Joseph Wilson, who personifies the dissent surrounding the build up to the Iraq war, profoundly resents Barack Obama's distortion of George Bush's folly into Hillary Clinton's responsibility.
On the Huffington Post, the husband of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame and former ambassador, systematically deflates Obama's argument that he possesses superior judgment, evidenced by Obama's 2002 speech against the war. For some of the arguments made by Wilson,
Wilson contends that:
- Obama was not privy to briefings by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in support of authorization as a diplomatic tool.
- Obama's 2002 speech was nothing more than pander during a re-election campaign for an Illinois senate seat in the most liberal district in the state. No other position would have been viable.
- Bush lied to Congress about his intention, and cooked up intelligence.
- Obama is a political opportunist looking to avoid having his fingerprints on any controversial issue that might require real judgment, while preserving his freedom to attack his adversary for actually taking positions.
To find out what Joe Wilson makes of Obama's judgments in foreign affairs as a US senator, read the piece.
Are you convinced by Wilson that Obama's 2002 speech is not enough to demonstrate superior judgment? Or — do we want leaders that are informed and intuitive enough to spot cooked intelligence?