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Obama Reverses Himself on Terrorist Surveillance Program – Adopts Bush’s Position Again – UPDATE: Obama reverses and adopts Bush position on Iraq withdrawal

Posted by iusbvision on July 3, 2008


The list of reversals from the Obama camp is so fast and furious that I am having great difficulty keeping up with them. I wont keep you waiting. Now that Obama has all but secured his primary victory, his campaign has rapidly reversed itself on issue after issue, abandoning his stance in the primaries and adopting President Bush’s position. 


UPDATE: As the WSJ predicted it is now official (even though his words have changed to “slow” or “steady” withdrawal recently), Obama has reversed himself and now has adopted President Bush’s position on Iraq withdrawal. Politico has the details:

Obama rewrites Iraq plan
By: Mike Allen
July 3, 2008 04:47 PM EST

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) promised primary voters a swift withdrawal from Iraq, in clear language still on his website: “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.”

Not anymore. Heading into the holiday weekend, Obama and his advisers repudiated that pledge, saying he is reevaluating his plan and will incorporate advice from commanders on the ground when he visits Iraq later this month.

 Evening News Analysts had this to say during Special Report with Brit Hume in reaction:

Washington insider Fred Barnes had this to say, “Today we have learned that Barack Obama can hold two completely contradictory positions in his mind and hold allegiance to both of them.”

Roll Call Editor Mort Kondrake said, “Obama is trying to have it both ways on free trade. He has these investment bankers he is trying to impress. He is juggling two different groups.”


Today’s(July 2nd) Wall Street Journal has the details:

We’re beginning to understand why Barack Obama keeps protesting so vigorously against the prospect of “George Bush’s third term.” Maybe he’s worried that someone will notice that he’s the candidate who’s running for it.

Most Presidential candidates adapt their message after they win their party nomination, but Mr. Obama isn’t merely “running to the center.” He’s fleeing from many of his primary positions so markedly and so rapidly that he’s embracing a sizable chunk of President Bush’s policy. Who would have thought that a Democrat would rehabilitate the much-maligned Bush agenda?

Take the surveillance of foreign terrorists. Last October, while running with the Democratic pack, the Illinois Senator vowed to “support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies” that assisted in such eavesdropping after 9/11. As recently as February, still running as the liberal favorite against Hillary Clinton, he was one of 29 Democrats who voted against allowing a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee reform of surveillance rules even to come to the floor.

Two weeks ago, however, the House passed a bill that is essentially the same as that Senate version, and Mr. Obama now says he supports it. Apparently legal immunity for the telcos is vital for U.S. national security, just as Mr. Bush has claimed. Apparently, too, the legislation isn’t an attempt by Dick Cheney to gut the Constitution. Perhaps it is dawning on Mr. Obama that, if he does become President, he’ll be responsible for preventing any new terrorist attack. So now he’s happy to throw the New York Times under the bus.

Next up for Mr. Obama’s political blessing will be Mr. Bush’s Iraq policy. Only weeks ago, the Democrat was calling for an immediate and rapid U.S. withdrawal. When General David Petraeus first testified about the surge in September 2007, Mr. Obama was dismissive and skeptical. But with the surge having worked wonders in Iraq, this week Mr. Obama went out of his way to defend General Petraeus against’s attacks in 2007 that he was “General Betray Us.” Perhaps he had a late epiphany.

The article goes on to list many of the domestic policy issues that Obama has recently reversed himself on; changing his position from what it was in the primary race to now adopting President Bush’s position.  Leftist blogs such as the Huffington Post are saying the same thing.Be sure to read the previous posts on this blog outlining all of the flip-flops complete with youtube video to see the reverals for yourself.


Chuck Norton

Here are related posts on Obama’s reversals and such.

Pay for women.

Welfare reform, faith based charities, NAFTA.

Gun rights and the Heller court decision.

Campaign Finance and taking money from special interests and energy companies.

Energy policy and oil leases.

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