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The Price of Selling Wolf Tickets

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the price of selling wolf tickets

At the beginning of August, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama issued his most comprehensive statement on terrorism. Sen. Obama, D-Ill., stated that as president he would be prepared to order U.S. troops into Pakistan unilaterally if the country’s leaders failed to act against Islamic extremists. At the same time, Obama’s ratings in a recent poll showed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York had widened her lead over him. In the wake of the Iraq war, it doesn’t take an expert to decide that the Bush administration is failing Americans on the issue of terrorism. Obama told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center in the District, “When I am president, we will wage the war that has to be won.” He added, “The first step must be to get off the wrong battlefield in Iraq and take the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Obama’s speech, which promised a new approach to defending the country from the threat of Islamic extremists came a week after Clinton described Obama as “irresponsible, and frankly, naïve” for a statement he made during a televised debate. Obama said that he’d be prepared to meet during his first year as president with leaders of rogue nations without preconditions. Was Obama’s warning an effort to prove he has the toughness needed to compensate for his lack of experience in international affairs? Well, that aforementioned Wall St. Journal/NBC News poll put support for Clinton at 43 percent among Democrats, while Obama slipped from 25 percent in June to 22 percent in July. Whatever Obama’s motivations for his statements were, let us hope that he’s being sincere and not manipulative in his intentions regarding war. This country no longer has any need for hair-trigger, gun-slingin’ leaders who have something to prove to the world. – forrest green III