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Hmmm... if memory serves me, saying things like this back in March...
"He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator," she said at one point in the interview....would earn you a quick toss under the Obama campaign bus. (Of course, the Democratic nomination was still a contest back then.)
Power downplayed Obama's commitment to quick withdrawal from Iraq on Hard Talk, a program that often exceeds any of the U.S. talk shows in the rigor of its grillings. She was challenged on Obama's Iraq plan, as it appears on his website, which says that Obama "will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months."
"What he’s actually said, after meting with the generals and meeting with intelligence professionals, is that you – at best case scenario – will be able to withdraw one to two combat brigades each month. That’s what they’re telling him. He will revisit it when he becomes president," Power says.
But soon it might be conventional wisdom.
If so it will be interesting to see the media - and those who support Obama primarily for his firm pledge to withdraw troops from Iraq - respond.
I'd like to see the 180 - I suspect we'd be seeing a lot more coverage of progress in Iraq after that. But if he were elected I'm not sure how well he'd hold up - meaning how long that stay the course plan (albeit with a different, more nuanced name) would last - after the first high casualty suicide bombing of his as-yet hypothetical term.
You may have read recent news reports that suggest I have modified my position regarding the redeployment of American military personnel in Iraq. Unfortunately, these reports have been the source of much confusion and anxiety among the millions of voters who have supported my campaign, and I would like to take this opportunity to address their concerns.Now that I think about it, I understand completely. Soon the Obama campaign will pose the question: Exactly what part of "change" did you not understand?
And more, from Lt Nixon: "As one voter, I'm willing to give Obama a pass on all the misguided policies for Iraq he proposed earlier in his campaign, now that the reality has changed. Expect me to be in the minority."
Meanwhile, an early Left react at Daily Kos:
Americans Prefer Candidates Strong On Science
A new poll conducted by Scientists and Engineers for America indicates an overwhelming majority of voters prefer candidates who support research into science and technology, with emphasis on the three E's: education, environment, and energy.
Now, Obama is saying he never "changed" his policy, after he said he would refine his policy. I can't keep up with this orwellian double speak. Good thing it's time for me to go to the casino.Posted by LT Nixon at July 4, 2008 01:32 AM
"Refined". "Adjusted". Oh.
Obama's pledge to have the troops out in 16 months immediately upon entering office seems to have fallen by the wayside, now that he's got the Dem nomination. Of course his campaign will say it's not really a switch, just a fleshing out of detail. One of the advantages of speaking in vague generalities, I guess.Posted by jordan at July 4, 2008 02:03 AM
"Refined". "Adjusted". Oh.
Obama's pledge to have the troops out in 16 months immediately upon entering office seems to have fallen by the wayside, now that he's got the Dem nomination. Of course his campaign will say it's not really a switch, just a fleshing out of detail. One of the advantages of speaking in vague generalities, I guess.Posted by jordan at July 4, 2008 02:04 AM
Hmm... wasn't there a scene in the second X-Men movie, where the senator who had been against mutant rights "refined" his policy to be pro-mutant? After, of course, he had died and been replaced by a shapeshifter.
Has anyone seen Mystique lately?Posted by malclave at July 4, 2008 03:24 AM
Didn't he promise to pull out even if the result was a humanitarian disaster of death and carnage?
I doubt that anyone will ever pin him to specific statements for any useful period of time, he'll still win, and huge majorities of voters will be really, really sorry within 18 months.Posted by JorgXMcKie at July 4, 2008 04:17 AM
Your memory serves you poorly. Power left the Obama campaign for calling Hillary a monster. That's all. End of story. This quote is a separate issue and was never disavowed by the Obama campaign.
Posted by Doug at July 4, 2008 04:26 AM
Doug is right - Obama has always supported Oceana's war with Eurasia and he always will.Posted by Greyhawk at July 5, 2008 02:33 AM
Here's the quote from the news report linked above that Doug didn't read:
"The Obama campaign immediately forced the resignation of Harvard professor Samantha Power, a human rights advocate and unpaid campaign adviser, and affirmed Obama's troop-withdrawal plan."Posted by Greyhawk at July 5, 2008 03:04 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(8) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)