Monday, August 11, 2008
Wake Up Call
With so many exciting sports stories playing out, from the resolution of the Favre/Packers saga, to the Olympic-sized beating the U.S. Men's 400m relay team put on the braggadocios French, to the build-up to September baseball, it's easy to lose focus on real world issues. However, one major story is unfolding right in front of our eyes that deserves the nation's attention: The invasion of Georgia by the Soviet Uni....I mean Russia.
While it's difficult to imagine the hellish conditions Georgians are being forced to endure right now, just like it is hard to imagine what people in Darfur, Tibet, or Iraq are living on a daily basis, there is one major issue that the Russia/Georgia conflict puts into perspective. It serves as a strong reinforcement for an increasingly obvious reality: John McCain is the only realistic choice to be our next President.
Considering the myriad of difficult international issues that will certainly face our next Commander-in-Chief, putting a political and diplomatic novice like Obama into the Oval Office would be tantamount to putting a toddler behind the wheel of a hummer. I mean, you might laugh at the commercial comparing Obama to Brittney Spears or Paris Hilton, but one of this guy's closest advisors is one of the biggest dumbshit Hollywood stars out there. To truly understand the night-and-day difference between the expirience and command that both men could potentially bring to the Nation's highest office, look no further than one of the major political figures of our country, Hillary Clinton. Senator Clinton had this nugget of wisdom to offer to the voting public: "Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he'd bring to the White House. And Sen. [Barack] Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."
There is proof to the truth of those words beyond just a Hillary Clinton soundbyte, too. No one doubts that the political mastermind behind Russia's all-out ground invasion of Georgia (a small western-aligned nation that controls vital routes for energy resources) is former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. President George W. Bush once said that "I looked into his [Putin's] eyes. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy...I was able to get a sense of his soul."
Well, President Bush turned out to be pretty wrong on that one. The man who has led governmental-retaking of major media outlets, clamped down on internal dissent, and mapped out "modern" Russia's plan to retake the Sovient Bloc is anything but trustworthy. And Senator McCain knows it. To illustrate Sen. Clinton's point, Senator McCain had more insight that President Bush almost two years ago when he countered Bush's statement by saing of Putin: "I look into Putin's eyes and I see three letters, a K, a G, and a B." Anyone who doesn't understand the significance of that statement, look here, then bash yourself in the head with a tackhammer. (You're probably supporting Obama anyway).
This issue involving Russia, Georgia, and President Bush's potential successors, crystalizes the issues down into very simple terms. Who is ready to lead? Who has the expirience? Expirience counts, not only because it helps the person who has it be ready the moment he steps into the White House, but because it helps the person who has it correctly assess situations as they arise, and draw on that experience to choose the correct path to take. I know Senator McCain will take the right path, the one that will keep freedom the dominant force in our world. Senator Obama? I don't know if I'd follow him to his own campaign rally, or a George Clooney movie premiere for that matter.