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October 25, 2008
Obama already has inaugural address written
From the RNC's "Audacity Watch" comes the news that John Podesta, in charge of the Obama transition team, already has an inaugural address for the candidate written up:
"Mr. Podesta has been mapping out the transition so systematically that he has already written a draft Inaugural Address for Mr. Obama, which he published this summer in a book called ‘The Power of Progress.' The speech calls for rebuilding a ‘grand alliance' with the rest of the world, bringing troops home from Iraq, recommitting to the war in Afghanistan, cutting poverty in half in 10 years and reducing greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050."
I don't care what Obama might say if he's elected, I have no doubt after 6 months or so he will find that Afghanistan's problems are "too intractable" and urge NATO to leave. German, France, and most of the rest of the alliance won't need much urging and by the middle of the following year, we'll be gone.
This is the only way that Obama can cut the defense budget 25% - a goal announced by Barney Frank yesterday. Given the choice of continuing a tough slog in Afghanistan and cutting defense in order to spend that money on other programs, what do you think Obama will choose?