In this article on the presidential candidates and the Senate hearings featuring General Petraeus. we learn that one of those candidates, the Democratic frontrunner, Senator Barack Obama would rather attend a campaign fundraiser than hear what our top military commander in Iraq has to say. Apparently, he left the hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee early:
Obama received some senatorial courtesy from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., even though he’s a Clinton backer. Nelson should have gone before Obama in the questioning, but three hours into the hearing he let Obama go ahead so he could avoid a scheduling problem. Obama had two campaign fundraisers to attend.
It sounds like the Illinois Democrat skedaddled soon after he had his time in front of the cameras. (Kind of sounds like his and his Democratic rival’s policies on Iraq, just skedaddle.)
I wonder if other Senators left as soon as they had their say.
Look, Obama reminds us ad nauseam that he opposed the Iraq War from the get-go. That’s nice red meat to throw to his leftie supporters, but the fact is we’re in Iraq now and need he handle the situation as it is, not as he wishes it might have been. Should he win election to the White House, come January 20, 2009, he’ll be Commander-in-Chief, responsible for our military operations.
Shouldn’t he want to listen carefully to what our generals in the field have to say so he can develop appropriate policies to deal with the situation on the ground? But, I guess to please the left, it’s more important that the facts be based on their hatred of George W. Bush and his “war” than the situation as our military commanders see it.