE NOT ONLY BECAUSE THERE WERE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES BUT ALSO BECAUSE SADDAM HUSSIEN WAS A BAD PERSON AND THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT HE MEANT AMERICA ILL.

BUT I WAS FIRMLY CONVINCED AT THE TIME THAT WE DID NOT HAVE STRONG EVIDENCE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT AS I SPOKE TO EXPERTS KEPT ON COMING UP: DO WE KNOW HOW THE SHIITES AND THE SUNNIS AND THE KURDS ARE GOING TO GET ALONG IN A POST SADDAM SITUATION; WHAT’S OUR ASSESSMENT AS TO HOW THIS WILL AFFECT THE BATTLE AGAINST TERRORIST LIKE AL-QAEDA; HAVE WE FINISHED THE JOB IN AFGHANISTAN.

SO I AGONIZED OVER THAT, AND I THINK QUESTIONS OF WAR AND PEACE GENERALLY ARE SO PROFOUND YOU KNOW WHEN YOU MEET THE TROOPS, THEY ARE 19, 20, 21-YEAR OLD KIDS AND YOU ARE PUTTING THEM INTO HARM’S WAY THERE IS A SOLEMN OBLIGATION THAT YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GET THAT DECISION RIGHT. AND NOW AS THE WAR WENT FORWARD, VERY DIFFICULT ABOUT HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP FUNDING THE WAR IF YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IT’S NOT AMERICA’S NATIONAL INTEREST AT THE SAME TIME YOU DON’T WANT TO HAVE TROOPS WHO ARE OUT THERE WITHOUT THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED. SO THAT ALL THOSE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE WAR HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME.

The toughest, most gut-wrenching decision this then-unknown, Illinois state legislator has ever made in his entire life was a political one. He was willing to bet his political future that the Iraq War would go badly. And, he based his decision on the fact that he KNEW Iraq did not possess WMD’s?

How prescient.

Obama KNEW something that was directly contradicted by the very best evidence and intelligence provided by US and international intelligence as well as Saddam’s long history of flaunting UN resolutions. He was firmly convinced, despite a bi-partisan consensus, the best opinion from the previous Democrat administration, and so on, and so on, and so on.

Yet Obama, who had no access to any of the classified information, no access to any of the evidence presented to members of Congress, nothing at all upon which to base a reasoned position, was “firmly convinced” that the intelligence was faulty.

The guy is truly amazing. I can see why Sally Quinn wants to live in his world.

Unfortunately, Obama’s world is a make-believe one. His lack of any substantial life experience concerns me. The fact that the most gut-wrenching decision he has ever made carried no personal consequences for himself or his family, but rather centered upon his political viability as a candidate. is telling indeed. He was an unknown state senator in Illinois, representing a district in Chicago with a strong antiwar constituency, including the likes of Pentagon bomber and Weather Underground leader William Ayers.

This one answer at Saddleback, more than any of the others, exposes Obama as a truly empty suit.

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