Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Obama’s response to Bush: Re-deploy, Retreat and Surrender?

President Bush asked the Congress and the Nation tonight to give his proposal for a new approach in Iraq a chance to succeed.

But, almost a half hour before the State of the Union address was completed by President Bush, U. S. Senator Barack Obama, an extremely likely candidate for President in the Democratic Primary, emailed his answer to the media. Although embargoed until completion of the President’s speech, Senator Obama was not going to be beat to the starting gate by Senator Hillary Clinton or any of his other competitors.

Obama’s response, with respect to the Iraq War, said simply:

Most Americans believe that escalation will not bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end, and that’s why I’ve proposed not just a troop cap, but a phased redeployment that will start bringing our troops home.

Senator Obama opposed the War before it was started and long before he became a U. S. Senator, and he spoke out loudly, articulately and clearly on the issue at anti-war protests at the Federal Plaza in the Chicago Loop before the war began.

However, as late as this summer, Senator Obama spoke, if not about winning the war, about stabilizing the situation in Iraq. See here and Watch here[McCain,McSweeney and Obama, July 22, 2006 .Not anymore, now he is re-deploying the troops. Where? He doesn’t say. Near the border of Syria and Iraq? Not so much. Most likely he means far, far away from Iraq. Try Illinois.

As Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume has said, re-deployment is another word for retreat, or as some would put it, surrender. The only question is—to whom is the U. S. surrendering? Don’t expect an answer to that question any time soon from Senator Obama [D- IL].
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com