Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Saturday his plan to end the Iraq war was unchanged and he was puzzled by the sharp reaction to his statement this week that he might “refine” his timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat troops.
“For me to say that I’m going to refine my policies I don’t think in any way is inconsistent with prior statements and doesn’t change my strategic view that this war has to end and that I’m going to end it as president,” Obama told reporters on his campaign plane.
Obama, who based his drive to capture the Democratic nomination on his early and ardent opposition to the war, said earlier this week he might alter his plan to bring combat troops home within 16 months of taking office if conditions on the ground changed.
The comment drew heavy coverage and sharp criticism from some on the left and the right, with Republicans saying it showed he was vacillating on Iraq.
“I was a little puzzled by the frenzy that I set off with what I thought was a pretty innocuous statement,” he said on a flight from Montana to St. Louis. “I am absolutely committed to ending the war. I will call my joint chiefs of staff in and give them a new assignment and that is to end the war.”
Spin, Spin Spin…..
Obama’s original Iraq War Policy that he sold to the left-wing zealots in the Democrat Party in order to beat Hillary Clinton in the primary elections and caucuses is untenable so he has provided himself so “wiggle” room.
This policy change moves Obama to the center and is a moderation of his anti-war rants of a year ago – not stuff for his left-wing supporters. But, Obama is being disingenuous in saying it is not a change in his basic Iraq War policy.
Remember, Senator, “Change You CAN Believe in.”
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