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Candidate Obama in 2007: Americans ‘Have a Right to Know’ Before Government Takes Military Action

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate in 2007, said the American people have a right to know about and participate in the debate over U.S. foreign policy decisions and whether the nation uses military force. His comments were captured on videotape.

“But the fact of the matter is that when we don’t talk to the American people – we’re debating the most important foreign policy issues that we face, and the American people have a right to know,” Obama said at the AFL-CIO debate on Aug. 7, 2007.

“It is not just Washington insiders that are part of the debate that has to take place with respect to how we’re going to shift our foreign policy,” he said.

Obama’s comments came at the end of a discussion between himself, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) over whether it was proper to announce, as Obama had done, that he would launch military strikes into Pakistan if Osama bin Laden was found there.

Dodd and Clinton both criticized Obama for saying he would launch the military strikes if the Pakistani government was unable or unwilling to kill or capture bin Laden, saying that openly discussing such military options was unwise.

“I think it is a very big mistake to telegraph that and to destabilize the Musharraf regime,” Clinton said, arguing that openly advocating military strikes might harm the fragile regime of pro-U.S. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

“I think it’s highly responsible – or irresponsible for people who are running for the presidency and seek that office to suggest we may be willing unilaterally to invade a nation here who we’re trying to get to be more cooperative with us in Afghanistan and elsewhere,” Dodd said.

Obama answered by saying it was “common sense” to note that if the Pakistanis could not act, then America should launch strikes into Pakistan.

“[I]f we have actionable intelligence on al Qaeda operatives, including bin Laden, and President Musharraf cannot act, then we should,” said Obama. “Now, I think that’s just common sense.”

Obama then went on to make the statement shown in the video, defending his position that telling the American people what he planned to do, before he did it, was the right thing to do.

This video has surfaced at a time when the Obama administration is facing mounting pressure over its attacks on Libya in North Africa, which were launched without the open debate that then-candidate Obama said Americans had a right to participate in.

The attacks on Libya – launched without congressional authorization on the day Congress went on a week-long recess – are part of a broader international mission intended to enforce a no-fly-zone on Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadhafi, who is fighting a civil war against armed rebel factions in the eastern part of the country.

The Obama administration has also moved hurriedly to hand control of the mission over to NATO commanders this week, ahead of Congress’ return on March 29.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/candidate-obama-2007-americans-have-righ

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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imamomzilla
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

 

He talks out both sides of his mouth.

SSDP

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

thanks for posting this, wasn't sure how to separate them.

Quoting imamomzilla:

 

He talks out both sides of his mouth.

SSDP


blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~


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imamomzilla
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

 youre welcome

Thanks for the post. :-)

imamomzilla
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

 Been there. ;-)

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~

 






      “He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views”

 William Congreve

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

No, we will be accused of being racist.  They keep forgetting he is only half black and I don't like the policies of his white side either.

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~


blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Been there. ;-)

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~

 

 Looking forward to 2012....


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blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

 

Quoting candlegal:

No, we will be accused of being racist.  They keep forgetting he is only half black and I don't like the policies of his white side either.

Well stated....I agree 100%

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~


 


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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Well, I don't guess any of our black members need bother come to his defense, because you've already decided what they are going to say. 

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Typical of Obama. Be careful ladies b/c we will be accused of hating the President when we disagree w/ his policies~


blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 

He talks out both sides of his mouth.

SSDP

 Obama did plenty of that on the Campaign trail~


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