July 16, 2008

DID JESUS LISTEN ON THE MOUNT?:

The Success of the Surge Seemingly Puts Obama on the Defensive (Jake Tapper, July 15, 2008, Political Punch)

Though a majority of the American people support ending the war in Iraq and think the invasion was a mistake, Republicans have tried to put Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, into a box as he prepares for his first trip to Iraq since securing his party's presidential nomination.

Weeks ago, after Obama said he would be willing to listen to commanders in the ground to "refine" his policy, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Republicans said Obama was flip-flopping.

Then after Obama clarified that he is sticking by his plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months, McCain and Republicans painted him as an intransigent partisan whose pending trip to Iraq is nothing more than a photo op.

"Senator Obama is departing soon on a trip abroad that will include a fact-finding mission to Iraq and Afghanistan," McCain said today at a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, "And I note that he is speaking today about his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan before he has even left, before he has talked to General Petraeus, before he has seen the progress in Iraq, and before he has set foot in Afghanistan for the first time. In my experience, fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: first you assess the facts on the ground, then you present a new strategy."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2008 6:51 AM

In a bid for the psychic vote, ... he would be willing to listen to commanders in the ground ...

Posted by: erp at July 16, 2008 8:11 AM

"Republicans have tried to put Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, into a box"

Republicans are that savvy? It's Mr. Obama's audacity of hope vs the reality of war that puts him in the box.

Posted by: ic at July 16, 2008 9:54 AM

So victory in the war was just a part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to keep The Big O (pbuh) from the Presidency. Who leaked the memo? Or is this Tapper guy so smart that he figured it out all on his own? (And why hasn't the Conspiracy taken him out? Or is this all part of the plan?)

But seriously, if The Big O finds himself in a box because events turned out better than his Audacious Hopes™ anticipated, what does that say about his abilities as President?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 17, 2008 9:47 AM
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