Obama: "I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning; and as president, I will end it. Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems."
The Journal's William McGurn: "Barring divine intervention, a President Obama would not have a Republican Congress to worry about. Instead, he would be working with a Democratic speaker of the House who loaded billions in pork onto a bill meant to fund our troops; with a Democratic Senate majority leader who promised to change the way Congress spent but fought earmark reform; and with committee leaders such as Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank, who did so much to bring us the financial implosion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
Movie actor Jon Voight: "Nobody's vetting Obama's past, this fellow of strange associations. Nobody's talking about his effort to radicalize Chicago schools."
Investor's Business Daily, in an editorial: "(Former Weather Underground domestic terrorist and longtime Obama associate in radicalizing Chicago's schools) Bill Ayers' totalitarian revolutionary agenda isn't history. . . . (Today Ayers sits) on the directorate of the Miranda International Center, a think tank funded by the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez, unofficially a state sponsor of terror that (early this month) was found to be hosting terror training camps with Cuban and (Colombian Leninist) FARC operatives to attack its neighbors. Ayers is both a hero and adviser to Hugo Chavez and a colleague of Obama's."
Former POW Paul Galanti, held for six years in Hanoi, now Virginia chairman of Veterans for McCain: "What I see on the scene, the alternative, is the most scary thing I've ever seen. I we don't win, if we don't pull this off for John McCain -- it will make (George Orwell's novel) '1984' look like a Sunday-school picnic."
Columnist Charles Krauthammer: "Obama has shown that he is a man of limited experience, questionable convictions, deeply troubling associations (Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko) and an alarming lack of self-definition -- do you really know who he is and what he believes?
Princeton politics and international relations professor Aaron Friedberg and Commentary magazine senior editor Gabriel Schoenfeld: "In the past the American political process has managed to yield up remarkable leaders when they were most needed. As voters go to the polls in the shadow of an impending world crisis, they need to ask themselves which candidate -- based upon intellect, courage, past experience, and personal testing -- is most likely to rise to an occasion as grave as the one we now face."
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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