Originally posted at DailyKos (check out those comments there) and at MyDD.com :: My e-mail address is HillarysBloggers@yahoo.com :: I’m married with children — pro-choice, tree-huggin, Million Mom Marchin’, yellow-dog-Democrat.
…according to his senior foreign policy advisor, Susan Rice, when she appeared earlier today on MSNBC.
Sen. Obama’s top foreign policy advisor came right out and said that he’s not ready to take that call – take a look…
RICE: “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They’re both not ready to have that 3AM phone call.
Make the jump – there’s more…
Look, this isn’t someone who’s on Hillary’s team – or even someone who’s endorsed her. This comment came from someone who knows Sen. Obama’s qualifications best when it comes to foreign policy and national security and even she’s saying he’s not ready to take that call in the middle of the night.
Maybe Rice is right on this score – Obama’s not ready to take that call. There’s a big difference between giving a speech as a state senator and giving orders as Commander-in-Chief.
And then there’s that Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee he’s supposed to be Chairman of. We’re currently involved in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan – conflicts where we could really used the stepped up involvement of our allies in NATO. Yet he failed to hold a single substantive hearing on a subcommittee he chaired that has responsibility for Europe and NATO and NATO’s policy in Afghanistan. He’s admitted he was too busy running for President.
What was he thinking????
Now whenever anyone raises Hillary’s qualifications, or questions Obama’s readiness they’re accused of crippling him in his coming battle with McCain, assuming he gets the chance to go up against McCain in the general election.
Never mind that her ad never even mentioned him – she was talking about her own readiness and qualifications.
So why aren’t we talking about his many attacks on Hillary throughout the past 13 months. Last fall people accused me of claiming Hillary was inevitable as our party’s nominee. All through that time and since Obama was attacking her relentlessly with charges that she’ll say and do anything to get elected.
Now tell me – how was that not weakening and crippling someone most folks thought would be our nominee come the general election? Why wasn’t anyone calling foul when he was going after her on this?
Her saying she’s more ready than he is to take that late-night call in no way diminishes him any more than his claiming that she’ll say and do anything to win this thing would.
But the simple fact of the matter is this guys – Hillary IS ready to take that call, any time – anywhere. She’s been there when the call came in. She’s been to over 80 nations and met with heads of state and she’s played significant roles in the Irish Peace Process, opening the boarders of Kosovo to get refuges out, standing up to China during that UN Women’s Conference, and working tirelessly on behalf of women and children in the developing world.
Now I’ve written quite a bit about Hillary’s qualifications and readiness to take over once Junior’s reign of indifference and greed comes to an end next January. And people who know her better than I have posted articles on their own experiences with her over the years when it comes to these important issues. Take a look – there’s some relevant stuff here…
Hillary’s Huge Support Among The Top Brass – Hillary’s supporters testify as to her readiness to lead on day one in a conference call with supporters.
Sometimes It’s Not About You Barack – Hillary’s new ad.
Hillary’s Irish Legacy – From the Irish Echo (Feb. 27 to Mar 4 Issue)
Hillary’s Unprecedented Experience on the World Stage – Melanne Verveer and Lissa Muscatine.
Why Hillary Clinton Will Restore America’s Standing in the World – Lissa Muscatine and Melanne Verveer.
There’s no doubt about it – this lady knows her stuff when it comes to foreign policy and our national security concerns. Check out her recent speech at Georgetown University, where she talks with confidence and knowledge of each and every detail on any related matter imaginable when it comes to these important matters.
Then there’s an article she wrote recently – Security and Opportunity for the Twenty-first Century – Foreign Affairs (Nov. – Dec. 27th)
Hillary’s got the backing of 30 generals and admirals – two of whom have sons currently serving in combat positions in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
In 2004 Hillary was asked by the Department of Defense to serve as the only Senate member of the Transformation Advisory Group to the Joint Forces Command. The military wanted her on that committee – she was the only Senator invited to serve on this committee tasked with reforming the Pentagon.
Hillary’s said that when it comes to the general election, she and McCain will bring their many years of experience to the fight, and Obama will bring a speech. She didn’t say that to be mean to him, or with the intent of crippling our nominee (she still intends to be our nominee by the way), she just stated a fact.
And if anyone thinks McCain won’t be making that same argument about his own experience as compared to Obama’s when it comes to foreign policy and national security, they’re dreaming.