Barack Obama is billing (to us) his visit abroad as a "fact finding mission". He's as popular in Europe as he is with the left in the US. He's going over there on an adulation mission, on our dime.
He will also travel to Iraq, hoping to enhance his national security credentials. According to ABC News that may not be as easy as he thinks. Apparently the American troops over there aren't on board with his plan for defeat. They spoke to Major General Jeffrey Hammond about Obama's withdrawal plan.
Asked if he considered it dangerous to pull out if the withdrawal is not based on "conditions," Hammond said, "It's very dangerous. I'll speak for the coalition forces, men and women of character and moral courage; we have a mission, and it's not until the mission is done that I can look my leader in the eye and say, 'Sir, Ma'am, mission accomplished,' and I think it is dangerous to leave anything a little early."At this point, who really knows what Obama plans to do if he's elected, he waffles so much it's hard to tell. But judging by what he has consistently said until recent weeks, it's a good bet that he will withdraw our troops before there is lasting stability in Iraq.
Our troops aren't on board with his withdrawal plan, they want to stay until the job is done. So what is his motivation to go to Europe and the Middle East? He knows that he's wildly popular with Europeans, Palestineans and the rest that are jealous, resentful and downright hostile to the United States. He wants to say to Americans "Look at me! The whole world loves me!" The problem with his plan is he's running to represent the United States of America. Rather than spend our money to go overseas, why doesn't he remain in the US, having a dialogue with the American people about his big spending, defeatist plans for us?