July 15th, 2008
12:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama Web site now less critical of troop surge

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/15/art.obamaweb.cnn.jpg caption="Obama’s campaign has revamped language on the Iraq portion of its Web site."] (CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign revamped the Iraq policy section of its Web site over the weekend, removing a portion highly critical of President Bush’s troop surge policy.

The old version of the Web page stated “the surge is not working” and said the reduction in violence in the Anbar Province should be credited to the cooperation of Sunni tribes and American troops, not additional military force. “It demonstrates that the solutions in Iraq are political, not military,” it read.

On the new page, Obama credits the “military’s hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics, and enormous sacrifice by our troops” for a reduction in violence. The presumptive Democratic nominee does not deny positive effects of the surge in the new version of his Web site, but criticizes the Iraqi government for not stepping up to reach a political solution.

Obama national security spokesperson Wency Morigi said the campaign had remained consistent. “Senator Obama has long said that the stated purpose of the surge was to create breathing room for political reconciliation, and that has not happened” and that the campaign had added “ updated language on the Iraq section of the website to help further clarify that point.”

“And, the simple fact is that we update our website frequently to keep up with events—like the current state of play with the Status of Forces Agreement, which was updated at the exact same time. We take our presence on the web seriously, and folks expect us to keep our website current,” she said.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. dj

    Way to go, Barack!
    I'm so proud that you are resilient and smart enough to take into account what is happening on the ground, and continue to be honest with both yourself and the American people. Appreciate the update on your webpage.

    Bring 'em home! Proud to be a supporter...

    July 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Jason

    Regardless of whether or not you support the candidate or his position on the Iraq War, saying he is a "flip-flopper" and a "disgrace" because some junior level staffer updated the language on his website to better reflect a changing reality is absolutely ridiculous. You make yourself look foolish by trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

    July 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Lili, FL

    What a surprise.. Obama changing his tune to fit in!

    Nobama '08

    July 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Mary

    Let’s stop paying off the Iraq insurgents and see what happens. Remember last month when they began again? It got out of control again.

    Its artificial and can erupt at anytime

    July 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Shelby

    Did McCain finally pay his taxes? Do you guys even have a reporter on him? You would never know it by all the Obama info you seem to find yet, no stories on McCain not paying of taxes, McCain's 100+ flip-flops or whining-gate or the $$$$$$Cindy is about to get, or Cindy's drug habit. Just checking.

    July 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. dj

    Abby, you got it...how great is it we have a man who is willing to learn and change as he objectively gathers all the information available.

    Funny how so many people posting here are all of a sudden 'for' the war. Hmmm....of course, it's only because Barack wants to end it. Anything to be against him, it seems, even at the cost of lives.

    I guess these posters don't know what it's like to have someone they love over there fighting. If they did, I'm sure they're tune would change quickly...all of a sudden they'd be 'for' Obama.

    July 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Obamalism

    If you think some junior staffer has the authority to change his website without direct authority from the top rankes, you're seriously naive about how things work.

    The only time junior staffers do anything visible to the public is when they take the fall for something that the candidate couldn't say or do publicly. Hillary was the queen of this tactic.

    July 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. john

    If the surge worked..good... BRING OUR TROOPS HOME.

    July 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Doug, New Jersey

    Liberal Democrats are actually angered by success in Iraq.
    This is a negative for them and they wish for the opposite.

    Do they really find joy and comfort when they hear of our troops dying then?

    I don't know, sometimes I think maybe it would be worth having a Democrat president just so we could have all Americans rooting for America again. It is so sad that they have become this partisan and hateful. I guess maybe it is worth it for me to lose my first and second amendment rights, 70% of my paycheck and end up in a nazi like "re-eduction" camp just to have every American supporting our troops and their missions.

    July 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Obamalism

    I'll take the generals reasoning for the changes in Iraq over a junior senator chasing the latest poll numbers.

    July 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Been there, done that


    Can't you guys think of a better term? Jeeze, that was four years ago and you beat it like a dead horse.

    Once again, your minds are set in the past.

    July 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. fella from Chicago

    You flip-flopping s.o.b. The American soldier has made sacrifices since day one; not just from the surge. Your personal ambition has blinded you to the blood, sweat, and tears those men and women have given to this country. McCain sacrificed for his country in the same way. What have you given first term Senator?

    July 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Taking cues from Kerrys 2004 campaign I see.
    Same BS

    July 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. markm

    The Democrat party and its media sepoys have a vested interest in an American failure in Iraq. Positive news is deemed helpful to Bush, so it is suppressed. My sons have served in Iraq and Afghanistan , and one is heading back as a volunteer, and they have been outraged at the slanted and falsely negative reporting. Yes, war is hell and yes, people die, but to suggest as the Obama campaign did that we lost the war is to betray both a lack of understanding of war and a desire to see America fail to bolster private political ambitions. While treason is an unduly harsh accusation, selfish ambition is not. Now that the surge is working, the chagrined Democrat Party needs to rewrite history with the help of its Orwellian pals at the "Bureau of Information " (the networks). Given enough time, the Democrats and their sepoys will be telling us that harry Reid and Barack Obama never stated that the war was lost, and the troop surge was (secretly) the Democrats' idea all along. Baghdad Bob is gone, but we have Baghdad Barack to replace him.

    July 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Jeff Long

    @dj July 15th, 2008 5:11 pm ET
    "Abby, you got it…how great is it we have a man who is willing to learn and change as he objectively gathers all the information available."

    Put the Kool-Aid down and step back. You and Abby sound a little obsessed right now. You knew that he was wrong all along, yet you continued to support him. You two are really big idiots.

    July 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    I don't have a problem with him changing his position on it. If you see that things have gotten better or different there is nothing wrong with saying so. Unlike others who went into Iraq and we later found out what they told us was different are still sticking with what they said eventhough we know and they know that what they said is wrong.

    July 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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