Kuwait Times
March 9, 2008

  Neocon Congress critter declares al-Qaeda will celebrate an Obama victory. It is not clear if by this Mr. King means the CIA will celebrate, as al-Qaeda and the CIA are synonymous. However, the ruling elite certainly will as Obama is deep in their pocket.

DES MOINES: An Iowa Republican congressman said that terrorists would be “dancing in the streets” if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency. An Obama spokesman said such comments “have no place in our politics.” US Rep Steve King based his prediction on Obama’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein. “The radical Islamists, the Al-Qaeda … would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror,” King said in an interview Friday with the Daily Reporter in Spencer.

King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world. “His middle name does matter,” King said. “It matters because they read a meaning into that.” The Illinois senator, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, is a Christian and has said he has little connection to the Islamic religion, though he acknowledges he spent part of his childhood in largely Muslim Indonesia. In criticizing King, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said, “These comments have no place in our politics.” He called on John McCain, the apparent Republican nominee, to “repudiate them like he has previous offensive comments from his supporters.” Last month, McCain denounced an introduction from Cincinnati talk-show host Bill Cunningham, who referred to Obama three times as “Barack Hussein Obama.

Meanwhile, a key advisor to Barack Obama quit Friday, after calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” and sparking a new Iraq war policy row, as the hyper-competitive Democratic White House race took another nasty twist. A day ahead of the next showdown, the caucuses in the western state of Wyoming, the Clinton camp crowed that it was “amateur hour” in the Obama campaign’s foreign policy team, after Pulitzer prize winner and Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Power’s explosive remarks during a book tour in Britain. The episode suggested the frustration in the Obama camp after the former first lady’s comeback wins in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday revived her campaign. “We f***d up in Ohio,” Power told the Scotsman newspaper. “In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win,” Power was quoted as saying. “She is a monster, too-that is off the record-she is stooping to anything,” Power said. “You just look at her and think ‘Ergh.’

Power afterward issued a statement through the Obama campaign saying she was sorry, but Clinton’s backers pounced in a conference call, and her resignation came within two hours. “I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign,” Power said when she resigned. Power, author of the acclaimed book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” also caused a stir in an interview with the BBC in which she appeared to suggest Obama might water down a vow to get US combat troops out of Iraq within 16 months of becoming president. “He will of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a US senator,” said Power in the interview. “You can’t make a commitment … in March of 2008, about what circumstances are going to be like in January 2009.” Former US State Department spokesman and Clinton advisor James Rubin said Power had been exposed by inadequacies in the Illinois senator’s foreign policy apparatus. “I feel sorry for her, that she has been put in a position where he can’t run a foreign policy team,” Rubin said on a conference call organized by the Clinton campaign. “It’s the man at the top who has not organized himself.

But Obama attempted to clarify the situation. “Senator Clinton used this to try to imply that I wasn’t serious about bringing this war to an end. I just have to mention this because I don’t want anybody here to be confused,” he said while campaigning in Wyoming. “It was because of George Bush with an assist from Hillary Clinton and (presumptive Republican presidential nominee) John McCain that we entered into this war.” “I have been against it in 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8 and I will bring this war to an end in 2009.” Rubin tied the affair to the row last week over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) when the Obama campaign was accused of telling Canada their candidate’s fierce anti-NAFTA rhetoric was for political positioning. “It’s amateur hour on making foreign policy,” said Rubin. Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe however said that Obama’s Iraq war vow was a “rock-solid commitment.” The latest nasty twist to the campaign came as a new poll showed the two deadlocked in their epic battle to represent the party in the November 4 presidential election.- Agencies

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