October 7th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
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Holmes: The Obama Doctrine

 Holmes: When would a President Obama order military action?

Holmes: When would a President Obama order military action?

(CNN)–We didn't hear an answer, but it is an interesting question. He said that we have a moral responsibility to use force to save innocents. How does that apply to Iraq? Saddam Hussein was a mass murderer and gassed his own people. Obama opposed military intervention. Obama also opposed the surge and advocated withdrawal despite the warnings that it would lead to a bloodbath and possible genocide. And now that the surge is helping to quell violence and save lives, Obama says that he would still opposes that action. What does that mean? What about our moral responsibility to the Iraqis? Obama says he's against the Holocaust. Well, for goodness sakes, who isn't? The question is: When would a President Obama order military action? Do we know? Does he know?

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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. seatle

    Barack Obama is the next Micheal Jackson..... So much hype at the beginning and then if he becomes pres. he'll crash and only the crazy followers will still think of him as the great savyour

    October 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  2. Kaye FL

    Independent Vet: Obama was born in Hawaii and is a US citizen. This was proven months ago. Factcheck.org

    October 8, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  3. Sandy Gail

    I believe Senator Obama was trying to impart to us that they will have to be judged one at a time, taking everything into consideration and acting instead of reacting by rushing in with our guns and bombs.

    I believe he also was trying to make the point that we need to mend fences with our allies and be a part of the solution to these world wide problems. Our time of being the big, bad lone wolf is over. We will need help.

    October 8, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. Matt Spicer

    why does he need a doctrine at all? i'd want my President to deal with these issues on a case by case basis. creating pointless doctrines and "sticking to your guns" is what got us into this mess in the first place.

    October 8, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  5. RB - Texas

    Does the Obama doctrine include Ayers, Resko, Wright, Farakhan?

    Obama will not answer Americas questions about his shady friends.

    Obama way too risky.

    Go McCain

    October 8, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  6. Gezellig

    So what now...every President has to have a Doctrine? I mean it was an interesting question, but I am not sure I like the notion that every Presidency has to have a Doctrine; let alone having the candidates know what that Doctrine should be even before they take office. I mean there was a Monroe Doctrine, and a Truman Doctrine, as events called for a Doctrine to be propagated in those cases. You should not have a President feeling they have to have a Doctrine named after them. Thus for either candidate to say "Here will be my Doctrine..." would be kind of silly.

    October 8, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  7. Okey Moronu, , TX.

    Obama did not say he wanted to go into Dafur but suggested we work in concert with the "community of Nations", provide logistical support to the African Union Force, impose a no fly zone to stop the bombing of innocent citizens, What the world was doing to contain Iraq before Bush decided to invade.
    He said we have a moral obligation to help the oppressed, he did not say he wants to go to war. He did say he will talk to anybody, friends and foe alike while keeping the option of force always open.
    Obama not require that you do everything we want and ignore your concerns before talking to you.

    He said if an enemy is identified and the entity in hose area the enemy resides is unable or unwilling they we must act.
    All of that is very clear to me talk, talk talk, it never KILLS to talk.

    On Georgia, if any of you care to do your home work, President Mikheil Saakashvili was warned not to make a military move into South Ossetia, a small enclave in Georgia requesting independence from Georgia. He attacked his own people with bombs and the military, South Ossetia has the support of Russia in their bid for independence from Georgia, so they stepped in to protect South Ossetia. If look at the details of the wounded and the dead, Georgia killed more Soth Ossetia that other wise. I am sorry, but president Saaskashvill had it coming. And do not foget that there was already a peace keeping force in south Ossetia, before the conflict. Unfortunately, the peace keepers were Russians, (a fact that Obama warned, the administration, should replace with UN force). To Saaskashvill and leaders who think that just because they have they support of the US government, they can use the military on their own people, They have something else coming. By the way, do not forget that one of the advisers of McCain on foreign policy , Scheunemann is a paid lobbyist for the government of Georgia. .Scheunemann's business partner signed recently a $200,000.00 lobbying deal with the Georgian government. Scheunemann and his partner has been paid over $800,000.00 by the Georgian government. What does that say about McCain's ability to be objective. It is no suprise tha McCai, again, like he always does, is willing to commit all of US in defence of his paying customer.

    October 8, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
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