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McCain’s Last Gasp

McCain’s Last Gasp

William Kristol, the neo-con columnist at the New York Times, has surrendered the campaign of John McCain. “His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s…McCain is doomed.” Obama’s lead in the polls is lengthening. He is far ahead on domestic issues although today’s stock market rally will help McCain by modifying the wave of bad financial news. Public concern about foreign and military policy, issues on which McCain is strong, continues to slide. Look for a shift in the McCain strategy,…

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Race Will Decide

Race Will Decide

If Barack Obama had selected Hillary Clinton as his vice president, he would have unified the Democratic Party, obtained the allegiance of her 18 million voters and put the ticket on the road to a landslide victory in November. Sarah Palin would have remained an obscure Governor and John McCain would have insisted on nominating his pal, Joe Lieberman, as his running mate. The Republican political base would still be depressed, distrustful of McCain and hostile to Lieberman as that…

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Why Sarah Palin?

Why Sarah Palin?

For many months, John McCain, along with millions of other Americans, regarded Barack Obama as a phenomenon in the political world, and perhaps beyond. In McCain headquarters, Obama’s name is rarely uttered as he is referred to as “The One,” a mystical title with messianic overtones. He came from nowhere, unannounced and unexpected, clothed in inexperience and a sense of mission. How long would the Obama phenomenon last? Would it survive the fickle temper of the times, the pressures of…

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Georgia on My Mind

Georgia on My Mind

During his long presidential campaign when he also had responsibilities and duties as a United States Senator, John McCain found the time to make three separate trips to the nation of Georgia, a country of less than 5 million people, whose main claim to importance was a pipeline carrying oil from wells owned by western companies in the Caspian Sea basin. McCain chief policy adviser Randy Scheunemann and his business partner lobbied McCain or his staff on 49 occasions in…

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Dollars and Diplomacy

Dollars and Diplomacy

Barack Obama and John McCain dispute the reasons for the decline in violence in Iraq, now at its lowest level in years. McCain emphasizes the effectiveness of the “surge” troops, 30,000 additional American combat soldiers. Obama appreciates the surge but emphasizes the political rapprochement between Iraqi factions. Neither Obama nor McCain give us the whole story and its implications for the future. Before the 30,000 surge there were about 150,000 coalition forces in Iraq, mostly American and mostly combat soldiers….

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Obama and McCain on Iraq

Obama and McCain on Iraq

Whether Barack Obama or John McCain is elected president, it is difficult to imagine a full withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. McCain insists on complete victory, refuses to ask Iraq’s leaders to take responsibility for their own future, and has completely changed his own stated position that he would leave Iraq when the Iraqis ask us. Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki has indeed asked for a set timetable for US withdrawal but the silence from Bush, McCain and Obama has…

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The Cost of Iraq War

The Cost of Iraq War

Long-term estimates of the financial costs of the Iraq war range from one trillion to three trillion dollars. That is not a misprint. The number is actually “trillion,” that is one thousand billion, an astronomical number difficult to comprehend when translated into dollars. Here are some of the costs components: soldiers pay, cost of equipment and military materiel, subsidies for training and equipping the Iraqi military, reconstruction of destroyed Iraqi infrastructure, replacement of U.S.military equipment destroyed or worn out in…

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John McCain, War Hero

John McCain, War Hero

Up to this point in the race for president of the United States, the uncrowned but virtually certain nominee of the Republican Party, Senator John McCain, is doing remarkably well in the public opinion polls. McCain is holding his own against both Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. According to all the polls, if the election were held today, he would have an even chance of victory. This is surprising because of the political difficulties of the Republican Party;…

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Oh, What a Lucky Man is Johnny McCain

Oh, What a Lucky Man is Johnny McCain

When this presidential campaign began many months ago, the conventional wisdom was that any Democratic candidate could defeat any Republican candidate. The basis for that generalization was that President Bush’s failures in Iraq, Katrina and the economy had weakened the GOP hold on the presidency. The president’s approval rating was about 30% on a good day. The party and the candidates were far behind the Democrats in fundraising. The grassroots were discouraged, the independents were looking for change, and the…

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Flip a Coin For President

Flip a Coin For President

Barack Obama was on a “roll” as they stay in the clubhouse of the Boston Red Sox. He had won 11 straight primaries, all but one in smaller states as the Hillary Clinton campaign reserved its money and energies for the biggest states. And indeed Hillary won California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan and Florida. The Obama campaign looked like the New England Patriots as they approached the Super Bowl with a record of 18 straight victories. Defeat was…

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