It has been my position that when Obama says things like “I have always said”, “let me be clear about that”, or “what I said at the time”, what he is really saying is that he changed his position but does not want others to know that he has done so. He has been contradicting himself at every turn and when he does so he starts off by stating that his current position has always been his only position.
Obama has now nuanced his position on the surge in Iraq. He is telling people that he always said that the additional troops would have an impact:
What I said was even at the time of the debate of the surge, was if you put 30,000 troops in, of course it’s going to have an impact. There’s no doubt about that. The question is, does it solve our larger strategic questions and do the costs involved, uh, do they outweigh the benefits.”
It is not an outright lie to say the additional troops would have an impact but to claim that this was his position is remarkably untrue. Barack Obama made it clear that he did not believe that the additional troops would solve any problems with regard to violence and he specifically stated that he believed it would do just the opposite (increase violence).
“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there in fact I think it will do the reverse. I think it takes pressure off the Iraqis to arrive at the sort of political accommodation that every observer believes is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there. So I am going to actively oppose the president’s proposal… I think he is wrong.”
Now that the violence has gone way down and the surge is a huge success (even the surrender monkeys are silent) Barry is altering his original position. He was 100% wrong about the surge and he now claims that he always said that our troops would have an impact. I will give him the benefit of the doubt on that but in so doing I will say that the impact he said they would have was a negative one and the reality is they have had a positive impact. Barry was completely wrong about the kind of impact the troops would have.
So, suffice it to say, Obama was wrong about the kind of impact the additional troops would have. He said the surge would not work, he later claimed the surge did not work and now he is acting as if he called the right shots all along.
When Obama tells you what his position has “always been” look it up because it is usually not the case.
The man lacks the experience and leadership skills required to run this country or serve as Commander in Chief.
Gateway Pundit (with video)
The Times UK has a great piece mocking the great one. It is hilarious.
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