[Marxism] Obama's Vice-President

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 10 15:43:38 MDT 2008

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Obama's Vice-President

There's a story out today headlined "Obama veep vetting team looks at retired 
military." Why is he doing that? According to the AP writer,

     A running mate from the military ranks could help address concerns that 
Obama lacks foreign policy experience, having served just three years in the 
Senate. It could also provide a counterpoint to the military bonafides of the 
Republican ticket, which will be led by Vietnam war hero John McCain.

But "addressing concerns" and "providing a counterpoint" to McCain isn't what 
Obama himself said about why a military person would be right at the top of this 
list; he had much more substantive reasons (transcript available, as far as I 
know, only on this site):

     "I would want somebody with competence in areas where I am weaker. The 
obvious would be military experience. I'm very confident about serving as 
Commander-in-Chief in terms of my judgments in terms of what our strategic 
interests are, and so that's the area that I'd be concerned about, but I think 
having somebody who intimately understood some of the more tactical issues 
surrounding military deployments, or, conversely, also understands the 
bureaucracy of the Pentagon, because moving that and changing that can be a very 
difficult thing."

It isn't "image" or "perception" that Obama is concerned about; it's the very 
real desire to fight wars more effectively.

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