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08-03-2008, 09:07 PM
Which is why Bush's Secretary of Defense basically just endorsed him:


Robert Gates effectively endorses Obama
Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2008 by Stephen

Robert Gates, the American Defense Secretary, approved a new national defense plan last month. From the Washington Post:

Gates embraces the “Long War” term that his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld, invoked to equate the fight against terrorism with struggles against Soviet communism and Nazi fascism. His strategy, however, departs from Rumsfeld’s focus on preemptive military action and instead encourages current and future U.S. leaders to work with other countries to eliminate the conditions that foster extremism.
In other words, Gates thinks the use of “soft” power is a key to fighting terrorism.

Last week, Barack Obama drew 200,000 admirers to hear him speak in Germany. John McCain is mocking him as a Paris Hilton wannabe for that speech. But take note: it’s a striking example of the soft power Obama would bring to the White House.

It’s a lot easier for foreign governments to collaborate with the U.S. government when their citizenry is enthusiastic about the U.S. President. And the election of a black President could help the USA mount an appeal to moderate Muslims to take a stand against extremists.

Gates says that the USA should build “collaborative and cooperative relationships” with China and Russia. Contrast this with McCain’s hawkish posture:

[McCain] has also taken a rather exotic line on Russia, which he wants to drum out of the G-8 organization of major industrial powers (a foolish proposal, since none of the other G-8 members would abide by it). His notion of a “League of Democracies” seems a transparent attempt to draw a with-us-or-against-us line in the sand against Russia and China. But that’s the point: McCain would place a higher priority on finding new enemies than on cultivating new friends.
Let’s go out of our way to offend Russia; let’s go out of our way to offend China. That’s the very opposite of deploying soft power.

Gates doesn’t explicitly endorse Obama, of course. But it’s clear that Obama is the better candidate to effect the strategy that Gates thinks is required in the “Long War” against the threat posed by terrorism.