Wow. He gets asked the hard questions and he completely dodges them. I'll transcribe it, because this is just too funny.
Couric: You talk about a residual force remaining in Iraq, but you've been hesitant to... really give a number to people, you haven't been
specific. Though some of your advisors have said it could be ten... tens of thousands of troops. Why can't you be more specific as to what you
Obama: Well...uh...keep in mind, when I talk about timetables, people say that's too specific. Whether......expect a residual force, maybe not
specific enough. I think this is an example of a tactical issue. How do you execute a mission. That...requires commanders on the ground to make
that decision. My job as commander-in-chief would be to indicate to them, "Here's our goal. Here are the missions that we need to carry out."
Now you tell me what it is that we need, in terms of boots on the ground, in terms of equipment, in terms of other capabilities that are going to be
required. But...the...the...over-arching strategy is not something that I can deflect to the generals, that's something that I have to make a
decision on...if I am President of the United States.
He has no clue!
Or is just refusing to answer the question.
He completely dodged the question about how he is still against the troop surge in Iraq, and then admitted that the surge was a good thing. Oh boy.
And Katie Couric holds him to it, good for her.
[edit on 24-7-2008 by Johnmike]