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The end of the innocence: Obama isn't as different as he wants you to think.

Correspondence 2: August 10 , 2007

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting Senator Obama about his plans to protect America from terrorism. Senator Obama laid out a comprehensive plan for a new 21st century foreign policy that was hailed by foreign policy and human rights experts as a reasonable, balanced approach that would defend America and rebuild our relationships and credibility abroad.

Some in the media have sensationalized one part of Senator Obama’s comprehensive plan, going so far as to suggest that the plan involves a threat to invade Pakistan with ground forces. This description is inaccurate and misleading, because any student of the American military knows that we have options to target terrorists with limited force, many of which involve no American boots on the ground. To suggest that targeting terrorists would be tantamount to an invasion is to misunderstand the capabilities of the U.S. military, or to misrepresent his position.

We encourage you to look beyond the headlines and read about the Senator’s plan here:

It is time to turn the page on the conventional wisdom in Washington that got us into a war with no end, tells us today that talking to our adversaries is a sign of weakness, and says that tough talk and sound bites can replace the tough work of diplomacy. Barack Obama had the judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning, and as president, he will lead us in a better direction.

Thank you again for writing,


Obama for America

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