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|The day after his speech at the Democratic convention
catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama
told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an
"absolute obligation" to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a
"The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster," he said at a lunch
sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, according to an audiotape of
the session. "It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who
have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise
that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing
from a national security perspective."
In late winter, 2008, on the campaign trail, Obama says he wants to
bring the troops home yesterday -- you decide -- was he lying then or is
he lying now?
|Immediately remove The Troops
From Obama's official campaign website: (video)
"Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He
will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat
brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we
will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in
Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base
within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region to carry out
targeted strikes on al Qaeda."
Yo, Obama, removing one to two combat brigades each month, and ... all of our
combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months, is a timetable.
|Take Your Pick
|The last frontier of flip-flops approaches for Barack Obama, and
even his surrogates can’t seem to guess which way the wind blows on any
given day. In three different appearances over the last two days,
David Axelrod, Susan Rice, and Claire McCaskill all offered competing
visions of Obama’s policy on Iraq. (videos)
|I Am Not Persuaded
|John Hinderaker makes some observations about "Obama's Dishonest
Op-Ed" in yesterday's New York Times on Iraq that presumably
previews his "major speech" on the subject today. Even by Obama's
standards, the piece is breathtakingly dishonest.
Obama admits that he opposed the surge, and the attendant change in
strategy and tactics, that have brought us close to victory. But
he somehow manages to twist his being wrong about the surge -- the major
foreign policy issue that has arisen during his time in Congress -- into
"But the same factors that led me to oppose the surge still hold
true. The strain on our military has grown, the situation in
Afghanistan has deteriorated and we’ve spent nearly $200 billion more in
Iraq than we had budgeted. Iraq’s leaders have failed to invest
tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues in rebuilding their own
country, and they have not reached the political accommodation that was
the stated purpose of the surge."
Actually, however, Obama opposed the surge not because of those
"factors" but because he thought it would fail. He said, on
January 10, 2007, on MSNBC:
"I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to
solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the
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|The Surge Is Not Working
|Barack Obama's campaign
scrubbed his campaign Web site over the weekend to remove criticism
of the U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.
The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue web page, which
had described the surge as a "problem" that had barely reduced violence.
"The surge is not working," Obama's old plan stated, citing a lack of
Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks -- not U.S.
military muscle -- for quelling violence in Anbar Province.
The Daily News reported Sunday that insurgent attacks have fallen to the
fewest since March 2004.
Obama's campaign posted a new Iraq plan Sunday night, which cites an
"improved security situation" paid for with the blood of U.S. troops
since the surge began in February 2007.
It praises G.I.s' "hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics and
Campaign aide Wendy Morigi said Obama is "not softening his criticism of
the surge. We regularly update the Web site to reflect changes in
GOP rival John McCain zinged Obama as a flip-flopper. "The major
point here is that Sen. Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was
wrong," said McCain, adding that Obama "refuses to acknowledge that
it [the surge] is succeeding."
|Obama Claims U. S. Presence is
campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from
Iraq, Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an
agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his
demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders
in Baghdad in July.
"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the
U. S. elections and the formation of a new administration in
Washington," Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the
status of US troops -- and that it was in the interests of both sides
not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its
"state of weakness and political confusion."
"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that
regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the
matter open." Zebari says.
Though Obama claims the U. S. presence is "illegal," he suddenly
remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework
of a U. N. mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an
accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an
extension of the U. N. mandate.
The amateur and the professional
While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the U. S. commanders,
including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date."
Obama has made many contradictory statements with regard to Iraq.
His latest position is that U. S. combat troops should be out by 2010.
Yet his effort to delay an agreement would make that withdrawal deadline
impossible to meet.
|Something Of A Joke
|The Power Line Blog
notes that Obama's campaign is in trouble when even the Associated
Press (AP) notices that it has become something of a joke.
Following up on the blogosphere, the AP noted today that Obama's web
site has airbrushed his former opposition to the "surge" in Iraq.
An Obama spokeswoman explained that the changes in Obama's web site
"were made to reflect current conditions." Which is to say, Obama
fought reality, and reality won.
• An updated Obama quote at the top of the page. The previous quote
stressed how Obama had the judgment to oppose the "rash war" from the
start. This was a popular message among Democratic voters and was meant
to draw distinctions with primary rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, who
initially supported the war. The new quote focuses on how ending the war
will make Americans safer (?)-- a message aimed at general election voters
who are more likely to trust McCain on issues of national security,
according to polling.
• A description of Obama's plan as "a responsible, phased withdrawal"
that will be directed by military commanders (under
the direction of the Obamamessiah, as he has stated) and done
in consultation with the Iraqis. Previously, the site had a
sentence that has since been removed that flatly said, "Obama will
immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq." Obama's
spokeswoman said that his plan hasn't changed, (another
Obama lie) but they wanted to expand the description.
"There's not an intent to shift language," (whoa
Nelly, there's another whopper!) she said.
• A new sentence that says Obama "would reserve the right to intervene
militarily, with our international partners, to suppress potential
genocidal violence within Iraq." (Obama
reserves the right to flip-flop!)
The AP closes with what appears to be an unprecedented outburst of
sarcasm directed at the Democrat:
Only one of his plan's subheads remains unchanged, the first one --
"Judgment You Can Trust." That's a message the campaign wants Americans
It's fair to say that Obama has now admitted that he was wrong about
the most important national security issue that has arisen during his
brief time in public life.
|Any Position Will Do
bamboozling, hoodwinking, and okie dokieing
from the Obamamessiah (video
A little long, but this important video demonstrates that Obama, leftist
defeatist and political opportunist, will adopt any position on Iraq to suit the
moment -- whatever the politics demand.
The New York Times, in a recent poll, asked, "Do you think Barack Obama says
what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to
hear?" -- fifty-one percent of respondents said Obama says "what he thinks
people want to hear."
Fifty-Seven percent said Obama "has changed his position on important issues in
order to get elected" -- something that 41% credited with lowering their opinion
|What's The Doctrine?
|Tom Brokaw asked the candidates what their "doctrine"
would be "in situations where there's a humanitarian crisis, but it does
not affect our national security," such as "the Congo, where 4.5 million
people have died since 1998," or Rwanda or Somalia.
In such cases, answered Obama, "we have moral issues at stake." Of
course the United States must act to stop genocide, he said. "When
genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening . . . and we
stand idly by, that diminishes us."
However, the AP
reported on July 20, 2007, "Democratic presidential hopeful Barack
Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve
humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq
isn't a good enough reason to keep US forces there."
I just wonder what makes the Congo more deserving than Iraq?
I guess we can expect to see the 101st Airborne in the Congo in the near
|Obama Will Fulfill His Campaign
|Avoiding any mention that his promise was made on March 16, 2003,
almost six years ago, incoming White House senior
adviser David Axelrod
said this morning, that Obama will fulfill his campaign promise and
begin on Wednesday the process of withdrawing America forces from Iraq
within 16 months.
"He believes that that is a reasonable
timetable. We've moved a great distance from the time he started
talking about that, and now we're in an area where everyone agrees that
we should be on a path to withdrawing those troops. And he is
going to begin that process, as promised, on that day," Axelrod said in
a "This Week" interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Wednesday, Obama will call in his military commanders and ask them to
come back with a plan for withdrawal, knowing full well that there are
already several in place.
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