—Obama had the courage in 2002 to oppose the Iraq War before it started:
Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” and tomorrow’s Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburban Edition of Public Affairs features Barack Obama opposing the Iraq War four months before the 2003 U. S. invasion of Iraq and two months after Hillary gave Bush $3 trillion to invade.
Tonight’s show in Chicago airs at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV).
No major candidate in the 2004 U. S. Senate Democratic Primary in IL, other than Obama, had the courage in 2002 to say he would have voted against the Iraq War. Nor did any candidate in the 2004 Republican IL U. S. Senate Primary oppose the War in 2002. After all, about 90% of the U. S. population supported invading Iraq at that time.
Obama says on tonight’s show, taped and first aired on Nov. 25, 2002, that had he been in Congress in the Fall of 2002 he would not have authorized the President to take military action in Iraq [about 21:25 into the show]. Watch the 3 minute 2002 Obama-Berkowitz exchange on invading Iraq here.
Obama already had made, in October, 2002, a much more forceful, but little noticed or publicized, anti-Iraq War speech at the Federal Plaza in the Chicago Loop
Tomorrow’s suburban edition of the show airs in the north and northwest Chicago Metro suburbs at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or Comcast Cable Ch. 35, as indicated, below:
Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on
Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
Laura Washington, who has focused much of her broadcast and print journalism career, for more than three decades, on trying to deal with issues of race, poverty, crime and other urban issues joined Berkowitz in questioning Obama on the November 25, 2002 show.
—Johnny come latelies to Iraq anti-war effort:
By 2004, some of the other 2004 Dem Primary U. S. Senate candidates [and Donald Trump] made somewhat anti- Iraq War statements, but that was too late to prevent the major U. S. foreign policy disaster that was the Iraq War.
Gery Chico, former President of the CPS School Board (during the 1995-2001 Vallas-Chico era) and candidate for Mayor against Emanuel et al in 2011, and a competitor of Obama’s in the 2004 U. S. Senate Democratic Primary said, “Obama was one weapon of mass destruction away from having been disastrously wrong on Iraq.”
Yes, Gery, but nobody found one weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, did they? So, in the end, the facts supported Obama’s recommended course of action.
—Hillary and John Edwards play it safe:
And, neither of Obama’s major opponents in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary,Hillary Clinton or John Edwards, had the courage, foresight, intelligence, or judgment to oppose the Iraq War in 2002.
When it counted, both Hillary and Edwards, exercised bad judgment, and that vote alone probably cost Hillary the Presidency in 2008 and again in 2016. The Democratic Party left never forgave Hillary for her poor foreign policy judgment in 2002.
Hillary’s vote in the fall of 2002 gave President George W. Bush a blank check to waste more than 3 trillion dollars, thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of other lives on a useless war. All because she lacked conviction, judgment or courage to take a position and speak out.
And the Democratic Presidential Primary activist voters in 2008 remembered the cowardice of Hillary and Edwards in 2002 and the courage of Obama, making him their Party’s nominee.
And the general election presidential voters in 2008 saw that Obama had a better track record than McCain on Iraq, sounded smarter on other key policy issues, including the Economy, and chose Obama to be their President. [Did Obama perform well, during his Presidency, on foreign policy and domestic policy (including economic policy)? That is a far different question, to be discussed in a different blog post]
Indeed, in 2016, and to this day, many of the Democratic Party Primary voters had and have not forgiven Hillary for her 2002 vote supporting the Iraq War.
––Moral to the story.
Moral to the story: It pays to have a vision and speak out. Maybe we can find a candidate for IL Governor in 2018 who has the vision and courage to speak out on state public policy issues. .
Maybe, but, I wouldn’t bet on it.
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