Thursday he reportedly backed off of his firm promise to withdraw combat forces from Iraq immediately. He is now saying that he instead could “refine” his plan after a trip to Baghdad in the coming weeks. A top Obama adviser had said that the senator is not “wedded” to a specific timeline. The phrase, “going to do a thorough assessment,” in regards to troop withdrawal, is now on the table all of the sudden. Obama stated, “When I go to Iraq and I have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies,” according to CBS News. “I have been consistent, throughout this process, that I believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.” Later Obama said he still intends to “stick to the timeline.”
Can you smell those waffles cooking?
“We’re going to try this again. Apparently I wasn’t clear enough this morning on my position with respect to the war in Iraq. … I have said throughout this campaign that … I would bring our troops home at a pace of one to two brigades per month and at that pace we would have our combat troops out in 16 months. That position has not changed. I have not equivocated on that position. I am not searching for maneuvering room with respect to that position. “What I said this morning and what I will repeat because it’s consistent with what I’ve said over the last two years is that in putting this plan together, I will always listen to the advice of commanders on the ground, but that ultimately, I’m the person who is making the strategic decisions.”
David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, began backing off during remarks Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” saying “a phased withdrawal, with benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet, that called for strategic pauses, based on the progress on these benchmarks and advice on the commanders on the ground.” “He’s always said that he would listen to the advice of commanders on the ground, that that would factor into his thinking,” Axelrod said. “He’s also always said that we had to be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. So he’s been very consistent on this point.”
You think he needs those 43% of Democrats who want Hillary now?
I’m thinking he does.
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