On "Meet the Press" yesterday, Barack Obama was shown a video of his comment from early 2007 in which he said, "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there; in fact, I think it'll do the reverse."
Here was the exchange that followed:
SEN. OBAMA: You know, we don't know, because in my earlier statements--I mean, I know that there's that little snippet that you ran, but there were also statements made during the course of this debate in which I said there's no doubt that additional U.S. troops could temporarily quell the violence.That defense seemed a bit familiar to me, so I decided to take a stroll down memory lane.
Obama in his "historic" race speech on March 18:
But the truth is, that isn't all that I know of the man.
Apparently, if you're Obama, you can say that adding more troops to Iraq would increase violence, but actually mean that it would reduce violence. Of course, this is the same Obama who can watch his spiritual mentor say "God damn America," laud Louis Farrakhan, and call Israel a "dirty word," and still defend him as a tolerant religious leader and a patriot.
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