Thursday, July 17, 2008

Subject to "Change" Without Notice

Subject to "Change" Without Notice [Gregory S. McNeal]

The McCain campaign has posted a side-by-side comparison of the changes recently made to Obama’s website, available at this link. On the left side the comparison shows what Obama deleted, and on the right the comparison shows what was added. The changes are not stylistic; here are some examples:

Under the heading “The Problem” he deleted:
— “The Surge” (apparently The Surge that he opposed isn’t the problem he thought it was)

Under the heading “Judgment You Can Trust” he deleted the statements that reflect his untrustworthy judgment:
— “In 2006, he called for a timetable to remove our troops, a political solution within Iraq, and aggressive diplomacy with all of Iraq’s neighbors.”

— “In January 2007, he introduced legislation in the Senate to remove all of our combat troops from Iraq by March 2008.”

—”In September 2007, he laid out a detailed plan for how he will end the war as president.”

Under the heading “Bringing Our Troops Home” he deleted his immediate withdrawal timetable:
— “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.” (A plan that has been shown to be completely untenable, and one that he made before ever speaking with commanders on the ground, just like his New York Times op-ed plan.)

And my personal favorite:

Under the heading “Press Iraq’s Leaders to Reconcile” he deleted:

—”The best way to press Iraq’s leaders to take responsibility for their future is to make it clear that we are leaving.” Emphasis mine. (Apparently Obama realized he’s not so good at making anything clear to anyone in Iraq or out of Iraq, so that line had to go.)

Not only can we not believe what Obama says; it now seems we can’t even believe what his campaign writes. Everything about Obama is subject to “change” without notice.

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