When I read this NYT article an hour or so ago, Looking for the Ideal Spot to Make a Speech,
President-elect Barack Obama’s aides say he is considering making a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office.
I thought of the most obvious place, Baghdad. The NYT dismissed it,
Baghdad? Definitely out-of-the-box, but it could appear to validate the Iraq war, which Mr. Obama opposed.
Don Surber (via Larwyn) has a choice comment on that,
Let him go to Baghdad and tell the Iraqis they are not worth 4,000 American lives.
Let him go to Baghdad and tell the Iraqis they are not worth $700 billion.
Let him go to Baghdad and tell the Iraqis the Surge did not work.
Let him go to Baghdad and tell the Iraqis that he supported keeping Saddam Hussein in power.
In fact, he should take Pinch Sulzberger with him and let the scion of the NYT explain to the Iraqis how he did not care if they killed one another — or if there was genocide — so long as we abandoned Iraq like we abandoned Vietnam.
Mr. Obama, tear down that ego.
And then, there’s always Kabul, too, which the NYT didn’t mention. A speech condemming Islamist violence from Kabul would certainly be noticed, especially if Obama has among the audience a few of the girls whose faces have been mutilated with acid for going to school.
Filing this post under the “It’ll never happen” category.