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Viewers Agree With Barack Obama on Foreign Policy

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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CLINTON VS. OBAMA: Hillary Clinton Flips

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Barack Obama Answers John Edwards on Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Barack Obama Against Dumb War in Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 29, 2007

Remarks by Illinois State Senator Barack Obama
October 2, 2002

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don’t oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don’t oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income – to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the middle east, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the President today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let’s fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn’t simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not — we will not — travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.—–

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New Dallas ISD Human Resources Director Accused in Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kimberly D. Olson – New Dallas ISD Human Resources Director selected by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa at a salary of $177,486.00 has no previous experience in Human Resources. She lives in Weatherford, Texas and was recently elected to the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees in May, 2007, a position which requires her to live in Weatherford. Retired from the military in 2005. Participated in the 2005 Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a training program to become an Urban Public School Superintendent.

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The Christian Science Monitor reported on April 20, 2006:

Highly decorated Air Force Col. Kimberly D. Olson, one of the first female pilots in the Air Force, has been accused of profiting from the post-invasion chaos by using her position to benefit a private security firm that she helped operate,”

Pentagon investigators allege that while on active duty as one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, Olson established a US branch of a South African security firm after helping it win more than $3 million in contracts to provide protection for senior US and British officials, as well as for KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. Olson, 48, has spent more than a year fighting the charges. In military proceedings last year, she denied abusing her position to enrich herself or the security company, but agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges. She was reprimanded and allowed to resign from the Air Force with an honorable discharge and no reduction in rank. Olson was also banned from receiving further government contracts for three years. She is appealing the ban.

… government investigators say Olson took advantage of her position for personal gain and made a mockery of US efforts to establish the rule of law in a country long ruled by corrupt autocrats. Olson is the highest-ranking US military officer to be accused of wrongdoing in connection with the reconstruction.”

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DISD Could Hire Another Out of District Exec

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Greatest Speech Of All Time Is …

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, July 26, 2007

‘I Have A Dream’ by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So says Aaron Sorkin:

“You read the speech and it’s perfect. Listen to the speech, it gets more perfect. The way as the speech moved on, the phrase ‘I have A Dream’ stopped being the beginning of each stanza and began being the end, ‘That one day, we will be judged not by the color of our skin, by the content of our character, I Have A Dream.’ That’s what jazz musicians do. They take a phrase and they move it. It was phenomenal delivery.”

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Hear ”I Have A Dream’

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

“The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war … There comes a time when silence is betrayal. “

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Obama Tries to Turn Clinton’s Words on Her

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to turn rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s words back on her Wednesday, saying her vote to authorize the Iraq war was “irresponsible and naive.”

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More Kids Killed In Chicago Than Soldiers In Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 22, 2007

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A few weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie Banchero tracked down just how many Chicago public school kids had died during the first half of the year — 34 and counting — a statistic that generated a lot of discussion not only because it seemed so high but also because most if not all of violence happened off campus. Since then, the statistic has been used by the school system to argue for more education funding, and, most recently, by political candidates like Barack Obama to make the case for paying more attention to the plight of the urban poor: Obama Bemoans ‘Epidemic of Violence’ (Forbes). “Nearly three dozen Chicago students have been killed this year, according to Chicago Public Schools. Obama said that figure is higher than the number of Illinois serviceman who’ve died in Iraq in 2007.

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