Fearing An Obama-Kaine Ticket: The Foreign Policy Dynamic Duo

I must reveal my secret fear, hoping against despair that this won’ t get to Barack Obama.

Republicans must fear an Barack Obama-Tim Kaine ticket. John McCain simply cannot match the foreign policy powerhouse that these two men have demonstrated.

We saw it in action, and it was like a one-two knockout punch. First Barack Obama spoke to the world:

I reiterate my call for Russia to stop its bombing campaign, to stop flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and to withdraw its ground forces from Georgia. The Georgian government has proposed a cease-fire and the Russian government should accept it. There is also an urgent need for humanitarian assistance to reach the people of Georgia, and casualties on both sides.

And then Tim Kaine declared the fait accompli (defn: An accomplished fact; an action which is completed before those affected by it are in a position to query or reverse it):

“It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.”

It was like Pharaoh from the Ten Commandments: “So let it be written. So let it be done.”

And bam. The war was over. Just like that.  The Russians left, slinking back to the corner to which Barack Obama had sent them. I have no doubt that Vladimir Putin cried like a baby.

How can Iran and President Ahmadinejab stand up to such a dynamic duo? How can North Korea and Kim Jong Il?

Some believe that Tim Kaine’s eyebrows – which may themselves have sentience – have a hypnotic power over anyone who looks at his face for too long.  Once viewers fall into a mesmerized stupor, they are easy prey for Obama’s stuttering oratorty.

If anyone believes the Russians continue to represent a threat – either to Georgia or to the United States – it is because they simply lack “the nuance” to think beyond simplistic concrete realities. Only Republicans would be so narrow-minded and limited. And thus Obama-Kaine transcend previous foreign policy constraints.

Barack Obama used the magic power of “Just Words” to overcome decades of mistrust, foreign policy impasses, and divisions of Russian tanks and men.

Barack Obama is right: “John McCain doesn’t know what he’s up against right now.”

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