I've got to say, I don't like this. This is my biggest issue - getting out of Iraq. I don't really care (so much) what other plans the next
president has, when it comes down to who I support, it's the guy who is most likely to end the war. And that's been Obama (excluding Paul). He's
STILL the one that's most likely going to end the war, it may take a little longer than he first proposed, but it's still faster than McCain would
(Ron Paul, why have you forsaken us???)
The thing is, if
we can trust Obama to mean what he says, then this makes sense. He's not the president yet, he doesn't have foreign policy
experience and it would be irresponsible of him to reject what the generals and other war advisors would say and just start hauling troops out
I do know that he's said before, we have to be as careful getting out as Bush was reckless going in. I have heard him say that. And IF
trust what he is saying, I think it's a good thing that he's willing to REFINE his direction a little as long as the GOAL is still the same: Ending
, on the other hand, he's setting us up for a complete change of GOAL, by putting the spark out there that he might want to change his mind,
then all hope is lost.
Over the past 8 years, I have gotten very suspicious when I hear Bush say something like this. Because time and time again, a "hint" at something
ended up to be the beginnings of an unraveling. I can think of times I heard him say something and I thought, "He's setting us up." And sure
enough, a couple months down the line, he screwed us again.
I don't have any reason to believe that Obama is like Bush. If I take Obama at his word, then I don't have any problem with him deciding to leave
open the possibility of refining his plan until after he visits Iraq and talks to the people who know best. I think that's wise. If he would decide
to withdraw in 24 months or a delayed withdrawal or some other alteration in the PROCESS, as long as the goal remains the same, I'm ok with that.
But I'm NOT ok with this being a set-up to stay over there for 5 more years. But for now, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and listen
to what he says
. I have reason to trust him. If he betrays that trust, then ... I don't know.
Video of Obama on Refining Plans