The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Obama Purges Surge Critique from Website
From the New York Daily News:
Barack Obama purges Web site critique of surge in Iraq
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
Monday, July 14th 2008
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama’s campaign scrubbed his presidential 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 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 enormous sacrifice."
Campaign aide Wendy Morigi said Obama is "not softening his criticism of the surge. We regularly update the Web site to reflect changes in current events."
Before (via Google cache):
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My (serious) question is: has the man ever been "great" at anything??
Would this were his only Stalinistic tendency.
But as we were the first to point out, Mr. Obama has a habit of erasing unpleasant memories from his website, most notably his pastor and spiritual mentor Reverend Wright.
Though, we must report, we can still find plenty of examples of Mr. Obama’s opinings on the surge at his website, such as this one:
Leaving Iraq will make America safer
The Concord Monitor | December 29, 2007
By Barack Obama
Surge success can’t mask political failure
In recent weeks, I’ve been asked if the "surge" is working, and if we should continue to fight the war in Iraq. The answer is decisively no.
Those who support the surge are making the same mistakes that war supporters have made all along: They fail to understand how the Iraq war sets back our security, and they fail to understand that there is no military solution in Iraq…
The surge has lowered the level of violence in Iraq from the horrific levels of 2006, but it has completely failed to resolve the political grievances at the heart of Iraq’s civil war. Meanwhile, we continue to take casualties, our military is overstretched and our military leadership warns that Afghanistan risks sliding into chaos without more troops.
The only way we can press Iraq’s leaders to reconcile is to make it clear that we are leaving - otherwise they will continue to use our presence to put off hard compromises. That is why I have repeatedly called for a clear timetable for the removal of our forces from Iraq. The quickest, responsible pace for withdrawal is 1 to 2 combat brigades each month, which means we could remove all of our combat brigades within 16 months.
We should leave enough troops in Iraq to protect our diplomats, and we should have a counter-terrorism force stationed in Iraq that could launch targeted strikes on al-Qaida if it tries to establish a base in Iraq.
As we remove our troops, we must step up our efforts to reach a political solution. Inside of Iraq, we should convene Iraq’s leaders and bring in the UN in a push for an accord on national reconciliation. In the region, we should launch the most aggressive diplomatic effort in recent history involving all of Iraq’s neighbors - including Iran and Syria - to secure Iraq’s borders and support stability. And to deal with the urgent crisis of four million displaced Iraqis, we should lead an international initiative by providing $2 billion for humanitarian relief.
Ending the war isn’t just about Iraq’s security - it’s about America’s. Every time we send units to serve tour after tour of duty in Iraq, we limit our ability to deal with other crises. Every month that we’re spending $8 billion in Iraq, we neglect other priorities. Every time we hear a plea for more support in Afghanistan or get another message from Osama bin Laden, we’re reminded that this war has distracted us from real threats.
It’s time to end the war, and the mindset that got us into war. We invaded Iraq because Washington prized tough talk over sound judgment. Now, five years later, Congress has voted for an amendment that opened the door to Iran, candidates are using 9/11 to scare up votes, and conventional wisdom is beginning to trumpet the surge as a success.
To secure our country and restore our standing in the world, we have to stop fighting a misguided war and reject a politics of fear that made the war possible. That is what I will do as president.
Has the great man ever been right about anything?