Saturday, September 13, 2008

Barack Obama meets Thomas Merton

“It is true, political problems are not solved by love and mercy. But the world of politics is not the only world, and unless political decisions rest on a foundation of something better and higher than politics, they can never do any real good for men. When a country has to be rebuilt after war, the passions and energies of war are no longer enough. There must be a new force, the power of love, the power of understanding and human compassion, the strength of selflessness and cooperation, and the creative dynamism of the will to live and to build, and the will to forgive. The will for reconciliation.” - From Introductions East & West. The Foreign Prefaces of Thomas Merton

A Responsible, Phased Withdrawal
Barack Obama believes we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. Immediately upon taking office, Obama will give his Secretary of Defense and military commanders a new mission in Iraq: ending the war. The removal of our troops will be responsible and phased, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe we can safely redeploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of 1 to 2 brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 – more than 7 years after the war began.

Under the Obama plan, a residual force will remain in Iraq and in the region to conduct targeted counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda in Iraq and to protect American diplomatic and civilian personnel. He will not build permanent bases in Iraq, but will continue efforts to train and support the Iraqi security forces as long as Iraqi leaders move toward political reconciliation and away from sectarianism.”
From Barack Obama’s Homepage

Gadabout Jack does not sense an auspicious beginning and lasting relationship for our world’s newest democracy in Candidate Obama’s plan for the future. It is harsh and stale, and lacking the awareness that matters of war and peace cannot be determined from the eyes of destruction then abandonment. Perhaps the strategy should be of continued support, rebuilding and of peace.


Anonymous said...

I am reluctant to take any advice from a nearly fifty-year-old man who features a hottie of the week and an adult beverage of the week on his blog.

Anonymous said...

I missed this week's hottie....

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would not take advice from a 50 year old dude featuring hotties and booze recommendations is a dumb ass. Pay attention dumb ass.