During their long primary, Dem candidates were not forced to answer simple questions:
What happens if we withdraw from Iraq?
What happens to the price of oil if Iran moves in and closes the Straits of Hormouz? Don't we have to fight then?
What happens if Israel feels threatened and attacks Iran or Syria?
What happens if Israel and Iran go to war and we have to step in to defend our ally?
What happens if we have to return and fight an even bigger war because the poll-reading Dems did not have the courage to fight a smaller war first?
The entire Dem primary season was about getting out of Iraq. It won't be so easy once the general election starts. Obama won't be debating Clinton. He will be sitting across from John McCain, a war hero with substantial national security credentials.
McCain is doing his best to point out that Obama is naive. (McCain Steps Up Criticism of Obama)
This week, Obama made it very easy for those of us who believe that he is indeed very naive.
Obama indicated in the debate that he would be willing to send troops back to Iraq to fight Al Qaeda.
Did he forget that we are fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq right now?
Where was Zarqawi, the #2 leader of Al Qaeda, discovered and killed by a missile from an F-16?
Hasn't Obama heard Osama say that Iraq is now the central front of the war? (Cut and Run and Then Run Back By James Taranto)
Obama's reply to McCain was even sillier. He said that Al Qaeda went into Iraq because Bush and McCain invaded the country.
Like everything Obama, it was a cute answer. It got all of the "yes we can" fanatics to scream their support.
Unfortunately, Obama is mixed up about this one too. Bill O'Reilly spoke about it tonight:
"OK, here are some facts. According to former CIA Chief George Tenet, Al Qaeda commander Abu Musab al-Zarqawi somehow found his way to Iraq before the war.
As a practical matter, who cares about Osama and Hussein? What matters is that Al Qaeda is in Iraq today and we are kicking them out with extraordinary military operations.
Everything was "get out of Iraq" yesterday.
Well, "getting out" of Iraq is easy. What happens when "we get out" of Iraq is the real issue.
Obama is now paying the price of having it so easy in the primaries. Obama wasn't ready for such a question. Therefore, he is not ready for the presidency.
Michael Barone is a great political analyst. He has a message for the Dems based on what Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote in an
"It is true that many Democratic primary voters and caucusgoers are slavering at the prospect of American defeat. They want to see us lose.
The Dems' Little League season is over. Based on his recent reply to such a simple question, Obama can't hit major league pitching and will be back in rookie ball very soon.