I was hoping that this was going to be a complete walk over for Sen Obama. I was fairly sure it would be. But no it was not. For some reason I cannot fathom, the confident, visionary leader that gave one of the great acceptance (of nomination) speeches of all time, was defending himself. That’s the first time I have seen Obama on the defensive. Against what ? Are there some calculations that have made the Democratic think tank vary of what is really happening in the US ? Perhaps. Perhaps they feel that having projected himself as a world leader of compassion and peace, of vision and inner strength, of calm and fortitude, the Democratic think tank wants that Obama must now allay the fears of a last minute right wing swing of US voters. The American voters have done that before. Who would have ever believed that Bush would have been elected for a second term ?….
….It does not matter that the next US President is black or a woman. The next US president must be fearless in his beliefs and the implementation of those beliefs. And given the collapse of the US in every front – and therefore the knock on effect on the world – we need a world leader that is fearlessly willing to stand by that belief. I believe Obama is such a leader. I do not believe that Putin is, for example. But you do not become such a leader unless you are willing to lose for your beliefs.
Unfortunately Obama now feels like he is compromising on behalf of a democratic party that is desperate to win. To balance out the equation. I am dissapointed. I would have hoped he had more courage. I believe Obama is wrong to say that the growing influence of China is a threat to the US, without telling us why and what caused it ? He, more than anyone else must know that the changing world order is an unstoppable force now and the best thing for US to do is adjust to it, rather than, like Nero, fiddle in their belief of world domination. I do not believe Obama should attack Afganistan or Pakistan just to take attention away form Iraq. They seem far enough for the US voters to not care about what is happening here. The US policies in this region are provoking the fundamentalist forces f Pakistan and India will be the next target. He needs to think harder about Asia and the issues here. Not just pander to the US voters irrational fears of job losses (for example) to China. Why does no one accept that in exporting factories to China you are also exporting pollution ? Global warming is happening also because most of the goods that China manufatures are consumed in the US !
I still think Obama will win. I still believe he will. But for me, some of the sheen has worn off Obama. He is learning the art of political compromise. And he does NOT understand Asia. Neither does Mccain for that matter. Only Clinton did.