It seems like every week Obama changes his position. That’s when the cleaners works overtime. Just this past weekend, they tackled a major scrub. Obama’s criticism towards the surge in Iraq was removed and replaced with a different spin.
If it was negative and visible there last week, you can be assured it’s gone now. They must go through a lot of cleanser at Obama HQ. I wonder if they buy it in bulk along with the Kool-Aid?
From the New York Daily News:
Barack Obama purges Web site critique of surge in Iraq
The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a “problem” that had barely reduced violence.
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.”
GOP rival John McCain zinged Obama as a flip-flopper. “The major point here is that Sen. Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong,” said McCain, adding that Obama “refuses to acknowledge that it [the surge] is succeeding.”
Here’s more detailed info on what else was ‘scrubbed’ and rewritten on the Obama website:
The changes stress that Obama’s plan to end the war is responsible and designed to improve national security. They include:
- An updated Obama quote at the top of the page. The previous quote stressed how Obama had the judgment to oppose the “rash war” from the start. This was a popular message among Democratic voters and was meant to draw distinctions with primary rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, who initially supported the war. The new quote focuses on how ending the war will make Americans safer – a message aimed at general election voters who are more likely to trust McCain on issues of national security, according to polling.
- A description of Obama’s plan as “a responsible, phased withdrawal” that will be directed by military commanders and done in consultation with the Iraqis. Previously, the site had a sentence that has since been removed that flatly said, “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq.” Morigi said that his plan hasn’t changed, but they wanted to expand the description. “There’s not an intent to shift language,” she said.
- A new sentence that says Obama “would reserve the right to intervene militarily, with our international partners, to suppress potential genocidal violence within Iraq.”
Only one of his plan’s subheads remains unchanged, the first one – “Judgment You Can Trust.” That’s a message the campaign wants Americans to embrace.
Judgement You CAN’T Trust is more like it. Just Say No Deal!