Sen Obama now concedes that the war on terror may have to continue despite his promise to end the war immediately after being sworn in as President. In statements made last week he criticized President Bush for having too many troops in Iraq and not enough in Afghanistan while also saying that he will continue to refine his policy on Iraq. Does this sound like another Senator who ran for President 4 years ago?
The Kerryesque flip flop of Sen Obama is just the latest change of policy for the would be nominee. However, this one is big! Sen Obama drew thousands of college age kids and disgruntled voters to his side by saying he would end the war in Iraq immediately by moving troops out of Iraq during his first days as President. He is proud to say he never supported the war (despite his being a Senator in Illinois and in no position to vote on authorization when the war started but has since authorized more troops and money with his votes in the Senate) and beat Hilary in the primaries by being the non-proliferation candidate. Now that he is the nominee, Sen Obama is taking it on the chin from the success the surge has had in Iraq and he knows that as troops are redeployed to Afghanistan to stop the insurgency there that he will look like a fool on this issue. Hence his flip flop on the issue.
His defenders are sure to come to his aide, as they have in the last few days, by saying hat Sen Obama is being “misunderstood” by the media and his opponents. They will say that, despite his words, he is still “committed” to the policies that won him the nomination. And they will share Sen Obama’s vision of “change” and “hope” to pacify those supporters who like catchy words. In light of recent statements made by Obama, his supporters should actually be saying that they “misunderstood change and hope he is committed” to being a Senator, because he’s not the candidate they voted for in the primaries.