Could Obama be a better commander for the war on terror than McCain or Bush (must be smart to answer)?

Problem w/ McCain and many others from the cold war era is that they tend to over estimate the ability for a conventional military to successfully conduct a guerilla war. Many of these guys think that air strikes have a significant place in these types of conflicts.

McCain’s rhetoric is a dead give away. Al Qaeda’s goal is to draw the US into long protracted conflict of attrition in order to damage our economy. To give perspective, during the Vietnam War, the communist forces often only sought to injure our troops, correctly assuming that each injured troop would require more personnel to assist in medical care. Gen. Westmoreland would boast of success due to a heavy enemy body count, but did not know that the North had millions waiting in reserve. This is how they out lasted our forces and overran the South by 1975. What was needed during the 1960s was what every good CEO, GM, MLB pitcher, or NFL coach does all of the time, which is to provide a change up.

McCain’s attitude toward this conflict is to stay the course. If our enemy has millions waiting in reserve, than sending much of the US military to chase them around forever is by most standards a poor battle plan.

Using international diplomacy, winning hearts and minds, building good intelligence (with the help of allies) and utilizing the military when necessary will win in the end. Making everyone distrust your county’s motives will not.

Could Obama be a better commander who could develop a strategy using much needed creativity?

So far, Obama has found new ways of beating the Clintons and leading in the polls. McCain seems unable to do anything, but try and swiftboat Obama (an old strategy that’s not working). Reminds me of our foreign policy.

Agree/Disagree

As a conservative I am not a supporter of Obama, however, I do think he has the potential to be a very good commander and here’s why. I do believe that he has the capacity and willingness to listen to advisors and he will make a reasonable, educated decision.

Contrast that with George Bush who ignored Colin Powell (after all, why on earth would HE know anything) to listen to that blundering idiot Donald Rumsfeld and to do things "the Rumsfeld Way". Go to Wikipedia and read the "Rumsfeld Doctrine" and then compare it with the "Powell Doctrine" with regard to military use. The Powell Doctrine is time tested and would have been ultimately successful in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, John McCain strikes me as being very rigid and stubborn, especially when it comes to the military. I do understand his background, but the commanding generals on the ground don’t need Rumsfeld v 2.0.

He has the potential to do some very good things, ultimately it’s up to him.

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15 Responses to Could Obama be a better commander for the war on terror than McCain or Bush (must be smart to answer)?

  1. a bush family member says:

    Cutting and running is a bad strategy. It would make Iraq into a breeding ground for terrorists. Those terrorists would attack our allies in the middle east.References :

  2. Dave M says:

    Gosh, I sure hope so -References :

  3. pr0ntotorrent says:

    I agree with Obama’s policy of international diplomacy but the fact of the matter is that the President doesn’t do much strategizing. As long as he surrounds himself with competent advisers and (most importantly!) -listens- to them rather than acting stubbornly, he should be fine.References :

  4. Sugar says:

    Yes, He has fought that war all his life…being a minority.References :

  5. atilla the avenger says:

    sure,obama would negotiate the surrender and pay big $$$$$$$$$$$$.References :

  6. jaguar131 says:

    Yes Barack Obama (better by a mile,)Bin Laden ,playbook : how to create a Demonic Dollar Drain
    His own words CNN InternationalReferences : http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/index.html

  7. poppyurchin says:

    do you have any clue what obamas plan is? i mean, do you know of his detailed strategy. also, correct me if i’m wrong, but what foreign relations does obama have to lead our country. and don’t tell me b/c he is from kenya.References :

  8. Michael Lobotomy says:

    You missed an important point: Before the US bombed Baghdad and invaded Iraq, there were no terrorists there. We, the USA, gave Bin Laden a whole lot of ‘ammunition’ to recruit terrorists, people that were much more moderate before the brutal attacks and bombing. So, running around the world, attacking and bombing countries that have lots of oil and natural gas, because we’re waging "the war on terror", acually causes more terror to exist than we rid the world of. So, if Obama will use diplomacy, and talk to these countries, instead of threatening them (e.g. Iran), the world will most certainly be a safer place, and yes Obama will do much better as commander in cheif than any in recent memory. (And: you have to be a cheese head to reply to me.)References :

  9. Aegis of Freedom says:

    Hmm.. a fighter pilot or a community organizer…
    a fighter pilot or a community organizer…
    a fighter pilot or a community organizer…
    gosh, this is a hard one…
    a fighter pilot or a community organizer…

    you know, I just can’t figure out which one I want to hire to lead the military, maybe I’ll just flip a coin.References : maybe I should ask the community organizers that are in Iraq putting their lives at risk every day….what’s that you say, there are none?

  10. What Would Dylan do? says:

    Better than mccain and bush, but that isn’t saying much. Obama voted for the reauthorize Patriot act and to continue funding the war in Iraq. He has also not taken a pre emptive strike of Iran off the table. Ron Paul is the only man who understands that our polices are what are causing the hate from the muslim world. They are sick of having the west over there and exploiting their resources. Ron paul is the only man who will bring every troop home from every one of our 725 military bases in 130 counties. Our empire is what is destroying our economy, obama is nothing more than another mainstream big goverment democrat. The only change with him is his name.References :

  11. Disturbed One says:

    There’s a problem with your theory, you can’t negotiate with these people. The jihadists will not stop until each and every one of us is dead. That is their mission, given to them by God (or so they think). What do you do with that? Is McCain better at fighting that, than Obama? Most likely. He at least has experience fighting. Obama wants to placate them. And I don’t believe that will work. References :

  12. Moose says:

    I am about to pass out. An analysis that makes sense? I better get my answer in before the question is deleted.

    You are exactly right. Our enemies are bleeding the pig and will continue to do so until we are bankrupt. We are not in a conventional war. Even our friends are our enemies (google Saudis).

    Only by getting individual governments (Pakistan, Indonesia, etc) to take up the battle to win the hearts and minds of their people (and kick butt when necessary) will we ever "win."

    McCain does not understand us His neocon cronies thought the enemy would give in to Shock and Awe. We were shocked and we are now in awe of our own stupidity.

    Obama 2008

    Star: congratulations on an intelligent questions.References :

  13. kinneticbrian says:

    As a conservative I am not a supporter of Obama, however, I do think he has the potential to be a very good commander and here’s why. I do believe that he has the capacity and willingness to listen to advisors and he will make a reasonable, educated decision.

    Contrast that with George Bush who ignored Colin Powell (after all, why on earth would HE know anything) to listen to that blundering idiot Donald Rumsfeld and to do things "the Rumsfeld Way". Go to Wikipedia and read the "Rumsfeld Doctrine" and then compare it with the "Powell Doctrine" with regard to military use. The Powell Doctrine is time tested and would have been ultimately successful in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Unfortunately, John McCain strikes me as being very rigid and stubborn, especially when it comes to the military. I do understand his background, but the commanding generals on the ground don’t need Rumsfeld v 2.0.

    He has the potential to do some very good things, ultimately it’s up to him.References : People, before you begin the anti-Obama rhetoric – the question wasn’t "Would or Will" It’s "Could he". Like him or not, he’s proven the ability to listen to others and think very strategically.

  14. togashiyokuni2001 says:

    Very much disagree. Sitting across the table from people that want to kill you for being you is just giving them an opportunity. What they want is something we can’t give them, and would be wrong to give them. You’re also under the impression that what we’re doing is not working. Iraq will be ready to stand on its own as early as April of next year. The troop surge worked. You can’t negotiate with terrorists.

    And by the way, the term "swiftboat" is a misnomer, because everything the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth said was verified to be true.

    And there were terrorists in Iraq before we went over there. Iraq was a known collaborator in international terrorism, and had ties to groups like Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Al Quaeda.References :

  15. gottaplaygirl says:

    I do agree. Obama obviously has the calm and stamina to withstand a protracted confrontation, standing his ground. Fortunately, he also believes in diplomacy and strongly encourages affected persons/countries to take responsibility. I see Obama wanting to see America a respected, strong, innovative country, able to take care of itself and it’s people. References :

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