Senator Obama, We Have A Problem: FISA


Senator Obama, your decision to support a “compromise” version of FISA does not set very well with many Liberal Bloggers including myself.   It seems that you have fallen prey to the fallacious argument of the Right Wing which believes that in order to win elections the nominee must be STRONG on National Security.  They claim this is why they have won so many in the past 20 years or so.

You, Senator assured us that Democrats COULD win arguments against Republicans on matters of National Security, by sticking to basic core principals and challenging them forcefully.  Wasn’t it you, Senator Obama who said that you would be taking a new direction in terms of foreign policy and the way our government is run? 

From Glenn Greenwald of Salon:   The bill legalizes many of the warrantless eavesdropping activities George Bush secretly and illegally ordered in 2001. Those warrantless eavesdropping powers violate core Fourth Amendment protections. And Barack Obama now supports all of it, and will vote it into law. Those are just facts.  

Last night, Greg Sargent wrote that the most infuriating aspect of what Obama did here “is that since the outset of the campaign he’s seemed absolutely dead serious about changing the way foreign policy is discussed and argued about in this country”; that Obama’s “candidacy has long seemed to embody a conviction that Democrats can win arguments with Republicans about national security — that if Dems stick to a set of core principles, and forcefully argue for them without blinking, they can and will persuade people that, simply put, they are right and Republicans are wrong”; and that “this time, he abandoned that premise,” even though:

if there were ever anything that would have tested his operating premise throughout this campaign — that you can win arguments with Republicans about national security — it was this legislation. If ever there were anything that deserved to test this premise, it was this legislation.

Senator Obama, by not standing up to the test that we can win arguments about National Security by caving in to this FISA Bill, many have and will question your credibility and your empty promised of CHANGE.

Perhaps its NOT too late to salvage your credibility and dedication to “change”, Senator.


~ by kstreet67 on June 25, 2008.

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