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Mona Charen: The 3 a.m. Phone Call Is Real ( Obama vs. McCain )
townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2008 | Mona Charen

Posted on 08/13/2008 10:11:59 PM PDT by kellynla

Hillary Clinton's best anti-Obama ad came to be known as the "3 a.m. phone call." It stoked voter worries that in the event of an international crisis, the first-term junior senator from Illinois might be out of his depth. On Aug. 8, the White House phone did ring, alerting President Bush that the Soviet Union, um, that is, Russia, had just sent columns of tanks and armored personnel carriers across the internationally recognized border of Georgia (formerly the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia), a tiny, democratic, America-friendly, Western-leaning country in the Caucasus mountains.

It was a near perfect laboratory test -- the sort that real life rarely provides until it's too late -- for how the two nominees for president would respond to an international emergency. (It also tested the current president -- more on that in a moment.) Sen. Obama flunked. His first response was to urge restraint upon "both sides" -- that is upon the rapist and the rape victim.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 3am; election; foreignpolicy; issues; mccain; monacharen; obama; war
"Americans had already expressed misgivings about Barack Obama's preparedness for the harsh world we inhabit. This laboratory test can only increase that anxiety."


1 posted on 08/13/2008 10:12:00 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla
Obama thinks he can command the Russians to desist. Vladimir Putin would just laugh at the pretender of a messiah.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 08/13/2008 10:13:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kellynla

Mona Charen is a racist! She wouldn’t be saying that if Jimmy Carter were president! Oh. Well, if Bill Clinton were president! Oh again. Well, what if Ronald Reagan were...never mind. She’s still a racist, though.


3 posted on 08/13/2008 10:20:16 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://ww-w.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: goldstategop
Vladimir Putin would just laugh at the pretender of a messiah.

He is already laughing and invaded Georgia because he knows that even if Hussein doesn't win, the US Congress and media is still socialist and com-symp.

4 posted on 08/13/2008 10:23:31 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: kellynla

Heck, George Bush flunked.

I saw him in the stands at the Olympics cheering while innocents expecting his protection were murdered.


5 posted on 08/13/2008 10:32:21 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

What would you have done Hot Shot?


6 posted on 08/13/2008 10:36:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom Cracker power Brother)
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To: al baby

Jeez. List of 37 things comes to mind. Can’t you come up with a few dozen in a minute or two?


7 posted on 08/13/2008 10:38:16 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I asked you


8 posted on 08/13/2008 10:38:50 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom Cracker power Brother)
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To: al baby

Okay go.

1. Go back to Washington
2. Summon the Russian Ambassador and read him the riot act in public
3. Accelerate NATO membership for Georgia
4. Accelerate NATO membership for Ukraine
5. Joint Communique with G7 that Russia will not be re-invited to anything like a G8.
6. Announce opposition to Russia’s WTO membership.
7. Speech at the U.N. condemning the invasion.
8. Sail a Naval task force to the Black Sea.
9. Fly a few stealth bombers over Russian troops in Georgia and give them a sonic boom.
10. Arms shipments to Georgia
11. Deadline for withdrawal of all Russian troops from all Georgian territory.
12. Withdraw U.S. from Russian Olympics.
13. Start disinvestment movement.
14. Send Congress legislation limiting private U.S. investment in Russia.
15. Send some diplomats home.
16. Call Putin the thug that he is in public with a bill of particulars.
17. Encourage the Russian democrats.
18. Document Putins electoral abuses.
19. Set the Israelis loose on Iran, especially the crappy Russian equipment they use (air defense; needs doing anyway)
20. Loan Georgia whatever funds it needs.
21. Send Georgia whatever military equipment it requests.
22. Fly satellites over Russian positions and deliver excellent intelligence to Georgia. Inform the world we are doing it.

(Breather....)


9 posted on 08/13/2008 10:50:10 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: al baby

I’m just getting started. George did virtually NOTHING!!!


10 posted on 08/13/2008 10:50:36 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: al baby

23. Move further faster on missile defence with Poland and Czech Republic.
24. Deploy a large naval contingent to Russia’s East Coast.
25. Cat and mouse with Stealth Bombers near Russia’s southern border.
26. Find some Russian mobsters in the U.S. linked to Putin and throw them in jail on some sketchy charges.
27. Freeze any Russian politician’s assets in the U.S.
28. Disallow U.S. Oil Companies from selling technology to Russia.
29. Restrict flow of computer technology to Russia.
30. Start that Council of Democracies. Don’t invite Russia.
31. Go remove that Russian flag from the floor of the sea at the North Pole. Bring it home to an American Naval Base where it becomes target practice.
32. Deniably cut some undersea fiber optic cables that service Russia. (Somebody’s been doing that elsewhere....why not us?)
33. Refuse to meet with Medvedev. Call him a puppet.

Your turn.


11 posted on 08/13/2008 10:57:41 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Have you anything effective to suggest our President do?


12 posted on 08/13/2008 11:06:34 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Say Obama were "Pinky", Then who is "The Brain"?)
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To: rockinqsranch

Everything above is short of a shooting war with Russia. I don’t think that is called for. However, I do believe many of the items listed above would be effective in curbing Russian behavior over time. Doing essentially nothing encourages them.

I’ll accept further suggestions from the assembled FReepers, and support virtually anything short of our boots on the ground shooting at Russians.

If that’s not “effective,” then you’re suggesting that nothing short of war is ever effective. The Soviet Union was brought down without war.


13 posted on 08/13/2008 11:10:28 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: goldstategop

“Obama thinks he can command the Russians to desist. Vladimir Putin would just laugh at the pretender of a messiah.”

And then offer him a “cup of tea”


14 posted on 08/13/2008 11:12:07 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Uncle Miltie
That's mostly a good start. Might have trouble with this one though:

9. Fly a few stealth bombers over Russian troops in Georgia and give them a sonic boom.

I don't think stealth bombers do that.

15 posted on 08/13/2008 11:13:09 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: xjcsa

Thanks for the support. We have some “GWB walks on water” kool-aid drinkers here. They must like Amnesty too.


16 posted on 08/13/2008 11:14:05 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Little problem with #9, Miltie.

The B-2 is a sub-sonic bomber. Can’t fly faster than sound, ergo, no sonic boom.

The only “stealth” aircraft that can go supersonic and can carry a bomb or two is the F-22, even though it is technically not a ‘stealth’ aircraft.


17 posted on 08/13/2008 11:16:42 PM PDT by hoagy62 (No surrender, no retreat, no quarter, no compromise...no kidding!)
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To: hoagy62

Reagan sent an SR-71 through Nicaraugua at treetop level! LOL. The Sandis had to change underwear.


18 posted on 08/14/2008 2:21:58 AM PDT by wastoute
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To: hoagy62

Oh, don’t go raining on Uncle Miltie’s anti-Bush hysteria parade. It is all he has.


19 posted on 08/14/2008 3:57:49 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: Uncle Miltie
I saw him in the stands at the Olympics cheering while innocents expecting his protection were murdered.


20 posted on 08/14/2008 4:10:25 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (If given a choice between a POW and a POS, I'll take the POW.)
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To: xjcsa
I don't think stealth bombers do that.

Forget it, he's rolling.

21 posted on 08/14/2008 4:15:53 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (If given a choice between a POW and a POS, I'll take the POW.)
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To: Rome2000

We are a fractured country and everyone knows it. The world is shaking their heads and laughing at the fact that enough people in this country think that Obama would be and effective leader. It shows our weakness.


22 posted on 08/14/2008 4:35:49 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: Uncle Miltie
I saw him in the stands at the Olympics cheering while innocents expecting his protection were murdered.

He is no difference than the REST of us...

23 posted on 08/14/2008 4:48:15 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: hoagy62
The B-2 is a sub-sonic bomber. Can’t fly faster than sound, ergo, no sonic boom.

Eh... guess a regular BOOM! would have to suffice!

24 posted on 08/14/2008 4:50:09 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: wastoute
Reagan sent an SR-71 through Nicaraugua at treetop level!

Why?

It's a HIGH-altitude RECONNAISSANCE plane!

25 posted on 08/14/2008 4:52:08 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: All

Well Bush could always Admonish the Russians. If that doesn’t work, next could be the dreaded Censure.

Reminds me of the Third Rock from the Sun episode where Dick’s students report him to the college for his verbal abuse of his students.


26 posted on 08/14/2008 5:14:34 AM PDT by art_rocks
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To: Uncle Miltie

(snicker)

Very good.

Are you putting your hat in the ring for Secretary of State?

All you need to do is change #9 from a few stealth bombers to a formation of B-1’s at low level and you’re all set.

I suppose a formation of B-52’s at high level prompts the same response.

Of course we can’t do any of those things because our precious military is all tied up in Iraq, stuck in a quagmire of defeat and humiliation.

Perhaps Mrs. Clinton will allow Mr. McCain to use her 3 am commercial for himself, splicing in relevant information about Georgia.

The phone rings at the McCain household, Mr. McCain answers, we get a more presidential response from him than we did from our sitting president.

The phone rings at the Obama vacation retreat, answering machine picks up and says that Barry will be out of the office till Monday. If you have an emergency, here’s the number for the UN.


27 posted on 08/14/2008 5:15:31 AM PDT by turfmann
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To: Uncle Miltie

Thats what I thought Good Job


28 posted on 08/14/2008 6:28:54 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom Cracker power Brother)
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To: kellynla
McCain might end up being better than Dubya.

Not that that's saying a lot.

29 posted on 08/14/2008 6:45:18 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
I’m just getting started. George did virtually NOTHING!!!

In all fairness, nothing that we saw.

30 posted on 08/14/2008 6:46:50 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
I’ll accept further suggestions from the assembled FReepers, and support virtually anything short of our boots on the ground shooting at Russians.

I like all your suggestions. I would that the President announce extending the life cycle of the space shuttle, while fast tracking a replacement. Then announce that the Soviet (er, Russian) cosmonauts will be leaving the space station at the first opportunity (preferably through an open airlock without space suits).

31 posted on 08/14/2008 1:12:20 PM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: Elsie

For the “Shock and Awe”. The thing was going like Mach 3 or something. It broke windows from one end of the country to the other. The Sandis never saw it coming and couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened until it was gone. It embarassed the hell out of the Sandis and let them know they could be as beligerent as they wanted to but that no matter what they did we could swat them down like a fly if we wanted to.


32 posted on 08/16/2008 12:17:15 AM PDT by wastoute
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