January 21, 2007

Democratic Primaries Could Be Interesting

With Edwards and now Clinton officially in the race and Obama almost certain to announce soon, the Democratic primary leading up to the 2008 Presidential election is getting interesting. For the first time since I can remember, our task may involve choosing from among a pool of qualified and highly desirable candidates. I'd have no problem getting behind Clinton, Obama, or Edwards in 2008, although I do want to learn more about each of them.

I typically evaluate candidates on many issues, however, one will almost certainly take priority in this race, and that is foreign policy. Bush's colossal mess of Iraq, starting with his decision to launch a pre-emptive war in violation of international law, assorted treaties, and the U.N. charter, severely damaged America's image abroad. Many commentators have compared Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq and the ideology which surrounds it with Hitler's early aggression in WWII. In addition to handling various hotspots, our next President is going to need to be quite skilled in order to repair our reputation.

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