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. Former HC Girl

    OH BOY.... ANOTHER FLIP FLOP. THANKS NOBAMA.... I WIN MONEY EVERYTIME YOU FLIP!! MORE GAS IN MY CAR THIS WEEK!
    PUMA

    July 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I question the effectiveness of the surge. Have conditions improved? The numbers being reported say improvements have been made.

    But, are these improvements because of the surge or some other factors? I think other factors are at work. Most prominent among those factors is that most of the violence was ethnic in nature. The cleansing of neighborhoods,, then villages then towns, the cities.

    The simple fact of the matter is that most of what cleansing that could be done, has been done. Did the surge have any effect on that?

    July 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Election watcher

    Nice one Mr. Flippity McFlop!
    Just say Nobama!

    July 15, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Chuck

    "Obama, the new waffle. Get him before he 'changes' his mind AGAIN."

    Pandering SOD.

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    smart candidate...when Obama sees improvements, he realigns his strategy; making him the better judgement candidate for president.

    Experience with John McShame = losing my mind!!!!!

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    he's stuck on this one, if he says the surge isnt working, then mccain attacks him for putting down our troops--which is EXTREMELY hypocritical coming from the military man who votes against relief and fair compensation for our troops and their families!!!

    "the solutions in Iraq are political, not military"

    obama is 1000% correct on that, and obama and many of us knew that from the start. but there's no money to be made from diplomacy, sanctions, etc...

    follow the money, who gained the most from our invasion of iraq??? it's quite the coincidence that we have oilmen and haliburton people in the white house!!! and WHO made BILLIONS from the so-called "war", bush, cheny, and the rest of their filthy gang!!!

    July 15, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Jan from Boca Raton

    I will make it easier on you Obama, the surge did not win any wars, people are still getting killed, less troops went to Afghanistan, and my pizza delivery job is not here anymore. Obama has been very consistent, however, people want it so bad they are willing to see the word "cat" and try to make it sound as if it said "boat"

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. obama is a DISGRACE

    I wouldn't vote for you, you idiot, if you were running to be chief flea catcher. You are sooooo stupid and transparent.

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. dlampo

    What a complete loser Obama is. Is there any issue on which he will not flip flop? How can anyone trust him? He has made fools out of the liberal left who supported his candidacy based primarily on the issue of the war. He was as wrong on the surge as his fellow liberals, but all of sudden he supports it and even said he knew all along it would work. This man is a complete phony and it's hard to believe even his fervent supporters aren't wondering what the hell he's doing.

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Not creating breathing room for political reconciliation and not working are kind of the same thing, aren't they? Quit your friggin' nit-picking, CNN! But I guess I expect nothing less from the news source that FINALLY had to call the "experienced shot down war hero", McCain, on at least one of his many gaffes in a string of foreign policy blunders. And even if you perceive this a a shift, since when is adjusting your positions to conditions on the ground such bad poilcy? At least Mr. Obama knows the difference between all the countries that begin with the letter "I".

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Brian from Knoxville

    Does not sound like a Flip Flop at all to me, I do not know why we try to make a big deal out of a webpage. McCain said he is for illegal immigration and his page said he is not.

    July 15, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. whiner

    one must adapt to the everchanging wind.violence may be down ,but,the bush administration has armed the factions to the teeth,and bribed them to stop killing our troops.al-sadr is maintaining a cease-fire,for the moment,but,revamping his soldiers.the problem was created by bush and mccain,but,they attack obama for their failures.

    July 15, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama said the surge would never work. Judgement in action people. Now the war is a 'distraction'. Obama, you are a disgrace.

    July 15, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Bendo

    this is the truth about the "surge": the only reason whjy it has worked not because of JM or what the Army did, it is because al Sadr has agreed to a cease fire.....and teh Shi'as and Sunni have also had an inner cease fire.....the surge was only in numbers and cannot take the entire credit for the success of the "surge". If this had been done in the earlier, more people would be alive and our troops would be going after enemy no. 1 Osma Bin Laden!

    July 15, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Rick

    This is going to be hilarious to watch the dems squirm as Obama the Clown gets educated on the Iraq situation and realizes that the proper course is to stay and win in Iraq. All you dems that have been frothing at the mouth for us to surrender in Iraq will not get your wish. That has been your biggest justification for supporting this nitwit......now what?

    July 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. PG

    Its good to know there is a man like Obama who isn't "stuck" in his ways. "W" and his cronies were always 'stuck" in their way of thinking and look at America now: destroyed.

    Latinos for Obama!

    July 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Shane

    Waiting for Obama to say he is not a democrat anymore. Now he is a republican. Shame on democrats for nominating him!!!!!!!!!!!! He has done nothing but flip flop. Please for the sake of our party, bring back Hillary. I do not care what the polls say because it is the Electoral college that elects our president

    July 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    I know a couple of reservists in Iraq. I ask them how dangerous it is, and they say it is quite hazardous. But, the majority of the hazards are concentrated into pockets.

    What the surge did was to allow more sorties into these pockets, while giving troops more recovery time between missions. But, they still executed roughly the same number of missions.

    The single biggest difference is that somebody finally wised up and went into Sadr City. Did the surge make this possible? What took so long to go across town to engage a battle?

    July 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Jim

    Here's the importnat point. The "troop surge" is not working ...the reduction in violence in Iraq should be credited to the fact that we (the American military) are now paying some 80,000 Iraqi insurgents $10/day not to attack/bomb/shoot at us, and to stand guard at check points, and this "change in strategy" happend exactly when the "troop surge" started. We're not winning in Iraq, we're simply paying the enemy not ot kill us while we wait for a real strategy!

    July 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. wild

    Interesting how a story pointing out an Obama flip-flop isn't "filed" under Barack Obama. Hmmm. Was this a mistake, or intentional, CNN?

    July 15, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. roy throop

    you mean current to the latest of the flip-floppers most recent flip-flop. this clown will say anything to get elected. all the truths about this empty suit will soon come out.

    July 15, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Military Man

    "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."

    Good job sticking to your guns there B.O. I'd say I'm surprised by this latest shift in stance ... but I'm not. He'll say anything, do anything, and throw anyone under the bus if it means he'll climb ahead in the polls. A little bit of honesty and straight talk would be nice.

    Sir, you will not get my vote.

    July 15, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. CLINTON 08 VP

    "Nobama"? AND YOU PREFER "McWar"? "McBush 2"? I WOULDN'T MIND IF HE "FLIP FLIOPS" DURING THE PROCESS, I THINK... ISN'T HE THE BEST "CONVENIENT" CHOICE AMERICA HAS? IS THIS OR "MCBUSH" WILL PUSH THE COUNTRY TO A SECOND RECESSION THAT WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD TURN INTO.

    UNITED WE'RE STRONGER

    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014

    NO TO "BUSH II" (MCCAIN), NO TO MR. WAR, MR. DEATH, MR. OOPS I BUMP MY HEAD, YOU'RE TOO OLD AND YOU ARE "WAR-SICK" SINCE YOU WERE PRISONER IN VIETNAM, YOU WON'T BE PRESIDENT!

    July 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Dems be dopes

    No worries, he just "refined" his position.........again.

    July 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Bill From Florida

    FLIP FLOP...FLIP FLOP....FLIP FLOP>>>>

    July 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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