Biden Tells Supporters in First 6 Months Barack Will Be Tested with International Crisis

Now I’ve been telling people for a moment now to be clear that you are electing your next “Commander-In-Chief” meaning both candidates have a foreign policy agenda that points toward war.  Here, Biden is pretty much summing up that sentiment by forewarning supporters that decisions will be made early in this presidency that will be unpopular with the American people, but just like Bush they hope history will redeem their decisions. I can only imagine what those war hawks are cooking up in the Pentagon, and forcing down Obama’s throat as the ‘right thing to do in the interest of national security.’

via ABC News

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

Not only will the next administration have to deal with foreign affairs issues, Biden warned, but also with the current economic crisis. Continue reading

Smoke Can Snuff Out Billions In Future

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Source: Next Thing 

Tobacco could kill 1 billion people in the 21st century unless governments act now to dramatically reduce smoking, the World Health Organisation said today.  The UN agency said no country in the world was doing all it could to curb tobacco use, which it estimates will kill 500 million people who are alive today.  It called on all nations to adopt a six-pronged strategy to dissuade people – especially women and young people – from smoking and to help them quit.  Raising taxes to as high as 75% or more of the pack price would be the single most effective strategy, the WHO said. Higher taxes would also provide funds to counter tobacco industry marketing tactics.”While efforts to combat tobacco are gaining momentum, virtually every country needs to do more,” said Margaret Chan, the WHO director general.  A 7 yr old Chinese boy smokes a cigarette in downtown Bejing.  As many as 100 million Chinese men currently under age 30 will die from tobacco use.  In India, about a quarter of deaths among middle-aged men are caused by smoking,” its report said.   Continue reading