Saturday, April 19, 2008

From one of the most respected American foreign policy leaders of the last 50 years:

Based on my conversations with Senator Obama, reading his book and his speeches and seeing the kind of campaign he has run, I believe that he is our best choice to lead our nation. Senator Obama, as evidenced by his words and his deeds, recognizes that:

— We have developed a habit of avoiding the tough decisions and seemingly lost our ability to build consensus to tackle head-on our biggest challenges.

— Demonizing the opposition, oversimplifying the issues, and dumbing down the political debate prevent our country from coming together to make tough decisions and tackle our biggest challenges.

— Solving America’s problems will require difficult choices and sacrifices and leaders capable of considering new ideas from both political parties.

— On foreign policy and security policy, we must recognize that we are not limited to a choice between belligerency and isolation and that we must listen to lead successfully on the key issues facing America and the world.

— Our next president must also recognize that the battle against violent terrorists, while requiring a prudent use of military power, is also a long-term contest of psychology and ideas.
-Former Senator Sam Nunn

I have been convinced for some time that Barack Obama has the judgment and temperament to lead our nation's foriegn policy. Unfortunately his foriegn policy resume looks thin on paper. Sam Nunn's endorsement reinforces my confidence and, I think, will help many moderate and conservative Democrats as well as independents to trust Obama to live up to his inspiring rhetoric.

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