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Don’t Worry About that Ending the War Promise

December 5th, 2008

It is really kind of laughable what people will do to get elected. Check out this from Hot Air and this from Flopping Aces based on this story in the Times.

It turns out our President-elect now agrees with Bush, McCain, and General Petraeus. He isn’t actually going to take the troops out in 16 months. He plans to leave tens of thousands of troops there, he is just going to rename them. They will apparently change from “combat” to some sort of training force, a capacity many are serving in right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that just about everything Obama has done so far makes more sense than everything he said he was going to do during the campaign. I guess this is just another case of campaigning from the edges and governing from the middle. Clinton did it, Bush did it, and now it looks as though Obama is going to do it. It is fine with me. I can’t wait to hear all of his supporters defend this change though.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:
  1. December 5th, 2008 at 14:44 | #1

    Not to defend Obama - But it *is* possible he now has some information that he did not have before by virtue of being the president elect. I maintain t that no presidential candidate can really tell us what they will do because they cannot anticipate the information they may have access to once they become president.

  2. December 5th, 2008 at 18:51 | #2

    While that is possible, he did have a long sit-down with General Petraeus during the campaign. Maybe he didn’t tell Obama everything, but I suspect there isn’t much information he withheld. That would seem silly. Why have the meeting if that was the case?

  3. December 6th, 2008 at 10:02 | #3

    It seems entirely reasonable that while he told him quite a bit there are some things that are on a need to know basis, and only the commander in chief needs to know… Also, campaigning and actually governing have nothing in common -I’ve said this before - Nothing a candidate says can be trusted because it has gone through a series of advisors and researchers who have determined the optimal statement to garner t he most votes.

  4. December 6th, 2008 at 13:05 | #4

    We definitely agree on that, nothing a candidate who is campaigning says should be taken as truth. It must be very heavily filtered.