Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Obama mispeaks on ethnic cleansing...

How large of an issue this will become is a valid question, but it's being reported that this morning on the Today Show, Barack Obama stated:

DAVID GREGORY: You heard Secretary Rice say there is progress in Iraq that cannot be ignored. She spoke about when, not if, the United States prevails in Iraq. Do you see it that way?

BARACK OBAMA: I think it's important to understand that after two days of testimony [by Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker], here's the bottom line: that having put an additional 30,000 troops in, and continued the same course we were on, we are now back to the horrendous levels of violence that we were back in June of 2006.

So there's no doubt that we've seen some measured progress in Anbar province, primarily because the Sunni tribal leaders made a political decision there that they would work with the coalition forces. We've seen a very modest reduction of violence in Baghdad, partly because entire neighborhoods have essentially been ethnically cleansed. Those are all positive things, but we are now back at the levels of violence we were 18 months ago.


I watched the video, so I did verify that is exactly what was stated...Most candidates who made such a gaffe would end up making the news, so far I haven't seen much if anything on this incident.

2 comments:

-Sepp said...

The news isn't going to smear their guy by reporting his screwup. Had anyone else said it, we be seeing it ad-nauseum over and over again. Meanwhile, the only candidate out there with an idea born from his own mind is ignored and shuffled aside by the same media and fox news. I'm guessing that Ron Paul scares people with his insane idea that the constitution should still govern the land.

Head Spinner Scott said...

I like Ron Paul. I just don't want him as president.

I still haven't been able to accept the idea of Obama as president either. I don't know that I ever will. I like him, but I don't know that he is right for it. At least not yet. Of course, I feel the same way about almost every candidate we have had for the past few cycles, so I am not sure what it means